That one guitar, felt good in his hands
Didn't take long, to understand
Just one guitar, slung way down low
Was his one way ticket, only one way to go
This weekend, I was introduced to a new way of life; a foreign
land that I had only read about. I had been part of this world once before...many years earlier before becoming old and jaded. My heart was freer then and I could slow down and savor the joys of new opportunities. I was young...I was innocent...I was... the gamer.
This past weekend, at what should have been a playdate
for my son, I was chatting with my friend's husband. They had recently moved into their house and were slowly settling in. Their three year had claimed much of the house with his toys, books and videos. The buzz of battery operated machines occupied much of their new home...including the basement.
He took me down to the room where little kids were forbidden without the company of the big kids. There in the corner, sat a 50" flat-screen, HiDef
TV. And next to it sat the machine that has forever taunted me; PlayStation II.
I am a joystick man. Perhaps I should use past tense; I was
a joystick man. Atari was my game of choice. I was the master at Asteroids
. One time I had played for over 5 hours straight until
my brother tripped over the cords when he went to the bathroom. I mean, who can think of peeing at a time like that?
Fast forward to 2007. A plasma TV beckoning me to engage it with the idle Playstation
II laying at its feet. The problem; that fucking controller. It has more buttons than an upholstery store. I couldn't
embarrass myself with that. I tried to explain my problem. The man just smiled.
He walked to the closet and returned with...the guitar.
He said, "We're not going to play golf or racing. We're playing Guitar Heroes."
This is what wet dreams are made of; a chance to jam like Slash or Mick Mars. In seconds, he had the track list up for me to choose which song I was going to grace Springfield, VA with as I magically connected with this instrument.
I looked over as I imagined the smoke filled room packed with screaming fans."We're going all fucking out. Sweet Child of Mine, for fucks sake."
He looked over. "Dude, you're standing in the middle of Thomas the Tank Engine set. Relax on the language.""Okay, sorry"
I said aloud, but my mind was saying. "Shut the fuck up and turn the fucker on."
notes rang out as I watched a twenty-something, long-haired, tattooed rocker--the mirror image of me--finely pick the notes. Meanwhile, I began struggling to connect three fingers to green, yellow and blue buttons.Umm
, the song isn't sounding so great. It seems that if one misses the notes on the
guitar, they subsequently don't play in the song.
Pretty soon, there is grumbling and boos coming from the TV. "What the fuck is that?"
I ask."Dude, it's interactive. They are booing you because... well, because...let me put it a way you can understand it... you fucking suck."
The song stops midway and I am booed off stage. Me. The guy who saw Poison three times."They aren't going fuck with me. I'm doing it again."
This time I made it through the whole
song. Two cuts later, I completed it with a 'good' standing. Then I went on to Cherry Pie and succeeded with that. (OK, I got booed off the first time then too.) Then it was Shout at the Devil followed by Heart Shaped Box.
Nothing could stop me. I was going to jam forever. Fans were grabbing at my pants begging..."Daddy, move. I wanna play with Thomas."
And that one guitar made his whole life change
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