Monday, August 4, 2008

Guitar Hero

Okay, so a few months back, I was TURNED ON to Rock Band. I was having so much fun "playing" the bass guitar and belting out Blondie's Call Me that I completely forgot it was just a game. I was no longer in my friend's media room with my kids eating a year's worth of M&Ms in the next room... no... I was on stage... at The Whiskey! YEAH! After a few sets, I was forced to relenquish the guitar and the mic and take my Sugar Babies home to sleep. It was, after all, nearly midnight.

One of the things I've always loved is the sound of a guitar. At a campfire, usually. I used to make moon eyes at the guys playing. Somehow, knowing those few chords seemed to elevate their handsome factor by leaps and bounds. I mean, how else do you suppose Tom Petty gets 'em? My new favorite guitar heroes are Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson. Those guys are already pretty cute. Strap on the guitar and oh-my-my.

My husband, The Pilot had always wanted to learn, so this year he bought not one, but two guitars. An acoustic one and an electric one with a whammy bar that the Banana Girl loves to rock! (I wonder how much of his hours of practice had to do with the way I stare at Jack Johnson on VH1?) So the other night, I was at church watching a chick play. Since I've been kind of picking along as The Pilot learns, I could actually follow what this girl was playing. I was like, wow! When she was done I pulled her aside and started asking her about the music, so she gave me what she had. I knew how the song was supposed to go and just needed to play the three chords that went along with it. I went home and miracle of all miracles, I could play a song! Not all rockstar, but I could play just the same.

I always wanted to learn an instrument, but I had tricked myself into believing that it was too late or that it would be too hard to learn something like that at my age as opposed to learning as a child. Then I thought, what the hell? What's the worst that could happen? I could get a couple of blisters and realize it wasn't for me. When I put my plucking and the song together, the combo confirmed that I could learn. So here I am... plucking away at this thing... I was thinking about shooting some video of it... but it's Monday and I just don't have it in me to practice chords AND shoot video. But hey, I get to check off another thing on My Life's Wish List.

#37: Learn to play an instrument.

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Here's a shot of The Pilot at play:



UPDATED 08/07/08: Apparently, we've all been infected by Guitar-itis... this just came today for Banana Girl. She has decided to call her band "Daisy Rock" after her new pink guitar. How cute is that?! I'm askin'!

6 comments:

Tracee said...

I tricked myself into believing learning a 2nd language would be too hard. But, I'm excellent at English - a language. I tricked myself so much I never even tried and though I was far from excellent at math, I took the math instead of the language requirement in college.

Ann said...

ROCK on! Just saw via Twitter you accomplished something on the big list and had to come see! This is a cool one. Totally impressed!

Anonymous said...

Oh my Gosh! She looks so adorable with her new pink guitar...have I told you that she is just one of the sweetest girls ever?! She truly is...she was so great with Em on Tues.

Hugs,
B

D'Arcy said...

This made me laugh! I just signed up for lessons again, I haven't taken in a few years, but I realized it was time to start. My first lesson is Monday!!! Yes!

Sugar said...

We just got another guitar....

HE'S OUT OF CONTROL!!!

Naomi said...

how freakin cute if you little one with that guitar! i love it. i played a little a million years ago. then my sister sat on my guitar and broke it. that was the end of my music career. she had a tendency to break or lose the things that brought me joy. i have issues, but man, she really has issues. my daughter is more of a drummer. i'm glad i don't have room for a drum set just yet.