Doctor’s Note

After my competition last week, I’ve had a little residual pain, although it’s hard to tell what’s air guitar-related and what is simply my body recovering from surgeries two weeks ago. My neck was extremely stiff, and my arms felt kind of sore. I went to the hematologist this morning to get blood work (in […]

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Air Guitar 2017: Finalizing My Edits, or Trying to Learn to Embody the Covers Amateur Musicians Posted on YouTube

I’ve realized that my air guitar performance will be deeply indebted to people, whose music I have borrowed and who will never know that I performed air guitar to their compositions in a Hard Rock Cafe in Boston. Those people are as follows: an amateur Japanese guitarist named Suzuto (w/ piano accompaniment from his friend Yuki), […]

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Karaoke Exhibit at Towson University

On Thursday (February 16), I had the honor of hosting a panel in Towson University’s Center for the Arts, where some of the most distinguished KJs in the D.C./Baltimore area shared their expertise. Collectively, the KJs represented nearly 150 years of karaoke hosting experience with clients ranging from Wolf Blitzer to the Philippine Festival at the Maryland State […]

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Air Guitar: Batteries Not Included

As an early Christmas gift, my mother gave me this: While this is obviously not an air guitar (maybe it’s a “there air guitar”?), I am fascinated by the kind of argument this device makes–the idea that anything that is not a “real” guitar is in some sense part of a subordinate class of guitars that may be subsumed under […]

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