Study Break / Rome Reginelli '09
No doubt you thought you were cool blaring eight-tracks on
your hi-fi in Mudd-Blaisdell back in ’75. But these days video
games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band add a new riff to dorm
music, as Rome Reginelli ’09 explains:
When Rock Band came out, my suitemate Jesse started playing
regularly, often with other members of our friendship suite,
and sometimes with our friend Blake from CMC. Most of the
time, Jesse claims guitar while I claim bass, though we also
have tried the other instruments.
For a memorable experience, Jesse and I played the Endless
Set list—all 50-plus songs from the original Rock Band—across
the span of a few days. We did the Rock Band 2 equivalent,
more than 80 songs, in even less time. I really feel like I’m rocking
out when I play, though sometimes the urge to show off
ends up being ill-advised. Still, when I can one-hand a difficult
solo, I feel like a pro, even though my attempts at playing real
guitar always end in frustration. I think I’ve also developed more
appreciation for the different parts of an individual song after
having played those instruments in Rock Band. Nowadays, I
can’t help but hear a good song and think, “This bass part
would be a blast to play on Rock Band” or something similar.
I have several characters in Rock Band and I take pleasure in
coming up with iconic styles for them while still changing their
costumes, and straddling the line between cool and extravagant.
The No. 1 obstacle to playing has been broken instruments.
Within our whole play group, I think we’ve broken three sets of
drums, a microphone and a guitar. Replacing them tends to take
a while, especially since Jesse’s warranty is registered to his
house on the other end of the state.