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Korean Karaoke

Okay, okay... so I had no idea just how much fun Karaoke could be until I first tried it, which was almost a week ago.  While consuming alcohol in the first few hours of 2002, I actually grabbed the microphone and made a complete and total fool of myself.  I simply can not sing, but somehow I seem to be improving a bit.  My problem is that my voice is so deep, and I have no practice at speaking any other way... so I have almost no range at all in my voice.  Strangely though, after forcing myself to sing loudly and clearly for two nights of Karaoke within a week of eachother, I think I've actually been able to hit notes I haven't sung since I was like 10.  It felt pretty good to sort'a duet with a couple of women who could actually sing!

I seriously doubt I'll ever take singing lessons, but it sure was... liberating... to sing somewhere other than in my car or in the shower.  I believe that I understand why Karaoke is so big now... most people really want to sing, but are afraid to actually do it in front of others.  The lyrics and loud background music, combined with the fact that the entire purpose of it is to have everyone sing regardless of their level of talent, sort'a strips away the barriers society encourages you to put up regarding your confidence.  Many of us dream of becoming musicians for a living, and this is sort'a a small taste of performing for a live, captive audience.

The Korean place I was at last night was sweet... they had tons of songs, even by Korean pop groups like S.E.S. that I'd heard of.  I'm just glad we had someone there who knew a little Korean, or otherwise I wouldn't have even known we could sing along to those songs.  That was the first time I'd even seen a place entirely devoted to Karaoke, let alone been singing inside one of the rooms you reserve for such a purpose.  The place was packed, too... though (not surprisingly) most of the people there were in fact Korean or Japanese.

I had a blast... mostly because I realized how bad of a singer I was, and occasionally either busted out laughing when my voice cracked or changed lyrics slightly to poke fun at stuff, which definitely included how bad I was at singing.  ;)  I also played six versions of Bemani games last night... Dance Dance Revolution USA, DDR 4th Mix Plus, DDR Max (5th Mix), Dance ManiaX, Para Para Paradise 2nd Mix, and some new dancing game that had some name I can't remember.  I believe it had DX in the title, though.

That last game was weird... there were five step pads like DDR has, but one pad was in the middle and the other four were all at diagonals to the middle one.  It took some time to get comfortable playing it since stepping on the pads was so different from DDR!  It was my first time playing four of those games, but I think I did pretty well.  The games where you just have to move your hands/arms instead of dancing sure are easy... but it probably helps that I've been developing rapid hand-eye coordination for most of my life using keyboards, mice, and controllers for game systems.  ;)

*yawn*  Wow... this post got a lot longer than I expected, so I guess I'll wrap it up for the time being.  To all of you reading this that are friends of mine, thank you so much for simply being yourselves... and in terms of your kindness, I hope you always stay just the way you are.  Lately, so many of you have brought many a smile to my face... and I've never been happier as a result.  Sorry to get so sappy like this, but it really means a lot to me... and I want you all to know that.  :)


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Jan. 6th, 2002 12:36 pm (UTC)
Ah, I think I know that game. It's a korean version of bemani, and I think it puts more emphasis on dancing instead of just following the steps like DDR.
Jan. 8th, 2002 01:23 pm (UTC)
That game took some getting used to...
...I felt like a total idiot playing it at first; it was like the first time I'd played DDR once they put in diagonal steps and my mind got overloaded.  I only started to catch on when the songs were over... but I'll probably play it some more and get used to it in a little while.  There was this one guy who had this immaculate, perfectly gelled haircut... and really slick thin clothing, like he was some sort of dancer... and this guy clearly did nothing during his free time except play this game.

He was good at first, but then he started doing some totally crazy shit... jumping on the machine and hitting the foot sensors with his hands, and then doing this one song where the steps were faster than any DDR game I've ever seen... it was freakin' amazing!  I had to congratulate the guy after I saw him do that, even though it was clearly his life and I didn't want to encourage him to do nothing but play this game all day long.  It was really quite sad, but still impressive nonetheless.

There definitely seems to be a culture evolving within these dancing games... and it's starting to worry me a little.  Ah well... at least it's active; I've seen people lose weight and feel better about themselves playing DDR and games like it!
Jan. 6th, 2002 12:44 pm (UTC)
Rock star in making?
That's cool. Glad t ose you've improved..I'm not sure whether or not I can sing.

Maybe at low volumes...

I can play guitare though...And I plan on buying a second one soon.
Jan. 8th, 2002 03:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Rock star in making?
You remind me a little of my dad... you sort'a get 110% into something when you first discover it.  It used to be some form of goddess, then it was Xenogears (and specifically Miang), and now it's guitars.  Ever considered diversifying your interests a little?  You don't have to be the expert on one specific thing to be content in life, at least in my experiences... and in fact, it seems to be a lot healthier for me to never obsess about anything and simply live my life taking in a little of this and a little of that.  It definitely makes conversation easier, too.  :)

Thanks for the compliments, by the way.  I hope that the guitar playing brings you many new friends... and self-confidence as well.  I know guitar players (especially singing ones) always draw a crowd as long as they're not too loud, but not too generic.  :)
Jan. 6th, 2002 01:54 pm (UTC)
Karaoke is Japanese for "tone deaf".

I can't sing either. Let's see--my measurements are 34-25-38, I can dance, I don't know a thing about music, and I have no musical talent. I can become the next Britney Spears!
Jan. 7th, 2002 04:48 pm (UTC)
Isn't that scary?  You're definitely cute enough, but I didn't know you had to be able to dance... I thought they just picked a bunch of cute women like you, and determined how well they could follow directions!  *evil grin*  Line dancing isn't dancing, after all... ;)
Jan. 6th, 2002 02:01 pm (UTC)
Ahh... and yet another one to add on, Chris!
Though it may seem strange, but I'm a singer as well!!! **laughs** People in my house find it very annoying that I sing too much, but I can't help it. That's cool to see that you find karaoke to be fun!! I haven't been to one of those for awhile now. Maybe I should before I develop stage fright... **legs shiver**
Jan. 8th, 2002 01:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Ahh... and yet another one to add on, Chris!
Holy shit, dude!  What type of performance-based stuff don't you do?  *lol*
Jan. 7th, 2002 10:58 am (UTC)
KARAOKE!!!! We are SOOO going to go out and do that when I get out there!!!! *^_^* I looove karaoke, although the places to do that here are a bit, ah...differant. The only way you can sing karaoke here is at a party, bar, or bowling lane. Andand...all the choices are really oldies, country, old rock, and some newer junk, mainly boy band gunk. But...YAY! Nah, yer dissin' yerself WAYY too much!! Yer probably a great singer. ^_^ Anyways, YAY! **hugglez** Glad you had so much fun. *^_^*
Jan. 7th, 2002 06:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks, sweetheart.  Yeah, I'm definitely up for that when you make it out here.  You would've had a blast the other night... you have such a cute voice.  :)
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