Having a stage quality singing voice is not a criteria one must have to pick up a karaoke microphone and burst into song. There’s really only one vital necessity for karaoking: unabashed fun. Some theatrics adds to the experience – a lot of arm gestures, eyes closed tight as the lyrics touch your soul, head thrust back, the microphone’s tail pointed to the ceiling.
A couple Christmases ago my daughter gave her husband a karoake machine because he loves to sing. What he lacks in elocution he makes up for in enthusiasm. He holds nothing back. Fearless.
I did not participate in the TDay Karaoke Evening because I did not have a voice. I don’t mean that I can’t sing, I can. I’ve never considered myself a great singer, maybe not even a good+ one, but I can read music, carry a tune with the best of them and stay in key. What I mean about not having a voice is that I truly did not have one. Hadn’t for more than 48 hours thanks to some sinus/throat/sinus something-something I’d been battling for a good ten days. The coughing left me speechless. Literally. Made for comical conversing during the day. Things like, “Whadya say? Speak up, I can’t hear you,” or “If you ever need anything just holler. Oh wait. You can’t!” and, "Ask Polly, see what she says. Haha!!" What could I do but smile and accept that the guests were getting a big kick out of my muteness?
A little karaoke history: it's a word that combines part of two Japanese words: "kara" comes from "karappo" meaning empty, and "oke" is the abbreviation of "okesutura," or orchestra. Usually, a recorded popular song consists of vocals and accompaniment. Music tapes in which only the accompaniment is recorded were named "karaoke." Presumably, its origin is a snack bar in Kobe City, Japan. When the musician slated to perform that night cancelled due to illness the owner of the bar prepared tapes of accompaniment recordings and people started singing to the tapes. This may or not may not be the true beginning of karaoke, but ever since karaoke has become popular with folks all over the world.
And for that I am very thankful. And now that my voice has returned, I can actually say so!