I Am A Rocker, I Rock Out
April 22, 2008


I am all about singing in the car. Especially when it's just me, the windows are up, and my favorite song just started playing. I will not hesitate to sing at the top of my lungs. It's totally therapeutic.

Though, I often wonder, if someone who liked to sing while driving had actual singing skills, would they sing at the top of their lungs? Or would they try to harmonize and sing along with whatever song came on? I am completely lacking in the vocal skills category, but every once in a while, I try to harmonize or sing along in what I think is my "natural singing voice". It never sounds right to me (probably because I'M NOT DOING IT RIGHT). So I go back to my tried and true method of singing at the top of my lungs, or trying to imitate whoever might be singing the song I'm listening to. It turns out this imitating the singer thing is actually useful for something, because I totally kicked some arse playing Rock Band (warning: site has music) with my littlest brother on Sunday.

The littlest brother (who just turned 18 - OH MY GOD I FEEL OLD), and his best friend were both on guitar. So I was left with choosing the drums or vocals. I picked drums. And after only a few notes, it became painfully aware that drums are HARD! Even on the easiest setting, I wasn't doing very well. It was the first time I'd played them, so I guess that should be expected, but I was still feeling more inept than I should have. After my second sucktastic attempt, the boyfriend comes in and decides he wants to try the drums. So I'm now left with the microphone. I figure I've done karaoke, I can do this. We all decide on playing Creep by Radiohead. A song that I practically know by heart. Even if there hadn't been lyrics going across the screen, I would have done okay. But there were, so I was fine. And as it turns out, the game WANTS you to imitate the vocals! I ended up scoring 96%! I ROCKED! I have mad imitation singing skillz! All that singing in the car totally paid off! We played 3 more songs: The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and David Bowie. And I scored above 90% on all of them.

The first time I played Guitar Hero, I was pretty smitten, but I think I may be in love with Rock Band. I may have to really buy that Wii now...



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