|Beatles party - thoughts and impressions
||[Sep. 10th, 2009|11:42 am]
A total of 13 friends showed up to rock the house to the Beatles last night (though two left before four others showed up), meaning that including ourselves there were as many as 13 people, along with three microphones, two guitars, and a drum kit the size of a Smart Car (thank you, Todd, for being crazy enough to haul that beast over here) crammed into my house. My house is not very big. It was a bit of a tight fit, that. Which, of course, is part of the fun.|
As shiny as Todd's drum kit may be, we will not have a version of it in our house. It pretty much occupied half the floor space in the living room, so getting one would require moving Rock Band and the big screen TV into the basement family room. And while the neat freak in me finds this idea appealing, half the reason that these parties work so well is that the dining area and kitchen is just around the corner from where we are playing, so people who are sitting out a song or two can visit and spectate without the evening turning into two separate parties. So I will live with the continual clutter of instruments and mic stands in my living room, and we will make do with the regular drum kit.
Some impressions from the evening:
- Everyone sang. Raucously. So much glee for the music.
- Spontaneously, we all joined in with the screaming girls. The neighbors must think we're insane.
- Screaming along meant that after 4 hours of nonstop singing my throat wanted to know just what the hell I was up to. No singing today. Croak croak.
- Dig a Pony? Dig a Pony??? This song was so bad, I finally gave up on the words and the harmonies and just howled into the microphone and sang insults at it. At the end, I got the best score on vocals. WTF?
- Todd also brought the official Rock Band
George Harrison Paul McCartney bass (what? I didn't know, and everyone kept referring to the bassist as George, so I just assumed they were smarter than I - apparently not). It was still a plastic guitar with buttons, but playing it actually felt like I was really making music. Proving that I am easily deluded.
- No one stepped on my bruised and swollen foot, but I myself managed to trip several times and stood way too long. It's amusing to lie in bed and count your pulse by the throbbing in your heel.
- bec76 was my hero for the evening. She spent her afternoon working as sous chef while I tried to stay off my foot, then she took over cooking duty for the burgers when Ferrett had to help get the equipment set up. Love you, sweetie! You were awesome!!!
- I suspect that we will be playing around with the vocals and harmonies more than anything else on this game. They are quite challenging.
Even with a good night's sleep I am feeling terribly scattered and useless today. Must pull out of that; stuff to do.
The George Harrison bass?
I can sum up Rock Band: The Beatles with a single line from my wife:
"This is fun."
She never said that about any other RB version.
I was also confused by the George Harrison bass. =D
I've never played Rock Band but the Beatles one makes me really, really want to.
Okay, so maybe not. But it's a special Beatles bass. I never paid attention to who played what. Ringo, drums. everyone else with some form of axe.
Violin-shaped, like McCartney's famous left-handed Hofner? (That is, instances of that vintage model that show up in the marketplace are more often referred to as a "Beatle bass" than by the manufacturer or the manufacturer's name for that model.)
Two of my friends own right-handed Hofner violin-basses, and I've played both, and dear Lord are those sweet instruments! I've also played a violin-shaped Gibson (solid-body, unlike the Hofner, with a telescoping endpin/strap-button so you could hold like a bass guitar, a cello, or an upright bass. That was fun too, but didn't have the Hofner's sound. Ah, but I digress...)
I know - what a bummer!!!
I'd never heard it before, and trying to figure it out in the middle of 5 other people trying to figure it out was NOT happening. If you're going to bomb, bomb big, I say!
Plus the harmonics, which we're still working to get, means that three people who've never heard the song are all trying to figure out the song and their part in it at the same time. I honestly have no idea what it actually sounds like even after hearing it last night!
We miss playing with you, too!