Everyone who has ever given a karaoke system to their parents as a gift knows for sure: dad is never overjoyed at such a novelty. You can’t really blame him for this. Older men are used to restraining themselves so as not to seem funny or overly emotional. Our fathers are as hard as nails. They don’t sing, don’t dance, and don’t do anything that could ruin their reputation. So today let’s teach our dads to relax and sing karaoke.
Step 1. Singing is Masculine
The modern show business is certainly full of performers whose stage personae are far from living up to the older generation’s expectations. Even so, there are lots and lots of examples of “classically masculine” singers. Grigory Leps or Bruce Springsteen, to name but a few. And let’s be frank about it: in ancient times, singing was largely a male prerogative as bards, minstrels, skalds and skomorokhs fascinated their listeners with their male voices. Has your dad ever seen anyone more masculine than vikings? And the Northerners were no less famous for their singing talent than for sailing skills. Tell your dad: singing is one of the most masculine hobbies ever.
Step 2. Learning to Sing is Easy
A lot of fathers (and not only fathers) shy away from karaoke because they think they can’t sing. Very few people indeed are born with a natural singing talent, even less – with a musical ear. Nearly everyone acquires such skills at a music school or with the help of a tutor. It’s not uncommon for a musician to become a star first, and only then to actually learn to sing. It is quite simple to learn to sing though as your dad has thousands of free vocal lessons on YouTube and other platforms, all at his disposal. In two or three months he will well be able to sing decently, and some steady karaoke practice will get him up to the level of TV song contests.
Step 3. A Healthy Hobby
Your dad probably doesn’t bother much with a physical warm-up or a jog at the stadium. Such a lifestyle is not very healthy, to put it mildly. Regardless of how old you are, your body needs some optimal physical activity to keep going. Although karaoke is not the same as a real treadmill and, naturally, isn’t as helpful as a personal coach at the gym, it is a known fact now that singing has a positive effect on our bodies. When your dad sings, his lungs are hard at work oxygenating the brain and the whole body. This is a simple, yet healthy hobby which gives you the necessary exercise, helps to overcome insomnia and improves your overall quality of life.
Step 4. Karaoke is a Way of Communication
The most unpleasant thing about ageing is that you have fewer social ties while your need for communication is still the same. People understand it well in Europe and Asia, and that’s why the number of clubs and events for the older generation there is growing. There are lots of elderly tourists in Europe – not because they’re so well-off but because various state and private programmes enable them to do that and to follow the recommendations to travel more, to communicate, to try out new things and enjoy their life. Karaoke at home can become the core of a get-together where your dad could find new friends or keep in touch with the people he knows. A karaoke night with neighbours, friends or relatives – sounds like a good time!
One by one, guide your dad through all the steps so that he understands the main thing: karaoke is not just some new “fancy stuff” in his flat. That’s a lifestyle, both fun and healthy. It’s a hobby that can motivate to work on yourself and develop new skills. Whatever the age, your dad will catch his second wind as soon as he lets himself sing his heart out, releasing stress and feelings.
Give your parents a karaoke system as a gift so that you can come by and have family karaoke parties together. Keep calm and sing karaoke!
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