So I've been in Louisiana the past few days. Long story that I'll tell you another time, but the main idea is I'm staying with my BFF, Shara, and her hubs, George, back in LA where I grew up. Some mutual friends (Amanda and TJ) of all of ours live just down the street or around the corner or something, so tonight they came over for dinner to visit before I head back to the TX. George made some rocking cheeseburgers, and Shara made yummy brownies for dessert. (win-win!)
After a dinner of magic cheeseburgers, we decided to play some Guitar Hero. Well, I use "we" as a very loose term. Technically, Shara decided we should play Guitar Hero, because Amanda and I chose to make Shara choose the game. I've only played Guitar Hero (actually, it was Rock Band) once before in my life, and truly? It changed me. Forever. (Please see pic above.) I was visiting friends in Virginia Beach and Kris (left) had just gotten it for her birthday. Needless to say, we represented. No one has every committed themselves to Rock Band the way we did that weekend. We were golden.
This is exactly why this girl is my friend for life.
So tonight when Shara mentioned Guitar Hero, I was in. Sure, I've played this before. It's just like Rock Band, and I think we can all agree that I was created to play Rock Band. Bring. It On.
First up was The Joke by The Steve Miller Band, and surprisingly, these lovely group of people suggested I sing. Me. Sing. This is amazing for 3 reasons: (1) I am not good. At all. (2) Shara regularly tells me to not sing, which I regularly IGNORE, and (3) I was not allowed to sing during above mentioned Rock Band party (see reason #1). So getting the mic this go around was the highlight of my life. And let me just tell you...I. Nailed. It. 96% my friends! 96!!! I mean, who even does that? That means I hit 96% of the notes. What that means exactly, I have no idea, but I know it's good even if my voice isn't! To all the haters, I have one thing to say: Boo. Yah.
Since there were 5 of us and only 3 instruments, after each song, we rotated right. Next up for this rock star? The drums. You guys? I LOOOOVE the drums. Love them with my whole heart and soul. It has been a lifelong dream to play. So Bon Jovi kicks on and the band plays and I kid you not, within like 4 lines of the song, the band "loses" thanks to who? The drummer. Which is me. Gah. Okay, let's try one more time. Here comes Bon Jovi. Shara is rocking the guitar. Amanda is singing her heart out. Drums kick in. Fail. TWICE! The game gave up on me (Hi Kathryn!). I slowly slid that drum set right back over to TJ who was owning it before I got my hands on it. They finished it in style.
On the Road Again by Willie Nelson. Instruments move to the right so I'm on guitar. I got this. I can do guitar. Observe:
Music kicks in. Drummer is drumming. I start what I believe is about to be one amazing performance. I'm pushing red, green, red, green, yellow...and nothing is happening. Silence from the guitar. George says "You gotta strum Jenny!" Oh right. This little bar thing over here. So I have to do one thing with my left hand, and something else entirely with my right? Not my strongest quality. So I'm strumming and hitting buttons and things are just going downhill fast, when all of a sudden - FAIL. Geez Guitar Hero, is there no learning curve here or what? When the whole game gives up because of your lacking button pushing strumming skills, it's just not good.
Dude, whatever. Where are those dessert brownies? The brownies never give up on you. And you know what? I will never give up on the brownies.