Monday, May 14, 2007

Guitar Hero



This weekend my son had his first guitar performance at his music schools' concert. I got the impression from his practicing the day or so leading up to the concert that he hadn't practiced as much as he should have and was cramming before the big test.

So, Saturday evening we crammed into the room where the ten or so kids would be playing in front of assembled family, friends, and instructors. My son kicked things off with his rendition of Pachobel's Canon. Something I had been referring to as the Taco Bell Cannon for the previous week. In case you didn't know the Taco Bell Cannon is what eventually over powered the defenders of the Alamo and allowed Santa Anna to claim victory. My kids' teachers love the interesting misinformation I feed my kids. At least I think so.

Anyway they introduced him and even in the back of the room I could hear him immediately question the MC, "I thought I was going second!!!". He dropped his guitar about four times on his way up to the front to play his music and then launched into it before anyone realized he was going to start. He played a little too softly as for some reason he had decided not to plug into the amp that was there, but I could still make it out. It started off well, but as he reached the more difficult bits there were some painful stumbles. I think that he realized he should have practiced more, but we were still proud of him for testing his nerves and playing in front of a room full of people.

The other performers (all kids) varied from comical to more comical in their performances. One fourteen year old who was performing reminded me of a much younger Kyle Gass. In looks, and sound, and presence. That being said he was so into his playing of Sunshine of My Heart that he started singing along and decided to do the extended rock your socks off version. Admittedly he was a good guitar player, but the singing was........off. I could barely contain my laughter. My son didn't seem to notice though as he was in the front row throwing up the devil horns and banging his head to the music. I almost died.

In other news, it was Saint Mother's Day this weekend. A shout out to all the mamas out there. You know who you are.

16 comments:

fringes said...

My son didn't seem to notice though as he was in the front row throwing up the devil horns and banging his head to the music. I almost died.

Too funny. I'm still laughing. Glad the recital went well. Thanks for the mother's day shoutout.

Tera said...

Very, very funny Dagromm...your son seems to be a young man full of confidence!

LMAO(Fringe's reference)!

I am a proud mother...thanks!

Dagromm said...

Fringes - My wife was sinking in her chair. She didn't know whether to laugh or cry.

Tera - I don't know if confidence or obliviousness. Maybe they're the same thing and I just never knew.

Susan said...

I think you should have joined your son with the devil horns and head banging. It would have made your wife proud.

Q said...

Margo Kidder?

Chillax said...

Q - That's Margot Kidder!!!

cyber D said...

chillax, tis sad but true.

dags, way to go to your Dags Jr.!

to moms everywhere, much love.

Dagromm said...

Susan - If I was quicker on my feet I would have done it. I did strike up my lighter and hold it above my head after he was done.

Q - Isn't that awesome?

Chillax - Thank you.

LIT said...

It's the brave, yea noble, parents who walk out with their offspring heads high from such face reddening experiences who get my applause. Not only that but they then continue to send money to these instructors; now that's confidence. I guess it's the second recital that becomes the real decision maker.

Dagromm said...

Lit - For us I think it's the next month that's the big decision maker.

Churlita said...

That's great that he has the cajones to play in front of people like that.

I hope you spoiled your wife yesterday.

Dagromm said...

Hell yeah I did!! How does breakfast in bed sound?? From IHOP!! That's right, ordered to go and then hand delivered. That's what you're missing ladies.

heather said...

ok, so you brought her some luke warm pancakes, woke her up to eat them and that's ~all~ you did? that's spoiled in you house! (j/k you did good)

Dagromm said...

Heather - I've learned a few things about women in my time here on Earth. In fact most people (men and women alike) look at me as a sort of expert. If there's one thing I know it's that women love pancakes almost as much as they love steak, and my woman got both!

Gyuss Baaltar said...

For the record, Margot Kidder + Superman guitar = awesome!

Dagromm said...

Gyuss - I agree. I wish I could play the guitar, just so I could own a Superman guitar. Then I would sign Margot Kidder's name to it and present this photo as proof that it's really her signature. Then I will have reached enlightenment.