Thursday, October 04, 2007

While My Air Guitar Gently Weeps...

So there are times when, being a father, you feel like you're doing all the right things with your kids. And then there are times when you say to yourself, "How did I let this happen?"

For instance, the other night I was browsing iTunes and came upon an iMix for Ultimate Air Guitar Collection. I called my son over to show him the list (since he is now taking guitar lessons) and he looked at it and said..."What's an Air Guitar?" My heart sank. Was it possible that I had raised a son who had never experienced wearing headphones in front of a bedroom mirror playing an invisible guitar with abandon? I looked at him and said, "Son, before there was American Idol, Karaoke and Guitar Hero, we used to crank up the tunes and strum the air with vigor, pretending to wave the long hair we didn't have and singing into a hairbrush. I even remember a time when I was at a college visiting friends and we attended a 'Battle of the Air Bands' where top prize went to the Robert Palmer 'Addicted to Love' entry (They rocked.) We didn't need fancy electronic gadgets and talent to have fun. We made it up - we faked it 100%. I told him that people turn pro and compete to be able to enter the World Championships in Finland. They even made a documentary about the search to find someone from the USA who had enough 'Airguitarness' to represent. Check it out:

So now I feel it is my fatherly duty to invest the $25 in the following digitized songs for the sake of my son, and the fading legacy of the Air Guitar Mullet Heads out there.

Here's the Beginner's List:

[Johnny B. Goode] Chuck Berry
[(I Cant Get No) Satisfaction] The Rolling Stones
[Purple Haze] The Jimi Hendrix Experience
[Smoke On the Water] Deep Purple
[More Than a Feeling] Boston
[Wild Thing] The Troggs
[Walk This Way] Run-DMC
[Layla] Derek & The Dominos
[Free Bird] Lynyrd Skynyrd
[Bohemian Rhapsody] Queen
[Black Magic Woman!] Santana
[American Woman] The Guess Who
[Hot for Teacher] Van Halen
[Crazy Train] Ozzy Osbourne
[White Room] Cream
[Frankenstein] Edgar Winter
[Fortunate Son] Creedence Clearwater Revival
[Born to Be Wild] Steppenwolf
[Cinnamon Girl] Neil Young
[Sweet Child o Mine] Guns N Roses
[Barracuda] Heart
[Cat Scratch Fever] Ted Nugent
[You've Got Another Thing Coming] Judas Priest
[All Right Now] Free
[Walk Away] James Gang


1 comment:

Amaryllis said...

You write very well.