?

Log in

 
 
07 February 2007 @ 08:35 am
When Guitars Take Over Your Life  
So. Remember my new toy, Guitar Hero 2? Yeah, that was pretty much the weekend (between me and the kids). Not to mention a couple of late nights and a few slightly late days to work. ;)


I spent Monday "on tour" going up through 4 levels of songs until my right wrist was frozen. Back for more Monday night, where I discovered an Aerosmith song I'd never heard before. Whoo! And a song by Alice In Chains that I don't know and don't "get" musically, which drove me to try out an Iggy Pop song instead. I've always felt that Iggy Pop was kind of like the Plastic Ono Band. Everybody talks about him, but no-one really listens to his music. I've also gotten hooked on "Strutter" in just a week, and now I hate myself for liking a Kiss song, but there it is. Damn you, Guitar Hero!

"Last Child" by Aerosmith was last night's discovery, which has a riff that's highly remiscent of "Fame" but in general is snappy and a little bit funky. Makes me remember why I prefer it when Aerosmith is more like Led Zeppelin and (unpopular opinion alert!) less like Pop. "Love In An Elevator" might as well be by Van Halen, which is not a group I like.

I played it again Tuesday morning, and I got a cool Black dude guitarist I've never seen before. I don't think I did him justice in the first few tries, but by evening it was better. He vaguely looks like Jimi Hendrix but dresses fancier. However, the bouncy jumping up and down with the guitar is just wrong. More confidence, less bounce. :0 Still have yet to get Fat Lars as a guitarist, but perhaps he has to be purchased with Gig bucks.

The Spinal Tap song stayed in my head all of Saturday-- good pace to bike to outdoors.

My new manager confessed to me yesterday morning that he had caved over the weekend and bought Guitar Hero at Target after hearing me rave about it. \o/ I am the PUSHER! He's on the Easy Level still (I don't have the heart to tell him that my 9-year-old is pretty much rocking that level), and having a great time. My son persisted enough to make it through several songs on Easy, and in fact, both kids have learned something new about the value of practicing hard things until they get easier. This is a revelation for them both, Christopher because many things come easily to him and Lauren because in the past there has never been "learning." There is only "knowing" something and total failure! And if it isn't perfect right away, then she doesn't want to try. This is a major change for her.


In other news, my son does NOT need braces right away. We thought he had two upper front teeth reversed (oy-- what a problem that would have been), but instead the snaggly tooth we're seeing is simply an extra baby tooth. As soon as it gets pulled, there should be room for the others to come down where they belong. I welcome this bit of weirdness, especially compared to braces and trading tooth positions with guy wires and rubber bands.

My own teeth hurt right now, mainly the back molars. Can't tell if it's excessive grinding at night (I only do it in my sleep, which makes it hard to quit or gauge how serious it is), or because the teeth that will someday need crowns are a little closer to needing them right now. I had no idea what crowns were used for prior to my last dentist visit. I always thought it was for teeth that were half-rotten. No-one ever told me about cracking around the filling and the tooth eventually weakening.

Remember when you were little and you didn't know any of this stuff? When your only worry was whether you'd get dessert after dinner? Yeah. I miss those days too...
 
 
 
Entendre? Make mine a double.: SN Sam surpriseddeirdre_c on February 7th, 2007 12:47 pm (UTC)
Not like Van Halen!!! Say it's not so! (I blame it all on that goddamn Hagar. *g*)

Thing 2 gets a retainer in a few weeks that he has to wear for 6 months, and then he's done for a couple of years until the real braces go on. :p

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on February 7th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
Not like Van Halen!!! Say it's not so! (I blame it all on that goddamn Hagar. *g*)
Were you who called it "Van Hagar" in its dark days?

No, I just don't like their music. Which is sad, because David Lee Roth is a hell of a rockNroll singer (although too much screaming for my taste, BUT it's on-key), and Eddie Van Halen is an incredible guitarist. But those two things don't alter the fact that their music doesn't appeal to me at all.

On the reverse side, I wonder if I'd ever like Alanis Morrisette's music or Rush if I didn't absolutely the singers' voices.

Thing 2 gets a retainer in a few weeks that he has to wear for 6 months, and then he's done for a couple of years until the real braces go on. :p
My daughter will get her early braces off soon-- they've spread her upper palate as much as they can, and it matches the lower one. Next time around teeth will be pulled.

My son escapes until later! I'd prefer one round of braces per child, but when you're correct major structural problems that doesn't always work out. It is a HUGE relief to find out that he doesn't have swapped teeth. \o/
PamalaX: JSWTFpamalax on February 7th, 2007 02:22 pm (UTC)
My kids want guitar hero so badly they actually sat down yesterday and agreed to split the cost.

My kids agree... cooperate about nothing so this must be one hell of a game.

Looks like I will be taking them to buy it this weekend but I will steer clear of it myself because I really dont need a new addiction
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on February 7th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
cooperate about nothing so this must be one hell of a game.
It IS. My nephew used birthday money to buy it, and his thank you note said "I used it toward buying Guitar Hero 2, the greatest game in the history of forever."

And it was TRUE. *thumb all itchy to strum notes now*

You should try it. It's wonderful, and this addiction will give you good feedback and not snark behind your back (once you get through the initial learning curve, where you'll get booed and maybe eventually bomb out of the song). :0
PamalaX: Alexwallpamalax on February 7th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)
So how much is this thing gonna set me back.

I mean most of the time they're trying to kill each other so if they are willing to chip in together I gotta a least put up a 3rd in the name of offspring cooperation.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on February 8th, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)
If you have Playstation2 already, you can buy the guitar and game bundle at amazon.com for about 80 bucks. :D

Do it! Do it! Do.It!
PamalaXpamalax on February 8th, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
Do it! Do it! Do.It!

Bad influence!!

Guitar Hero pusher :o)
Deadbeat Nymphdeadbeat_nymph on February 7th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
I've always felt that Iggy Pop was kind of like the Plastic Ono Band. Everybody talks about him, but no-one really listens to his music.

Bwahahaha! That is too funny and very true. Now I want me some "Search and Destroy"...

Damn, now I really want this game. I have never owned a video game system of any kind, but this sounds so awesome... Before moving into a roommate-free place, I did develop a fondness for the Urbs, Grand Theft Auto, God of War and one of the Resident Evils, number 4 maybe? Anyway, when I can, I think I'll have to indulge... And based on your description alone, Guitar Hero does sound like the awesomest game in the history of forever.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on February 8th, 2007 01:53 am (UTC)
Now I want me some "Search and Destroy"...
That might be the song that's on Guitar Hero 2, but since I only played it the one time and don't know it, my memory fails me on that one.

I still badly want Led Zeppelin, Blue Oyster Cult, and Radar Love on there (my son put in a vote for that last one). Because who the heck are wolfmother and some of these other bands? :0

Anyway, when I can, I think I'll have to indulge... And based on your description alone, Guitar Hero does sound like the awesomest game in the history of forever.
It totally is! \o/ Everyone's having a blast with it at our house, except my husband who feels that he lacks the motor-control to be successful at it. I expect he'll at least try it out sometime thought, probably when no-one else is at home.

Playstation 2 cost me about $130 at overstock.com, and then the guitar/game bundle was $80 at amazon.com. WELL WORTH IT, if you can afford it. Not that I'm obsessed or biased or anything... :0
Princess Robot Bubblegum!babelmira on February 8th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
And heres me wishing that mine will get traintracks in a week from the orthodontist. It'll make life easier than the plate he's got just now.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on February 8th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
It'll make life easier than the plate he's got just now.
Sometimes braces ARE the better answer. Our daughter needed them to split her upper palate and then move things around to the front. My husband wound up with oral surgery and a jaw wired shut in his early 20s, so the braces method is definitely better if it works!

I just don't want Christopher having early braces for freaky structural repair(he's only 7). I've resigned myself to the fact that he'll obviously need them later (because Mick Jagger teeth scare me, and that's where he's headed otherwise). :0

Good luck to Stuart with the appointment. :)
Princess Robot Bubblegum!babelmira on February 9th, 2007 12:06 am (UTC)
No, I wouldn't want a 7yo in traintracks either. Stewart's nearly 12. But, yeah, braces at 12 are way better than jaw ops at 25.

I'm dreading the appointment for the tts, becuase we've had the info leaflet and there's pain involved, so I'll keep him off school that day and maybe take him the pictures. So I hope there's somehting decent on that day.

Thanks for the thought
aeroport_art: aeroport_art on February 8th, 2007 08:32 am (UTC)
Oh, crowns. I had a root canal, but that *was* because my tooth was half-rotten =_=

Go to Taiwan and get it done for CHEAP! Ha. Hey I'm still here, aren't I? :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on February 8th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
You scare me. :0

Hee!