WEEKEND UPDATE/CHEVELLE

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Music throughout the weekend.  “The Watchmen”, “Tool”, “Coheed and Cambria”, “The Struts”, & “Smashing Pumpkins”

 

 

I could sit here & tell you about my weekend activities & I will, but first something out of the ordinary.  Kim & I watched the movie “Stronger” on Thursday evening.  The movie about Jeff Bauman who lost his legs during the explosion at the Boston Marathon.

I’m not comparing his injury to mine EVER.  He lost his legs, I still have mine.  While watching it, I realized how much a-like our emotions are/were.  How much I could relate to that movie on an emotional level.  I didn’t get all teary eyed watching it, it was more of a “Hey, I’ve felt the same way.”

 

Friday we ordered supper from “Brown’s Social House” it’s been a while since I’ve had fish & chips.  We watched the first episode of season 3 of “13 Reasons Why” on Netflix.  Meanwhile I’ve been trying to finish the 2nd season of “Mindhunter” on Netflix, I’m almost there I finished episode 7 so 3 more to go.  Kim doesn’t watch it, just me, much like “Criminal Minds”.

I think I figured out what caused me not to sleep well over the week?  I usually have 1-6 alcoholic beverages over the course of a weekend.  I didn’t have any, in the attempted to save some money & I just didn’t feel like any.  I never drink anything other than water, black coffee, & “Bubbly”.  Bubbly is my new favourite drink.  Carbonated water with natural fruit flavouring, which is a very small dose of the fruit.

Went to the Saskatchewan Roughriders game Saturday evening.  WOW penalties!  Time for our head coach, Craig Dickenson, to start handing out fines for each penalty.  Riders won against the Ottawa Red Blacks but it was ugly, far too many penalties!  Final score was Saskatchewan 40 Ottawa 18.  Terrible amount of Rider penalties & really stupid ones on top of that.  I never “BOO” the Riders at home but I was very close on Saturday!

Today we went to our friends’ place for a BBQ to welcome their exchange student from Spain.  Nice weather & just as we left it looked as though there might be a storm brewin’.  The wind picked up & the clouds got really dark!

 

Ozzy Osbourne to release 24 vinyl box set.

https://loudwire.com/ozzy-osbourne-vinyl-box-set-see-you-on-the-other-side/?fbclid=IwAR3V4k6omml0r4SQj51iVsPohOji76du9QpNE6OzBGoa2vzp-9Icxe3SC0U

Jeff Buckley was absolutely FANTASTIC & still is!

https://consequenceofsound.net/2019/08/the-opus-jeff-buckley-episode-1/?fbclid=IwAR0BQxUUGeiXlG21pU0WOwt0S2ffJ1ZrhZBIS_QvIcCajThKA8moW1GayCE

Bands that made 1 good album.

https://www.kerrang.com/features/19-bands-who-only-released-one-good-album/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR3JD_NjVY4C30NJPDIugwQ2P-OHHGkDNpYhxRUAgfpjcDcIHIrqNN3sJIE

So now the “Avengers” movies have to change the story line?  Really stupid after steering us in one direction only to pull us in a new one after “Spider-man Far From Home”

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-news/tom-holland-avengers-spider-man-split-marvel-cinematic-universe-876129/?fbclid=IwAR2XlgWwSFz2o7MYaQyaCNmZ2FWofooKz1QlHdrmqyqj1o2cIXeY56EHG3Q

Disney + streaming November 12th?  Looks good!

 

CHEVELLE

A metal/hard rock group from the USA.  Other than that I can tell you there are currently 4 members.  They sometimes get lumped in with acts like “Disturbed” & “5 Finger Death Punch”?  I can’t say I listen to either one.  I did listen to both in 2002 then stopped after each band released their 3rd album.  “Disturbed” is on me & “5 Finger Death Punch” is on my brother who saw them open for “Korn” likely a once in a lifetime chance for him to see them, even though neither one of us owns an album by “Korn”.

Anyways, “Chevelle” is the way to go if you ask me.  I’ve got 9 studio albums, one of B-Sides & rarities from late last year & another one coming soon this year or next.

 

1999   POINT #1

 

2002   WONDER WHAT’S NEXT

 

2004   THIS TYPE OF THINKING COULD DO US IN

 

2007   VENA SERA

 

2009   SCI-FI CRIMES

 

2011   HATS OFF TO THE BULL

 

2014   LA GARGOLA

 

2016   THE NORTH CORRIDOR

 

2018   12 BLOODY SPIES

 

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

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WEEKEND UPDATE/BAD RELIGION

 

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Music throughout the weekend.  “I Mother Earth”, “Anthrax”, “Coheed and Cambria”, & “3 albums by The Watchmen”.

LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!

 

Friday evening Kim went straight from work to our friends’ house to babysit the kids as our friends were at a wedding.  I was home with Brewster watching the Saskatchewan Roughrider game in Montreal on TV.  The game was called official & cut short in the 3rd quarter because of a bad storm.  Lightning, thunder, & rain.  First time that’s happened in the CFL.  Riders were ahead at the time, so the Riders won!

Saturday I already made my juice on Thursday, so I boiled my eggs.  Kim & I watched the end of Stephen Colbert, & a condensed baseball game to see one of the NY Yankees go crazy after being tossed out of the game for doing nothing in the dugout.  It was the player beside him on the bench that said “He’s @#$#% terrible” regarding the umpire’s strike zone.  Kim went to see the outdoor “Garth Brooks” concert at the football stadium with 3 other people.  I went to my parents with Brewster.  In retrospect Brewster & I should have stayed home.  He barked constantly because he was always on the wrong side of the backdoor & he has to wear a diaper when he’s inside since he’s almost 14 & started marking in whatever house another dog lives in.

Today Kim’s doing some laundry & Brewster & I might accompany her on a grocery trip?  Then Kim & I plan to relax & watch a movie.

 

Halestorm live virtual reality video!  Click & drag visual angle, during a live performance of the song “Black Vultures”

The first album by Alter Bridge, “One Day Remains”, turned 15 on Saturday, August 10th!

OK, Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide while in jail.  The media will have to speak about this.  While doing so, I hope they continue to talk about the mass shootings.  If they don’t, I’m sure nothing will change in regards to gun control.  Any politician that can, will sweep the shootings story under the rug.  So do we talk about a big shot that sexually harassed under age women & committed suicide while in jail, or the multiple people that were victims of the mass shootings?

 

BAD RELIGION

I have 6 of their albums.  I’m not a huge fan of punk but I do listen to a bit of it, these guys reach my heaviness limit for punk.  I had some “NOFX” & “Fidlar” as well, I just found that too heavy of punk music for me.  I’m much more tolerant of heavy metal music.  All of that being said, I know nothing about this group other than the oldest album I own of theirs was released in 1988.  Here we go, 1 song from each of the 6 albums I have….

 

1988   SUFFER

 

1989   NO CONTROL

 

1993   RECIPE FOR HATE

 

1994   STRANGER THAN FICTION

 

1995   ALL AGES

 

2002   PROCESS OF BELIEF

 

 

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Stay safe out there,

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WEEKEND UPDATE/DIEMONDS

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THERE WILL NOT BE ANOTHER POST UNTIL THURSDAY OR POSSIBLY FRIDAY?  THIS WEEK WILL BE BUSY I WILL TRY TO GET MY EXERCISE IN BUT I KNOW A COUPLE OF DAYS MIGHT NOT HAPPEN!

 

Music throughout the weekend.  “Foo Fighters”, “Billie Eilish”, “Chevelle”, “Lamb of God”, & “Coheed & Cambria”

 

Big Wreck tickets are bought for November.  Cheaper than I expected $48 per ticket.  They may be nose bleed seats, but at the Casino, that’s not a big deal.  Small theater & I get to see one of my favourite bands for the 14th or 15th time!  WOO HOO!

Out for a beer Friday night with Corey McDonald.  I don’t get out much & he has 2 kids, our “niece” & “nephew”.  Probably a good change of scenery for both of us for a bit!

Saturday, Kim finished most of the painting of our suite.  Dad came over to help her remove the TV from the wall.  Mom & dad had a water issue in the laundry room today, pretty rough day for them!  Lots of power related to electronics full of water.  Dad apologized for being late, I told it was OK since mom told me what was going on.  Kim painted everything within 2 feet from the TV & the media center on the floor.  Fridge was pulled out to paint behind it too.  She’s almost done as of 5:00 pm on Saturday.

Kim wanted to get out & do something else.  We grabbed so McDonalds for supper & hit the road so she could take some photos.  She just finds a highway, then a gravel road, another random highway & continues to take random turns until she finds something to photograph.

I’m sure we’ll die at the hands of some tire iron psycho like at the start of a “Criminal Minds” episode.  Quiet dirt road, get a flat at a late hour, when all is dark on some random stretch of road in the middle of who knows where, & they’ll kill me first since I’m literally going nowhere fast but I’m the male & they don’t know how little strength I have, etc.  I’m gonna miss that show though!

Kim’s busy painting today, then we’ll get groceries, fridge can go back into place.  I can make my vegetable juice for the week, watch some baseball highlights, & sleep, if that’s what Kim is thinking will happen?

 

 

 

 

Yes, I like this band.  I understand if you don’t.  New song from “The Agonist”!!

Metallica’s in trouble with the law.

July 27th, 1984 Metallica released the album “Ride the Lightning”

A TON of albums to be released this year still “Big Wreck”, “Tool”, “The Agonist”, “Opeth”, “Alter Bridge”, “Megadeth” maybe, “Chevelle”, & “Anthrax” so far I have 3 on preorder, then Kim said to hold up, fair enough that’s quite a bit this year, especially with the other iTunes albums I have bought & the bonus songs on the special anniversary albums on iTunes.  “Tool” won’t have a preorder I suspect, “Opeth” preorder is out, I didn’t grab it just wrote down the release date, “Chevelle” is recorded but no release date yet, & I don’t know what is happening with “Anthrax” or “Megadeth”?

 

DIEMONDS

I’m not a fan of “Guns n’ Roses”.  Take a deep breath, sit down, get some water, & put your head between your knees.  I know that was probably a HUGE shock to a lot of you.  Seeing as I’m not a fan of “Guns n’ Roses”, there is no reason I should like “Diemonds” but they’re darn catchy & a good time!

They played in Regina, at The Exchange, last year or 2 years ago & I didn’t bother to look them up until a day or 2 after the show.  I missed out & didn’t go, but was instantly hooked on the 2 of 4 albums on iTunes.

They’re also Canadian, originally out of Toronto, Ontario.

 

2012   THE BAD PACK

 

2015   NEVER WANNA DIE

 

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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

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.

 

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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 (ALMOST)/ALTER BRIDGE ROCK OR METAL?

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I fell asleep to “Coheed and Cambria” the album “IV”

I exercised to “Big Sugar” the album “Heated”

 

Monday was supposed to be my first appointment with a psychiatrist.  I wrote down the date & time while on the phone, June 10th at 11:20 am.  Kim missed half a day off work for it (if she’s not at work, she doesn’t get paid).  We got up around 7:30 am.  Kim hit the shower, while I did ¼ of my exercises.  Dropped off Brewster at Kim’s sister’s place (he has anxiety issues in a bad way.  We’ve had a noise complaint once shortly after we moved here).

Drop off Brewster & head off to my appointment.  We go in up to the front desk.  Kim says “Appointment for Chris_______”.  The lady checks her computer and asks “Christopher?” “Yes” replies Kim.  “He doesn’t have an appointment here until this date with that doctor”. What a waste of Kim’s morning.  Either I screwed up the date (which we both think is highly unlikely) or they messed something up.  Either way it’s money from Kim’s paycheck we can’t get back & the future date is going to be a gong show of a day for us, already too much on the go.  If only I could drive?  Unfortunately my iPatch, slow reflexes, & legs that don’t fully work, prevent me from doing so.  I keep asking, & I get the same response “Nah, not this time” Hahahahaha!

Nobody said I should see a professional about my frustration or knee jerk reactions.  I started to notice that people around me were just waiting to see when the time bomb would go off.  Well after 2 explosions, 8 or 9 years apart.  That’s far too many for me.  So later on I’ll be seeing someone this month.

My cousin wanted to exercise with me on Monday.  I spent the rest of my day at my parents’ place.  So I counted out loud for us.  I think I broke here, even though she’s in her early 30s.  “OK, we’ll start with 150 crunches.”  We get to 50 & she needs to take a short rest.  I told her “If anything starts to hurt, just stop”.  I do 150 crunches with no break.  I’d do more but I need to be careful regarding my back.  We finished the crunches & moved on to leg lifts.  I do 200 in a half crunch with my legs down, then alternate between the 2 legs up & down. I do 100 at a time & take a break in between sets.  I think she kept up with me or we did 4 sets of 50?  Then she asks me “Are we done?”  I replied “Nope, 100 back flexes to go.  I rest after 50 for a bit & then do another 50”, she kept up with me.  She looks at me & says “You do this 3 days a week after 150 squats?”  “Yes I do.  Then Tuesdays & Thursdays are stretching, yoga, & weights for about an hour to an hour & a half.”  I’m guessing she thinks I’m a little insane.

In other news, our air conditioner is now working!  As of Thursday last week the plumber needed to order a valve from Texas to fix it, so it was going to take roughly 8 weeks to have it installed here.  They found one here!  They put it in on Monday, & “so far so good”.  The building manager said we should keep the portable air conditioner for a week in case our air conditioner breaks down.  When Kim & I got home Monday night it was like a meat locker in here +18 Celcius.  We went to bed about an hour later & it was at +20.  It got a bit warmer since we changed the thermostat to +22.

If all of this is true & you use iTunes, don’t expect a single to come along with a preorder date.  The members of “Tool” prefer fans to listen to the entire album.  That is the reason for previous releases not being sold on iTunes or streaming sites until now.

I read recently that streaming music sites are not what they used to be as far as popularity goes.  I have one thought as to why this is happening.  I think a streaming site would make the music from it very disposable?  I could be way off base here, but that’s my guess.  I was buying CDs still in 2012 when I finished my physiotherapy.  1 CD a month.  Then I started to use iTunes & I still do $10 for a complete album, SWEET!  Kim put me on a monthly allowance to iTunes of $50 a month.  Now that I know what I want to purchase, I’ve scaled it down to $20 a month.  Saving money & listening more intently to the album in question.

The beauty & downfall of Napster was that you owned the music & didn’t pay anything for it.  With a streaming music site you pay a monthly fee to borrow the music.  You don’t own it & it can be taken away by the site at any moment & that would be legal.

I’ve got 2 albums on preorder.  Sum 41 in late July & The Agonist in September.  Tool members are saying August 30th, I’ll believe Tool when I have it or an unlikely preorder.

Are you all sick of hearing “Let it go” yet?  I don’t if there will be another song your kids will sing for a long time, but “Frozen 2” is coming.

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-news/frozen-2-princess-elsa-must-save-arendelle-in-new-trailer-846743/?fbclid=IwAR0oZx-3LzztWrECrSvh0SJr2haSsWm9fPvWeJjdsvvZfD_5hDmMy6jkDXs

If any of it sounds like “post-OK Computer” I’m out.  I love “The Bends” & “OK Computer”, “Pablo Honey” was a decent first release.  After those 3 albums, Radiohead lost me.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/radiohead-leaked-ok-computer-material-minidisc-hack-846664/?fbclid=IwAR2yxgc3NZxEI-RUtpgKq2V6a9hwUHt1qXD50DH-DjgET2CjkTpcsPEFYXQ

 

 

 

ALTER BRIDGE

I don’t know what category these guys fit into?  The singer, Myles Kennedy, has the best voice I have ever heard.  He sings & never really had the desire to learn how to do death metal vocals.  The other 3 members are from the original line-up of “Creed”, drummer, bassist, & lead guitar.  Myles Kennedy didn’t tell them he played guitar until he was caught playing his guitar in his room on the first tour.  Even the lead guitarist, Mark Tremonti, says that Myles is better than him on guitar technically.

Don’t let the “Creed” connection worry you.  It’s like comparing apples to oranges.  Two completely different bands.

 

ALTER BRIDGE

 

2004   ONE DAY REMAINS

 

2007   BLACKBIRD

 

2010   ABIII

 

2013   FORTRESS

 

2016   THE LAST HERO

 

There will be a new studio album release in September or a bit later, this year for sure!  I also have 4 live albums & 3 concert blu-rays.  1 of the blu-rays & a live album is with a symphony orchestra.  That was actually their most recent release.

 

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

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

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

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

MENTAL HEALTH (ALMOST)/ALTER BRIDGE ROCK OR METAL?

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I fell asleep to “Coheed and Cambria” the album “IV”

I exercised to “Big Sugar” the album “Heated”

 

Monday was supposed to be my first appointment with a psychiatrist.  I wrote down the date & time while on the phone, June 10th at 11:20 am.  Kim missed half a day off work for it (if she’s not at work, she doesn’t get paid).  We got up around 7:30 am.  Kim hit the shower, while I did ¼ of my exercises.  Dropped off Brewster at Kim’s sister’s place (he has anxiety issues in a bad way.  We’ve had a noise complaint once shortly after we moved here).

Drop off Brewster & head off to my appointment.  We go in up to the front desk.  Kim says “Appointment for Chris_______”.  The lady checks her computer and asks “Christopher?” “Yes” replies Kim.  “He doesn’t have an appointment here until this date with that doctor”. What a waste of Kim’s morning.  Either I screwed up the date (which we both think is highly unlikely) or they messed something up.  Either way it’s money from Kim’s paycheck we can’t get back & the future date is going to be a gong show of a day for us, already too much on the go.  If only I could drive?  Unfortunately my iPatch, slow reflexes, & legs that don’t fully work, prevent me from doing so.  I keep asking, & I get the same response “Nah, not this time” Hahahahaha!

Nobody said I should see a professional about my frustration or knee jerk reactions.  I started to notice that people around me were just waiting to see when the time bomb would go off.  Well after 2 explosions, 8 or 9 years apart.  That’s far too many for me.  So later on I’ll be seeing someone this month.

My cousin wanted to exercise with me on Monday.  I spent the rest of my day at my parents’ place.  So I counted out loud for us.  I think I broke here, even though she’s in her early 30s.  “OK, we’ll start with 150 crunches.”  We get to 50 & she needs to take a short rest.  I told her “If anything starts to hurt, just stop”.  I do 150 crunches with no break.  I’d do more but I need to be careful regarding my back.  We finished the crunches & moved on to leg lifts.  I do 200 in a half crunch with my legs down, then alternate between the 2 legs up & down. I do 100 at a time & take a break in between sets.  I think she kept up with me or we did 4 sets of 50?  Then she asks me “Are we done?”  I replied “Nope, 100 back flexes to go.  I rest after 50 for a bit & then do another 50”, she kept up with me.  She looks at me & says “You do this 3 days a week after 150 squats?”  “Yes I do.  Then Tuesdays & Thursdays are stretching, yoga, & weights for about an hour to an hour & a half.”  I’m guessing she thinks I’m a little insane.

In other news, our air conditioner is now working!  As of Thursday last week the plumber needed to order a valve from Texas to fix it, so it was going to take roughly 8 weeks to have it installed here.  They found one here!  They put it in on Monday, & “so far so good”.  The building manager said we should keep the portable air conditioner for a week in case our air conditioner breaks down.  When Kim & I got home Monday night it was like a meat locker in here +18 Celcius.  We went to bed about an hour later & it was at +20.  It got a bit warmer since we changed the thermostat to +22.

If all of this is true & you use iTunes, don’t expect a single to come along with a preorder date.  The members of “Tool” prefer fans to listen to the entire album.  That is the reason for previous releases not being sold on iTunes or streaming sites until now.

I read recently that streaming music sites are not what they used to be as far as popularity goes.  I have one thought as to why this is happening.  I think a streaming site would make the music from it very disposable?  I could be way off base here, but that’s my guess.  I was buying CDs still in 2012 when I finished my physiotherapy.  1 CD a month.  Then I started to use iTunes & I still do $10 for a complete album, SWEET!  Kim put me on a monthly allowance to iTunes of $50 a month.  Now that I know what I want to purchase, I’ve scaled it down to $20 a month.  Saving money & listening more intently to the album in question.

The beauty & downfall of Napster was that you owned the music & didn’t pay anything for it.  With a streaming music site you pay a monthly fee to borrow the music.  You don’t own it & it can be taken away by the site at any moment & that would be legal.

I’ve got 2 albums on preorder.  Sum 41 in late July & The Agonist in September.  Tool members are saying August 30th, I’ll believe Tool when I have it or an unlikely preorder.

Are you all sick of hearing “Let it go” yet?  I don’t if there will be another song your kids will sing for a long time, but “Frozen 2” is coming.

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-news/frozen-2-princess-elsa-must-save-arendelle-in-new-trailer-846743/?fbclid=IwAR0oZx-3LzztWrECrSvh0SJr2haSsWm9fPvWeJjdsvvZfD_5hDmMy6jkDXs

If any of it sounds like “post-OK Computer” I’m out.  I love “The Bends” & “OK Computer”, “Pablo Honey” was a decent first release.  After those 3 albums, Radiohead lost me.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/radiohead-leaked-ok-computer-material-minidisc-hack-846664/?fbclid=IwAR2yxgc3NZxEI-RUtpgKq2V6a9hwUHt1qXD50DH-DjgET2CjkTpcsPEFYXQ

 

 

 

ALTER BRIDGE

I don’t know what category these guys fit into?  The singer, Myles Kennedy, has the best voice I have ever heard.  He sings & never really had the desire to learn how to do death metal vocals.  The other 3 members are from the original line-up of “Creed”, drummer, bassist, & lead guitar.  Myles Kennedy didn’t tell them he played guitar until he was caught playing his guitar in his room on the first tour.  Even the lead guitarist, Mark Tremonti, says that Myles is better than him on guitar technically.

Don’t let the “Creed” connection worry you.  It’s like comparing apples to oranges.  Two completely different bands.

 

ALTER BRIDGE

 

2004   ONE DAY REMAINS

 

2007   BLACKBIRD

 

2010   ABIII

 

2013   FORTRESS

 

2016   THE LAST HERO

 

There will be a new studio album release in September or a bit later, this year for sure!  I also have 4 live albums & 3 concert blu-rays.  1 of the blu-rays & a live album is with a symphony orchestra.  That was actually their most recent release.

 

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

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

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

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKEND UPDATE/THE CONTORTIONIST

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Coheed & Cambria”, “Big Wreck”, “Metallica”, & “Testament”

 

As for the previous post, Kim knows that I’m blunt to a fault.  I actually called her to see what she thought of Friday’s post.  There was no discussion really.  I just wanted to make it clear that my intent was not to blame Kim for leasing a new vehicle.  I didn’t like the idea from the start.  If she says she can make it work, I trust her completely.  She takes care of the finances here because she is much better than I am with money!  If I like it or not, the papers are signed & it’s done now.  I guess we’ll be driving a new, red, Toyota RAV4 in about a month.  Straight from the factory!  We’re trading in our 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe.  She really pressed the sales man hard on the issues we spoke about that day.  We still have a few details to iron out when it gets here.

Kim & the salesman figured out a way financially to make the vehicle payments reasonable for us, now I feel a bit better about things.  If I had just listened to what they were talking about & didn’t have Brewster constantly turning on my lap & wanting to see everyone, the previous post wouldn’t have been a real thing.

 

Friday I spent my entire day going through my iTunes & deleting all of the doubled files I always get.  I didn’t even eat lunch.  I finished at about 6:15 pm.  My elbow was sore from being in the same position for so long.

Saturday I woke up early.  2 rum & coke press’ Friday night.  That sugar amount in the evening wakes me up quite early, it’s been that way since 2003 probably.  We spent the afternoon with some Rebellion beer on Sherry & James’ deck while Brewster patrolled the yard for us.  He likes the opportunity to roam free in a backyard.

I guess we’re not as cash poor as I thought.  Kim ordered me a new 256 GB iPod Touch.  She didn’t even tell me.  She ordered it & showed me the ordered screen after on her phone.  She really didn’t have to do that.  She said to me “You can have stuff too.  I/We got a new vehicle, so here’s a new iPod Touch!”  If she had told me I would have said “Nah, I don’t need it.  We should just save some cash for our anniversary next year.”  I hope this isn’t a pity gift because I was grumpy about the new vehicle?

Today should be just a regular lazy Sunday.  Groceries, in the middle of boiling eggs, already made my juice, & laundry.

 

Thursday evening I got an update from iTunes.  Earlier in the week they introduced 3 new iPod touch players.  Then these stories come out on Friday about iTunes being shut down in the coming week.  I don’t buy these reports at all.  When I get an email directly from Apple, then I’ll believe it.  Am I right?  Who knows?  I also heard last year that CDs & other 3rd party files would be eliminated after March.  That didn’t happen.  I can still import CDs to iTunes as I’ve always been able to.  I have a preorder for an album to be released in July also.  If iTunes is going away, what does anyone need a 256 GB iPod Touch for?  I just saw another preorder for an album being released in July.  I think this iTunes cancellation news is just to sell the new models of the iPod Touch?

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/apple-is-finally-killing-itunes-842750/?fbclid=IwAR3gD1IVaWRDeQbYktfCGWYktTBvQHBEmb4P6XPASazI1amsv2cZzqMTDFE

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/record-companies-five-threats-842064/?fbclid=IwAR0UiSEyk0929lXU895VmM73vQVGZ389II46eQfJRI4sVCAsPrOLXSK3XZg

https://loudwire.com/rest-peace-itunes/?fbclid=IwAR2tI0td7ksz6wR2EH0EQbIlR3G2EIXJ06hTtBlvCIRqAP7lhvThtP8CH1Y

Well this isn’t the greatest news for Canadians.

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/plant-that-can-cause-third-degree-burns-popping-up-in-canada-giant-hogweed-ontario-bc-prairies-maritimes-heracleum-mantegazzianum

Bonus on 25th anniversary edition of Live’s “Throwing Copper”

I’ll just grab the 3 unreleased songs when the album’s released.

 

 

THE CONTORTIONIST

Full disclosure, I know nothing about this band, the members, or where they come from.  This is a band my sister-in-law, Sherry, recommended to me.  She’s tiny but likes to rock out.  I have 2 of their 5 albums on iTunes…..

 

2015   LANGUAGE

 

2017   CLAIRVOYANT

 

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

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

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

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres