Writing a monthly blog about the subject of karaoke is not easy. I suppose it would be simpler if I ran my own weekly karaoke show; I’m sure I would have a hefty helping of strange & silly stories. Although I have been participating in this hallowed hobby for many years, there are only so many angles on which it can be addressed. I’ve written about popular songs, holidays, and provided plenty of tips on singing, overcoming introversion and how to be entertaining. I have never claimed to be an expert, although I have done my due diligence. In other articles, I have interviewed KJ’s and other entertainment sites as well as sharing my own varied vocal ventures. After asking myself, “What have I missed?” I realized that it is high time that I go directly to the karaoke crooners themselves. Who better to give insight to the experience than the ones that get up on stage and bear their soul week to week? Some singers supplied ample answers as others were short but sweet (Last names are excluded for privacy reasons):
a). Steve: I was very introverted in high school but I tried drama, like ‘West Side Story”. Then when I would bartend at weddings, I would get up and sing and it was such a rush that I got addicted
and eventually ran my own karaoke show in Las Vegas, where karaoke is everywhere. b). Tracy: I was trying to get out of the house again after my divorce and a friend (the Chef at the bar) persuaded me to come. c). Joe: I saw it in a hotel a few years ago and tried it. My daughter also likes to sing so I’ve sung with family as well. d). Jackie: I’ve been singing my whole life, but then after my divorce I started going to karaoke every night. It was a reason to be in bars and meet people even though I don’t drink.
- Do you travel to different venues or mostly stay with the same one?
- What is your favorite song to sing?
a). Steve: Anything by Elvis or Sinatra b). Tracy: “Hotel California” by the Eagles or anything by Stevie Nicks. c). Joe: “You Can Keep Your Hat On” by Joe Cocker. d). Jackie: “Steamroller” or “Mustang Sally”
It’s interesting to hear what different karaoke fans or singers think about this particular avocation. This is just a small sprinkling of the vast and varied people or even groups that you may see and hear at any show. Are there questions that you would like to ask other fans or participants? Let me know for a future blog because there are plenty more partakers
to interview! In the meantime, have fun belting out your beloved tunes in your favorite haunt and check back next month for more in depth musings about your preferred poetic pastime!