Not to just brag about it, but everyone in the family is musically inclined. We could hit high notes and still not miss it. I remember, I also started singing very young. I may not be a professional and the best singer, but I am confident enough to say that yes, I can sing haha!

When I was 6, my dad, who was an OFW that time bought me the coolest karaoke, that was almost my height. It comes with a cabled microphone, and two built-in cassette tape slots, where you can record while you sing along with your favorite songs. There were also knobs that allow you to mix a and set effects while you sing, and another knob to set it to a multiplex feature.

Millenials may no longer know what multiplexing means and is all about. Multiplexing (sometimes contracted to muxing) is a method by which multiple analog or digital signals are combined into one signal over a shared medium.

If I remember it right, if you turn the knob to the left, the vocals of the song go off, and when turned to the right, the vocals appear again and lets you listen to it as your guide till you master the song.

Recalling those days, I would love to have one again, and then sing with my girls like there’s no tomorrow haha! I’m sure if I look for it in some vintage stores, I’d still find one. I was actually surprised when I learned that a vintage record player still exists. My paternal grandparents had this in their home before. They even had a collection of Victor Wood’s albums and some John’s of sort (Not sure what it’s called but in Tagalog we call it “plaka“). I would hear them say “Put John on vinyl!! You think plaka and vinyl are the same? LOL!

Those days were really fun! My cousins and I would gather in my grandparents’ living room, and fight over songs to play first. We would stand by the stairs and pretend like we are professional performers. Whoever performed well would get candies of our choice from my grandmother’s variety store next street. And if we behaved well, she would take us all to a cinema on a weekend, and watch whatever newly released movies are showing.

Oh well, we still manage to enjoy our favorite bonding over Smule and Magic Sing, but it’s always good to look back and recall how it all were during your childhood. Especially now that our elders have peacefully joined our Creator, the only thing we can really do now is go back to those memories. Even when my dad was still with us, he would always rent a videoke on special occasions, and make sure that newly released songs are already there for my girls to sing along.

Anyway, since I’ve mentioned that everyone in the family is musically inclined, let me share with you some proofs haha! Here’s one of the many recordings/collabs I’ve joined over Smule.

Don’t Cry For Me Argentina

Okay, that’s enough for me! Much better if I’d show off my girls’ singing talent haha! Here’s my eldest, Derelle, singing How Far I’ll Go, the soundtrack from the latest movie Moana.

My youngest daughter, Erchelle, can also sing well. Here she was singing Yesterday’s Dream

I really love listening to them. I see myself in them when I was their age. If only I could turn back time, I would chase my  mom to enroll me to a music school and be a professional singer haha! Glad my eldest daughter, who really has the singing ability, has finally agreed to go for voice lessons this Summer. Let’s see if she won’t change her mind…

Mitch Carvalho

A full-time home-based Marketing Manager by day, 24/7 Mom, and a Blogger at any time. I’m 43 and proud. Mom of Derelle & Erchelle, sharing my adventures as I walk through motherhood and having to do most things on my own while my Indian national husband works miles away from home.