Me: Call me ‘Rock God.’
Siri: From now on I will call you ‘Rock God.’ OK?
If I had an iPhone 4S I’d be having this conversation with Siri right now. My fingers and wrists ache, my eyes refuse to blink and my husband is tired of hearing me yell at the TV. My name is Rock God, sometimes known as Amber, and I am a Guitar Hero addict. Some of you may be thinking I’m late on this obsession, considering Guitar Hero is no longer being produced by Activision Blizzard but that hasn’t stopped me from harnessing the devil’s music and rocking so hard my dogs run into their crates.
I purchased Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock for my husband, believe it or not. I thought he’d love it! Turns out he was more interested in playing Call of Duty (understandable) and doing homework (lame) than playing Guitar Hero. The box collected dust and my pleas to “Just open the box and TRY it” fell on deaf ears. I couldn’t understand his disinterest. Guitar Hero let’s you transform into a superstar in the matter of minutes. Naturally you run the risk of being booed off the stage, but that’s the name of the rock-game. You power through and hit those ‘chords’ because your adoring fans demand it of you.
I’ve always loved performing – I had a brief stint as a child actor, which really means I went to a lot of auditions and never got booked, and relished the opportunity to perform in front of friends and family. I recall a birthday party for a family friend held at our house when I was little. I stood in front of all the guests, using my pink toothbrush as a microphone, and sang a few Elvis songs, hips a-swayin’ in a manner probably inappropriate for a youngster. When I was 11, I put Toni Braxton’s CD in and sang “Unbreak My Heart” to my entire family at Thanksgiving dinner. They listened with their full attention and didn’t cringe when I couldn’t hit those high notes. Bless their hearts. When I’m drunk I will sing both parts to “Elephant Love Medley” from Moulin Rouge to anyone who will listen or no one at all if I’ve had that many.
While my dreams of becoming a musical superstar didn’t exactly pan out, I’m glad I have games like Guitar Hero to placate me. If it wasn’t for Guitar Hero I could very well be out there auditioning for musicals or worse… uploading videos of myself singing Unbreak My Heart on Youtube.