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"It's 9 o'clock on a Saturday…." rings out through the air."Piano Man", a song made popular by Billy Joel in the mid 1980's has found new fame from Bob, a middle-age salesman from Barnegat, New Jersey.No it's not Saturday but actually Thursday night at "Desperados", and it is karaoke night.To some, just the mention of the word fills the mind with pictures of tone-deaf individuals who couldn't carry a tune in a bucket.To others, it's a chance to be a star; at least for 3 and a half minutes.
To most, karaoke means'tone-deaf'.Originating in Japan, karaoke is a Japanese abbreviated compound word."Kara" comes from the word "karappo" meaning empty and "oke" is the abbreviation for"okesutura" or orchestra.Music tapes, which only the accompaniment (music without vocals) is recorded, were named "karaoke".Legend has it, whenever musicians failed to show or were too sick to perform, the owner of the bar would prepare these tapes to play and ask local vocalists to sing along to them.Even though it is just a legend, this is believed to be the birth of karaoke.
In its earlier days, karaoke served two purposes.By following the text that was displayed along with the music, Japanese businessmen learned English in an enjoyable manner.It also allowed them to come together and have fun.In ancient times, a party became enlivened when someone would begin singing and others kept time with hand clapping, making the atmosphere more cheerful.It didn't matter whether the person could sing well or not.Even if he sang out of tune, it sparked laughter and made the party more enjoyable.
Now twenty years later, karaoke has grown into a worldwide phenomenon.What is it about karaoke that makes the average person act like a kid who forgot his daily dose of ridlin?With the rise of reality show…