Thursday, March 01, 2007
That lump in your throat when you get up in front of a drunken bar crowd to belt out a few karaoke tunes may not be nerves after all. Japanese doctors are reporting an increased incidence of vocal cord polyps that they link to excessive karaoke singing. The popularity of songs requiring high-pitched singing is putting undue stress on the vocal cord resulting in these growths dubbed 'karaoke polyp'. The question remains why the Chris Martin and Thom Yorke falsettos singing the original songs don't suffer from the same affliction. One idea is that they are better trained and aren't as far outside their normal range, limiting the damage compared to those of us who are only rockstars when alcohol is involved and not used to singing those notes. So next time you're out at the pub and there's a microphone involved save yourself - and your audience - and pick songs you can actually sing.