I’ve been working on a song with my grand daughter over the past week or so. She turns 8 in a few weeks.
She has a little Hello Kitty Karaoke machine we gave her for X-mas a couple of years back and she still uses it a lot.
We connect it to the big screen and audio system and it sounds not bad.
Lately she has been sort of obsessed with a song by Vance Joy, called Riptide.
After hearing her sing it a few dozen times, it burned itself into my brain to the extent that I spent the five minutes needed to learn it on the guitar (simple song, four chords and a capo on the sixth fret)
I walked into the room as she was singing to the karaoke track and started playing along with it. My wife muted the Karaoke and she continued singing along with me seamlessly.
That was last week. Since then she has asked me each day after school and again yesterday if I would practice it with her.
The difference in her singing with the guitar when compared to the karaoke track is fundamental and dramatic. She seems much more able to stay on time and on pitch
She has a talent show at her school this Friday and has asked if I would go there and play the song with her.
Dang, I’m welling up just typing this.
Is this a sign of hope that maybe someday people will return to actual music as opposed to auto-tune, computer based music?
Anyway, yes, I’ll be taking a few hours off work this Friday for the most important gig I have ever played.