Saturday, January 26, 2008

"Keytar" Anyone??

Lord only knows why but my oldest daughter has developed an overwhelming desire to own a "keytar" ...

Amanda's Keytar Fantasy

For those who didn't live through the 80's with bands like Flock of Seagulls and Devo and aren't familiar with what a "keytar" is, it's a keyboard or synthesizer worn around the neck and shoulders similar to a guitar. The word “keytar” is a portmanteau (no, not a large suitcase but a word formed by blending together two other words!) of “keyboard” and “guitar”. "Keytars" allow players a greater range of movement compared to conventional keyboards which are placed on stands and restrict the player to basically standing in one spot on a stage. Anyone who's been to a rock concert has witnessed guitarists and singers wander around freely while the poor drummer and keyboard players stay stoically in one place but if the keyboardist had a "keytar" they could rock out at the edge of the stage with the best of 'em and be able to have lots of adoring fans grab at their shoes, too!

Regardless of what it is, it has become Amanda's new obsession and she really wants, wants, wants, please, please, please, I won't ask you for anything else wants one. That sort of want. It is a want of great proportions, it is a want of great desires, it is a want that would make her really, really happy, and it is a want that shall probably remain unfulfilled as I've looked at "keytars" on eBay and they are way out of my price range right now no matter how many paid posts I write (like the one below this one on an alternative for drug rehab)!

Still, hope springs eternal in the heart of a 15-year old wanna-be-keytar-artist so much so that she drew her first album cover complete with the name of her new band, Kick the Bucket, though she has no album title yet -

Kick the Bucket Album Cover

So, anyone got an old "keytar" hanging out in their closet gathering dust from the 80's that they don't want anymore and would be willing to sell cheap? And I do mean cheap! Either that or maybe we could trade for some original Art-Munkey drawings??


  1. Anonymous6:10 PM EST

    Actually, bartering for one might not be a bad idea. After all, there was the guy who bartered for a house. It took him several trades, but eventually got his house.

    I'll keep my eyes open and let you know if I see anything that might help.

  2. Check out some of the "free classified" sites like Craigslist - many of them have "wanted" spots.
    I've found some larger cities/areas even have their own local versions of Craigslist -- I had a "hit" on an ad I placed in the South Bend free classifieds for Callie (we'll see what happens).

    Oh, and I think the album title for "Kick The Bucket" should be "My Mom Rocks"!


  3. Yes, "My Mom Rocks" is a great title. You are a cool mom Linda.

  4. Sorry no keytar here :( But just wanted to give your dd kudos again on her drawing. She is so talented.

    We have Freecycle here. Maybe you can check into something like that for her???

    Brain Foggles

  5. Once again, a great design!!! I hope you all can find a keytar. Art and music are two of the greatest means of expression.

  6. Can't help, sorry, but I hope you find the object of her desire at a price you can afford. x

  7. Anonymous8:14 AM EST

    Sorry, no Keytar here. :-(

    Hope you find one. btw, nice drawing Amanda!

  8. I feel for Amanda. I can still remember wanting a guitar and having my mom say "save up for it." I saved the best I could but it was dear loving grandma who kicked in the balance so that I could get one of my very own.

    Good luck Amanda finding your very own keytar.

  9. I thought a 'keytar' was something a person with a southern accent plays.

  10. I've said it once (twice, thrice) I'll say it again. You ARE the coolest mom on the planet.
    Lucky - and talented - girl.

  11. Anonymous10:49 AM EST

    ah - i would love my own keytar as well

    looks cool though :D

  12. Anonymous9:47 PM EST

    They are very cool! :)

    Her artwork is amazing too.


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