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Music throughout the weekend.  “Nothing but Thieves”, The Struts”, “Tool”, “In Flames”


I’ve been out at the family cabin since Tuesday evening.  I had 2 appointments on Tuesday afternoon.  1st with a therapist, then with a psychiatrist a few hours later, & a ½ hour since he was tied up in a meeting.

A psychiatrist gives you pills & talks very little, a therapist or psychologist will speak with you about your issues.  I’m good since my one anti-depressant has been increased as of June.  Now it’s more talking with someone about some minor issues & what the future could look like, how to go about that change.

I’m not perfect physically yet, I still can’t walk, drive, or see with both eyes.  I’m likely going to be in the market for a low exertion, part-time, online job.  Something simple like data entry?

It was good to know that I’m not crazy, as I was told at the therapist.  Just out of sorts after an ABI (Acquired Brain Injury).  Kim & I have been referred to a couples counseling therapy.  No, don’t freak out!  There’s nothing wrong with our marriage.  It’s more of ‘OK, now what?’ type of help & direction for us at this point.  I’m not physically well enough to pick up where I left off & I likely never will be exactly the same.  Things will be different, but a new normal if that makes sense?

My psychiatrist also made a very valuable point.  To paraphrase, he said ‘Recovery is a very long process.’  That should explain why this mundane brain cancer blog has lasted so long.

Our summer break/vacation was late obviously.  I don’t know exactly what we’ve been doing, but this was the week to stop & smell the roses.  The internet was the furthest thing from my mind.  Even without a mobile device, I needed a break.  This social media stuff has it’s pros & cons like everything else.

I had my appointments on Tuesday, September 10th.  We picked up Brewster from daycare & rushed to my parents’ house since my dad was in town.  I had packed the evening before & went from our vehicle to his on the drive way.  Dad picked up a few groceries & a few other items for the cabin while I waited in the car.  We then grabbed some supper from a new place, not knowing we’d be getting a 3 pound portion of poutine each????????????????  Who needs that much potato, gravy, & cheese at once?????????????????  No, neither of us came anywhere close to finishing our poutine!

Anyways, we ate some of our meal I the parking lot & headed to the cabin.  After being there for 3 nights & 3 days, I realized how much it’s not wheelchair accessible.  It’s small, my wheelchair was not touched the entire time since it was raining & cold outside the entire time.  I ended up crawling from the living room, up one full step, & down a hallway to the washroom A LOT since I drink so much water.  Having to pee a minimum of 9 times a day becomes very tiring if you have to crawl back & forth from the washroom.

Friday dad & I met Kim in Chamberlain, Saskatchewan which is about a 20 minute drive from our cabin.  Kim & I drove to her hometown about 3 ½ hours from Regina.  We stayed there Friday night & drove back yesterday (Sunday, September 15th).  Relaxing at both places, but also more effort required at both.  More physical effort at the cabin since I knew the lay of the land there.  Mental effort & aid at Kim’s parents’ since I don’t know it as well & there’s stuff I’m not able to do on my own at this point.

When we came home, we rushed around to get everything back to normal & oddly enough, that was when we both had that moment of ‘Aww, now this is relaxing’.  For me, it was just a matter of knowing how to get around here & do things the way I’m used to doing them without having to exhaust myself mentally or physically.

My mother said at the cabin that she wished it was easier for me to get around there, & Kim said the same at her parents’ house.  I get that, but nobody builds a house thinking “Hey, we should build this so a wheelchair can get around easily”.  Why would anyone do that unless already needed?  I’m guessing there are more physically capable people in the world than physically handicapped?


She’ll be back TS fans quit crying.  This isn’t a Nirvana/grunge take over, although TOOL could do it.  This will hurt for just a bit, you’ll be fine.  Let me explain what happened in 1991 with a band called Nirvana.  You weren’t born yet…..

Even as a rock/metal fan, all this says to me is that rock is definitely not dead.  There’s a market for it.  Remember that trends of any kind come in giant waves.  Nirvana headed the grunge movement in 1991 as did Taylor Swift when she debuted.  Both came with a flood of other artists/bands.  If anything is going to make a huge movement in this scenario, there had better be many other rock/metal bands coming along VERY soon.

I found a much cheaper & more practical guitar with 7 strings instead of the same old 6 string style.  This will also allow me different tuning of the guitar without changing the guitar.  I have 3 other 6 string electric guitars, each in a different tuning.  This will give me more variety in tuning.



BIG WRECK album review of “…but for the sun”

I’ve always wanted to sit down, pick up my guitar, & casually play and sing a Big Wreck song.  Problem I that most of them are in some wacky open tuning on the guitar, which is also very difficult to play unless you’re a lead guitarist.  I’m was a pretty simple rhythm guitarist.  I didn’t get my first guitar until my 21st birthday.  Never took a lesson & as for sheet music, I’ve completely forgotten how to read it!  I was always a singer first, the guitar was for me to hind behind.  I could play 3 songs & an intro.  I taught myself some basic chords & a riff that I could play while singing, then it became somewhat overwhelming!

I went from a low bass singer in high school choir to a tenor singer in a rock band as a hobby.  Yes, I still like classical music A LOT.

Big Wreck is not a metal band, I wouldn’t even call them a hard rock band just a REALLY FANTASTIC rock band that doesn’t get the credit they deserve.  They should be a household name like U2, Ariana Grande, Pink, Pearl Jam, or Foo Fighters.  They don’t sound anything like those bands though.

Singer & lead guitarist Ian Thornley is very fast on the guitar & an excellent songwriter as well.

Their new album “…but for the sun” was released on Friday, August 30th.  Not many people outside of Canada know them, which is really sad.  They could pull off a Soundgarden cover, & vice versa.  Singer, Ian Thornley even auditioned for the rock band “Velvet Revolver” when Scott Weiland passed away.  “Velvet Revolver” already had 2 guitar players & their manager wanted to keep it that way.  Ian Thornley basically told him that he wouldn’t sing unless he had a guitar.  In a band with “Slash” two guitars should already be enough!

I’ll start with a song known all across Canada from their first album then a few songs off of the new album….


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We’re back this evening & busy putting things away!  Life is getting busy, in a good way.  Internet is currently not a priority.  Get back, get settled, get into our routine, & carry on from there.

Talk to you when I have more time,




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Music throughout the weekend.  “Tool”, “Big Wreck”, “Nothing but Thieves”, & “Foo Fighters”


Kim wasn’t feeling too good on Friday, so she stay home, ate some, felt a bit better & ordered supper.

I was off to Sherry & James’ place since our friend Gerry came down from Saskatoon for his birthday on September 11th.  We just watched football, we all stopped paying attention when it was 34-3 for Winnipeg.  Switched it to USA College football.  Anything but NFL for me, far too slow & 4 hours long.  I believe college football is 4 hours too, it just doesn’t feel like it.

Sherry made tacos for supper, then I came home to string a guitar, did the other one today.

Today we’re just hanging out watching TV.  Kim is still getting over her head cold, draining her sinuses yesterday & today.  She stayed home yesterday.  She wasn’t feeling up to anything.

I’ve got some appointments this week, so I’ll be busy.  I can’t get this wheelchair to move as fast as my mind goes to get everything in order, since February 2008.  Found a bad guitar piece.  Well, there goes $200 until I rip it apart & clean it!


Kim got this since I asked her to please buy the new TOOL album for me.  She was in line at noon the day it was released.  The person in front of her had the 4th last copy in the store & the person behind her had the 2nd last copy in the store.  This news is somewhat of a shock, but I always thought it could be a possibility.

Hahaha!  Now that’s a VERY cool music teacher!  I think mine would have done the same!

I wouldn’t worry Taylor Swift fans, she’s not going anywhere.  I’m not a fan but she has built a career for herself.  She’ll keep doing her thing until she doesn’t enjoy it.


TOOL – An album highly anticipated after a 13 year wait!  “FEAR INOCULUM”

The spring of 2006 saw the release of Tool’s 4th full length studio album as of August 30th, 2019 we now have the follow up album.  To say there has been hype, excitement, & anticipation among fans would be a serious understatement.  Yes, I’m a TOOL fan.

After 13 years it you’d assume fans would get tired of waiting & drop TOOL for something new.  Not the case at all.  Past fans & new fans came out in droves to get this new album either through streaming, downloading, or purchasing the physical version.  I bought the CD, & downloaded the 3 extra interludes on iTunes.

The CD was $70 + tax.  Had I been there to buy it I likely wouldn’t have, it’s here & the artwork is INCREDIBLE!  A 36 page booklet of photos, embossing, & for, what I believe is the first time for TOOL, lyrics.  The packaging of this album is phenomenal!

The case opens into three panels.  First panel is the enclosed booklet, middle/2nd panel is the housing for the 4” video screen a ½” higher on the middle panel.  The video inside begins playing when the entire case is opened & stops when closed.  It’s not a song but there is some ambient sound behind a video of TOOL style artwork.  I believe the video is re-chargeable but I have yet to try that.  The final panel has an enclosed space for the CD, which is inside of a cardboard sleeve inside the panel.  Everything has lavish artwork & is embossed to have texture throughout the case.

TOOL has now embraced technology.  As of the middle or beginning of August, the entire TOOL discography was added to digital/online formats.  That & the 13 year wait should easily explain why a band like TOOL is so high up on the music charts.

As for the music itself, well there are 2 versions of the album musically.  10 songs on the digital version, 3 interludes over 86 minutes long roughly & the physical version which is 7 songs with no interludes & still over 80 minutes long roughly.

TOOL is not a metal band!  They incorporate many musical styles in their music.  That’s like pigeon holing an acid jazz band as simply a write off as a jazz band.  Their music does come off as heavier music, likely because of the many layers in an individual song.

This & other TOOL albums aren’t typically made to listen to one song, but listen to the entire album & focus only on the music.  This album is VERY long in playing time though.  A free 90 minutes is hard to find.

With 6 songs being 10:20 – 15:44 minutes long you likely won’t hear a radio single.  Each song is different & they all start off very quiet & tame, eventually coming to a loud, multi – layered crescendo mid song while coming to a quiet close.

I’m not going to give you multiple songs to listen to, just one.  Please drag the video to the middle of the song after a few seconds if you are not interested in the entire 15 minutes of it.


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4 day exercise total; 600 leg lifts, 600 crunches, 200 squats, 200 back flexes, 120 pushups, 600 curls (10 pounds on left arm & 7 pounds on right arm), 600 tricep extensions w/5 pound weight, 400 shoulder raises w/5 pound weight,  stretching, & yoga.

I fell asleep to “Lamb of God” the album “Ashes of the Wake”

I exercised to “Big Wreck” the album “…but the sun”, followed by some of “Queens of the Stone Age” the album “Villains”


I had to cut back the back flexes to 300 over a 5 day week, easily the toughest part of my exercise.  I’ve also brought the number of squats down, quality over quantity.  I’m expecting to be at a minimum of 300 in a 5 day week.  Everything else will stay as it is, another sweaty week but feeling good & confident.

So as I was finishing my exercise on Tuesday doing the downward dog yoga pose, I fell getting back to the ground I rammed my face into the ground, off of the mat & on the laminate floor.  Sure it hurt for a bit, I checked my nose & teeth.  My nose wasn’t bleeding & my teeth were all there & not chipped, I was fine, sweaty but fine.

Now that I’m stronger & more confident, I want to do more.  My mind races at night thinking of small things I can do to help around here & elsewhere.  Kim’s been taking are of the house me & Brewster for over 12 years.  I want to step up & do my part here so she doesn’t become overwhelmed.  She comes home from work 5 days a week & makes a REALLY FANTASTIC meal & I clean up after supper.             Other than that, I fold & put away my laundry, vacuum on occasion & sometimes wet Swiffer the floor.  I feel now as though I can do more since I’m here all week.

I can’t afford the moon or anything extravagant.  I can help in smaller ways now.  I’m starting with my grandparents.  They don’t drink water.  So I’ve filled 2X1liter bottle of water flavoured with Mio flavouring so that it tastes more like a juice than plain water.  Something little I can do to help out.  I get excited about stuff like this.  It’s nice to look forward to something other than exercise every day.

I’m getting stronger now, I can tell!  I’m still in a wheelchair, iPatch still, & no driving since Tuesday, February 5th, 2008.  Just physically stronger.  Not only am I able to help out around the house more, but now my mid-life crisis present to myself is back but, if it happens it will likely be a 2/3 life crisis at least.  It was a car & now it’s a PRS guitar.

A bunch of cool stuff none of which I have & it’s pretty!  Mid-life crisis?  13/16 life crisis or pipe dream!

Well forget that!  Brewster went to the vet after Kim was done work Wednesday & the news wasn’t great!  His heart murmur is between a 5 & 6.  6 is the worst, which means a strong possibility of heart enlargement, heart attack &/or fluid in his lungs.  Now I’m EXTREMELY worried.  Tests & definitely medication, just a matter of how much medication?

Kim is home sick today, she’ll likely be spending the day in bed today.  I got up a bit after 6:00 am, got to my exercises while Kim showered & tried to go to work.  She showered and did her hair but never made it out of the bedroom.  I don’t like contract work much.  She’s not there, she doesn’t get paid.  Oh well, not my job & not really my business.


I didn’t even know about this movie on Netflix?  I’ll have to watch it sometime soon!  Here’s the trailer & a review.

New TOOL article/interview as of September 1st!  Long but GREAT album!  Worth the 13 year wait.

Every TOOL fan has seen this lately, I saw it late last week.  Very well done mashup of Taylor Swift & an older TOOL song!

BIG THANKS to Mitch & George Fraser for getting my VERY old electric guitar gear working!!!!!!!  Another thing to look forward to everyday!

I’ve often thought about listening to “Gojira” since I do like “Sepultura”, but something stops me from being a fan every time?

Nobody should like “System of a Down”.  Many of my friends & I think they’re GREAT!   Maybe because there’s nothing that sounds like their music, at least in North America or that I know of?  Here’s a story about their second album out of a total of 5 mass releases.  They’re quite popular.

I don’t think any rock/metal/other band is about to change mainstream music.  It will be a force of many bands & artists to make a significant change.   I couldn’t care less about album sales, as long as I get to hear what I like!

Under rated albums of the 1990s.



More progressive rock/metal but they tend to go quiet & mellow to the heavier side of things throughout a song.  I haven’t done an “Opeth” music guide yet, but they would be “Opeth” lite followed by “Tool” who would be “Earthside” lite.  All 3 of these bands are progressive & they are all capable of doing light atmospheric music on their albums as well as rock & metal, much like “Dream Theater” as well.

When I say “progressive” in reference to these current metal/rock bands, I mean that the songs are often in rare time signatures.  Not always a song you can tap your foot to.  Most radio friendly songs are in a basic 4/4 time.  There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s simple & to the point.  That gets boring for me after a while & other bands will change time signatures 2-6 times in one song.  Then that can become boring & I’ll go back to the 4/4 stuff.  I always listen to the drums in a song.  It’s the rhythm that I listen to the most in a song.

I have one album by “Earthside” so here’s a sampling of it.




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Sorry, busy day around here cleaning & such.

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Big Wreck”, “Tool”, & that’s about it.  Tool is a long album with most songs (6?) over 10 minutes on the 10 song digital version & the 7 song physical version.


Other than trying to find the time to get a good listen into my 2 new albums.  I was SUPER tired/exhausted Friday afternoon & evening.  I stayed up as long as I could to hang out with Kim.  I packed it in at 10:00 pm.

Saturday we took to organizing our computer room.  Kim busted her butt doing the majority of it.  I stayed out of her way & cleaned the kitchen area, dishwasher, sweep, & wet Swiffer the floor.  As of Saturday evening it wasn’t quite put back together.  I threw out some of my stuff & organized my desk drawers, then put the desks in a different layout.

Grabbed the acoustic guitar again while trying to stay out of Kim’s way on Saturday.  I hate putting it down.  My brother has a used practice amplifier that he doesn’t use anymore.  Cheaper in price, but still fits what I’d like, quieter too!

Labour Day Classic was here on Sunday, well it’s here every Labour Day weekend.  Always a fun game between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. the home Saskatchewan Roughriders.  Riders won 19-17 on the final play of the game with a field goal.  Winnipeg gave us 3 points though in the first quarter on kicks, Riders had WAY too many stupid/preventable penalties again.  If I was the head coach, which I’m not, I be passing out $20,000 fines for stupid/easily preventable penalties.  After this game & the previous home game, the players might be paying to play here, it’s embarrassing to the rest of the league.

My great aunt & uncle were here from Winnipeg.  My dad, great uncle, & I went to the game.  SO much fun to be at the game in that atmosphere FANTASTIC!

Computer room is nearing completion.  We need to figure out where a few photos will go & what we’ll use to hang them.  Probably throw out a bit more dust catchers & bring up a ceramic Pinocchio my grandmother painted for me when I was a child.  It’s currently in our storage unit in our parkade.

Figured out a way to help my grandparents drink more water, just trying to help them out.  I hope they enjoy it with Mio flavouring.

Kim just went out for a few groceries after doing a TON of other stuff.  I finally got some time to take a breather and turn on my computer after doing stuff around here.  It’s 5:20 pm as I type this.


Dixie Chicks “Fly” at 20 years later.

That’s quite the lineup of guests for a Post Malone album.

There wasn’t much news at all this week that’s why this is shorter than usual.  Not even more than one article about the TOOL album.  Kim bought it for me on Friday.  If I had known it was $70 + tax, I’d have said not to worry about it.  It did come with a 36 page booklet full of cool art, lyrics, & credits.  Also a video on a 4” screen when you open the CD panel.  It starts playing when you open it & stops when you close it, pretty cool to see.



Yes, a country artist.  Kim listens to country music, & he snuck in under the radar.  He has that bit of 70s southern rock vibe to him.  It’s far more apparent when he’s a guest on other albums though.  I know nothing about him other than a few guest appearances, his own album, & Kim went to The Craven Valley Jamboree to see him as the weekend headliner.  No, I didn’t bother to go to him or Garth Brooks a few weeks ago.  Just not my thing. A lot of money for something I likely wouldn’t enjoy.

Here are 3 songs he made an appearance on, for 3 individual albums, followed by his own album.


ED SHEERAN w/ Chris Stapleton & Bruno Mars


PINK w/Chris Stapleton







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