Friday, October 30, 2009

What do you do on a gloomy, rainy day?

Chrissie Hynde Well, if you're me, first you run errands and get soaked while running from the store to the car. Jeez, by the time I got into the car, it was dripping off my hair and my glasses were completely obscured. Oddly enough, by the time I got home, it was only sprinkling. Grrr. Ain't that always the way?

Then in the afternoon, if you're me, you play on Crackbook way too long (if it's so much fun, I don't know how it can be bad), and then you play some Rock Band. Yeah, baby!

In fact, this is me playing Rock Band. Well, okay, it's how I imagine I look playing Rock Band, because Chrissie is one cool rock chick. ("Brass In Pocket" would be a fun song to have on there.) If I were a rock chick for real, I think I would be Chrissie Hynde more than anyone else. She's got attitude, and I've been told that I do, too. Huh? Go figure. I haven't played with Rock Band for a while, so it was fun to try some of the songs on the original game, and to try guitar. I'm starting to get the hang of it, figured out that I need to have it slung a little lower on my hips, and now realize that I would be a better bass player than a guitarist, because it's a more natural motion for me to pull up instead of stroke down. Hahaha. I'm cracking up right now. So I tried some of the easier songs, like "Should I Stay Or Should I Go?", "Roxanne," and "Say It Ain't So" by Weezer. I even hit the whammy, baby! After Ken got home, he played drums while I played guitar, then he took over guitar and I did vocals.

"Mississippi Queen" was a lot of fun, although I'm not a huge fan of that song. I am proud to say that I did excellent on "Wanted Dead Or Alive" (much better on vocals than guitar), and when I sang the lines "I've seen a million faces...and I've rocked them all," I really got into it! Ha! Oh man, this is so much fun! This is a way for the talentless to actually feel like they have some. Talk about an ego stroker. I still need to get a scarf to tie onto the microphone.

It also reinforces my respect and appreciation for real know, the ones who don't play musicians on TV. My friends Jim, Deb, and Darren, and Indigo's Paul, are all very talented (I hope I'm not leaving anyone out), and I am always in awe of someone who can play so incredibly. I've got fumbling fingers with freakin' Rock much harder is it to do it for real? So I'll keep playing, and you guys keep doing it for real. It's your talent that makes real music, and I'm just along for the ride. You make my dreams come true!

Here is one of my favorite Pretenders songs, "Message of Love." Hard to believe that 50% of the people in this video are dead: Pete Farndon (bassist) and James Honeyman-Scott (guitarist). But Chrissie is still going strong.


  1. That was sweet of you to remember Paul. He's practicing now, I'll show him later. It's definitely a hard life but I know from his prospective he wouldn't want it any other way he loves playing. Sounds like you're having tons of fun with Rock band and getting your moneys worth out of it.

    Shhh...about dead musicians. Makes me feel old.
    Have a grand All Hallows Eve dear friend. (Hugs)Indigo

  2. Gotta love Chrissie, you can be either her or one of the Wilson girls - either Ann or Nancy - and rock out to some Barracuda!

    I hear you about the respect for the musicians - one of the reasons I started my blog was to honor those indie musicians I love so much. Sure, people love the 80s things I post, but hopefully they take a look at the others, too.

  3. The Pretenders were one of my all time fav's as a teen. They were not typical rock for the 80's- i felt-a bit "dark" of course, i loved them. She has the most unique voice. I am glad you and Ken rocked out yesterday. "Wanted Dead or Alive" is my all time FAV Bon Jovi song. MEMORIES!!

    We are living your weather right now. Blah.

  4. I like Chrissie too but I would have to say I would be Lita Ford or Joan Jett. What a great way to spend a rainy day ~ it IS addictive which is why I try to only play when I know I have alot of time on my hands. LOL. Watch the segments at the end - all of the guitarists say playing the fake guitar is much harder than the real thing. That was a surprise to me. Have fun!

  5. Sounds like you are having a ball with your rock band. Way to go!!! Enjoy, and I have to say it does seem you do!!!

  6. Sheeba even tried to get into the action, he was fascinated by the drums foot pedal :o)

  7. You are definitely a rocker chick, a dead ringer for Chrissie. Rock on! I love the Pretenders but my favorite rocker girls are the Wilson sisters I may have to do a few bars of "Alone," in a few minutes.


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