Ed Park
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Beatles Rock BandED PARK • “How is it different than…karaoke? I mean I once sang karaoke harmony on ‘You’re Gonna Lose That Girl,’ and it was definitely fun, but is this that much different? Oh? What’s that you say? Oh it’s about playing the instruments? Really? Is it that much fun to play that guitar-thing like it’s, I don’t know, Defender?

Isn’t the fun of playing this kind of music on an instrument, part of it anyway, being able to do it your own way, at your own pace, adding your own little embellishments and whatnot? Rock Band just seems so…totalitarian. There! I said it! Just looking at that stream of colored notes makes me anxious. It’s like being asked to monitor the production line at the Starburst factory! If I wanted to do that, I’d just watch Unwrapped…”

—Overheard (in my own brain)