Apparently, people are being killed over in the Phillipines over karoke renditions of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”. Authorities are attempting to figure out why the song has caused outbreaks of violence over the years which includes 6 murders in the past decade in the karoke subcategory of the “My Way Killings”.
As way of an explanation for this, it is reasoned that with karaoke being taken very seriously in that western Pacific nation, everyone thinks they can nail “My Way” much to the chagrin of the karoke bar patrons. And the New York Times offers up this possible rationale:
The murders have spawned urban legends about the song and left Filipinos grasping for answers. Are the killings the natural by-product of the country's culture of violence, drinking and machismo? Or is there something inherently sinister in the song?
Given that collective national skill set it's a wonder that karoke hasn't taken hold more in Australia, Mexico, the Ukraine, El Salvador, South Africa, Brazil and to hear the Harvard English Department tell it, right here in America.