Day Thirteen – A Song That’s a Guilty Pleasure:
I should blame it on Ace of Base. After all, if it hadn’t been for listening to them over and over (and over) again during the summer of 1993 … I probably wouldn’t have turned back to their Swedish counterparts and get into listening to ABBA again.
Not that I really knew many ABBA songs prior to my post-college years. At least I didn’t think so.
Or I should blame it on seeing “Mamma Mia.” The Broadway musical. And not the Meryl Streep / Amand Seyfried movie spectacular. It’s because of that musical that I realized I knew more ABBA songs than I ever thought.
But the absolute truth is that I blame my love of “Dancing Queen” because of something called a “Magic Mic.” And if you’re Filipino (or have ever gone to a Filipino party), you’d know that this device was the precuror to what everyone else would know as “Karaoke Revolution.” Which was, of course, one of the precurors to “Rock Band.”
Filipinos loooove their Karaoke (which literally translates to “Empty Orchestra” in Japanese). So it’s no surprise that one of the first Karaoke machines that were ever patented was invented by a Filipino. In the early 2000’s, the most popular karaoke device to have was the “Magic Mic.” In fact, no Filipino party was complete without having someone plug in their “Magic Mic” into the TV and sing along to a selection of hundreds of songs, all while images of popular Philippine tourist spots would flash on to the screen.
If you’d ever been to one of these Filipino parties … chances are, some family member or friend would drag you up to the “Magic Mic” and force you to sing. (Filipino elders are good at that!) So that’s why I came up with my “go-to” song.
I’m just grateful that this is probably one of the easiest and – let’s face it – most fun ABBA song to sing … if I was forced to sing.
What is with this 30-day song challenge?
What was yesterday‘s song?