YOU’LL MAKE IT, THIS WILL PASS…EVENTUALLY.  KEEP YOUR HEAD UP!

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I fell asleep to “Barenaked Ladies” the album “Gordon”

I exercised to “Chromeo” the album “Head Over Heels”

 

I REALLY need to stop watching/reading videos & reviews on this SE model PRS!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHrn3qpout8 “A breakthrough in pickup design”

“…huge P 90 sound…” BONUS right there!  These pickups don’t have the LOUD annoying hum that vintage P90 pickups are known for.

P90 double coil pickups for guitars were developed by Gibson in 1946.  They’re known for having a LOUD hum.  After that multiple double coil pickups were created without the hum and are now called _______ Humbuckers

The TCI pickups are only available in the guitars above.  I’m a casual fan of John Mayer’s music although he is a great guitarist “Born & Raised” is a GREAT album.  If he & Paul Reed Smith were involved in creating these pickups, I’m all in!

Yeah, I’m streaming music now & cutting back on whatever I can to get this SE aqua PRS.  I’ve researched & this is the best bang for my cash, & it has the different bells & whistles I’m looking for.  Hopefully within 2 or 3 years I’ll be able to get one, if they’re still making them?  Kim’s undecided if she wants to go on a trip.  If she decides she wants to, at least I’ll have some cash to help out.  Sure the TCI “S” pickups in the SE model don’t sound exactly the same as the TCI pickups in the Core model, but a Core model is WAY over any amount I could think of for a guitar.  Like a minimum of $4900 + tax!!!!!!!??????

SE Paul's Guitar - Aqua

I continue to look at other guitars, but nothing measures up to this one!  I’ve looked at Washburn, Gibson, Epiphone, Fender, Squier, Jackson, ESP, LTD, Yamaha, Music Man, Guild, Gretsch, Dean, Indio, Godin, Warmoth, Peavy, Ibanez, B.C. Rich, Chapman, Kiesel, Charvel, Tokai, Sahana, companies I’ve never heard of from places I’ve never heard of, & after all of that searching & researching I’m sticking with PRS.  The others aren’t bad by any means but I can’t play more than 6 electric guitars, so it might as well be the right one.  PRS, while expensive, have won me over as a company that pays close attention to detail.

Despite all of this talk about a future guitar purchase, I am SUPER PUMPED about the guitar I ordered in January with 85/15 “S” pickups.  PRS reproduced a pickup built in 1985 exactly & mass produced for certain guitars in 2015 hence 85/15 “S”.  The “S” just means they’re made in the oversea factory, which I believe is in Indonesia now.

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/s2_custom_22_semi_hollow_2020

Want to know why certain types of wood are chosen for certain parts of a guitar build?  Pull this video to the 8:40 minute mark and let Mr. Paul Reed Smith take you to school with a wooden xylophone!

Maple and mahogany are likely the most expensive woods used.  The SE line has a paper thin amount of maple, S2 line has ¼ inch, & the uber expensive Core line has ½ inch of maple on the top of the body.  The maple is baked in an oven @ 350F to remove any fluid from the wood, it is then glued to the body made of mahogany, then cut to the shape.

https://www.long-mcquade.com/124878/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Paul-Reed-Smith/SE-Paul-s-Guitar—Aqua.htm

I just had a FANTASTIC idea!  The “Paul’s Guitar” SE costs $1300 + tax in Canada.  If all of you BEAUTIFUL & WONDERFUL people send me $5 I’ll be well on my way to getting this guitar!  I’m so SMRT!  Subscribers & casual readers feel free to pitch in!  My website tells me I have 207 subscribers, I’m quite positive the subscriber amount is far less (180?), so send in the cash!   I can’t even type it with a straight face!  HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!  Keep your money!

Sunday evening I realized I need to kick this guitar stuff up a notch!  The first time I learned was because of “Foo Fighters”-“The Colour & the Shape” album.  I learned about 10/13 songs.  I’ve already got 2 ½ down, might as well learn the rest of the album & a few other songs.  I just need to focus on smaller portions of a song & put them together.  Intro, verse, chorus, bridge, solo, & the outro.  Learn each part & put it together.  Finish one or two songs, play them through each session & learn another.  Foo Fighters are great for learning rhythm & more!  Here I come!  This likely won’t happen as fast as I’d like it to, but it’s the most familiar stuff to me.  It’s not a matter of knowing what I’m doing, it’s more strengthening the muscles I need to do it.  The more I learn, the easier the next song becomes to learn.

I could be bitter & angry that I can’t do something I love as well as I used to be able to.  Being that upset & angry would get me nowhere.  I know that if I work at it, it’ll eventually come to me.  How do I know?  I said I was going to learn this song…

…as of Saturday I have the main riff & verse down.  It took me longer than I thought but I made it happen & it was completely new to me.  You’ve got more time than you’ll ever have (unless you have young kids), you can be angry that you’re stuck inside or use your time to focus on something positive & productive.  Whatever you end up doing, the choice is up to YOU.

In order to make some type of segue to the following Covid-19 stuff.  We’re all being told repeatedly to stay indoors, stay 6 or more feet away from others, & wash our hands.  You know what gets my hand muscles loose & ready to play guitar?  Washing my hands with warm soapy water!

Other than that, let’s get real for a bit.  Covid-19 is EVERYWHERE!  I very rarely listen to the radio.  I turned it on while sitting in the vehicle waiting for Kim & there was nothing but Covid-19 news.  I’m really tired of being told to stay inside, but I understand the need to get that out into the world.  There are likely numerous people who disobey the rules.  We could all sit around & call them names or hope they realize that they’re not just putting themselves at risk, but so many others as well.

I know it’s odd for most people to go with very little human contact & it can really bum a person out.  Almost everyone has a cell phone, a tablet, internet, face time, skype, zoom, etc.  If you’ve got it, you wanted it, now use it.  I thought nobody wanted to talk to anybody anymore “I’ll text you”.  Good luck, I don’t have a lot of that stuff, I don’t want it.  I call people or email them to see how they’re doing.  A lot of people have all of these ways to contact and interact with others but everyone’s depressed without human contact.  Might as well use what you have.

Remember that despite the efforts of others, your mood & attitude all boil down to what YOU make of the situation you’re in.  This is your time to decide if you can make it better for you & those around you or bring everyone around you down.  A friend, companion, spouse, therapist, etc. they can give you the tools to achieve what you want.  In the end YOU have to put those tools to use & make a difference to yourself.

Donald Trump estimates 100,000 – 240,000 deaths in America.  No one wants to see that or anywhere near that amount of deaths.  To avoid this & save lives is EXACTLY why everyone should listen to the health officials.

TO BE CLEAR I AM NOT A HEALTH OFFICIAL!  LISTEN TO THE ACTUAL PROFESSIONALS!

I mentioned that “I don’t want a guitar slapped together in a panic”.  More importantly I meant to say that I don’t want to see the death toll rise for any reason or excuse.  I can wait for a guitar, life is FAR more important!  My guitar was ordered on January 15th, it’ll get hear eventually.

Everybody wants instant gratification, I’m just as guilty of that as anyone.  My guitar was supposed to be here this month, as of March 2nd it was delayed until August.  I’m positive that with this virus stuff it’ll be delayed even more.  I’d like it to be here already, I’ll likely appreciate it more when it gets here because I’ve had to wait that much longer.  I know they have my order & waiting won’t hurt me.

Kim went to get groceries on the weekend.  I can’t tell you what life is like out there?  As the day progressed Kim’s mood went down.  She’s the cheerful optimistic one in this relationship.  It really started to bother her and I could understand why as she told me about the protocol at the grocery store.  All I could do was hold her.  Probably didn’t help that we finished “The Morning Show” on Apple TV+.  Great show, sad ending.

Kim, Brewster & I went for a drive on Sunday evening to roll down the windows & get some fresh air, made a HUGE difference.

KEEP YOUR CHIN UP!!!!  IT’LL GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER.   

 

I’ve got a handful of album releases I’m waiting for this year.  There are 2 that have release dates.  “Trivium” – “What the Dead Men Say” on April 24th & “Lamb of God” – “Lamb of God” on May 8th!  My sister-in-law’s birthday, followed by our 15th Anniversary, & then a Friday with some new “Lamb of God”

More album release dates to come that I’m waiting for anxiously!

“Testament” released a new album on Friday, I need to give it a good listen still.  I’ve listened to it sporadically over the weekend and really like it (Thrash Metal).  I don’t post reaction thoughts though, I still need to digest this one a bit!

 

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THE 1980s & 1990s ARE WHHAA?

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I fell asleep to “A Perfect Circle” the album “Eat the Elephant”

I exercised to “Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals” the album “Burn to Shine”

 

Brewster setup shop on my exercise mat this morning.  I just stayed there with him to scratch his neck, he’s getting old & I’ll really miss those little moments.

Perhaps “Paul’s Guitar” in 20 years?  99.9% chance of a maybe on the off chance I’m not happy with the guitar coming in August, which I highly doubt, if this model still comes with pickups that are different than what I own, if I choose to sell a few of the guitars I own, maybe there will be something better, hopefully the price is lower than $1300 for a low end guitar at the time, in the end probably not?  There will likely be a trip within the next two years & a house hopefully within the next 5 years, so a guitar = probably not.  Remember that as long as Brewster’s OK, then the guitar MIGHT happen?  I’m pretty well off in that department even now before I get my new one in August.  Crappé it’s only March!

Regular season baseball begins on Thursday, March 26th.  I’ll be relatively glued to our TV until the beginning of October.  The Blue Jays likely won’t be in the playoffs but I predict they’ll finish the season with a record of 75W-87L or 83W-79L games out of the 162 regular season games.  I think they won 67 games last year.  The first 2 months we’re older players that gradually disappeared for younger/potentially better players to take their spot throughout the season.

We picked up some toilet paper on the weekend.  It wasn’t because of what you think.  We just like to keep our butts clean, & the shelves were full of toilet paper, that or Kim’s “Magic”!

After seeing “The Weeknd” on SNL & tours that have been announced I can confirm: the 1980s synth pop sound is coming back.

“Barenaked Ladies” are hitting the road with “Toad the wet Sprocket” & “Gin Blossoms”.  “Matchbox Twenty” are taking “The Wallflowers” with them on tour.  The Canadian 1990s & early 2000s rock scene is getting a shot in the arm with 4 bands touring Canada this summer.  “Moist”, “The Tea Party”, “Big Wreck”, & “Headstones”

I’m thinking some stairs should be happening tonight?

 

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SMOTHERED & HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS

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I fell asleep to “Finger Eleven” the Self-Titled album

I exercised to “Pink” the album “Hurts 2B Human”

 

Kim is done with her teeth now.  YAY, dentist bill.  The hits just keep on coming.  She was still numb from the freezing on Monday & crashed in bed with Brewster.  Next, some tests for Brewster’s heart murmur, then whatever medication he needs.  Now we are actively house hunting.  I just lay in bed & see $$$$$ floating away, then Christmas is coming

Brewster has been surprisingly active lately up & about, wandering around & wanting to play.  He’s been sleeping 23 ½ hours a day the past year & a bit.

I’m currently dealing with a bladder infection.  No pain since I drink so much water.  When I have to pee though, get out of the way because I’ll burst within a minute.  Because of this I’ve had to cut back on my fluid intake lately.

Another blood test coming up to see if I require one of my medications.  I’m guessing I’ll still need that medication as time goes on.  Then I see the cancer doctor next year sometime again.  MRI first & then the appointment.  She was suspended, not fired.  I hope she learned how to treat patients?  MRI & that appointment are the last 2 things I look forward to doing now.

I’m fine, how long do we have to treat me like a crystal ornament?  Will I be safer if I’m wrapped in bubble wrap?  This is getting old, & I have other things to do.  How about I get checked out when something feels off?  I’ll go in annually for a blood test & an MRI, if the doctors see something they don’t like, then I’ll go.  That would work better for me.  I could spend that time exercising, cooking, practicing guitar, hanging out with friends, visiting their kids, cleaning, get a job, etc.

I’m getting REALLY tired of people treating me like a rare jewel, can I be a normal guy for ½ a second?  Sometimes I feel smothered.  Which can be both a blessing & a curse.  I can’t clear my throat twice in a row without at least 3 people asking me if I’m OK.  If I cough more than once, HOLY CRAP I must be dying!  I get it, but it’s annoying.  It’s been going on since I left my rehabilitation program July of 2012.

 

Here comes Halloween.  13 musicians/groups that actually scared people.

https://www.kerrang.com/features/13-artists-who-actually-scared-people/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR3JpbXQKrfDYRVZq0IvUdJKzYW0MJ6b6xNXui_CljZWsoy5RRIiXXCmQa4

I’ve never been scared at a concert.  The most entertaining ‘Shock Rocker’ show I’ve ever seen was Rob Zombie.  Alice Cooper was more about the music than shocking people when I saw him 15 years ago.

New video from The Struts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

More importantly how is James Hetfield’s alcohol rehab going?

https://loudwire.com/metallica-2020-festival-hack-countdown/?fbclid=IwAR1evFHJoold4XKwEhGHhEOpQQRCzW_PB3jDVhRVkDc6WryOtDOJmx_2UVI

I can’t believe this album is 25 years old!  That means I’m getting old!  I was in “grade 9” at the time.

 

HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS

Yes, I still listen to them.  I still like to hear horns on a rock album, same deal with Bruce Springsteen.  That’s a very rare sound on almost any album.  I’ve got a TON of Huey Lewis & The News” albums, so I won’t put a song from each album.  They release a new album last week, no I didn’t get it.  It’s just not the same.

Seems like keyboards/synthesizers are making a comeback on rock albums now too.  I’m good with keyboards as long as they don’t go full on “Tom Sawyer” by Rush.

Anyways, here’s some of “Huey Lewis & The News” Hits from back in the day.

From the movie “Back to the Future” check it out kids.  Legendary trilogy!

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE & A CONCERT UPDATE

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Limblifter”, “Iron Maiden”, “Foo Fighters”, “In Flames”, & “Big Wreck”

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

 

I’m not giving up on the house yet!  According to the doctors I should be dead.  Well the house isn’t completely sold yet & I’m not dead!

We spent Friday evening at my parents’ place.  Surprise birthday there for my grandparents.  My two sets of aunt & uncles came from Alberta as a surprise, my aunt’s parents & our family friend Lori, Mitch & Rachel, & my great aunt & uncle from Winnipeg.  My grandparents love turkey dinner, so that was supper. One week before Canadian Thanksgiving blah.  Tis the season for turkey suppers.  The only good thing about a turkey supper for me are turnips & other veggies.  The turkey needs to be in a bunwhich with pepper, little bit of mayo, & maybe some hot mustard.  Stuffing & gravy are great, but I don’t eat them.

I tried to avoid the pie, cake, cupcakes, & butter tarts.  I caved & had 2 butter tarts & a cupcake.  I’m not on a diet, just watching what I eat VERY closely.

Easter, Thanksgiving, & Christmas, each involves a turkey supper.  If I never see a turkey supper again that’d be fine by me.  I despise mashed or baked potatoes too!  I should have people donate my meal to a homeless shelter!  Much better idea, give it to someone that would appreciate it!  Dag nam it I’m smrt sometimes!

WOO HOO!  The Saskatchewan Roughriders are now in first place in the west, thanks to Montreal beating Calgary & Saskatchewan beating Winnipeg 21-6.  Glad I was there to see it in person but WOW that wind was cold.  Should’ve worn wool socks over my regular socks.  Toque & gloves were a good decision.  Got in the vehicle to leave & the weather went from clear & sunny to dark & cloudy in about 4 minutes!  Lots of coffee, tea, & hot chocolate all around us at the game.

 

Just because they’re rock & metal artists doesn’t they won’t help when needed?

https://loudwire.com/slash-ozzy-osbourne-more-anti-bullying-documentary-song/?fbclid=IwAR1ULvBikvcUFI6JStfp8Db2cxUsBQNOjiD0Jl9kgxFBjxqLxFWMP0UEUMk

 

The Watchmen

We went to see The Watchmen Sunday evening at Casino Regina.  Great concert as always!  Big Wreck, Barenaked Ladies, & The Watchmen are the 3 Canadian bands I never miss when they come through Regina, at least since I turned 19.  My first concert was Barenaked Ladies at the age of 12 with my family.  Anyways this is some of what they played, in no particular order….

They’ve toured all over the world but I think they only gained fame in their homeland of Canada.  They stopped recording after their fifth album released in 2001.  They do tour on occasion, not enough!  The albums are great!  WWWAAAYYY better live though!

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE/BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Finger Eleven”, “Paramore”, “Nothing But Thieves”, “Tool”, “Barenaked Ladies”, & “Slayer”

 

Our “niece” came over Friday night for a sleep over at “auntie” Kim’s & “uncle” Chris’.  They went shopping & bought the necessary stuff to make her slime glittery & cool looking for her.  While they were out shopping, I hung out with Brewster & watched the baseball game.  The kids (Toronto Blue Jays) will be fine in a couple of years, home runs everywhere.

I woke up Saturday morning & had breakfast with Kim & Hannah.  They went shopping again, for a variety of things.

I had a realization when they left & I was doing the dishes.  I become a Dad OMG!  I’m the guy that says “Hannah” in that dad disciplinary tone.  Before they went to bed Friday, Hannah & I watched some Bugs Bunny & Elmer Fudd cartoons.  It was part of that “Oh I can do this now” realization.

The thing that got me was, when she was dropped off here on Friday, her little brother, who is one & 1/2 , saw me on the couch, ran up to me & gave me a hug while smashing his forehead into my mouth.  He was fine, I was in minor pain for a few seconds.  Then he just stood there holding my hand for a while.  That was unexpected & melted me.  Later on Friday I went up to Hannah & said “What the heck?  Your brother gave me a hug, what about you?”  I got a hug & another one when they went shopping Saturday morning.  Yes, I have Saskatchewan Roughrider green finger nails at the moment & my left hand has sparkly green nail polish on the nail.  Both are very close to the 2 shades of green on my wheelchair.

So why don’t we have a child?  TONS of work in the beginning, much easier now.

Kim & I spent the rest of the day on the couch.  We watched “Avengers: Endgame”, Kim watched the show “Life in Pieces” on Netflix.  I did fixed some files on iTunes.  We went to bed early at 10:00 pm.

Today I went to see “Spiderman Far From Home” with Mitch & Rachel.  I already have my eggs boiled, my juice made, & my laundry folded.  Kim went for groceries on Saturday & has some stuff of her’s to deal with on her side of the bedroom, which I can’t get to.

DO NOT WATCH UNLESS YOU HAVE SEEN AVENGERS: ENDGAME!!!

Great movie!  I’m not giving any spoilers away though!

 

“Slayer” must be a little too scary for NASCAR.  That’s OK, sometimes they’re a bit too much for me!

https://loudwire.com/slayer-pulled-from-nascar-sponsorship/?fbclid=IwAR0V7zfJIygzxUiTkpUa2bdF4WlOqyNp2LJCKJcCKwVNuxC_TRWNXoanzLI

YAY Led Zeppelin!

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/justice-department-led-zeppelin-stairway-to-heaven-873059/?fbclid=IwAR3-_OfHfBjY5QhqFcY-nh5krVCaPWGzuFSUhrn6FggLibQhXHX8vkMlC_Q

Only in Eastern Canada, not anywhere West of Ontario!  It’s quiet in Western Canada, literally!  Frogs & crickets at night in the smaller towns.

https://loudwire.com/iconic-historic-rock-metal-festival-lineups/?fbclid=IwAR06xSHfhpMPm0JS_T2opPjJdln4HUc9qVLXK2m9-LZlTQ16GhllcD3kO6c

 

BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH

Our friends got married to one of their songs.  Honestly, that’s why I know who they are.  I only own 2 of their albums out of how many, I don’t know?  They’re a ska band.  A trio out of Toronto I believe.  Catchy for sure.  I started listening to them again a couple of months ago.

 

2004   SOUNDING A MOSAIC

 

2007   STREET GOSPELS

 

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EXERCISE WEEKLY TOTAL/IN FLAMES ALBUM REVIEW

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I fell asleep to “In Flames” the album “I, The Mask”

I exercised to “Chromeo” two albums on shuffle.

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

The exercise is horrible until I get my butt in gear & get it done & out of the way, then I feel good & feel I’ve accomplished something.  It’s not something physical I can really show anyone though.

EX: My mother didn’t really understand what my job was.  I told her I was a printing press operator, she still didn’t fully understand.  I took her the first sheet of paper you set up & see how far off the colour is, & how far I needed to get the metal plates to move so it all lined up.  Then I took her a final sheet of paper from the same job once it was done & explained what I had to do to get it that way.

I worked at a console to the press.  I could manipulate each of the 4 or 5 colours from there to move them or allow the right amount of colour to a certain area.  Once I was done a job, I had something tangible/physical/material to look at & think to myself “Hey, I helped make that.”

I can’t really show what I do now.  I’m pretty tired for the rest of the day, I sit on the couch & watch some TV until I feel the motivation to shower or until I just can’t stand being sweaty & smelly.  I certainly don’t want to do anymore exercise other than some walking when Kim gets home to help me.

My cousin’s in town!  Went to my parents’ place on Tuesday afternoon.  A game, Chinese food for supper (wasn’t even oily), some TV, & left with my belated birthday gift…………..wait for it……………………oatmeal chocolate chip cookies & the blu-rays I lent to my cousins.  My mom & cousin baked them on Monday for me.  My grandmother’s “recipe”.  “Add a little more of this & an extra dash of this until the dough feels right”- Grandma.  My grandparents met each other while she was working as a baker at a bakery & he was delivering from the bakery.

I had a HORRIBLE day on Thursday.  A pity party for one, I just sobbed for a while & asked myself “When will this cancer crap all end?”  I’m tired & stressed & Kim is too.  It feels like a continual pile of bull**** being dumped on us that we can’t get out of, so we never take an extended break from what we do.  I exercise & she busts her butt working while also taking an evening class that’s once a week immediately after work.

I’m glad I survived cancer, but I’m INCREDIBLY sick of the nonsense & crap that comes with it after in my & Kim’s situation.  I exercise 5 days a week & when the f*** does that help.  I’m not going to chase a dream that’s unrealistic for the rest of my life.  To say this is getting old is an understatement!  I want the pill that Robin Williams wanted, called “F*** it all”.  I’m not about to give up, but I’ll never be whatever the hell “normal” is!  If it’s coming, it’s really f***ing slow.  I was EXTREMELY frustrated!  This is nobody’s fault, but I always feel like it’s mine, ALWAYS!

I think God & Satan got together & said “Hey, let’s mess with the guy who has manic depression.  It’ll be fun!”  I have a better idea, how about you don’t?

 

10 bands that influenced me & made me want to sing & play guitar.  U2, Barenaked Ladies, I Mother Earth, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Big Wreck, The Watchmen, Matthew Good Band, Tool, Led Zeppelin, & Queen.  Many more!

Yes I’m well aware that is 11 bands but I had to get Led Zeppelin in there.

I could never play fast, some of these are guitar influences, and the others are voice influences.

 

IN FLAMES REVIEW OF “I, THE MASK”

FANTASTIC album somewhat of a return to the earlier albums.  Still hardcore fans say it’s more of a rock album & complain about this album.  I think they want “In Flames” to just make duplicates of “The Jester Race”, not going to happen!  That album was released in 1997, I think it’s time the complaining fans jump ship if that’s what they want?

I didn’t get into “In Flames” until I saw them live in 2006?  The final tour for the traveling metal 3-4 hour extravaganza “Sounds of the Underground” tour in Saskatoon.

Yes, their last 2 releases were quite tame “Siren Charms” 2014 & “Battles” 2016 were pretty mellow as far as metal albums go, I really like “Siren Charms” though.

This new album “I, The Mask” is great from the Swedish melodic death metal group.  The first half is more like their old stuff & the second half is mellower.  Here are a few of my favourite songs from the album….

 

FRIDAY MARCH 1ST 2019 RELEASE “I, THE MASK” BY IN FLAMES

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE/LYNYRD SKYNYRD

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Dead Sara”, “Barenaked Ladies”, “Testament”, & “Matthew Good Band”

 

Friday ended with us watching “Hannah Gadspy” a Tasmanian comedienne.  It was more of a “Ted Talk” with humour added.  She spoke about what had gotten her to this point in her life, sexual abuse, 2 rapes, being a lesbian, coming out of the closet, etc.  Very entertaining.  She went on a rant at the end.  Kim was crying.  Lots of highs & lows throughout the show.  Really good show!  Quite a few “F – Bombs” throughout the show though.  None in this trailer though…

Saturday we went out in the afternoon Kim needed to take some photos for her photo class, dropped off Brewster & I.  She went for groceries.  I got this post started.  Kim came home with the groceries so I got moving & made my vegetable juice for the week.

Saturday evening we ordered in some Chinese food for supper & rented the movie “Boy Erased” about a son who is gay & his father is a pastor at a Christian Church.  The movie starts out with the son going to his first of 12 days at a conversion center.  I think this movie would be great if you also watch the movies “Red State” & “Spotlight”.  “Red State” could be difficult to watch with all of the language & violence.  “Boy Erased” is based on a true story.  I think every religious leader needs to wake up & see this movie.

I believe in God & consider myself a Christian. You know that part in the bible that says ‘…bring us your rich, poor, weak, & strong etc…’  Do we have to spell it out for others?  Do we need to adjust it to say “Everyone” including the LGBTQ community?  I really don’t care if you’re a part of a different religion, race, or sexuality or anything else.  Are you a good person?  If you are let’s hang out & be friends.

I was fired up watching that movie.  A lot of me commenting on the utter fear/stupidity of all of the homophobic characters.  It’s from 2018 and finishes saying there are still 700,000 conversion camps still in operation.  I don’t believe that sexuality is a choice, I believe it’s how you were born.  I didn’t choose to be straight, that’s how I was born.   Who makes gay people?  Straight people!

Woke up for lunch when Kim popped her head in the bedroom & said she was going to “Tim Horton’s”.  She’s done the laundry I believe, just eggs to hard boil & Kim wants to take some pictures in the house.  She left for “Tim Horton’s” & Brewster found that to be the perfect time to throw up twice once I made my way into the kitchen.  Poor guy, at least he knew to get off of his blanket & bed to throw up on the laminate floor.

 

Metal screaming is not easy.  You may not like it, but don’t say it’s easy!

 

I’ll believe it when I see it.  Does this mean Tool will start thinking about song ideas?

Just had to watch “Trivium” accept “Grammy Nominee Awards” of screen.  I’m assuming this is because they are a metal group, so they aren’t main stream music, ugh!

 

 

LYNYRD SKYNYRD

I will get to see them this year here in Regina!  I can’t wait!  When I was working I’d put on my iPod & just go.  One “Dream Theater” album “Systematic Chaos” was just released & “Lynyrd Skynyrd’s” double album of ‘Greatest Hits’ & I was good for 5 – 6 hours.  I’ll see them & my parents are anxious to see Randy Bachman.  I’ve been a ‘Lynyrd Skynyrd’ fan for a while, since 2006 or so.  All I have is their Greatest Hits album though.

 

 

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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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APPOINTMENTS/A PERFECT CIRCLE 

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I fell asleep to “A Perfect Circle” the album “Eat the Elephant”

Had breakfast while listening to “Barenaked Ladies” the album “Grinning Streak”

 

Need a day to rest my body & wake up, so I can do my exercises tomorrow!  I feel like I have to catch up to everyone.  A day without exercise is a wasted day to me & I started out 4.5 years behind everyone.

Sunday I was fall over sitting down tired, Monday was more of the same, so no exercising Monday.  Since “Sunday morning” I’ve felt over tired, I exercised Tuesday but not “today.”

The week started off with multiple phone calls with doctors & labs setting appointments.  YAY…………….BOOOO.  I’ve got better things to do than go to all of these routine cancer survivor checkups.  I know I’m fine.  I’ll go to multiple doctors & they’ll tell me the exact same thing.  “Everything looks good on the scan.  See you in a year.”  Who doesn’t work & has to be somewhere at 7:30 am?

I’d much prefer blood work & a scan in one appointment & send it all to one doctor.  Nope multiple appointments since Monday until next week & another routine doctor appointment in the summer.

I know these are important but good grief “will it ever stop?”  I had cancer in 2008 & I’m still being poked & tested?

Wait in a waiting room for roughly an hour Monday evening to give 2 vials of blood for your doctor appointment next week.

SO NOT COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How about we spend one day going for a scan & giving blood?  Then another day for the doctor appointments regarding the scan & blood work? One doctor will tell me his thoughts on the blood work & the other one will do the same, call me fat & send me on my way.  Am I in a good mood?  Not really!

I guess it’s only 3 weeks of the year.  I just don’t want to do this anymore.  I survived cancer, leave me alone for a bit please.  I’ve been tired since Sunday.  My exercises on Tuesday was pretty much a zombie going very slowly through the motions.

Kim has to take time off of work & if she’s not there she doesn’t get paid.  Sure no problem, let’s make this a month long extravaganza!

I’m grateful to be alive, just frustrated at the moment!  Also deathly tired, no exercise today.  TV & the couch are calling me.  I likely won’t be online much at all today.  Probably have a nap today, my body feels like a rag doll.

 

A PERFECT CIRCLE

 

Since they’ve recently released their 4th studio album, this seems like a good time to review this band.  This is the singer’s, Maynard James Keenan, 2nd of 3 groups.  He’s also the singer for “Tool” & “Puscifer”.  “Tool” is his first successful group.  The story goes that “A Perfect Circle’s” guitarist & music writer.  Was a guitar tech for “Tool” aka a roadie.  Maynard overheard some of the music on Billy Howerdel’s computer.  Maynard liked it & asked if he could sing on it.  As soon as they released their first album most people instantly compared them to “Tool”.  Fair enough, the first album was fairly comparable to a “Tool” album, but “Tool” seems to be able to fit in many mainstream genres in their own way.  “A Perfect Circle’s” first album was their hard rock album with breaks of light ambient music to ease off the gas pedal & let fans breathe for a second, much like “Tool”.  The 2nd album had a few heavy songs amongst more accessible songs.  The 3rd album was full of mostly unrecognizable covers.  The music & melody were all completely different but the lyrics were the same.

After the cover album they released a ‘Greatest Hits’ album with one new song on it.

I wasn’t much of a fan of the cover album or this new song.  I have the album of covers on CD, but not the ‘Greatest Hits’ album in any form.

That brings us to their new album “Eat the Elephant”.  Some longtime fans of the group that I’ve spoken with are somewhat disappointed with this album.  I was also, at first it’s not nearly as heavy as most of their previous songs or albums.  After it’s release on April 20th & multiple listens to the album, I can’t stop listening to it.  Much like their 2nd album & the first single from it, I was somewhat disappointed at first.  If you’ve ever been a fan of “A Perfect Circle” don’t give up on this album.  I don’t know what it was but something made me go back to it multiple times.

Here’s a song from each release.

MER DE NOMS      2000

LANGUAGE, SERIOSLY OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THIRTEENTH STEP   2003

eMOTIVE      (covers)    2004

EAT THE ELEPHANT        2018

This is easily the most mainstream song I have ever heard from them.

 

Interview with guitarist/music writer, Billy Howerdel.  Long audio interview!

http://www.thevinylguide.com/episodes/ep122-billy-howerdel-of-a-perfect-circle

 

Movies to watch for in 2018 from “Avengers: Infinity War” on….

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/lists/summer-movie-preview-2018-from-infinity-war-to-blackkklansman-w518967/action-point-jun-1-w518971

 

I’m sorry but even for a comic book movie this is hard to swallow.  I’m supposed to believe that Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pratt, a tree, & a raccoon are needed to save the world.  “Avengers: Infinity War” had better be the best movie ever made!

“Ant Man & The Wasp” trailer & short article.

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/see-paul-rudd-in-new-ant-man-and-the-wasp-trailer-w519724

 

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DISABLED, A BIT I GUESS?

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I fell asleep to “Myles Kennedy” his only solo album “Year of the Tiger” followed by “The Pretty Reckless” the album “Who you Selling for?”

I exercised to nothing, I forgot to get the remote down.

For breakfast coming up I will be listening to “Lamb of God” the album “Ashes of the Wake”

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

 

OK so I’m physically disabled, that doesn’t mean I can’t do anything.  I can stand for a long time as long as I have something solid to hold onto.  I cleaned our main bathroom, mirror, sink, & toilet.  I can stand up with the pedestal sink to get the entire mirror clean.  When I stand up in the living room I have a transfer pole.  I stand there & just stretch.  Even with one hand on it & I can touch our 8 foot ceiling.  In the kitchen I can use the stove top & cook my fish in the oven.

Kim goes to work Monday-Friday, knowing I can spend 8 hours in our condo & be just fine.  I have phone numbers to call if I need something.  I think I’ve called for help once because we were out of toilet paper!  Nothing life threatening I just didn’t want to sacrifice my socks!

Knock on wood, I haven’t fallen lately & I haven’t hurt myself in doing so thus far.  I likely won’t be able to walk without a walker, but we’ll see about that?  Maybe I’ll be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life?  There’s always that possibility.

I guess what I’m saying is I can do things, some just aren’t as fast as able bodied people do.  Nobody really knows what I can or can’t do, not even Kim.  That’s not meant to hurt anyone’s feelings but even I sometimes take on something pretty much impossible & surprise myself or be disappointed that I can’t do it.  If it’s the latter I’ll look at it from a different perspective the next time.  There’s nothing wrong with trying something in a different way, as long as no one gets hurt.

 

THE 90s WERE GOOD & TERRIBLE AT THE SAME TIME FOR ME

Here’s some of the BAD that I would hear at the hotel 3 or more times a shift, music playing at, at least 3 events……

Those songs got old for me fast!  The following songs were instant hits for me & were never played during any events at the hotel I worked at in Banquets.

 

Or just Jägermeister on the rocks, at least that’s how I drink it?

http://loudwire.com/jagermeister-big-4-metal-cocktail-recipes/

 

Yep, rock is no longer cool.  Now everybody wants pop music at the box social or whatever the kids call it these days!

 

New Pearl Jam song!!!!!

 

Mark Tremonti’s Facebook status.  Wow, that was really fast!

“Mixing is officially done! Off to mastering….A Dying Machine”

 

Day light savings time was created for WWI.  Do we really need it now?  I don’t think so.  At least in Saskatchewan we don’t do it, it’s always the same time here!

 

The last concert I went to in 2017.  Easily the best Barenaked Ladies show I’ve ever seen.  I don’t think I’ve missed a show in Regina since 1992.  I even saw a show while I was in my rehabilitation program!

 

 

The Blue Jays seem to be barking up the same tree as last year.  They’re trying to make a starting pitcher out of Joe Biagini.  All of the fans saw this experiment crash & burn last year, Biagini was 3W-11L as a starter last year.  On Sunday he gave up 5 runs & couldn’t get out of the 2nd inning.  He’s great in the bullpen though as a reliever!  $20,000,000 short-stop might be healthy near the end of April.  Regular season starts on Thursday, March 29th.  I don’t think this will be a pretty year?

This happened to him last year in May or June?  I have not seen him on a baseball field since.

 

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

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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