HAPPY HUMP DAY/THE KING’S SINGERS

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I fell asleep to “In Flames” the new album “I, The Mask” 24 or 25 years into his career as a singer he took vocal lessons.  In Flames began their career in the early 90s.

I exercised to “Mark Morton” the new album/his only solo album “Anesthetic”

Tried listening to some “Stevie Wonder” & thought about “The Struts”.  I exercised in silence for some time, I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to listen to?  Default to metal.

 

Remember that time when I said I was going to lower some numbers?  That only partially happened.  Only thing that changed was my tricep lifts to 100 instead of 150 a day.  Pushups & squats went back up to their regular numbers.  I just focused more on what I was doing.

I really didn’t want to get out of bed on Monday.  I was awake when Kim left for work, I just didn’t want to move.  Good thing I had to pee or I would’ve been in there until 9:00 am.  9:00 am or later means (get out of bed & start doing stuff).  In my head anyways.  8:00 am is perfect for me, I should get an alarm clock from Walmart for $15, not a cell phone but an alarm clock!  As long as I don’t have to charge it & it’s not battery operated.

Too many chords to charge everything already.  “Oh, but wireless stuff is great!”  Not for me, I was flabbergasted when I had to charge my Fit Bit, I still am.  I have to swipe it if I want to know the time????????????  It tells me a bunch of other nonsense that I don’t care to know & it doesn’t track my steps while in my wheelchair or walking with my walker.  Useless piece of expensive garbage, for me.

I only saw a few minutes of Telemiracle this weekend.  Saskatchewan talent to help raise money for the handicapped or other medical needs.  I’m not sure if my brother was born yet, I asked my mom if she could call in for me, I wanted to donate the $10 I had.  This is likely just after I turned 5 or 6 years old.  Of course she said yes & I got to have my name scroll across the TV with the names of other people who had donated.

The last concert we played before I went into the hospital was a Telemiracle benefit concert & all of the money raised went to Telemiracle.

Little did I know, I’d need help from Telemiracle?  Telemiracle paid the larger portion of our wheelchair van for us.  The total cost was $18,000 I think?  I can’t remember how much Telemiracle put in, it was at least $10,000.

 

I should mention that I started watching “Murder Mountain” on Netflix last week.  It’s a reality show/documentary about marijuana growers in Humboldt County, in California.  With the mystery of people that go missing & are never found.  There are flyers everywhere that say “Have you seen this person?”  One of them has been missing for 23 years.  No body or any evidence.

Seems like “Alter Bridge” are almost done recording their 6th studio album.  They already have bundles with a listening party for sale on their Facebook page & website!  https://alterbridge.com/collections/abvi-fan-packages

Follow up to “The Last Hero” released in 2016.

 

THE KING’S SINGERS

I was in 3 different choirs in high school.  Concert choir for anyone, Chamber Choir, & I auditioned for the provincial Honour choir thinking I likely wouldn’t make it in but SURPRISE I did.  I think the Chamber choir was an audition as well, long time ago, I can’t remember.  The chamber choir went to Newfoundland in the summer after grade 11.  It was for a 500th anniversary of John Cabot landing his ship there.  There were multiple choirs from just about everywhere.  Workshops, performances, all capped off with an hour long performance of “Carmina Burana” with a symphony, 3 soloists, & all of the choirs!  Here’s 1 movement of 25

During 1 of our workshops we sang with The King’s Singers.  When we came back I rushed out & bought 3 of their CDs.  2 are albums full of cover songs & 1 is a bunch of classical songs I don’t know.  I think the concert choir sang one of the songs I have on CD.  One album is full of The Beatles songs in 5 part harmony A Capella.  This first song they jumped into the choir with us to sing along.

 

What’s really funny about this is that there is metal/“Testament” playing in the other room as I’m writing this!  Yeah, I’m weird!

 

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“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-David Eric Grohl

“Learn from your mistakes & don’t repeat them”-Chris

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

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WEEKEND UPDATE/ THE MAYFIELD FOUR

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Music throughout the weekend.  “In Flames”, “Mark Morton”, “Dream Theater”,

I did get 2 albums from iTunes on Friday morning.  I’m done for the month of March on iTunes, unless Big Wreck has a preorder date for their new album soon.  I got “In Flames” the album “I, The Mask” & “Mark Morton”, Lamb of God guitarist, who had a different guest vocalist on each song on his solo album “Anesthetic”.  First gut reaction, all 3 were great purchases for me.  The “Mark Morton” album would be the weakest out of the 3 but still a FANTASTIC album!

When I’ve listened to them a few times I’ll do a review on them.  As a first reaction, they’re both great.  Then you throw “Dream Theater” into the mix with albums released last year & the year before that & my music selection is AWESOME for me!

My cousin is in town for a week & I’m anxious to see her!

I slept extremely well Friday night.  Woke up to pee twice but fell asleep after with no problem at all.

Saturday, was Kim taking photos as homework for her photography class.  After that we watched some “Grace & Frankie”.  I rented “Blackkklansman” afterwards.  Great movie, but Kim hit the hay 2/3 through the movie.

Once Kim is done grocery shopping, I’ll start making my juice & hard boiling eggs.  I woke up just before 10:00 am.  I thought it was Monday & I had wasted my day, then I heard Kim in the kitchen & asked “Kim, what day is it?”  She replied that it was Sunday, I started putting away my exercise clothes.

THE MAYFIELD FOUR

I know I did a Myles Kennedy post, but this is the band he fronted before “Alter Bridge”.  They were a 4 member band from I don’t know where in America?  I saw them once in 1999 I think it was?  The line-up in order was “The Mayfield Four”, “The Watchmen”, & “Big Wreck”.  The Mayfield Four came onstage & I remember that the entire time the singer/guitarist, Myles Kennedy, had his left leg bouncing to the rhythm for each song.  That’s likely when he laid down the inaudible background singing part for the 2nd “Big Wreck” album on one of the songs.

The Mayfield Four only released 2 albums with only the 2nd album available on iTunes.  I must’ve bought the 1st album at the show….

 

1998   THE FALLOUT

 

2001   SECOND SKIN (On iTunes)

LANGUAGE!!!

 

Alter Bridge are writing their 6th album right now & still when I tell people, I’m often asked “Who?”  Their Facebook page says “AB VI coming soon” with a photo of them together in a small room.  They initially said they’d get together to write in April?

 

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Why did this become a music blog?  “Because music is a BIG @#!$%^*&( DEAL”-David Eric Grohl

“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-David Eric Grohl

“Learn from your mistakes & don’t repeat them”-Chris

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WHAT?

Facebook is telling me I haven’t posted lately?  Didn’t everybody get a post yesterday?  Is Facebook just being wonky?  I did post it, twice by accident.  I forgot to put the tags in the first post, had to re-post it once I fixed it & deleted the first post ASAP.  I hope you got it!

Chris

EXERCISE WEEKLY TOTAL/DREAM THEATER   (Distance Over Time)

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I fell asleep to “Lacuna Coil” the album “Broken Crown Halo”

I exercised to “Reignwolf aka Jordan Cook” from Saskatoon his first full album that I’m undecided if I’ll purchase.  “Hear me Out”

 

5 day exercise total.  I actually lowered 3 totals too much, the numbers are wonky this week.  There will be regular numbers for each exercise next week….I hope!

220 pushups, 600 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 220 tricep lifts, 340 squats, 300 back flexes.

Pushups & tricep lifts are done on Tuesdays & Thursday.  Everything else is on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays.

 

Some might think I’m scared of being dead, not so.  I am sacred of how I’ll die though.  Even though I was told, long after the fact, that my cancer would’ve likely came back in 2013.  That obviously didn’t happen, thank goodness!  I exercise a lot but there’s not much to exercise my brain with.  Other than baseball & word search puzzles.  I’ll likely get some actual puzzles in the near future.

Kim has taught me how to use our stove & oven, I’m still a little iffy with our pressure cooker & I’ve never used our popcorn maker.  I’ve got microwave popcorn until that day comes.

I’m not mentally handicapped, just physically handicapped.  If I need my wife to teach me how to use an appliance I just ask, or try to figure it out on my own if it won’t burn me.

 

 

The DC movies are trying to fix the DC universe.

From what I’ve been told, the next season of Criminal Minds will be 10 episodes for the SERIES finale.  My favourite show on TV.  15th & final season

Modern Family was supposed to end after this, it’s 10th season but they’re not done.  There will be an 11th season.  I’ve heard that it will also be a 10 episode season.

Skip to the 5:00 minute point in the video.

I’m more than anxious for this album to be released!  That will make 6 fantastic albums for me this year!

Why do I prefer iTunes in comparison to streaming music?  Here’s a few reasons.  I prefer to own my music.  I believe that if anyone has done something for you or something you appreciate, they should be paid.  A song is made by the artist who pays $100s if not $1000s to book a studio & a producer to record just 1 song, the song will then be sold for a fraction of a cent, iTunes isn’t much better though, I can buy a 10 song album for $9.99.  Streaming music might be the real issue.  Jack White of “The White Stripes” stated a few years ago that he has limited funds & can’t afford to tour as much.  More bands/artist need to have money to go on tour.  If they’re not selling their albums, how are they supposed to go on tour?  Finally, it just doesn’t feel right.  I had a ton of music that I downloaded illegally & didn’t feel right about it & ended up buying the CDs & iTunes files for these reasons.

I do like the album “The State” by Nickelback that was released in 2000.  I don’t hate their music.  If Nickelback is playing over the P. A. system in a restaurant or bar & it’s a song I don’t like, I’ll wait 5 minutes for something else to come on.

 

DREAM THEATER   (Distance Over Time)

This is probably the first band that comes to mind for metal fans when they hear the words “progressive metal”.  They released their 13th studio album on February 22nd, 2019.  Reminds me of older Dream Theater stuff with the exception of being just under 1 hour long.  Their last album “The Astonishing” was really not very good.  34 songs as a double album.  I think they went for more quantity than quality on that one?  This new album “Distance Over Time” is much more familiar to fans of the group, in a good way.  Familiar but also new & refreshing.

The singer doesn’t growl or scream.  He’s a classically trained singer with a great voice!  They’re all classically trained actually.   Here’s a few songs from this new album….

 

The more you share this, the more readers I get.  No, I’m not profiting from this in any way.  I can’t tell who’s reading this but thank you!

Why did this become a music blog?  “Because music is a BIG @#!$%^*&( DEAL”-Dave Grohl

“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-Dave Grohl

“Learn from your mistakes & don’t repeat them”-Chris

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres         

EXERCISE WEEKLY TOTAL/DREAM THEATER   (Distance Over Time)

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I fell asleep to “Lacuna Coil” the album “Broken Crown Halo”

I exercised to “Reignwolf aka Jordan Cook” from Saskatoon his first full album that I’m undecided if I’ll purchase.  “Hear me Out”

 

5 day exercise total.  I actually lowered 3 totals too much, the numbers are wonky this week.  There will be regular numbers for each exercise next week….I hope!

220 pushups, 600 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 220 tricep lifts, 340 squats, 300 back flexes.

Pushups & tricep lifts are done on Tuesdays & Thursday.  Everything else is on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays.

 

Some might think I’m scared of being dead, not so.  I am sacred of how I’ll die though.  Even though I was told, long after the fact, that my cancer would’ve likely came back in 2013.  That obviously didn’t happen, thank goodness!  I exercise a lot but there’s not much to exercise my brain with.  Other than baseball & word search puzzles.  I’ll likely get some actual puzzles in the near future.

Kim has taught me how to use our stove & oven, I’m still a little iffy with our pressure cooker & I’ve never used our popcorn maker.  I’ve got microwave popcorn until that day comes.

I’m not mentally handicapped, just physically handicapped.  If I need my wife to teach me how to use an appliance I just ask, or try to figure it out on my own if it won’t burn me.

 

 

The DC movies are trying to fix the DC universe.

From what I’ve been told, the next season of Criminal Minds will be 10 episodes for the SERIES finale.  My favourite show on TV.  15th & final season

Modern Family was supposed to end after this, it’s 10th season but they’re not done.  There will be an 11th season.  I’ve heard that it will also be a 10 episode season.

Skip to the 5:00 minute point in the video.

I’m more than anxious for this album to be released!  That will make 6 fantastic albums for me this year!

Why do I prefer iTunes in comparison to streaming music?  Here’s a few reasons.  I prefer to own my music.  I believe that if anyone has done something for you or something you appreciate, they should be paid.  A song is made by the artist who pays $100s if not $1000s to book a studio & a producer to record just 1 song, the song will then be sold for a fraction of a cent, iTunes isn’t much better though, I can buy a 10 song album for $9.99.  Streaming music might be the real issue.  Jack White of “The White Stripes” stated a few years ago that he has limited funds & can’t afford to tour as much.  More bands/artist need to have money to go on tour.  If they’re not selling their albums, how are they supposed to go on tour?  Finally, it just doesn’t feel right.  I had a ton of music that I downloaded illegally & didn’t feel right about it & ended up buying the CDs & iTunes files for these reasons.

I do like the album “The State” by Nickelback that was released in 2000.  I don’t hate their music.  If Nickelback is playing over the P. A. system in a restaurant or bar & it’s a song I don’t like, I’ll wait 5 minutes for something else to come on.

 

DREAM THEATER   (Distance Over Time)

This is probably the first band that comes to mind for metal fans when they hear the words “progressive metal”.  They released their 13th studio album on February 22nd, 2019.  Reminds me of older Dream Theater stuff with the exception of being just under 1 hour long.  Their last album “The Astonishing” was really not very good.  34 songs as a double album.  I think they went for more quantity than quality on that one?  This new album “Distance Over Time” is much more familiar to fans of the group, in a good way.  Familiar but also new & refreshing.

The singer doesn’t growl or scream.  He’s a classically trained singer with a great voice!  They’re all classically trained actually.   Here’s a few songs from this new album….

 

The more you share this, the more readers I get.  No, I’m not profiting from this in any way.  I can’t tell who’s reading this but thank you!

Why did this become a music blog?  “Because music is a BIG @#!$%^*&( DEAL”-Dave Grohl

“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-Dave Grohl

“Learn from your mistakes & don’t repeat them”-Chris

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres         

THINGS I USED TO MISS, BUT NOT ANYMORE/TOOL

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I fell asleep to “Dream Theater” the album “Distance Over Time”, followed by “Metallica” the album “S & M” (Symphony & Metallica)

I exercised to “Audioslave” the S/T album, followed by “Halestorm” the album “Vicious”

 

Yep, back to exercises this week.  I actually lowered 3 totals to make sure I’m getting everything proper & the results I would like.

I had a temporary Physiotherapist, an older lady who was very nice.  She asked me if I was a body builder, I just laughed & replied “Hahahahaha, far from!”

 

2 things & walking isn’t one of them.  I do miss playing baseball but I quit after the season in 1997.  My arm was ready to fall off, playing 3rd base on 2 teams.  I got a call one night to play with the A level team, I was on the B level team.  I declined since I was a useless hitter & I had a team practice that night.  Company soft ball was fun though.

I don’t miss playing guitar & singing, sort of.  I don’t miss the 2:00 am nights on the weekends when I load up my car full with my amplifier & guitars, & then return home & unload it all in the wee hours of the morning.  If I was famous enough to have a roadie do the heavy lifting, I might feel differently about that.

I do miss sitting at home, singing & playing my acoustic guitar just for fun.  Kim even mentioned once that she missed me doing that around the house.

I know my Grandfather, on my mother’s side of the family, couldn’t understand why my brother & I were playing this type of music or what we got from making our music.  We didn’t play metal, but we listened to some of it.  I can’t do any type of metal scream, before cancer or now.  I never had a “desire” to do so.  There were so many other people that trained to do those type of vocals.  We played heavy rock music, but listened to more metal stuff.

 

Affleck is out as Batman/Bruce Wayne.  Now the rumours start.

Ideally I’d love to see Christian Bale reprise the role!  John Hamm would be a graceful transition from Ben Affleck.

No, I didn’t watch The Oscars.  I own “Black Panther” & “Bohemian Rhapsody” I just want to see “Blackkklans Man”.  “Green Book” won for best movie.  Never paid any attention to it.  People will say to me “Oh, you need to see it!”  What, will I die if I don’t see it?  That’s the only time I ‘need’ to see any movie.

This was funny in the 1990s when David Letterman caught wind of the gas station owner, Dick Assman, in Regina.  Now SGI won’t approve a novelty license plate that says ASSMAN on it?  Did everybody lose their sense of humour?  Would this be allowed in the USA?  The current President says things that are questionable at best.

 

TOOL (NEW ALBUM THIS SUMMER, MAYBE?)

4 guys based in L.A.  The drummer, Danny Carey, is a part of the Mensa organization.  Guitarist, Adam Jones, worked as a special effects worker for film & TV, he now does Tool’s album art & videos.  All I know about the bassist, Justin Chancellor, is that he is their 2nd bassist & I believe he’s English.  Singer, Maynard James Keenan, owns 3 or 4 dojos, has a black belt in a martial art, owns & operates a vineyard in Arizona, & sings for Tool, A Perfect Circle, & Puscifer.

They seem to enjoy teasing fans with false information about any release they may have coming.  They aren’t metal, rock or anything else.  I’d just call them a progressive music act.  The rhythms are tribal almost, REALLY good

Tool is not a band that you’d just tap your foot to.  Very minimal 4/4 time rhythm.  Maynard doesn’t scream, he will shout on key, & he is a very good singer, not showy but does what is needed for the song.  He prefers to think of his voice as another instrument in the band.

In their live concert set up, the drums & Maynard are in the back while the guitarist & bassist are near the front but on the sides of the stage.  The majority of their songs titles & lyrics are meant to be double – entendre.  Such as songs called “Prison Sex”, “Stinkfist”, “Aenima”, etc.  This is meant to provoke the listeners mind.

They’re quite private & very smart in not telling their fan base when an album will be released or anything more than fans need to know at the moment.  Their catalogue started with an EP & carries on from there….

 

JUST ASSUME THERE IS LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

 

1992   OPIATE

 

1993   UNDERTOW

 

1996   AENIMA

 

1999   LATERALUS

This song match’s the Fibonacci sequence.  1+1+2+3+5+8+13+21+34+55+89, etc.

 

2006   10,000 DAYS

 

Somewhere in there is a limited edition EP with a VHS of videos.  I got into Tool later on & had to download it as a torrent, after searching many pawn shops.

 

SALIVAL EP

 

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“Learn from your mistakes & don’t repeat them”-Chris

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKEND UPDATE/HIGHLY SUSPECT

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Dream Theater”, “Queen”, “Alter Bridge”, & “Lamb of God”

 

I forgot to mention this.  This past Thursday Regina won the bid for hosting The Grey Cup in 2020.  Tickets are expensive & it will be cold.  The home town Saskatchewan Roughriders had better make it to Canada’s Super Bowl!

We finally watched the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody”.  FANTASTIC movie, well done without much invasion into Freddie Mercury’s private life.  I do wish they showed the writing & recording of “Under Pressure” with “David Bowie” though.

Saturday was pretty quiet her.  Kim was working on her photo assignment.  I was clearing off the DVR.  Made it to Netflix in the evening & started watching “Murder Mountain”.  I watched 4/6 episodes & I’m still not sure if it’s a documentary about marijuana or the hundreds of people that go missing every year in some type of “Bermuda Triangle” in Humboldt County, California.  I will say it’s very interesting though!

 

DREAM THEATER RELEASE ON FRIDAY.  I’ll point out my highlights at a later date.

This is the first Dream Theater album without a song at 10:00 minutes or more!  I would listen to my iPod at work.  Dream Theater’s album “Systematic Chaos” & Lynyrd Skynyrd’s double album of “Greatest Hits” & that would take up 5 hours of my day.  One earbud in my ear & the other down my shirt so it wouldn’t get caught in the press.  Then maybe a sports Podcast or the mind numbing sound of the press’ through my protective noise cancelling ear muffs.

Juice is made, eggs to hard boil, & likely watch the biggest talent show for the movie industry.

 

HIGHLY SUSPECT

I believe it’s 3 guys based in New York.  They have 2 albums out.  The 2nd album was a sophomore slump if you ask me.  The singer also must find it tough to write any lyrics without using profanity.  Over the course of 20 songs spread over 2 albums there are 4 songs without profanity.  I’ll give you 5 songs in total, 3 from their first album & 2 from their 2nd album.  They’re supposed to be releasing a new album this year at some point.  I’ll have to hear it before I buy it, if I buy it?  I really like the first album though!

Just assume there’s LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

2015   MISTER ASYLUM

 

2016   THE BOY WHO DIED WOLF

 

The more you share this, the more readers I get.  No, I’m not profiting from this in any way.  I can’t tell who’s reading this but thank you! Word of mouth is the only way of promoting this.

Why did this become a music blog?  “Because music is a BIG @#!$%^*&( DEAL”-David Eric Grohl

“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-David Eric Grohl

“Learn from your mistakes & don’t repeat them”-Chris

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres