BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

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I fell asleep to “I Mother Earth” the album “The Quicksilver Meat Dream”

Wear a shirt, listen to the band!

I exercised to “Finger Eleven” the album “Tip”

 

I watched “This is Life” on CNN with Lisa Ling last Sunday.  It was about people becoming addicted to technology.  They even mentioned that kids are committing suicide or throwing tantrums when their phone, tablet, computer, etc. is taken away, kids who have graduated high school or have dropped out of school.  I guess there is a rehab place for it in Silicon Valley.  One guy who was suicidal, because he played games on his cell phone so much he wouldn’t sleep, he just kept playing the game, he stopped speaking to other people completely.  He spoke to the group, including his sister & parents about just getting a flip phone.

What am I trying to explain here is that the Facebook message, email, tweet, etc. will be there, even if you don’t reply instantly.  Nobody talks to anyone any more.  I’ll text you, email you, Facebook you, etc. that’s all I hear.  You can call me, Facebook me, or email me to get together later on.  Then we can talk face to face.

I’m not perfect by any stretch of the imagination.  I refuse to get a smart phone.  I don’t want to hear an alert from my phone all of the time.  My wife has a cell phone & it drives me nuts when she sets it on the couch & I feel it vibrate or hear it make a sound.  If I really need a phone, I’ll get a flip phone & people can call me.

Companies like google, yahoo, email sites, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. are trying to push out as much crap as possible to keep you engaged with your phone as long as possible so they can make more money.

You know what’s coming next?  Robots, that are stronger than us.  Jim Jefferies even had a segment about them.  They’re real, & I want no part of it!

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

Kids on average get a cell phone between the ages of 6-13.  Why do kids need/want a cell phone at that age?  I’m 38 with nothing more than a desktop computer aka I don’t freak out without a cell phone in my pocket.  It is so nice to not worry about that.  What is on my computer desk?  Pens & paper, to write down new phone numbers & new passwords.

https://www.cnn.com/2017/12/11/health/cell-phones-for-kids-parenting-without-borders-explainer-intl/index.html

Kids are said to be more depressed these days because of less human interaction & they’re not the C.E.O. a successful business after being there for 8 months.  Chill out, the Earth doesn’t orbit around anyone, just the sun.

I do the same with this blog & assume everyone knows how I’m doing?  Well not everyone is reading this.  If they’re in a different province or country, I’ll email them or Facebook them, however they prefer to be reached.  I don’t send enough messages as I should though.

 

This is one of the reasons Dave Grohl is so cool!

 

Are Pentatonix going to release a Christmas album every year?  They’re on pace for it.

 

This is why I’m against streaming music & digital downloads.  Apple needs to get rid of their streaming music site, let the artists set the price between $9.99 to 14.99 per download.  The option?  Streaming sites need to pay the artist more!  I’ve got 600 CDs behind me in boxes.  The average cost of a CD was around $20- $25.  Artists could put the price at $18.99 & it would still be cheap for people like me.  I’m not an Avenged Sevenfold fan but this was the article that I saw.  99.9% of their income comes from touring.  I haven’t seen every band I like live, so they’re missing out on money from me in a way, I guess?

http://loudwire.com/avenged-sevenfold-synyster-gates-touring-99-9-percent-bands-income/

Would you want to spend $1000s of dollars on recording the music, paying a producer, a sound engineer, etc.?  Only to give it away on a fraction of a penny?  I’d make music for myself & tour every 5 years while working at another job 5 days a week.

 

Why would ‘System of a Down’ even consider getting a therapist like ‘Metallica’?  Remember after ‘Metallica’ got a therapist they gave us the album ‘St. Anger’.  An album that sounds terrible with 0 solos.  The solo thing I can get past, the production & song writing on that album leaves a LOT to be desired.

 

I wonder who put gasoline on the fire of the lies, deception, & hatred?

 

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

I only own the album “Born in the USA”.  This is an album I heard as a kid, my dad was really into it.  He has the regular vinyl edition & bought a special edition that’s still sealed in the purchased packaging.  I bought this album on iTunes & added a few extra songs from his greatest hits album.

I saw this video ^^ while I was watching “FRIENDS” as a teenager & asked “Is that Monica from friends?”  Reply from my parents “Yes, it is” I was surprised.

These are all on the album.  The following is one of the songs I added.

 

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

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THE CARS/WEEKEND UPDATE

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Music from this weekend!  “Coheed & Cambria”, “Foo Fighters”, “Radiohead”, “Live”, & “In Flames”

Wear a shirt, listen to the band!

 

Really quiet weekend here.  All we did Friday was watch TV.  Got up Saturday & binge watched the rest of “The Fosters” on Netflix & now we’re done.

Watched the Saskatchewan Roughrider game on TV against Winnipeg 31-0 for the wrong team.  That’s 2 games in a row that the Riders have failed to score a touchdown with the offence on the field.  Bad time of the season to get into that habit with the playoffs around the corner!

After supper we tackled season 2 of “Atypical” on Netflix.   We binge watched 5 of 10 half hour episodes.

Of course today is us getting ready for the week, groceries, laundry, etc.  I’ve made my juice, boiled eggs & Kim is out to get some groceries at the moment.

 

THE CARS

More music my parents turned me onto.  All I have is a greatest hits compilation that I bought years ago on CD.  All I know about them is that the lead singer is married to a supermodel, whose name escapes me at the moment. The Cars used synthesizers for good, not evil like “Rush” did in the 1970s.

 

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/BECK

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Weekly exercise total; 400 pushups, 300 tricep pushups, 225 back flexes, 360 squats, 600 leg lifts, 300 crunches.

I fell asleep to “Tremonti” the album “A Dying Machine”

I exercised to “Foo Fighters” the album “Concrete & Gold”

LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Justin Timberlake is singing the “La La La La” part

 

I feel really good after I finish my exercise each day.  Especially when I tally up the total for the week, always remember though that I have the time to do this amount of exercise & yes I built up to those numbers.  I didn’t just wake up one day & go “Let’s see if I can do 200 pushups today?”  I started doing 10 pushups on my knees.  That was very challenging for me at the time.

Went to a consult with a surgeon regarding a bulging disc in my back the same surgeon that did my 3 brain surgeries.  I gave him a big hug, he saved my life.  Anyways another MRI & we’ll talk to him once he had it & looked over it.

This is my job, get better, be more independent, etc.  Sitting around watching TV or listening to music is great but it gets EXTREMELY boring after a few days.

I always complete my exercise before posting any of this, there are a few days that I’ll have breakfast first.  Usually it’s exercise, post a blog, & eat.  There are days I will wake up quite hungry though.

 

The Soundgarden song “Jesus Christ Pose” was released as a single on October 3rd 1991.  From the album “Badmotorfinger”

 

Went to our friends’ place for supper & birthday cake our “niece” turned 5 years old on Wednesday.  Sweet, “Criminal Minds” made its season debut on Wednesday.  “Making a Murderer” is back on Netflix today.  Kim hasn’t watched any of it, I know what I’ll be doing today!

 

Stormy Daniels got to tour with Pantera?????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://loudwire.com/stormy-daniels-touring-with-pantera-vinnie-paul-death/

 

“The Unheavenly Creatures” by “Coheed & Cambria” is out today!  I’m a casual fan of this group.  I could see how his voice would prevent album streams & downloads though.

 

Kids react to “Disturbed”.  It’ll be OK kids, I stopped listening to them after their 2nd album.  I stopped listening to them in 2004 or earlier?

 

BECK

He’s from the 1990s.  He released 3 albums, then disappeared.  He has since resurfaced recently, with 2 new albums I believe.  I was never really a huge fan of his.  He did sort of tap into grunge fans with the BIG hit “Loser” from what I believe was his first album or at least his first BIG album.  I only have his first 2 albums.  The second one has 3 or 4 songs I really like.  I’ll give the hit from his first album & a few I like from his 2nd album “Odelay” that I like….

 

1994   MELLOW GOLD

I’m don’t know why but this video/song were around every corner when they were released?

 

1996   ODELAY

 

 

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THE BEACHES

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Music from this weekend!  “Queens of the Stone Age”, “Metallica”, “Billy Joel”

 

Friday Kim got home from work & we went out for supper.  Brewster stayed at Sherry & James’ house.  They do that a LOT for us.  Brewster freaks out if he’s left alone, that doesn’t go over well with other condo owners here.  We went to Moxie’s.  I’m a BIG fan of their veggie Portobello mushroom burger!

Stayed in on Saturday.  Kim got some groceries.  We pretty much were lazy on the couch other than her getting groceries & making supper.  Then Netflix for the evening, into the 5th & final season of “The Fosters”.  I stayed up to watch “Blue Jays in :30”

Today there is a Saskatchewan Roughrider game on TV in Montreal & the final Blue Jays game of the season.  I’ll be parked on the couch while finding time to prepare some food for the week ahead & make a pitcher of vegetable juice also.  Kim was out taking family photos for friends of ours.

 

I really don’t like what stereotypical millennials are doing to EVERYTHING!  There are MANY exceptions to this though!  Millennials are said to be born after 1982, 1984, or 2000.  I was born in January 1980.  Maybe Trump as President has more to do with it?

 

Not many albums & not how I’d rank the Tool albums!

http://loudwire.com/tool-albums-ranked-from-worst-to-best/

 

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

THE BEACHES

Brand new to me when I bought the album.  I heard, months ago that they played the Rogers Center/Skydome opening for Foo Fighters.  Dave Grohl actually calls a band & asks them “Hey, would you like to do a show or tour with us?”  I’d freak out if I could still play music & get a call from Dave Grohl.  No audition that I know of, he just hears the album & decides if he likes it or not.  New band on the rise, but only played the one show with Foo Fighters & then halftime shows at CFL stadiums in Ontario, I think.  One album called “Late Show” & I added the single “Give it up” to the album.  This is more like garage/indie rock, not my usual taste in music but I like this album each time I hear it & think to myself “I need to listen to this album more often”!

 

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REGENERIZED/ALTER BRIDGE CONCERT BLU-RAY WITH PARALLAX ORCHESTRA

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I fell asleep to “Dead Sara” the album “Pleasure to Meet you”

I exercised to “Big Wreck” the album “Grace Street”

I had breakfast to “Bruce Springsteen” the album “Born in the USA”

 

Great weekend & needed break at the cabin, then Monday came.  I did 5/6 exercises, I might scale it down to 4 but we’ll see?  Of course Tuesdays & Thursdays will be the other exercise(s).  One weekend of an actual break from exercise & scenery worked wonders for me!  I need to do that more often!

Yes, we watched the Saskatchewan Roughrider game on TV at the cabin.

I always listen to music, but especially when I bummed out.  Cut out all of the non-sense around me & dive into the music.  I guess “Lzzy Hale” of “Halestorm” does the same?

https://www.revolvermag.com/music/songs-black-days-halestorms-lzzy-hale#janis-joplin-piece-my-heart

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

When my grandmother died, I was 19.  I went to my room downstairs & listened to I Mother Earth after her funeral.  She died December 5th, 1999.  I would also drive my car to Moose Jaw & back blasting “Foo Fighters” “There is Nothing Left to Lose” constantly for 1 ½ hours in a round trip.

 

Foo Fighters are playing the Super Bowl this year???????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://loudwire.com/foo-fighters-have-been-approached-playing-super-bowl/

 

Some yes, some no, some overrated & some I’ve never heard.

http://loudwire.com/top-hard-rock-metal-debut-albums/

 

My favourite ‘Soundgarden’ album turned 25 on Monday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/soundgardens-badmotorfinger-at-25-kim-thayil-looks-back-126082/

 

‘Megadeth’s’ “Rust in Peace” was released 28 years ago Monday!!!

http://loudwire.com/megadeth-rust-in-peace-album-anniversary/

 

I can only accept 2 or 3 of these.

https://www.kerrang.com/features/13-cover-versions-that-are-better-than-the-originals/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true

 

ALTER BRIDGE CONCERT BLU-RAY

Alter Bridge released their first studio album of now 5 in total back in 2004.  When I heard the singer’s voice, I knew it sounded REALLY good & very familiar.  Yes, the 3 other guys are the guitarist, drummer, & bassist from the band ‘Creed’.  I still listen to the first ‘Creed’ album, but not very often.  The singer’s name is Myles Kennedy.  I realized, after my time in the hospitals, that he was in a band called “The Mayfield Four”.  I saw them in 1999 or 2000 when they opened for “The Watchmen” & “Big Wreck”, I then figured out that he sang inaudible backing vocals on “Big Wreck’s” 2nd album on the song “Breakthrough”

I found the first Mayfield 4 album & the 2nd album is available on iTunes.  Myles Kennedy is now the singer for “Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators”.  I bought one Slash album on iTunes & I just never have the desire to listen to it, despite the FANTASTIC vocals from Myles.  Here’s a track from each of “The Mayfield Four” albums.  I’ll follow them up with a few tunes from the blu-ray of “Alter Bridge” but keep in mind the orchestra is much more prevalent in a surround mix.

NOW THE ALTER BRIDGE BLU-RAY

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE/BEN HARPER

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Went to the cabin this weekend since my parents will begin closing it for the winter (it’s not winterized).  My parents, my brother & Rachel, myself & Kim were all out there.  Mitch & Rachel came out Saturday morning.

We watched an older football movie Friday, it was a cold weekend with some rain & sleet there.

Saturday the 6 of us were just hanging out.  Watched the Saskatchewan Roughrider game in the afternoon while beginning the pickling of our livers.  Had supper, played cards.  Stopped our card game to visit with my cousin & her parents, who have a cabin out there as well.

I tried some sipping Bourbon.  As with anything but red wine, I liked the bourbon, quite tasty.  Mitch & Rachel found some ‘Pumpkin Spiced Baileys’ quite tasty!

Good weekend & a lot of fun!  Nice break from being here staring at the same 4 walls!

 

WOW, that’s blind loyalty!!!!!!!

I could care less if you’re a Republican or a Democrat, in this situation all I need to know is are you a decent person?  I’m in Canada & I could care less about Canadian politics.  Russia got to vote in the American election yet the USAs neighbor to the north didn’t, how is that OK?

 

Is this something an organization would say if they were selling tickets to scalpers?

http://loudwire.com/ticketmaster-denies-scalping-scheme/

 

BEN HARPER

I don’t have a clue about this man.  I do have 8 of his albums though.  He’s always playing either as a solo artist or Ben Harper & _____________ The Innocent Criminals, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Relentless 7, or just as a solo artist.  He sings while playing slide guitar (mostly) in a chair with the guitar on his lap.  I really like the Gospel album he made with “The Blind Boys of Alabama”!  As usual I’ll dive right into the music….

1995   FIGHT FOR YOUR MIND

 

1999   BURN TO SHINE

 

2003   DIAMONDS ON THE INSIDE

 

2004   THERE WILL BE A LIGHT

 

2006   BOTH SIDES OF THE GUN

 

2007   LIFELINE

 

2009   WHITE LIES FOR DARK TIMES

 

2016   CALL IT WHAT IT IS

 

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE/PENTATONIX

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Music throughout the weekend. “Alice in Chains”, “The Pretty Reckless”, “Halestorm”, & “Dead Sara”

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

 

I got a new water bottle a few weeks ago that hold 1 liter of water.  I have dry mouth.  If I don’t have something to drink or sugarless gum to chew on.  I drink a minimum of 3 liters of water a day if not 6 liters a day.  If I’m going somewhere that evening, I keep it at 3 liters.  Most days it’s 4 or 5 liters then I’ll go to the washroom once or twice in the middle of the night.  I usually chew sugarless gum at the Saskatchewan Roughriders games!

We stayed in again Friday night.  Watched the Toronto Blue Jays lose……..again to the New York Yankees 11-0 or 12-0, I can’t remember?  Then we binge watched 3 episodes of “The Fosters” on Netflix.

Saturday we binge watched more of “The Fosters” during the day.  I went to a Saskatchewan Roughriders game vs. the visiting Ottawa Redblacks.

Dear Saskatchewan Roughriders,

The game clock started 56 minutes ago.  I’d like to see you demonstrate an offensive touchdown instead of relying on special teams & your field goal kicker?

Sincerely,

Me.

 

 

How disrespectful is that?????????????????????????????????????

 

Or you could just get a decent amplifier.  Guitar players are always searching for the perfect tone.  Guess what, it’s very hard to find, unless you’re lucky!  Find an amp that you’re 80% happy with.  Then there’s no need for any type of distortion pedal.  The guitar & amp are far more important than effect pedals, especially distortion & reverb pedals!

 

I have different bands, but that’s basically my shirt collection along with a few golf shirts & long sleeve shirts!

https://www.kerrang.com/features/the-13-best-heavy-metal-t-shirts-of-all-time-ranked/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true

 

Certainly not my list “Rush”, “Tool”, “Led Zeppelin” & “Lamb of God” so far down the list?  I’ve never seen “Rush” or “Led Zeppelin” live.  From the many acts, rock & metal acts, I have seen live.  “Tool” & “Queen” would be at the top of my list.  I did see “U2” in ’99 or 2000, they were AMAZING!  They couldn’t be on a metal & hard rock list though.

http://loudwire.com/top-hard-rock-metal-live-acts/

 

“Beck” preforms with “Gary Glitter” playing Garry Glitter’s 1979 hit “Cars”

 

Went to see “The Meg” with my brother.  Have you seen “Jaws” from the 1970s?  Either way, watch that for a shark movie.  Rachel wasn’t feeling great & stayed home.  Kim didn’t want to see the movie.  We went to my parents’ place for supper & met up with Kim there.

The Meg, we expected it to be a little loopy, my brother prefers “Deep Blue Sea” to “The Meg”.  I’ll leave it at that.  I did notice the odd nod to “Jaws” though.  Fun action movie though, not much more to it.

 

PENTATONIX

They have 9 albums out including the 3 Christmas albums.  They’re a 5 part vocal harmony group.  The majority of their stuff is all vocals with no instruments.  I think I’ve heard instruments in 2 or 3 songs, but it’s hard to tell.  They only have one full album of original material.  I’d like more of that but I can also see how that would be difficult in A Capella.  I don’t count the Christmas albums in any type of review but here’s a sampling of the other 6 albums….

 

2012    PTX. VOL.I EP

 

2014   PTX. VOL.II EP

 

2014   PTX. VOL.III EP

 

2015   PENTATONIX

 

2017   PTX. IV: CLASSICS EP

 

2018   PTX Presents: TOP POP VOL. I

 

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres