Karaoke. Instantly, this word conjures up images of tone-deaf drunks belting out lyrics to songs they have no business singing. That's the average person's perception. But, for those of us who know better, "karaoke" is the ultimate way to party, and its an absolutely awesome way to bring friends together. After all, what could be better than taking that hidden talent you waste every day singing in the shower and putting it to use in your social life?
The term karaoke comes from a Japanese term "Karappo Okesutura" meaning empty orchestra. This concept was first developed in the region of Kobe, Japan, where people would sing along to music videos minus the original vocals. Ambitious partiers would sing along to the song via lyrics on a video screen. This singing phenomenon became hugely popular in Japan in the 1970's. Since that time, it has succeeded in becoming a premiere form of global entertainment. So widely popular is this singing sensation, the Oxford English Dictionary recognizes karaoke as an official term.
"Karaoke" is not pronounced 'carry okie'. The correct pronunciation is "Ka-la-O-K". It's a point worth remembering, the next time you make fun of a Japanese vocalist who's warbling "You've Rost That Rubbing Feering".
A big thank you to John, our original organizer, for starting this group, giving it shape, and writing the colorful group descriptions! I'll be attempting to fill his shoes...
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