In an earlier post I wondered why people who love playing Guitar Hero (which I mistakenly called Garageband) just don’t learn to play real instruments? I asked Thor (himself an accomplished musician and composer), and he thinks it’s because learning to play a real instrument is harder than pretending to be musician and playing a fake instrument.
Indeed, I remember the days of yore when my then-boyfriend played rock star using, variously, brooms, mops and even the shoulder strap of seat belts as his guitar. He never had a music lesson in his life, couldn’t find middle C on a piano, was tone deaf but would enthusiastically sing along with every rock song that he heard. Admittedly, he always sang in a different key than the group he was singing with. He loved to “rock out” dancing but seemed to follow a beat that was not the same one followed by the band. He attended my daughter’s wedding and there proceeded to dance just about every song – with as much enthusiasm as I remembered from 30 years ago, though I don’t remember him sweating so much. At one point he came up to me, grabbed my hand and tried to pull me onto the dance floor. I declined, remembering his dancing skills from the ‘70s. (Besides, his wife always gives me the ol’ stink eye.)
Okay, you’re probably wondering what baseball has to do with all of this. Remember this line from “A League of Their Own” – said by the Tom Hanks character to the Gina Davis character when she was thinking of dropping out of the baseball league:
“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard… is what makes it great.”
In that way, knitting is like baseball!”
So hats off to new (and accomplished) knitters!