Near, far, wherever you are—you sang, “My Heart Will Go On.”
What was the most popular karaoke song? In 1998, and possibly in 1999, I had to test my nerve and patience every night listing to the theme song of “Titanic” the movie more than ten times at least at SBK. I often heard two rooms singing the song at the same time.
I can’t stand the voice of Celine Dion. I don’t like the way she sings although I don’t dislike her. How can I dislike her? I don’t know her. I try not to listen to and watch her. I can’t know her. Her voice and way of singing just makes me feel ill. It’s all about me. Nothing to do with her, but I can’t help.
Back to 1998, whenever one person began singing this song in a karaoke room, everyone in the room immediately joined the singer. I could hear everyone in the room singing his or her heart out. Each room had only two microphones, but it didn’t matter. The voices of those who were not using the microphones were louder than the voices through the microphones.
The room was rocking. Then another room began to sing the same song. Then other rooms started rocking.
My nightmare began. Every night. It lasted all night.
Of course, no Celine in any of the karaoke rooms. But it was worse. All of them tried to sing like Celine although no one could sing like her; after all, it’s one big reason why you do karaoke. Celine is a great singer, I have to admit. And I still don’t like her singing. Can you imagine how I felt listening to ten bad (sorry) singers trying to sound like Celine at the same time? And they were very loud.
This routine lasted at least one year. After singing “My Heart Will Go On,” customers often tried to get my agreement on how good the movie was. It must be better than listening to the song ten times, I always thought.
A positive outcome came out of this experience. I mastered the art of how to block the sound out of my mind.
Now I don’t hear you singing near, far, wherever you are.