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“The word karaoke is derived from two Japanese words ‘kara’ comes from the word ‘karappo’ meaning empty or void and ‘oke’ comes from the word ‘okesutura’ or orchestra. Karaoke songs are typically music reproductions without the voice of the singer.”
Who does not like to do karaoke? This will be a hit even if we can’t have friends over (remember those days?). it’s just as fun to belt out some tunes solo. Open YouTube on your smartphone, find a karaoke banger with background music and on-screen lyrics, and connect the mic via Bluetooth. Both the background music and your vocals come out of the on-device speakers. Get it in a wild colour. I recommend pink. It just adds to the performance.
5 Tips for Not Sucking at Karaoke
Often when we choose karaoke songs, we’re thinking about the hooks. There’s a chorus we know everyone in the room wants to sing along to, and we punch it in without thinking about if we actually know how the song goes. Once a friend puts on Jamiroquai’s “Virtual Insanity,” as if it didn’t have twisting, syncopated verses and a sort of spoken-word breakdown that you can’t really pull off unless you are Jay Kay (you know, the lead singer of Jamiroquai, don’t ask me why I know that).
Jesse Rauch, the commissioner of Washington, D.C.’s, District Karaoke, wants to stress that you don’t have to have a good voice to be good at karaoke. “What matters is how much of you you’re able to add to it—how much fun, or energy, or drama, can you infuse into your performance?” However, if your voice is cracking, you probably won’t be able to focus on a dramatic performance. Get a sense of what your vocal range is. Hell, sing some scales in the shower and see how high and low you can go. Just don’t attempt Prince’s “Kiss” if you’re a baritone.
When choosing what will become your karaoke anthem, remember that generally, people like singing along to songs they know (wow, some great insight into the human mind here on GQ). “Picking a song that people have heard before—throwbacks are a good example—helps people come along for the journey,” says Rauch. However, on either extreme lies danger. According to Rauch, there are some songs that should just be retired from karaoke. “‘My Heart Will Go On’ is at the top of my list, as is ‘Wrecking Ball.’ I think ‘Rehab’ is also overdone,” he says, not to mention “Sweet Caroline,” “Don’t Stop Believing,” and “Livin’ on a Prayer.” These are obvious, and you’re better than that
4. Know your audience.
All of that advice goes out the window if you know your group fucking loves Barenaked Ladies B-Sides. Different karaoke groups have different vibes. Some flip to the latest pop hits and take turns belting and dancing around to Bruno Mars like they’re at a wedding. Some are only there for show tunes. Sometimes your best friend breaks out “Redneck Woman” and you realize literally everything is on the table and go mad with power.
There’s a scene in Magic Mike XXL where Mike (Channing Tatum) asks Big Dick Richie (Joe Manganiello) if he likes dancing to “Hotter Than Hell” by KISS. “I know it crushes, but do you like it?” he asks. “Do you play it when you’re not onstage?” It turns out that Richie, who dresses as a fireman during that song, is afraid of fire, and eventually he changes his selection to “Closer” by Nine Inch Nails.
1. Garth Brooks, “Friends In Low Places”
2. David Bowie and Queen, “Under Pressure”
3. Barenaked Ladies, “One Week”
4. Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
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