Rock Band … For Jesus?
I speak, of course, of XBox Rock Band, which I played for the first time tonight. Our group had a four-piece combo … drums, bass, lead guitar, and vocalist. My inner music snob made me reflexively skeptical of the game at first, and if you’re not a metal or hard rock fan, it’s easy to scoff because the game is pretty clearly aimed right at those guys in high school who greeted each other with the three-fingered metal horns and Gene Simmons face in the hall and wore morose t-shirts. That, and for people with any experience actually performing real music, the game simulates the feel of live performance sufficient to inspire a kind of stage fright.
But as it turns, I had a blast playing the game because 1)it lets you feel like you’re actively involved in the difficult task of quasi-making music; 2) at the same time the game pretty quickly takes your mind off music since the challenges that Rock Band presents you with are not inherently musical, except for the drummer role, which does somewhat play to the strength of naturally rhythmic people (the vocalist role also rewards experienced singers, but bad singers can do well, too, since the game measures vocal “skill” in a way that almost entirely leeches out all need for pitch control and instead appears to award points for voice – as opposed to pitch - control); and 3)most people just aren’t that musically inclined, so in your average group of people, the musically experienced start out with an advantage in confidence, even when the random song selector pops up Faith No More, “Epic,”and yours truly had just drawn the “SING” role from the hat. Oh my.
Anyway, if there isn’t a country version of this game, there oughta be and I imagine soon will be. Kick it off, Witchutawh. And a CCM version would be huge with the youth group set, you’d think. And though it won’t ever happen, I did imagine at several times tonight getting my sg friends together and “performing” our favorites on Gospel Rock Band. The simulated crowd on screen would say Amen and Praise Jay Suss and throw babies from the balcony (if we were doing well) or, if we’re doing badly, stage whisper to one another about how “it’s too loud!”, put a dollar in the plate, and make for the aisles in the middle of the song.Email this Post