4 Rules To Keep In Mind To Keep Karaoke Night Rolling
Who knew the Japanese would end up conquering the world after all? Not with guns, of course, but with a simple machine that plays videos of instrumental versions of popular songs so that amateur singers can sing along, aided by the lyrics displayed on the screen. They called it karaoke, a clipped compound of the Japanese words “kara” (empty) and “okesutora” (orchestra), and the world has not been the same ever since.
Today, everywhere where there’s a local bar or nightclub, you can be sure to find people of diversity gathering around a karaoke machine, with a drink in hand, and waiting eagerly for their turn at the mic to belt out their favorite tunes.
Karaoke in LA, California is just as alive and well, where people tried their darndest to sound like Steve Perry belting out “Don’t Stop Believing” or Whitney Houston caterwauling “I Will Always Love You.” For all it’s worth, karaoke has made it possible for people to tolerate each other.
But to make sure to keep the good times rolling, don’t forget to follow these four time-honored rules of karaoke (yes, they exist).
1. Don’t Bore The Crowd With Ballads
Unless you sound like Ol’ Blue Eyes or even Elvis Presley, stay away from these songs that will just as surely send the people around you to sleep or to a killing frenzy.
2. Stop Believing Now, Please?
If you haven’t heard it yet, Journey has a new lead singer, and Steve Perry no longer sings “Don’t Stop Believing.” If you don’t exactly sound like Arnel Pineda, do not as well. There are thousands of other songs that will fit your unfortunately limited vocal range.
3. Rap Ain’t For Karaoke
Despite rap songs being included on the song list, it doesn’t mean you have the right to send everyone in the room cringing to no end. There’s just no way for you to follow the words flashed on the screen, especially if they’re from Eminem or that Harry Shotta guy.
4. The Lyrics Are There For A Reason
And speaking of following words, for Pete’s sake, make sure you are reading the lyrics as they are flashed and highlighted on the screen because that’s solely the reason for their existence. Don’t go mouthing off something else and think it’s fun. People around you don’t.
If you regularly do karaoke, you surely know that there are other unspoken and unofficial rules to follow if you want to have a heck of a night with friends. But the above should be enough to get you through and guarantee you’ll have your companions back (and the mic) at your next karaoke session.