I heard about karaoke 20 something years ago, but only recently Igot really into it. Last night I went to one, and this is the 3rd time in a week. Last Thursday, my husband and I went to Inul Vista, It’s one of karaoke place owned by a famous dangdut singer in Indonesia Inul Daratista. We invited 2 other couples because we wanted to use the free pass we got from the previous visit. I think that’s the way the company attract people to come back by giving out free pass for one hour but we must use the room for at least 2 hours. That means we got to pay for another hour, plus the food we order (for you can’t bring food from outside).
The second time was last Saturday. My husband and I and the kids went to a mall, and they have this Karaoke Box. This is how it works, we got to choose the song(s) from their song list, buy coin(s) then enter a box that fit for 2 adult and 2 kids (if you are not a “big size” family like mine). Slip the coin into the machine with a TV screen on it, and press the button of numbers according to the song code. Then you can sing as loud as you want. I found this very entertaining and my kids love it. We pay Rp. 2,500 (a quarter) per song.
Last night I was with my friends from highschool. Someone invites us for his birthday. First we started with nice dinner, and although some prefer to stay and talk, the majority agree to go for Karaoke. So it is done. We start at 21.30 and finish by midnight. Some got to sings many songs, some satisfied to be the background vocals, and some enjoy the conversation and drink.
Personally I think karaoke is more fun when you are with some companies, although you have to wait for your turn, but you got to see people’s favorite songs and you are welcome to sing along. Even when some people sing off-key, we all will support and give applause. Last year my husband and I took time to celebrate our 10th anniversary just the 2 of us. One of the things we did was Karaoke, We try to sing some songs that we like but after that, we both agree that it’s better when the kids were with us, it’s more fun, first because they know many of the new songs and also coz’ they don’t care about making mistakes, they just sing.
I remember watched the movie “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and I really like the scene when Kimmy, out of love for her fiance sang the song even though she couldn’t carry a tune. for me, I like to sing, and I can sing, but I am not a very good singer. My voice is thin, I can only sing some song nicely but most of the time it’s too high or too low. That’s why I really admire people who can master singing in a karaoke.
There was an old couple I met couple years ago in my sister-in-law wedding. Man…they can sing any song very nice, You name it: Mandarin, Western, Indonesian, traditional songs, they’ve been winning in many Karaoke Contest. They seems to enjoy life, they look younger than their age, maybe that’s what karaoke did to people. It makes you forget your problem for a little while, you can laugh and express or even fool yourself, get acquaintance, going home with a music in your heart and next time your singing will get better and better.