So was practicing guitar the other night and needed to get over the fear of having people watching me while I’m playing. I hop on ChatRoulette to practice and discover that there is indeed 99.8% less wang than before (I used to have to cover up the “stranger” window with a post-it note and only take a look if they started chatting). Overall it was a pleasant night, with three standout incidents.
Two guys from Turkey, smoking hookas, sending me links to an “Asturias on Sitar” performance (or something) and recognizing Xuefei Yang and Ewan Dobson. Do you play? “Just a fan” he says.
Name that tune with somebody doing synthesizer medleys, starting with Journey’s “Final Countdown”. I did pretty good but was stumped on “Layla” and some song that sounded like Everlast’s “What It’s Like”.
And to top it off, two dudes chilling on a couch in their… umm… garage? Living room? Watching TV? Saw I had my guitar and then he motioned “1sec, 1sec…” Changed the camera angle and got on a full (electronic?) drum kit while his buddy took out an electric guitar. They warmed up a bit and then gave a full-on live performance of “Santeria” by Sublime (lead guitar, vocals, and drums). And they were pretty good!
Left me smiling for sure.
On the other note, there were 2-3 guys who seemed to get off verbally abusing people anonymously over the internet. But even that was good practice, trying to maintain the beat while people are talking to me, yelling at me, trying to distract me or simply having their own music on in the background or wearing “The Count” from Sesame Street outfits. I just wonder about the shouters… what they like about putting people down.
A traveler approached him and asked, “Sir, I’m new here. Could you tell me the kind of people that live in this city?”
After pondering, the wise men asked in return, “And what were the people like where you came from?”
The man replied, “They were unfriendly and mean-spirited.”
The wise man responded, “That’s what they’re like here, too.”
Not long thereafter another traveler approached the city and asked the wise man again the kind of people that lived within the city. “What were the people like in the city that you’ve come from?”
The traveler replied, “Friendly, good-hearted, willing to help their neighbor,” to which the wise man responded, ”And that is what they are like here, too.”
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