Is today your lucky day? Whether it is or not it’s time to celebrate one of the funnest unofficial Holidays around: Nigel Tufnel Day.
Nigel Tufnel is the fictional guitarist character from 1984’s rockin mocumentary, “This is Spinal Tap.” More importantly though, he’s the guy who likes to “turn it up to eleven.” Turning it up to eleven is most certainly a music reference, “it” being the amplifier attached to his flying V electric guitar, but in the past few days since the holiday has been firmly established, this fiery catch phrase has taken on a whole new meaning.
Turning it up to eleven means giving it your best and then some, getting louder than loud (literally and figuratively), and just having an awesome time. It’s about taking everything you do and bumping it up that extra notch. And for those of us who have a stereo and like the metal music that drew us to the Spinal Tap movie in the first place, well, lets hope your model is like mine and has a volume knob that goes higher than ten.
For people who are pierced and tattooed, tonight is the once in a lifetime opportunity to party like it’s full of elevens, literally. Since the 11/11/11 date won’t come around again until the year 2111, less than one percent of the people currently alive on the planet will live to see it, and most of those were born in the past two weeks.
So rev it up, bring the noise, overdo all things rock and roll, and don’t forget to riff a slammin solo for your man Nigel Tufnel, as you turn it up to eleven.