For decades, man has tried to unlock the secrets of the keytar. We’re assuming rock’n’roll keyboard players of the 1980s were tired of not having the mobility of their bandmates, not having the freedom to own the stage, and that’s why the keytar was invented. But there is something about it that is distinctly uncool, if popular stigmas are to be believed. So if one of the goals of the keytar is to allow its player to have more fun, then on his rendition of the Green Hill Zone music from the original Sonic the Hedgehog game, Rush Coil has fully realized the purpose and most effective utilization of the instrument. And it’s cool as hell.
You can check out the video description to see how he achieved that classes Sega Genesis sound, which he absolutely does on his cover of the song that remains pretty faithful to the original track through the first 90 seconds or so, but after that is when he gets to work, jamming so hard and ripping solos so sweet that repeated glasses adjustments are in order.
To see joy as unbridled as this is beautiful, but despite his apparent mastery of entertainment via sound, Rush Coil and the keytar as an instrument still got plenty of flack in the comments section, as is YouTube tradition. Rush Coil put the Internet ignoramus back in his place, replying:
I once ran into this guy Michael Angelo Batali who plays a guitar with four necks. I asked him if people gave him shit about how ridiculous it seems. He said, “I’m an entertainer. Some people think it is cool and some people think it is a joke and ridicule me the whole show. But either way, their asses stayed in their seats until the show was over and both groups leave with a story to tell. That’s entertainment. Doesn’t matter if they love you or think you are a joke. If they stay the whole show and leave with a smile, you did your job.”
We’re smiling, and it’s tough to stop because we keep replaying the video.
Featured image courtesy of deviantArt // Professor-J