Monday, November 12, 2012

Tune up that air guitar: Classic rock style

The theme came to me as soon as I turned on the car this afternoon and switched over to a classic rock FM station.

Boston's "Foreplay/Long Time" was playing, and like so many times before I was taken back in time to my teens when I'd "strap on" that air guitar and just start wailing away.

Come on, lots of us have done it at one time or another in our music listening lives.  Isn't that pretty much what "Guitar Hero" is all about?  And there's a national pizza chain store that has people standing on a sidewalk, dancing away and playing their best air guitar tunes while holding a big cardboard sign in the shape of a very large Fender, or something like it.

Just imagine, making a little dough (the green paper currency kind, not the pizza kind) while putting in some ear buds hooked up to a portable tune player, getting in the mood, stepping away from the safety of that private room where no one else can see you, and playing just like Townshend or Van Halen themselves for the whole world to observe.

Don't be ashamed.  Playing air guitar pretty much means that when it comes to being a hard-core music fan, you're basically ... normal.

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