My Son, the Metal Head

When my son was born in 2012, I semi-retired from doing music, though this was also to re-focus on writing books. But now that he’s 9, he’s a full-on metal head who listens to stuff heavier than me.

Why does this matter? Well, he’s got me playing guitar again to his drumming (on my kit), and we’ve already written two songs. Just today we were writing lyrics to one of them together.

It remains to be seen what happens with this, but he wants me to add a guitar solo, too, so that requires a return to some actual practicing. Just as my son heralded my absence from guitar, he may cause my return to it. Who knows? Maybe he’s the vocalist I have always needed. He is trying his hand at death metal vocals, even though that doesn’t quite go with my style, but we’ll see where this goes!

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