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Cincinnati Karaoke

Cincinnati Karaoke

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Published by Rafael Talero

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Published by: Rafael Talero on Sep 13, 2011
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Cincinnati, like most cities these days, has a multitude of Karaoke bars to choose from on any given night. If you are ever out on a Friday night, you might want to try the Pirates Den on Anderson Ferry Rd. in Western Hills, where Cincinnati Karaoke host Robin Saint James brings her unique style of Karaoke entertainment to the public. She and her sidekick Sean Caldwell provide lots of laughs and guarenteed fun.Robin is also a writer for local Cincinnati newspaper, and the author of a bookcalled "Karaoke Krazy! Is This On?" The book is a humorous, satyrical, look at the Karaoke phenomenon, and also gives tips on singing and various other topics,including how to create you own television show. Here is an excerpt from the chapter entitled "What is Karaoke Anyway?":Several years ago, someone in Japan thought there was a need for this type of entertainment ---and they were right.In Japanese work environments, people are expected to contribute to the common good of the whole and not to draw undue attention to themselves.American culture dictates a sense of individualism. We are conditioned to “stand out” from the crowd. But this is not so in Japanese culture, wheremodesty and a sense that one does not “blow their own horn” is the norm.But we are all human and we like to get attention regardless of our cultural upbringing. In my opinion, the Japanese were more than ready to channel their hidden desire for individuality and acceptance into something “allowable.”Singing has long been a part of the Japanese culture as it has brought them feelings of happiness. Corporate workers tend to feel a sense of relief from their fast-paced lives when they sing, so Karaoke is a natural outcome of their desires.When whoever the Japanese genius was that created Karaoke did so, the masses were ready to jump in with both feet.A few decades ago (in Japan), “Karaoke boxes” were created for people who wished to hear themselves sing. They were soundproof, just in case the singer was not so good. These boxes were set up anywhere the need warranted, from subway stations to street corners.Eventually, Karaoke bars began to spring up all over Japan. It soon became so popular that there were even “Karaoke cabs” that provided people the means to sing on their way home from work! Sometimes the singers would be required to pay to sing. This became a good source of income for many business owners.Karaoke also has practical uses for the Japanese. They like to sing western tunes and invariably they are able to learn English or other languages. It is also asignificant tool regarding socialization, given that it holds no prejudice in terms of ‘good singers vs bad.’The Karaoke phenomenon eventually spread throughout Asia and Europe, and of course, the United States.Laser discs helped to bolster the popularity of this new form of entertainment.These 12-inch albums were first produced, as far as I know, by Pioneer Audio. Iassume they were made in the same format as the 12-inch movie discs that startedto become popular and then fizzled when DVDs hit the scene.The Pioneer laser disc is really a work of art. Each and every song has its ownvideo behind the lyrics. This entertained audiences as much as the actual singing. I had people that would come to my shows just to watch Karaoke videos.I have to credit Pioneer for putting so much effort into their product. It was one of the reasons that my early shows were so successful. Everyone wanted to see

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