here's part of the blog backup.......
it's sad but true that for our church family camp the weekend before last, our rev phil wanted to do karaoke.... yes, the "k" word.
so i hunted for mac karaoke software
( I appreciate that my rather low coolness factor has now gone into the negaitve zone)
but in case you want a family karaoke night or late night drunken singalong..........
QMidi - which I ended up using
Ktunes - which i couldnt figure out
(but you can get a really sad example of "Twist and Shout" here. a 3mb mov file. supposed to play iTunes songs.
iStar - what a catchy name! almost as good as iPopstar or iDol... well this is supposed to be the bees knees, but it seemed to squash the lyrics.
apparently there's a CD format called CD+G (G=graphics?) that is designed for Karaoke. it includes the words but needs a CD+G player.... (now THATS what to look for on your new DVD player)
SO.... I just went with QMidi, which looked more basic but seemed to work fine, although I'm sure the others would have.
but where to get songs.
this will really scare you....
1780 songs over at Free Karaoke.
what you get is very cheesy GM (general midi - think cheap keyboard sounds) files with sort of synchronised lyrics.
well, on the night , no one performed (I think phil could have worked on the crowd a bit more), but we had a very funny singalong. songs running on the mac and projected in front of the audience and sound out to P.A. from the mac.
it was hilarious because some of the song lyrics were so out of time (American Pie) and some of the song arrangements so cheesy, and because some of the lyrics were completely wrong.
and then..... some of the lyrics....
for "runaround sue"
"bumda haydy haydy, hep, hep"
will be special around here for a long time.
people are already saying "bumda!" in church. it has so many liturgical applications. I'm trying to work it into a "passing the peace" ritual...
also sad to say that Abba was a big hit. apparently they really wanted to sing "Waterloo". I'd never heard of it. But then.... Abba...? All I know of Abba is Norman Gunston's "Fernando" and "Muriel's Wedding".
is this more than you or i wanted to know about karaoke. yes.
will you have a sneak preview of 1780 songs (that will also work on PC if you download a free karaoke player)?
bet you will.