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I fell asleep to “Metallica” the album “Kill ‘em All”
I exercised to “Stone Temple Pilots” the album “Stone Temple Pilots (2018)”
I had to clean up after Brewster, just missed his pad. Washed my hands & had breakfast while listening to “Queens of the Stone Age” the album “Songs for the Deaf”
Exercise weekly total; 700 pushups, 490 leg lifts, 350 crunches, 210 tricep pushups, 210 squats, & 140 back flexes. Odd week 1 day of no exercise & 1 day of half the amount of repetitions.
My father’s cousin died on Tuesday. Kim & I would see him sleeping in his wheelchair when I was on the 2nd floor of the WRC. He was born with Down syndrome. Sad to see anybody die but his quality of life wasn’t that great.
We met a guy named Nick while I was in the Wascana Rehabilitation Center, super nice guy. I’m pretty sure he wasn’t mentally handicapped but he was born physically handicapped. He was in music therapy as well. He recorded an album with help from the same music therapist I saw for a bit. He played the drums on his album they made, she sang on it. As far as the bass & guitar, I assume it was the music therapist. I was impressed he could play the drums! My kick drum leg wasn’t all that strong, I could get it to the kick drum, I just couldn’t keep my foot down. It would hit the drum twice & my left hand is all but useless. He probably doesn’t get out of his wheelchair much since he is severely physically handicapped.
He would see Kim & I in the cafeteria for lunch & always come to chat with us. If he & I were having a conversation, Kim was our interpreter I was/am hard to understand & so was he.
He’s a really joyful guy to be around. The rest of the people I saw & heard were very bitter about being there or whatever it was that put them there. I was more on the bitter side of things. I tried to keep it in. I really leaned on Kim.
When I do my exercise “every morning”, lately, at least this year, I think to myself “Hurry up, do more, this is affecting a PILE of other people, not just Kim & I! Hurry up & get better!” That’s just the pressure I put on myself. Nobody has ever said to me that I’m not trying hard enough, just me.
I was born in 1980. My parents weren’t into the GLAM metal scene going on in L.A. It was basically a free pass, I got to choose what I wanted to hear. Mom was into pop music & dad was into “Dire Straits”, “Jimmy Buffet” & whatever else popped up. I do remember really liking “Fine Young Cannibals”. I bought that CD just before I was diagnosed with brain cancer. I was in high school when the entire “grunge” deal went down. I was 8 or 9 years late to that party. Now that’s my go to music. I also played flute in the high school band & was recruited to join the choir, they needed more male voices for the 4 part harmonies. When “grunge” was all the rage in the early 1990s, I couldn’t stand it. I was really into Canadian bands who played the same type of music. “I Mother Earth”, “The Inbreds”, “Our Lady Peace”, “Matthew Good Band”, “The Tea Party”, etc. I ended up singing for what was basically a cover band.
I was at a bar with Chris Messer from the call center I worked at. He was also a singer in a band. He heard “Alice in Chains” playing over the P.A. Yes, “Man in the Box” he turned to me & said “You guys should do this song.” I replied “That vocal is very high. I don’t know if I can hit those notes?” After numerous rehearsals I did it!
Originally I was a 2nd bass singer, the really low notes in the 4 part harmonies in choir. I think that song changed my vocal range. After that song, my voice was going through a 2nd puberty. I’d be speaking & my voice would crack. Then I became a grunge fan. Grunge & rock with some Metallica was what we played.
Our goal was to play “Beerfest” put on by the Engineering Society. 500 people, I found it nerve racking to play in front of that many people….for a bit. Once we had played a few songs & we were in a groove all of the anxiety went away. I was really into the Canadian response of grunge though at the time. I had a lot of the grunge albums, didn’t listen to them much though, until needed. Somehow I bought a metal, Into Eternity, album before I was into American grunge…..
We didn’t play all of the songs mentioned, that’s more of just what I was into at the time. Our motto was “If somebody isn’t bleeding by the end of the night, we’re not trying hard enough”. That was a weird way of gauging how the shows went.
Will Axl Rose continue with AC/DC?
Yes, I watched “Justice League” again this week over 2 days this week. Critics hated it, SURPRISE! That’s really just a fancy title for someone who gets paid to watch movies if you ask me. I guess I would be a terrible movie critic, since I enjoy the DC movies. Yes I like the Marvel movies too.
I’m all about “Laid to Rest” with “Lamb of God”
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