1 WEEK OF REST/THE BEACHES

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0 day exercise total; 000 leg lifts, 000 crunches, 000 squats, 000 back flexes, 000 curls 10 pounds on left arm & 7 pounds on right arm, 000 tricep lifts w/5 pound weight, 000 shoulder raises w/5 pound weight,  no stretching, & yoga.

Music during my week long hibernation, the heat & I don’t play well together!  “The Watchmen”, “Tool”, “Nothing But Thieves”, “Queens of the Stone Age”, “Testament”, & “Pink”

Well, there’s a sampling of the albums I listened to this week.  ^^

 

No exercise this week at all.  Just a week to recharge the batteries & be extremely lazy.  No other appointments or any other things to keep track of.  Next week I hope to hit higher numbers in my exercise.  If I do, we’ll see if I can keep them slightly above what has been the normal amount.  Extra sleep was impossible, wake up around 3-4:00 am was almost a daily occurrence.  Why, I don’t know?

I’ve been watching a LOT of “Shark Week” that I recorded last week, along with Blue Jay baseball, Stephen Colbert, & Jimmy Fallon.

I learned something from watching “Shark Week”, it’s been right in front of my face the entire time.  What would most people do if a stranger just walked into their home & started poking, prodding, & just doing whatever they wanted?  Call the police, would be my first move while defending myself from the stranger.  Sharks don’t have police to call?  They can defend to a point, or just attack.  They don’t know what the poking or prodding is for.  Maybe humans should exercise the caring & compassion we have & get out of their house?

Remember, A) They were hear first & B) We live on the land, not in the water.

Unless there’s a rare healing source only in the ocean, get out & don’t become shark poop!

Kim & I watched the movie “Shazam” this week.  I thought it was a great family/superhero movie & Kim didn’t care for it at all.  It may have been a DC movie, but I found it lighter & funnier than most Marvel movies.

I’m a Canadian, living in Canada, therefore I know that I have very little influence on all foreign nations.  If I was a part of the American media, this is how I would handle the recent mass shootings.  Throwing names around will solve nothing.  If they want to change gun laws, DON’T STOP TALKING ABOUT THIS IN A WEEK!      Hold your politicians accountable, IF YOU’RE NOT PART OF THE SOLUTION, YOU’RE PART OF THE PROBLEM!  BECOME PART OF THE SOLUTION!  YOU’RE ALREADY FAR TOO LATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Throughout this entire blog site, I now ask for no sympathy & have never really expected any.  If it sounds like a sob story, that’s on me.  Sure, there are things I can’t do, but I choose not to worry about them.  Is being physically handicapped frustrating?  Yes it is.  I am mobile enough to hopefully change some of that one day.  If you look at it as a whole, thigs could have easily turned out much worse, to the point of dying.  I didn’t die though & I’m thankful for that.  I now have the opportunity to change things for the better.  My chances of even coming out of a coma were pretty weak, according to the doctors 5-15%.  If you think of it that way, I’m doing REALLY GOOD!  So the doctors tell me.

Kim & I were chatting about my increase in one of my anti-depressant pills last night.  We both think I’ve been WAY more level headed than usual, now I’d just really like to sit & talk thing out with a psychologist or therapist.  A psychiatrist will speak with you briefly & prescribe medication.  Although things are going well, I’m sure both will be far more beneficial!

Thursday ended with a visit from friends of ours in Alberta & their 2 kids, the oldest is about to enter junior high school.  Makes me feel old……again.

…and the mistakes from Apple’s iTunes just keep on coming!!!!  Good thing I figured these 2 problem out in the last 2 months & helped your customer service team figure out how to solve it.  I find it SHOCKING that this company is keeping their head above water when a Joe Blow like myself knows more about their software than they do!  I have very minimal computer knowledge.  I don’t need to call you Apple, it’s fixed.  Keep pulling in the millions while I pay you for use of your subpar software.

Do you ever wonder why you can’t tag Apple or iTunes on Facebook?

 

New “In Flames” music/lyric video!

This is what all of us whiny “Tool” fans have been waiting for!!!! The 13 year wait ends officially on August 30th with the full release of the album “Fear Inoculum”

Finally a video for “Big Wreck’s” first single from the new album, out on August 30th.

 

THE BEACHES

I did 1 album review last year I grabbed a 5 song EP by them, released earlier this year.  The only reason I know about them is really because “Foo Fighters” played in the Toronto baseball stadium & “The Beaches” opened for them.  I assume they’re from Toronto.  4 girls just out of high school, started an indie rock band.

 

2019   THE PROFESSIONAL EP

I think 3/5 songs is enough & I don’t want to give you the entire EP either, that would be just wrong in my eyes.

 

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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

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HELLO FRIDAY, WHAT’S IT BEEN A WEEK? TOO LONG!/THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS

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5 day exercise total; 600 leg lifts, 450 crunches, 450 squats, 300 back flexes, 500 curls 10 pounds on left arm & 7 pounds on right arm, 300 tricep lifts w/5 pound weight, 200 shoulder raises w/5 pound weight,  stretching, & yoga.

I fell asleep to “Big Wreck” the album “The Pleasure and The Greed”, followed by “Stone Temple Pilots” the album “Purple”

I exercised to “The Struts” the album “Everybody Wants” with this single attached to it.

I did some extra stretching this morning I wasn’t feeling very “…quick & nimble…”

 

 

Today I got up & had breakfast.  Most of the ginger in my morning vegetable juice must’ve fallen to the bottom.  I started coughing because of how spicy it was & up came most of the juice I had.  Brewster was absolutely COVERED in burs from riding out to the cabin with me & my parents on Tuesday.  We tried to get them out, but it was too painful for him.  He got his trim today at 7:30 am he was home by 9:00 am.  Ears are a bit shorter because of the 40 burs in his right ear, but now he can get comfortable.

I spent the rest of Wednesday glued to the TV watching the Robert Mueller testimony.  Mostly stuff most people have assumed or that has already been reported on.  Without looking, it was VERY easy to tell if a republican or democrat was asking the question.

President Trump may have done a few things to benefit America, they have been over shadowed by his lack of morals, ethics, & respect for others & the choices & actions he has made with the lack of those 3 things.

The guy was here Monday installing a new valve into our A/C.  I was feeling pretty confident it would be fixed this time.  He was here on Tuesday, he lubricated the old valve on Tuesday & it was working as it should be.  New valve on Wednesday & a few other little things, now all is well!

I let things like that consume me usually & get extremely frustrated to the point I become enraged & blow up in a temper tantrum.  I didn’t this time.

Me getting angry at someone won’t speed up the process to resolving the problem.  It will make me & the other individual (maybe) feel small & insignificant.

I can’t fix the problem, leave it to those who know more about it than me.  What I did find amusing was 8 hours a day for 6 days fixing my iTunes.  I called the Apple support line to see if they knew what to do.  I worked with them for an hour or so, trying different suggestions they gave me & nothing worked.  The last person I spoke to told me to try something & leave it be for a while & she’d call back 4 hours later since it could take a while.  After 2 hours, I go into check on things to see if it’s helping at all, it wasn’t.  I looked around for 15 minutes & figured out what to do & how to fix my issue!

She called back to see if her suggestion helped, I replied “Not really, but I figured it out” she asked what I did to fix it.  I told her (the 3rd & final person I spoke with from Apple) & went about my day.  I helped the help desk!  Who would have thought!

If everything is going to involve a computer from now on, are we all expected to know how to fix these problems or is technology expected to be perfect.  If that’s the expectation WOW we have a long way to go.  I don’t want & can’t afford to pay $200 to a company to fix something that takes 3 clicks of a mouse.

 

A multi-day music festival is not something I would have or will ever consider going to, mostly because of the large crowd.  One day like the festivals in Canada touring the provinces in the 1990s such as Edgefest & Summersault we’re perfect for me.  Summer time, outside, water readily available, hose to keep the crowd cool, only 10,000-20,000 people in the crowd, noon until midnight, 2 stages, big name acts, smaller un-known acts on the 2nd stage, no camping, washrooms in the adjacent venue to the field & on the field, multiple vendors, etc.  I have the “Woodstock ‘99” CD, not great though.  I can’t say what the experience was like since I wasn’t there.

https://www.kerrang.com/features/i-was-at-woodstock-99-and-it-destroyed-my-innocence/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR174yFkte9F15v-nNp_BGdyBMmHIWQtoiHxFpkUOT0hCcQ1vic6C3S8_E4

When the lead guitar player of “Alter Bridge” approves of the cover two guys did, you pay attention!  This is FANTASTIC!!!

YAY 2 new “Alter Bridge” songs now!

Opeth preorder for September 27th full release

 

THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS

I have one of their albums which I very rarely listen to.  There’s nothing wrong with it, just don’t listen to it as much as I thought I would?  They’re based in Oklahoma & there are 4 members in this group.  I’m not sure if they’re even together anymore.  More of a pop group that’s not quite rock music.  At least that’s how I see them?

 

2005   MOVE ALONG

I was trying to find the album with this song (below) on it.  I came up empty back in the day.

 

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“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

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/CREED

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5 day exercise total; 600 leg lifts, 450 crunches, 450 squats, 300 back flexes, 250 curls, 200 tricep lifts w/5 pound weight, 150 shoulder raises w/5 pound weight,  stretching, & yoga.

I fell asleep to “The Wallflowers” the album “Bringing Down the Horse”

I was up too early to play music.  I played a few albums while trying to sleep.  This did the trick “Testament” the album “The Gathering”

FYI-That’s Jacob Dylan singing, Bob Dylan’s son^^!

 

I couldn’t sleep last night, too hot in here!  Yes, we’re still waiting for the new compressor for the A/C in our suite.  I could get angry, but what’s the point?  It won’t get the compressor here any faster.  It will do more damage than good.

We went for a drive to McDonalds last night.  I just wanted a medium vanilla shake to cool off.  I was doing some HOT yoga yesterday, unintentionally HOT!  There was a guy with a sign asking for food.  We get to the drive through & just order a couple of cheese burgers for him.  I thought afterwards “Ah, crap we should have got a 2 cheeseburger meal with a cold pop for him!!”  He was very thankful & gracious when I handed him the bag though.  Doing little things like that make me & others happy!  Much better than being a #@$&^% making me & others feel like crap.

Tuesdays & Thursdays I stretch, do some yoga, & use weights.  There’s not a certain amount of stretching & yoga, with no specific amount of them to do, & no blog to post, those days often take longer than 1 ½ hours.  Monday, Wednesday, & Friday reach an hour-1 ½ hours of exercise.

The therapists at the Wascana Rehabilitation Center worked hard on my core muscles aka my abs.  Leg lifts & crunches are both meant to activate my abs.  That’s my reason for doing those exercises 3 days a week.  I’m positive that under my 1 ½” of fat I have a glorious 8 pack.  Well, that’s the story I’m sticking to!

I’ve lost weight while building some muscle.  I’m not on any type of diet, I just keep my food intake healthy & other stuff in moderation.  I’m not looking to be a body builder or trying to slim right down.  I’m trying to walk!  Everything else is a cherry on top of whatever your favourite dessert is!  Yes, I eat dessert, in moderation to what I used to.

I don’t like the feeling of being full or hungry.  I much prefer being comfortable after a meal.  Balanced portions of protein/meat & carbs/vegetables or more vegetables than meat in most cases.  Personally, I don’t believe in a diet for everyone.  I think everyone’s body will react differently to whatever they put into their body.  My doctor put me on a thyroid pill since it was underactive.  1 pill a day did the trick, I’ll be on that pill for a very long time, like forever.

As far as my mental health goes, I haven’t had my second appointment yet.  They increased one of my anti-depressants at my previous appointment & it has helped somewhat.  I asked if I could also be referred to a therapist to talk to.  A pill increase won’t likely solve everything, hopefully the 2 together will.  I’m pretty sure my “…pills are kicking in…”

Sorry this is a bit later than usual.  I was out watching my cousin’s daughter play in a fastball provincial tournament.  Extra innings, great game, unfortunate loss by 1 run, & a VERY questionable call by the home plate umpire.  Nice to get out & watch a good game live in the shade on the first base line!  Aubrey is good now & she’ll get even better!

 

Top 10 rock & metal songs so far of 2019.

http://audioinkradio.com/2019/07/top-rock-metal-songs-2019-so-far/?fbclid=IwAR2sKaq9JfieFmU76SH6mm5w9AONfPqWAFdQesqnIS2MqMZUd7Z8JfPZnJI

Why?  Why not, HILARIOUS NINJA BABY!

I’m all for Billie Eilish especially this song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/hear-justin-bieber-hop-on-super-fan-billie-eilishs-bad-guy-857054/?fbclid=IwAR2RDEYpAk7VkSOmRD8Y5roVvb-BO0iSR_22d4Gc5Xw7UndYDuy7oKA6ufQ

Ed Sheeran is out today!  “No.6 Collaborations Project”

 

CREED

I’m a casual fan of their first album still.  I’ve played/sang “Higher” from their 2nd album, both or all 3 chords.  The first album has some lasting power though!  Most of the bands on this part of the blog I haven’t seen live.  Concerts out of province are a little out of our price range.  Priorities mortgage payment or concert?  I have seen many concerts in Saskatchewan & a few in Alberta though in the past.

 

1997   MY OWN PRISON

 

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“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

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/BLACK SABBATH

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4 day exercise total; 400 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 300 squats, 200 back flexes, 400 curls, 140 tricep lifts w/5 pound weight, 140 shoulder raises w/5 pound weight,  stretching, & yoga.

I fell asleep to “Coheed and Cambria” the album “No World for Tomorrow”

I exercised to “Pearl Jam” the album “Pearl Jam”

 

Truth be told I did ALL of my exercises on Monday & Wednesday.  Went to my family cabin on Tuesday with my parents to drop off a few things.  I figured I might as well do the same thing on Wednesday.

Yesterday we spent WAY too much time trying to correct problems with what iTunes has made.  I must be their favourite person to talk to, Monday –Wednesday, I’ve called the support line 4-6 times.  Kim’s smarter than me & we’ll get it done tonight or tomorrow.  I’m not touching it today until Kim’s home.

Summer is hear & we’ll be taking a staycation next week.  I’ll check my email & Facebook, but I won’t resume these posts until Sunday, July 7th.  Kim has this Friday off work, so our staycation for me starts now!

ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS PLEASE.  YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE GAY TO SUPPORT THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY!  I’m heterosexual & I believe that every individual has the right to spend their life with whoever they love.              

 

The more I think of what I told the doctor at the appointment, the more I think of what is likely my biggest issue.  I told the doctor this at the end just before I left the office, I should have started with this.  I don’t want to be a burden to anyone, & that’s what likely causes me to get frustrated so easily.  If I want to go somewhere, someone has to take me to my destination.  If it’s something I think I can do on my own, I get frustrated that I need assistance & that individual will do it differently than I will.  I wasn’t like that before I had cancer.

I look at things now this way, “If I can’t do this on my own by now, why am I doing all of this exercise?”  I’m not about to give up on my exercise.  I want to be more independent.

I’ve really never been on this side of the fence before.  I think, I’m not positive, but a handful of people in high school would come to me if they had an issue.  Other than that I just kept my head down & tried not to stir the pot.  I had problems with other students that seemed to seek me out to verbally abuse me.  My home life is & always has been happy & upbeat.  My parents are together & have likely become closer after 40 years of marriage (41 in November).  Same with my grandparents.

There are a LOT more people who have dealt with more than I have, so I see it again as “Why can’t I get myself out of this rut?”  I’ve usually been the person willing to help others & now I need help?  Since when?  This is new territory for me, & it feels weird.

I really hated elementary & high school.  I finished high school with an 80% average or higher every year, despite my inner attitude.  All of that verbal abuse from the time I took my bicycle to school in grade 2 & I didn’t say a word about any of it to anyone.  There’s a photo of me at the after-grad party with the biggest cheesy grin on my face, because I was so happy to be set free!

 

At the moment “The Struts” & “Dead Sara” are ruling my music world!

LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!        

Even as a concert goer, I hate cell phone cameras at any type of live show.  Put your phone away & enjoy the show.  If you’re taking a video or photo at least have the courtesy to ask if you’re blocking someone’s view of the show.  FYI, when you get home, that video will look & sound terrible.

My iPod Touch will take photos & videos.  If I’m out, it will stay here at home.  I have no issue with anybody having a cell phone.  I do wish they came with an operation manual though that said “For use in these instances….”  “Not recommended for the following situations…..”  I guess more of an etiquette guide.

With a 90% success rate, Dave Mustaine can beat his throat cancer.  He thanks his family, friends, & fans for all of the support.

https://loudwire.com/megadeth-dave-mustaine-thanks-fans-support-cancer-fight/?fbclid=IwAR0ItfS2A3ts95A1kG0KJ6uh_2UVmuG1vYKOPbbLPke5_00fa4fhhdS5HmY

Fighter planes to shoot down UFOs were called Foo Fighters & that’s where Dave Grohl got the name.  He was really into science fiction at the time.  He even made a cameo on “The X-Files”.

I’ve also become a big fan of 4 “Coheed and Cambria” albums lately.

“Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV”   2005 release

“No World for Tomorrow”   2007 release

“The Color Before the Sun”   2015 release

“The Unheavenly Creatures”   2018 release

 

BLACK SABBATH

There’s always a debate about who created the “Metal” genre & Black Sabbath is always in the discussion.  For that reason alone I’m going with Black Sabbath being the pioneers of metal music.  Some of their stuff I find too slow & bordering on boring.  I do have 13 albums with Ozzy Osbourne & other singers on different albums.  The song “Black Sabbath” is one of those boring songs to me.

I saw an interview years ago with guitarist Tony Iommi.  The day before they were about to either tour or record their first album he cut the tip of his finger off while he was working his last day at a steel factory.  He tried a TON of things on the tip of his fingers on his fretting hand but nothing worked.  He just learned how to play with no tips on his fingers.

No, I won’t put a song from all of the albums I own.  I’ll give you a small sample of Ozzy Osbourne as the lead vocalist & the 3 albums that Ronnie James Dio sang on.

 

1970   BLACK SABBATH

 

1980   HEAVEN AND HELL

 

1981   MOB RULES

 

1992   DEHUMANIZER

 

Here are some of their classic songs

Are athletes not supposed to show their emotion & act like robots with no emotion?  Why are NHL players allowed to celebrate a goal, football players are allowed to celebrate after a touchdown or field goal, basketball players celebrate a win, or soccer players run around & rip their jersey off?  How dare a baseball player celebrate ANYTHING?  Time to come out of the dark ages MLB!  This broadcaster played until the mid-1990s!

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/red-sox-broadcaster-dennis-eckersley-calls-out-marcus-stromans-antics-213647496.html

July 31st is the trade deadline for MLB.  If the rumours are true, Blue Jays might make a HUGE trade that could potentially hurt them.  Aaron Sanchez was pegged to be “The best starting pitcher in all of baseball”, that never happened though.  Marcus Stroman is arguably in the top 5 starting pitchers in the league or at least in the top 10.  There is talk that they’ll trade 1B Justin Smoak, SP Marcus Stroman, SP Aaron Sanchez & perhaps another player I can’t think of.  Justin Smoak & Aaron Sanchez would be at the top of my list to get rid of.  Every team is looking for pitching.  Why would they even consider trading a top 10 pitcher who’s not even 28, under contract for another year at just over $500,000 & his agent isn’t anything like Sanchez’s agent who is well known for wanting the most money & longest term contract he can get?  What do they expect in return for trading Marcus Stroman?  Maybe 3 top pitching prospects?  If everyone is looking for pitching, there can’t be much out there?  Even young prospects are still just a maybe in the future.

 

As good as I feel after I exercise, I do need a break from time to time.  A summer break sounds really good.  I’m kind of tired, just seems like a good idea since Kim is off work.  I know I’ll end up doing some type of exercise.  That’s just what I’m used to doing.

 

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

MENTAL HEALTH/EXERCISE TOTAL/EVERGREY

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5 day exercise total; 600 leg lifts, 450 crunches, 450 squats, 300 back flexes, 400 curls, 140 tricep lifts w/5 pound weight, 140 shoulder raises w/5 pound weight,  stretching, & yoga.

Including the above exercises, here’s what I’ve done so far this year.  1275 curls, 7240 pushups, 15600 leg lifts, 10100 crunches, 4140 tricep lifts (the old way), 10280 squats, 7100 back flexes, 3900 tricep extensions w/weights, & 140 shoulder raises.

I fell asleep to “Eve 6” the album “Horrorscope”

LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I exercised in silence at 6:00 am, busy day!

2 things I’ll be changing next week.  No tricep lifts without weights.  Also 200 pushups a week.  Everything else will stay as it is, for now.

The weights I use aren’t incredibly heavy.  For curls I use a 10 pound weight.  For the other weight exercises I use a 5 pound weight.  I always do more repetitions with my left arm since it’s the weaker arm.  I try not to eat breakfast before I exercise, but on occasion I wake up hungry, so I have my 2 hardboiled eggs & half of a glass of my vegetable juice.  Breakfast is the same every day.  Lunch is as well turkey deli meat in a lettuce wrap, or a piece of fish.  3-5 liters of water throughout the day.

Now when I do my exercises on Tuesdays & Thursdays, it takes me at least 1 ½ hour to 2 hours.  I do a LOT of stretching, & a LOT of weight work.  I do yoga for 30-45 minutes, 30 minutes minimum.  There are many yoga poses I can’t do at the moment.  There’s only 3 poses I can do.  I hold them for as long as possible though.

Life has been busy this week.  I really have to plan a time to do my exercises or do 2 days of exercise in one.  I guess that’s a good thing though.  Getting back to reality & changing up my routine, instead of just exercising & sitting on my butt.

Today was my first appointment with a psychiatrist.  Two of my pill prescriptions changed, & I’ll be referred to a therapist.  I told them my life story basically.  I have a future appointment of course & they’ll see how I’m doing with the prescription changes over the phone likely before my next appointment.

No word on our new vehicle, so I’m guessing by Wednesday we might hear something.  It’s also pouring rain here, yesterday & today.  Seems like a weekend to stay indoors.  I hear that even Swift Current, about 2 hours west of Regina flooded “yesterday”.

 

Lamb of God talk about gear theft & new album.

Can everybody please just stop with the Nickleback sucks comments already?  They’re more than likely someone’s favourite band!  They have over 16,000,000 followers on Facebook.  I’m not a fan, but I do enjoy 2 of their albums.  If you really can’t stand them, turn off your radio, don’t stream or download their music.  If you’re in a restaurant or bar, wait 5 minutes & you might hear something you like?  Get over it, I have to get over other bands too.  Nickleback are going to continue making music until they want to stop, & they’ve made a career doing that.  Have you?  Well until you can outsell the amount of albums they’ve sold, calm down & take a deep breath.  Nothing is going to change just for you!

https://thehardtimes.net/music/man-who-admitted-to-kinda-liking-one-nickelback-song-15-years-ago-still-nicknamed-nickelback/?fbclid=IwAR3k6pCp-rzyyUWNwoNgSx4iBgQDmkN0YvEp86P6ecKXKsJFDonp5DVyL6c

Article/interview with singer Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge regarding the new album.

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/upcoming_releases/myles_kennedy_says_new_alter_bridge_album_is_kind_of_the_answer_to_ab_iii.html?fbclid=IwAR0SbDP_8NUyWn-emP1vlJJjfKFRQM2Q_3HAFbnJLMqQW9bhZeHi9KZYpps

I think I also saw that the iTunes pre-order would be on June 28th, a week from today!

 

EVERGREY

Another prog-metal band.  Or progressive metal band, much like “Dream Theater” if they made songs that averaged 4:30 minutes instead of an average of 6:30 minutes.  I have 4 of their many album from iTunes.  I like them quite a bit on the rare occasion that I listen to them, great band though.  I assume they’re American, but I’ve never bothered to look them up.  I’ll just give you a sampling of the 4 albums I have.

“Recreation Day”, “The Inner Circle”, “Glorious Collision”, & “Hymns for the Broken”.  Released in that order.  The songs will also follow the order of release.

 

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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

MENTAL HEALTH UPDATE/DEVIN TOWNSEND & DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Pink”, “The Damned Things”, “Foo Fighters”, & “Big Wreck”

 

Moments after I posted Friday’s blog, I got a call from an office regarding my mental health.  I now have an appointment scheduled for June.  That’s the earliest they can get me in.  So things are moving but at a snail’s pace.

Friday evening I watched the Toronto Blue Jays game.  The 20 years & 1 month old much talked about Vladimir Guerrero Junior’s 1st big league game.  He even got a standing ovation for grabbing a slow foul ball & tossing it to a fan in the crowd.  Toronto must be a boring place?  That or that fans have been hearing about his offense since he was signed at the age of 16.  He went 1 – 4 at bat.  After a day of interviews, a press conference & then a baseball game.  I’d just want to go home & go right to bed, at whatever age.  Toronto fans in Toronto at the games should probably dial back the energy & let the guy play?  I have never heard of that much enthusiasm for any player EVER.  Calm down, he’ll play again tomorrow.

More baseball on Saturday during the day & today.  Kim’s setting up the place for a photo shoot today.  We went for appetizers & a couple of drinks at “Tommy’s Speakeasy” on Saturday evening.  My brother & 2 other guys from their band were playing acoustic cover songs.  I spoke with one of the volunteers that I’d see in the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) program I was in.  Brief but good to see him.

Today is the 3rd & final game with Oakland in Toronto.  They get Monday off, then 3 games in Anaheim then 3 games in Texas.  Kim has a photo shoot in the afternoon, & I’ll be boiling eggs & making my veggie juice for the week.

 

Sting on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/sting-walking-on-the-moon-tonight-show-jimmy-fallon-828247/?fbclid=IwAR0FVskmFACAMbDbAnI1g0hhd6BvU51ioNzXnRDOQngaAtluAD3yPSOfL74

Jimmy Fallon is the bee’s knees!  Get it………Sting…bee’s………oh gorsh I’m old!

Jimmy Fallon & Paul Rudd recreate their 1980s video!

No, I likely won’t see these 3 movies in the theater.  Brewster has intense anxiety separation issues, unless there is somebody around to take care of him.  My brother & I might go to Avengers: Endgame this week, we’ll see?

 

DEVIN TOWNSEND & DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT

He’s an unknown metal musician from B.C. Canada.  He’s unknown outside the metal listeners.  He recorded “Lamb of God” their album “As the Palaces Burn” album.  At the time the some of the members of “Lamb of God” had no clue who he was?  He was asked to mix the album & replied “Are you kidding me?  NO!”

He’s been around for quite a while as the singer & guitarist for “Strapping Young Lad”, “Devin Townsend Project”, & just released a solo album on March 29th.  His brand of metal is weird.  It’s like ambient noise or a Disney song with his vocals, a guitar, & usually a choir?  Here’s a song from the “Lamb of God” album he recorded, followed by his solo album & my favourite “Devin Townsend Project” album….

 

2019   EMPATH

 

DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT

 

2012   EPICLOUD

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He has many “Devin Townsend Project” albums & 6 “Strapping Young Lad” studio albums & a greatest hits album.  “Strapping Young Lad” is a bit too much for me.

 

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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

EXERCISE WEEKLY TOTAL/JANELLE MONAE

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5 day exercise total; 400 pushups, 600 leg lifts, 450 crunches, 200 tricep lifts, 450 squats, 300 back flexes.

I fell asleep to “Soundgarden” the album “Badmotorfinger”

I exercised to “Nothing But Thieves” their first self – titled release

 

Right out of the gate, I have not been in a bad mood since early 2012.  My depression crept up on me & exploded last week.  My stubbornness is genetic, but that’s no excuse for it.  My depression showed me last week that, as hard as I try, I can’t control it.  So as of this post I have yet to hear anything from a psychologist or therapist.  Psychiatrists give you pills.

I’ve seen a psychiatrist & I’m on 2 anti-depressants in the morning & 2 anti-psychotics over night.  The pills are not enough though.  I need to speak with a professional who’s not a psychiatrist.

Tuesdays & Thursdays are the days of the week I despise.  Those days I find very difficult exercise wise.  Each of those days are 200 pushups & 100 tricep lifts.  I feel good after I get those exercises done.  Before I do them you probably would be better off not talking to me.  That’s why I do them ASAP after I wake up.

What do I do after my exercise each day?  My exercises take me about 1 ½ hours each day, then I watch the late night talk shows, Stephen Colbert & Jimmy Fallon.  Then a sports talk radio show on TV, maybe part of a movie, or just listen to music & stretch out on the couch.  If there’s something I can do around the house.  That always takes priority after my blog is posted.

Somewhere in there I have a small lunch of fish or a lettuce wrap with Dijon mustard, a slice of cheese & turkey deli meat.  Breakfast is always a hardboiled egg, a ½ glass of veggie juice, & a piece of fruit.  There’s always a shower in there too!  0% yogurt with blue berries for a snack or rice crackers & hummus.

When Kim comes home we watch “The Ellen Degeneres Show” & then I get to practice walking with my walker usually.  We’re still trying to make that a part of our routine.  I don’t usually want to do it, but I know I need to!  “Yay, more exercise” – said no one ever!

 

Article with guitar player Mark Tremonti of “Creed”, “Alter Bridge”, & “Tremonti”

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/general_music_news/mark_tremonti_if_i_didnt_have_alternative_tunings_i_would_have_run_out_of_ideas_a_long_time_ago.html?fbclid=IwAR07WWFMAj9IPiCayeVUfewvQ_fOENwcRBU_hhY90m8l-_ZVqzhpXf0sA5I

Their songs don’t suck!  They’re just very similar.  I still have “Feed the Machine” on my list to purchase!

https://www.spin.com/2014/11/nickelback-songs-best-hits-list/?fbclid=IwAR1tSQFxFsuoTdl8HqIDWh-xc9VusOJ1LPKdq-BUFUzD5hG_TeJfMT-eZZg

Lars Ulrich did something good for a change!  I’m sure he’ll contradict himself, as usual, in a week or two.  ‘Streaming music is hurting the music industry’!  One week later ‘I have 9 iPods in my house, full of music from Spotify’!  I like Metallica.  Lars has always bugged me, even before the “Napster” ordeal, which he was right about.

https://loudwire.com/metallica-lars-ulrich-meets-autistic-fan/?fbclid=IwAR26OxNIgwD6rcYSgrdO0wctYsn13CnVBso8NyaFpdueV0xGKRJEdag6BIQ

Black hole or “Black hole sun”?

https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/10/us/katie-bouman-mit-black-hole-algorithm-sci-trnd/index.html?utm_term=link&utm_medium=social&utm_content=2019-04-11T00%3A15%3A08&utm_source=fbCNN&fbclid=IwAR2GRUDOA_iDIsMt_zCAleM40T2NDthaEpPrgxiH4Wl1cyjD2cOp2DtrUoo

I watched “Aquaman” on Thursday & it’s AMAZING!  I should have seen it in theaters.  I rarely see a movie in theaters now, but I should!

 

JANELLE MONAE

I saw her performance on the Grammy Awards, & thought “WOW!  A song that sounds heavily inspired by Prince!”  I got the album later that week.  I know nothing about her other than the album “Dirty Computer” is really good!  She has other albums out, 2 or 3 I’m not sure.  There’s not a song on this album that’s not labeled as explicit, so beware there is LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

DIRTY COMPUTER   2018

 

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