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A month or so back I made a remark about replacing the current Mac|Life theme song with something of my own creation. I said it jokingly and before I knew it I was carrying a keyboard home with the intention of becoming the next Mark Mothersbaugh. Check back weekly as I either create a musical masterpiece or will end up with the musical equivalent of the Godzilla movie starring Matthew Broderick.
Week one: The Keyboard From the Future.
Yamaha was kind enough to allow me to borrow a PSR-S900 keyboard for the project. It has an intimidating amount of buttons and lights, so if this music thing doesn't pan out at least I know what it's like to create music in the future.
I opened the box and placed the keyboard on my coffee table. I turned it on and my wife said, "I didn't know you knew how to play the piano." There's problem number one, I don't know how to play the piano.
I had band class in junior high and I vaguely remember how to read music. I fooled around with the guitar in my early 20's, but I never advanced beyond playing Nirvana songs while skipping the difficult parts. I thought I was cool, my roomates wanted me dead.
While toying around with the keyboard's interface, I wondered if I could use the keyboards "demo" song as the new Mac|Life theme song. It has a good beat and you can dance to it, but it's not what I set out to do. Plus, the Yamaha people might have an issue with someone stealing their music.
I placed the keyboard back into it's box and decided to invest in tutorial software. Lack of talent hasn't stopped me, why should lack of piano skills.
Check back next week to see if Robbie has given up or is tearing up "Mary Had a Little Lamb."