In favor of Lip-sync
The advent of technology had changed the many ways in which men do certain things. For example, electronic synthesizers and other pre-recording electronic medium had enabled singers to forego live singing. Many people would object to such things, arguing that it is deceiving people. For my case, I am in favor of lip-syncing for two reasons:
First, lip-sync made possible a livelier and entertaining performance that can make the audience actively participate. Not all people really appreciate good singing voice and they do not care less whether one sings like an angel as long as he is not off-key. When a person went to a concert, especially the young people, they do not want to only hear good singing voice that can make them lull to sleep. For them, a good performance, with plenty of jumping around and exquisite smart dance moves, is more preferable and worth going to. It makes them enjoy and take part in the concert, not merely acting as audience. The concert then becomes a two way communication: the audience and the performer. All of their senses, their eyes, ears and body are made awake by all the jumping and running around, tempting them to move from their seats and make them shout with glee. As a result, the people began to de-stress themselves from all their daily cares and burdens. The truth of the matter is that in this age of fast pace living where it seems man has no more time to enjoy himself ( to dance and clap his hands), in his pursuit for daily survival and running after his dream career, the concert that he gave his time to and which he is willing to pay for is like a stopping junction for him to relax and wriggle all the stress away.
It may be true that he can dance and jump all by himself if he wants to but the bad thing is he will not be enjoying and be as motivated as when he went to a concert that showcased enjoyable music with lively dance acts by popular stars. Therefore, it does not matter whether their favorite stars lip-sync, as long as they do great movements on stage. It is not possible for the stars, like the Spice Girls, to move and sing at the same time, because as human beings they are also limited. All the dancing can take all their breath away, making them huff and puff which would be irritating and disturbing to hear over a microphone. In other words, the audience has a choice: if they want more fun, relax and de-stress, then they should allow their stars to lip-sync. Otherwise, they should not complain if they are only entertained with dance movements that are so inhibited they would not be tempted to dance themselves (Wiltz, 1988).
The second reason is that exposure to technology had stepped up people’s taste for beauty and art. The audience is already exposed to artistic MTV’s through their computer or television sets so their level of expectation had already risen. In other words, they cannot be entertained anymore with what is just common and ordinary; they want more movements and acts, more special effects, more gimmicks. It droves them with delight to see MTV videos replicated onstage, which of course requires lip-sync. Moreover, with the help of technology most people can sound as good as their singing stars.
They are therefore not as awed as before with the singing prowess of their stars. The truth is, nowadays, the singing voice had become a subordinate to the image that is performing before them. The star’s popularity, beauty, charisma and ability to draw the crowd wild had become a much more important ingredient for a successful concert as opposed to relying on the singing voice alone. Besides, the use of technology cannot be stopped. One will never be sure if their favorite singing star did sing live or not. So one might as well go to a concert that makes him enjoy thoroughly with the combination of a lively sing and dance performance, in accordance to his taste and expectations. I do agree what was being said that if one really wants to hear their favorite singing stars sing, then they just listen to them at home (Wiltz, 1988).
Wiltz, Teresa. Not Live. Chicago Tribune, August 11, 1988.