I stumbled upon a video the other day that made me incredibly happy.
Some context: A normal, every day guitar has six strings. There are also seven string guitars, and then eight string guitars (and more as a matter of fact). The purpose of the extra strings is to expand the frequency range that can be played. Seven and eight string guitars are often popular with extreme metal players, who use the added lower strings to hit the low, dark, ominous notes that would otherwise be impossible.
With that in mind, here’s this kid:
Now, I immediately loved everything about that video when I happened across it. I love the angle, I love the guitar, I love the faces he makes. I love the fact that I called the dude a ‘kid’, but really he could be anything from like 15 to 35 years old. I love his video editing.
As soon as that clip finished I clicked through to his channel and was astonished to see that he only had four videos. The one above has over two and a half million views. I thought to myself: Shit, this kid/man must be a prolific YouTube star.
He’s got that eight string Green Day number, then an original composition of his:
Which, you know, is actually pretty tasty.
And then he has this very tight and quite hilarious cover of one of the all-time greatest metal tunes, ‘Raining Blood’ by Slayer:
BUT THEN the big guns, ladies and gentlemen.
The final video on this ambiguously aged human’s YouTube channel is one of my favourite videos of all time. It’s him doing a cover of The Beatles’ ‘Blackbird’ but with a little twist. Check it out:
Isn’t that just divine?
It’s perfect. His meticulous finger picking, that angelic voice and those fluttering, impossible eyelashes, and then those incredibly interspersed, hilarious death metal interludes. Try as I might, I cannot get enough of it. When he does the, ‘Take these sunken eyes and learn to see!’ line and stares directly into your soul I lose it. Every. Damn. Time.
Four videos. Over 5 millions views. That’s some serious punching power.
Give us more,
kid! Man! Kid!
HE GAVE US MORE!
Also, it turns out that I’m a total idiot and he’s got a bunch more videos in that channel. I’m just unfamiliar with what a right arrow could possibly signify. Anyway, while that might bring his pound-for-pound power down a bit, I don’t care. Take these sunken eyes and learn to see.