My First Karaoke Video

It’s been a year since I started karaoke.  Last Sunday, I uploaded my singing videos to a social karaoke website called  “Utasuki” for the first time.   At the karaoke station ”RoundOne”, I usually choose a room with a massage chair, but this time I chose a room with a stage.

round one

I sang “Starships”(Nicki Minaj), “Don’t tell me,” and” Music”(Madonna) there.  Even though I uploaded these videos, I’m not satisfied with them at all.  The main problem for me is hitting the high notes.  I can’t sing them well.  It is said that it gets harder to hit the high notes as people get older because the vocal cords are  muscles.   I should use them more so they don’t shrink.

Watch this PV of Madonna’s song “Don’t tell me”.   Her dancing is very artistic and sophisticated.  It encourages me to start Hip Hop dancing again.  (I’ve been doing other dances this year)  In a fitness center, not only the young but the seniors enjoy Hip Hop dance in the class.  Though I don’t have confidence in my dancing at all,  I want to upload a video of me singing and dancing someday.

I also found this song very interesting .  Maybe it would be only interesting for Madonna fans.   It is very different from the official one.   Her voice is often synthesized a lot,  but her real voice is very attractive.  I love it.

What Do You Think Are The Right Words?


A few days ago, I received a message from one of my Utasuki friends.   “Utasuki” is a social networking service for karaoke.   As for karaoke in Japan, please refer to my previous post.    The message was a request to upload my singing video.   In Japan, the video camera is equiped in each karaoke room.  The Utasuki members can easily videotape their singing scene and upload it for personal or public use in the website.  I’ve never uploaded my videos in public.   As I said before, I’m now practicing Micki Minaj’s song ”Starships.”     My singing is improving little by little.  So, maybe I’ll upload it in the near future as the request.

By the way, when I read the lyrics,  I thought the words didn’t  follow Nicki’s voice.    So, I checked the lyrics.  Then, I found there are many different words in the part!

Jump in my hoopty hoopty hoop, I own that
And I ain’t paying my rent this month, I owe that
But fuck who you want, and fuck who you like
xxxxxx, there’s no end in sight
Twinkle, twinkle little star…

What do you think are the right words in xxxxx?

There’s no light
Dance our life,
That’s our life
Dance all life
Dance all ya life
Dance how a life
Dance your whole life

In addition,  I can hear “sh”sound ” without “t.” in the part “it’s your.”
Get on the floor, floor
Like it’s your last chance
Would anyone explain for that?

Practice Speaking English with Rap Music

My favorite singers are Janis Joplin and Madonna, and I added Nicki Minaj recently.  Last week, I came across a video where Nicki and Madonna were having a conversation.  Nicki is very unique and fresh.  On the contrary, Madonna is a mature adult and has the air of the Queen of Pop.  I love both of them.

I’ve been listening to Nicki’s music while driving these days.  She is a rapper.  Although rap music isn’t my taste, I like her music, especially her voice.  It’s amazing that she can sing the rap part clearly in spite of the very quick tempo.  I thought it might be a good exercise for English pronunciation, or for my face muscle.  So, I’m practicing one of her songs “Starships”, though I mind a little that it includes some dirty words.  It’s very difficult for me to pronounce the rap part very quickly.  I wonder if native speakers can sing these songs easily.