WHY SO MUCH GUITAR TALK?

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I fell asleep to “Tool” the album “Lateralus”

I exercised to “Haley Williams” the album “Petals for Armor”

 

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Remember how I said on Friday that I was going to watch guitar videos on www.youtube.com for a while?  That lasted about 30 minutes, I wound up playing guitar for about 6 hours of the day.  At least it was a productive practice!

I tried guitar hack #5 below & it works!  I bought one bottle of beer to try out the strap lock hack, that strap’s not coming off.  I play sitting down obviously but I use a strap as an insurance policy.  I don’t want to drop a guitar.  No, I’m not getting 2 beer per guitar, 1 more bottle should do since I have actual strap locks on my other heavy guitar the rest are good as is.  Skip ahead to the 2:30 minute mark to see this genius idea!  A real set of strap locks will set you back about $30 with this idea you spend $20 here, get 2 beer & one strap lock!

I practice guitar so much because I’m trying to get back to 7 years of playing able bodied now with the effects of brain cancer after 12 years of not playing.  Practice over the weekend then I got up at 7:00 am on Monday, had breakfast, fed Brewster, gave him his pills, exercised, showered had a snack, & then practiced from 11:45 am until about 6:00 pm.

I’ll admit that I’m overly obsessed with guitar since I started playing so let me explain this.  Other than just being alive & cancer free, I really didn’t have much to look forward to the next day other than hanging out with Brewster & waiting for Kim to get home.  Don’t worry about not being great full for being healthy & alive every day.  It’s still something I don’t think about every day.  I just expect to be OK when I wake up every day.

Once I was out of the hospitals & my therapy programs it was & sometimes still is “OK, so what now?”  I don’t look forward to exercising 5 days a week, but after I do it I feel REALLY good.  I’d get bored just watching TV after I exercise.  Now that I have a hobby & something I really enjoy working on, things are much different.

I did it before & took it for granted too without realizing how much I’d miss it when it was taken away from me.  Playing guitar is something I can do that is exactly the same as it was before.  This is a case of “Absence makes the heart grow fonder”.

Imagine you most favourite thing is taken away from you for 12 years.  You’d likely gush about it too if you could do it again.  That’s me right now.

I don’t know of many guitar players that have a set number of guitars to own, other than what their spouse tells them?  I’d have to stop after these 2, that’s MY limit, not KIM’s.

S2 Custom 22 Semi-Hollow Body Guitar w/Gig Bag - McCarty Sunburst

SE Paul's Guitar - Aqua

If it was up to Kim she’d be OK with the one I have on order.  So in 2 years or more I’ll be using MY gift money for the final guitar & I think she wants to save for a new “bicycle”?  She wants me to get an adult tricycle, I used one in my rehabilitation, those are expensive & not how I want to spend my money.  I liked mountain biking, but I can’t do that yet with no balance.  MY cash is going to a guitar that I can play.

For me it’s about different look, feel, sound, & inspiration each guitar brings.  I no longer play each guitar I own every day.  It’s more of a question of “What kind of music do I feel like playing right now?”  I choose the guitar that sounds best suited for that style at that time.  I felt like playing mostly metal guitar on Sunday so I played my Explorer mostly & practiced some other stuff on my acoustic.

A PRS doesn’t sound like a Les Paul, an Explorer, or a Telecaster.  It’s made to sound in between a Fender & Gibson.  The one I’ve ordered & the one I’m saving for are both different.  I don’t want any guitar that sounds, feels, or looks the same as another.  I played flute and to me a flute sounds like a flute.  With a change of guitar, everything should sound & feel different.  However the player wants to make that change is up to them, pickups, body style, effect pedals, etc.  I can’t get the same sound out of one guitar to the next.  Variety is what I’m looking for.  Will I have a full range of musical variety with 6 different electric guitars?  Nope!  6 guitars are good for me though, the next person might want 3, and the next person might want 30?  I’ve thought long & hard about it & 6 electric guitars sounds great to me!

Why have I decided to go with PRS guitars?  LOTs of attention to detail & the owner, Paul Reed Smith, has been making guitars since he was a teen & lives by a list he made called “The 21 Rules of Tone”.  If he makes each individual part on a guitar resonate as loud & as long as possible, the less it will absorb the sound of the string vibrating.  That goes for each part of the guitar, the body wood, nut, tuning pegs, bridge, fret board, the neck wood, screws, etc.  If the manufacturers at PRS are paying attention to the screws on a guitar can you imagine how much attention they’re paying to everything else?

Paul Reed Smith will go into a music store to do a clinic or Q & A.  He’ll ask someone to get a PRS guitar and any other guitar they’d like not made by PRS.  He then let’s the person pick an amplifier.  With no effects they will plug the guitar into the amp and play one open string & time how long they can hear the note for, this is done on each guitar separately.  A PRS averages 44 seconds, most other guitars last on average 35 seconds.  There was a 1960s Fender Stratocaster that kept up to the PRS but that was it.

Vintera 60s Stratocaster, Pau Ferro Fingerboard w/Gigbag - 3-Tone Sunburst

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

If the guitar I’m saving for goes out of production by 2022 or 2023 when I go to buy it, which I don’t think it will.  I’ll continue to save for the next best thing, which unfortunately costs more.

https://www.long-mcquade.com/162916/Guitars/Hollow-body-Electric-Guitars/Paul-Reed-Smith/S2-McCarty-594-Thinline-Electric-Guitar-with-Gigbag—Frost-Blue-Metallic.htm

Or as a last resort this.  These 58/15 pickups have a very similar sound & include the TCI technology.  In both of these guitars.

https://www.long-mcquade.com/162880/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Paul-Reed-Smith/S2-McCarty-594-Electric-Guitar-with-Gigbag—Whale-Blue.htm

I don’t want to spend that much on a guitar, so we’ll see what’s out there or if it’s not a PRS that interests me, I’ll stop all together.  I was a Gibson/Epiphone fan for years, I still am.  I have 2 Epiphones & Gibson’s are WAY overpriced if you ask me.  Paul Reed Smith is a genius mad scientist!

After 7 months of practice on guitar for 1:30 hours a day for an average.  I’m back to where I was after 3 or 4 months without the effects of cancer….on most things, not all of them.

As I headed to the kitchen for a snack Kim says to me “You should get paid for all of the work you put in!” I didn’t say anything but I thought to myself “Well, I get paid just under $28,000 a year.”

I don’t need to talk about what’s going on in the world, I’m not qualified for that.  You’re better off watching your local news or National news.  Being quarantined has not changed anything for me, & I’m fine with that.  I get to work on myself!

 

Dave Grohl describes the new Foo Fighters album as David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” album

https://loudwire.com/dave-grohl-foo-fighters-new-album-david-bowie-lets-dance-record/?fbclid=IwAR3TF7KSCrhMric0_Idjlf-6peJhY0jY_NNTsIPaWodz-3OTHh19nahb2Fw

Finally “Alter Bridge” released a lyric video for the song “Metalingus” off of their debut album from 2004!

 

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I’M MAKING SOME CHANGES FOR THE BETTER

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I’m not counting Monday since it was more unpacking & getting settled at home as well as just playing my guitars.

4 day exercise total; 600 leg lifts, 800 crunches, 200 squats, 200 back flexes, 130 pushups, 750 curls (10 pounds), 550 tricep extensions (7 pounds), 400 shoulder raises (7 pounds).  Stretching & yoga.

I fell asleep to “Billy Joel” his double album of Greatest Hits, followed by “Elton John” another Greatest Hits album.

I exercised to “The Agonist” the new album “Orphans”

 

 

 

I’ve made a conscious decision to change my habits in general for the better.  I plan to almost stop drinking, sell the clutter of stuff I have but don’t use, & make an effort to just feel better in general.  I’ll still drink alcohol socially, just not a little bit every weekend.  I’ll just continue to drink more water (which I put a bit of apple cider vinegar in now), eat more fruit & vegetables rather than red meat, I’ll just be EXTREMELY conscious of what I put into my body.  I’m relatively healthy when it comes to food & beverages, now I plan to kick it up a notch or 2.

All of this aside, I’ve decided I’m done having season tickets to the Saskatchewan Roughrider home games, a luxury we don’t need, save some cash for more important things.  I think I’m done going to the family cabin also, just too much work since it isn’t wheelchair accessible at all.  These 2 things are being done with a heavy heart.  I figure, I’ll be 40 years old in January & it’s time to grow up.  All part of being a better husband, father to our dog, & a better individual.  If I’m better, maybe others will follow?  Everybody I know is a VERY good person, but there’s always someone doing better than someone else.

I worry about too many things, mostly money!  Don’t have much of it, so I worry about it, every night.  Before cancer & more now that we’re a one income household.  I bring in my Canadian pension & disability, but that’s below the poverty line.  Kim works but she’s on contract.  If she’s not there she doesn’t get paid, sick or on vacation & she bought a benefits package.

Someone told me I was dealt a bad hand.  I looked at it that way & I was bitter for longer than I needed to be.  Then I realized that no one can make you happy other than yourself.  I now understand what this means…

What does this tell me?  I can lead a horse to water but I can’t make it drink the water.

I’m happy in general, but I can do better.  I worry about everything WAY TOO MUCH!!!!!!  No wonder I toss & turn so much for hours before I fall asleep.

Another reason for all of this change is that, my physio & occupational therapists told me they wanted to make me perfect.  Nobody’s perfect but I intend to try ASAP.  That’s what it should say on my tombstone!  “I tried”.  Sorry, that was deep & intense.

Now I’m torn.  I do think the Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Epiphone 7 string might still be the one.  Problem is A) I have a 6 string Les Paul knock off & similar pickups in an Epiphone Explorer.  B) I do not own a PRS, or any 7 string guitars, which mean more options for tuning.  I’m still leaning towards the Epiphone though.  I used to be a gear head, now I’m all about actual guitars.  I’m selling some of my gear at some seriously discounted prices, since most of it was purchased new in 2001!  These 2 would complete my guitar collection.  I play at home, not live like before.

https://www.long-mcquade.com/22227/Guitars/Electric_Guitars/Gibson/Matt_Heafy_Les_Paul_Custom_7_String_Electric_Guitar.htm

https://www.long-mcquade.com/100345/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Paul-Reed-Smith/2018-SE-SVN—Seven—7-String-Electric-Guitar—Gray-Black.htm

I know I’ll have to save up & sell some other gear I don’t use.  I’m hoping that after Christmas & my birthday in January I’ll have a good chunk of the cash for likely the Matt Heafy Custom 7 string Epiphone Les Paul?  Matt Heafy is the singer from “Trivium”.

I now don’t think either of these are going to happen for me any time in the near future.  A few other more important & expensive priorities first.  Then MAYBE a guitar?

 

I feel like my old self, but maybe even better?  If someone needs help, I can at least listen.  If someone doesn’t want feedback, I’ll shut my yap.

 

New “In Flames” video!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

See the cost these musicians paid for these albums!  That’s why I’ll pay the small fee of $9.99 per album on iTunes or buy the odd CD.  I’m sure streaming multiple albums or songs a month isn’t hurting anyone, other than streaming site owners aka the new rich people!

https://www.kerrang.com/features/the-most-expensive-rock-and-metal-albums-of-all-time/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR0WUKF4VReNDaa9s6N7F2X9Psqmtzs16yGr6QalruKJ7l4PxJIbu7MsT-Q

Alter Bridge keeps themselves busy.  If you keep tabs on the band this is no surprise.

Good grief!  I’m still digesting “Fear Inoculum”!  Another Tool album would be great, but I’m also more than happy with their catalogue as it is.  I can hear something new with each listen!

https://loudwire.com/tool-danny-carey-timeline-motivation-next-album/?fbclid=IwAR0GpVwLZalrG6BNnwk9okTpnforQ8m1xHxSee0mw2y4QQiEUyQAm43nJY0

YAY!!!  Dave Mustaine aka Megadeth

I agree with quite a bit of this!!!!  Lamb of God should be on here twice instead of once.  I LOVE the song “Laid to Rest”!

https://www.kerrang.com/features/the-50-best-album-openers-in-metal/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR0DjDwfzHUHVJ6iLrcCw9Kly-d9KWxx-BB7YtWYdAt-fijtnQ4ZNUgeP6M

No album stuff today, I have much more to come.  I also have 3 releases to come this year.  Extreme metal album today, progressive metal next Friday & “Alter Bridge” on October 18th.

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE & DAVID BOWIE

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Music throughout the weekend.  “In Flames”, “Mark Morton”, “The Damned Things”, “Dream Theater”, “Muse”, & “The Watchmen”

 

The rest of Friday was quite tame, Brewster had trim on Saturday at 8:00 am.  We had enough time to get coffee & cinnamon buns to go.  He loves the groomers & only takes about an hour to get a wash & trim.  He smelled like coconut & still does a bit.

We were tired & had a nap.  Kim on the couch, I got onto the floor to sleep beside my Homeslice, who immediately got on the couch with Kim.  They curled up on the couch together, & I used Brewster’s favourite blanket as a pillow on the floor.  Once I got off of the floor I watched some preseason baseball along with 2 Guiness beer.  Irish beer that’s way too dark to make green.

She’s got a TON on her plate today.  Today Kim is finishing her homework for her photography class, I’ll do some cleaning, she’ll get some groceries & finish the laundry.  I’ll boil some eggs & make a veggie juice for the week.  Then we’ll relax.

 

 

DAVID BOWIE

You know him & you either like him or can’t stand him.  I have no problem with him.  One of my dad’s favourite music acts, & yes unfortunately he’s no longer with us.  I only have 2 “Greatest Hits” albums & the album “Tonight” so here we go…..

 

This is what you play in the car on your way to your in-laws when you get a call from your Realtor that tells you, you have your first house.

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE/TREMONTI

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Music throughout the weekend.

 

Quiet & uneventful weekend.  Kim was cleaning like crazy.  “Will you eat this?  It expires today” she asks me as she’s cleaning the fridge.  Of course I say “Yeah, sure!”  Mmmm, chocolate milk & vegetables, they don’t really go well together.

Friday night I watched the baseball game, then ‘Friends’ on Netflix until midnight.  Got up shortly after 9:00 am & watched more baseball.

Kim & I went out for a drive in the evening, she needed photos for her photography class.  Drove around the city & couldn’t find a place to photograph what she needed.  Came home, had supper & watched “The Secret Life of Pets”, even funnier with rum & coke in you!

Thought I would have more exciting news, but plans changed.  I hope you all are enjoying your summer!

 

TREMONTI

Yes, Mark Tremonti former guitarist of “Creed” & current lead guitarist of “Alter Bridge”.  “Tremonti” is his side/solo project.  He classifies his solo project as metal, I find it to be a different form of hard rock, much like Alter Bridge.  Both would be in the same genres, but I really don’t see a genres either group would easily fit into.  Usually what happens with Alter Bridge is that singer, Myles Kennedy, will take off to sing live/record for Slash, Mark Tremonti will do an album & tour with his solo group, where he is the lead singer also.  So far Alter Bridge has released 5 studio albums & a few live albums.  Tremonti has released 4 studio albums to date.

2012    ALL I WAS

 

2015    CAUTERIZE

 

 

2016    DUST

 

 

2018   A DYING MACHINE

 

 

Alter Bridge with Symphony Orchestra in England!!!!

I’m so excited about this DVD/Blu-ray.  Available on September 7th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Smashing Pumpkins cover Led Zeppelin & David Bowie on tour

http://loudwire.com/smashing-pumpkins-tour-opener-greatest-hits-led-zeppelin-david-bowie-covers/

 

More System of a Down news.

http://loudwire.com/system-of-a-down-john-dolmayan-all-of-us-to-blame-new-album/

 

What the Heck was that??????  Unfortunately Metallica didn’t improve the Macarena.

http://loudwire.com/metallica-master-of-puppets-macarena-mash-up/

 

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Chris

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CELL PHONES, NO RANTING/BUSH

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

I exercised to “David Bowie” a “Greatest Hits” compilation

 

I’ve recently added beets & ginger to my vegetable juice in the morning.  I REALLY like it.  2.5 cups of water, 1 cup of orange juice, little tomatoes, spinach, celery, broccoli, ginger, a beet, & some ice cubes.  All in that order, & a carrot or 2 if it’s not filled completely.  I love our Vitamix!  No waste like our juicer.

How much did I NOT want Monday to come!  I’m trying out something different to see if it works.  Apparently your body needs 48 hours to recover from exercise to build strength & muscle.  I’m testing that theory this week just with my pushups every Monday, Wednesday & Friday.  The rest of my exercises will remain daily unless I see marked improvement with my arms within 3 weeks.

I don’t get along well with technology.  No, I’m not going to rant about my dislike for cell phones.  I tried texting on my dad’s phone when we went to Calgary in the spring.  I have very thin fingers, there was no way I could text.  As thin as my fingers are, the keyboard for texting had very tiny letters/buttons.  I owned a flip phone for about a year to the point this cancer thing happened.

I love it when I’m watching a movie or TV show at home with a group of people who pipe up “WHO IS THAT?  WHAT SHOW WAS THAT PERSON IN?”  “Don’t look at me, you’re the ones with a computer in your pocket!”  www.google.com  uh www.imdb.com

If I wanted to know who it was, I’ll check it out after the show if I remember.  If I don’t remember, it must not have been a life or death situation.  At the end of the day it’s your decision to have a cell or not, or maybe you need one for work as some people are required to.  The one thing I don’t understand is why text someone after work hours?  It’s a cell PHONE, if you’re texting them, why not call them & actually talk to them?  Everybody seems to forget that it’s a phone?

 

BUSH

 

I’ve got 4 of their albums, 1 on CD.  I do have “Sea of Memories” from 2011.  I listen to that album on occasion.  Mostly I listen to their first album “Sixteen Stone” released in 1994.  I’m not an expert on them, I did play & sing 3 songs from that album with the first band I was in.  I wasn’t a HUGE fan, but I thought they were OK.  I think that first album aged well though.  One of those albums I can put on & not skip a song.  When it was first released, Canadians knew them as “Bush X” for a short time.  Apparently there’s a Canadian group named “Bush”.  Never heard of them?

The first song I learned to play & sing was “Comedown”, yes all 4 chords!  BAZINGA!

 

Alter Bridge will be releasing a live album &/or a live concert DVD/Blu-ray of a show in England with an orchestra?

 

I hope “MUSE” will also release the live concert movie in theaters July 12th everywhere but Saskatchewan?  If not, I hope they release it on Blu-ray or DVD.

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

 

Pink & James Corden.  Carpool Karaoke.  Hahahahahahahaha!!!!

 

I’m getting bored with “Walk off the Earth” releasing cover songs & not releasing an original full album.

 

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CHANGE ISN’T ALWAYS A BAD THING!

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I fell asleep to “Foo Fighters” the album “Concrete & Gold”, followed by the band “James” their “Greatest Hits” or the album “Laid” if you recognize it, it’s from the soundtrack of one of the “American Pie” movies.  Search for “James the band” if you like this

I exercised to “Matthew Good Band” the album “Underdogs”

When I went into the Wascana Rehabilitation Center I was on the 2nd floor initially.  Sometime in 2010 I was asked by a social worker if I’d switch rooms & go to the main floor.  The room I was in on the 2nd floor had oxygen for people that needed it.  I didn’t so I said “Yeah, no problem.”  The social worker was so relieved.  She was turned down by multiple people that refused to switch rooms.  I thought that was EXTREMELY odd?  People said “no” to changing rooms?  Same care on the first floor, really not a big deal at all.

I was genuinely shocked that anyone wouldn’t give up their room for someone else that needs it?  That’s still a vivid memory to me.

If you’re not using the oxygen that someone else needs, why not make things easier for another patient?  I think it may have more to do with people fearing change?  Most people avoid change & tend to think something different won’t be as good.

Even to this day I have to adapt to regular things.  The biggest question for me is if I can get into a place & if I can get to the washroom on my own.  Maybe I can, maybe I’ll need help until I figure it out, or maybe I can’t do it alone?

My parents’ washroom in the basement was tricky, I could do it, but it was tricky to do it.  They put in some grab bars for me & now it’s super easy for me!

 

http://loudwire.com/muse-thought-contagion-trump-supporters/

Chevelle is in the studio from what I saw on Facebook.

New song from Myles Kennedy’s solo album

Florida shootings.  I hope this will wake gun owners up!

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

https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/john-oliver-praises-florida-students-for-gun-control-efforts-w516894

http://loudwire.com/lamb-of-god-randy-blythe-florida-school-shooting-no-more-thoughts-prayers-they-aint-working/

http://loudwire.com/all-that-remains-phil-labonte-frustrating-gun-debate-passing-law-to-pass-law-isnt-good-idea/

I agree “thoughts & prayers” are doing anything.  Why is it that so many people are OK with reacting to a shooting & not being proactive to avoid the shooting?  Are we going to wait for the kids to grow up, or the current adults with guns to grow up?

I hate the fact that I see all of these mass shootings on TV & I feel numb “Oh, it will happen again next week” & unfortunately that’s what usually happens.  I think when anyone says “Ah, it’s a mental health problem.  Don’t blame the guns.”  WHY?   What if it involved a member of your family?  “My family is fine, we all have a gun for protection”.  Yeah, so far that’s working great for others, especially when a gun owner snaps & goes on a killing spree.

 

All of the music news you need to see.

http://loudwire.com/maynard-james-keenan-working-with-puscifer-too-queens-of-the-stone-age-behemoth-more/

Maynard’s going to be very busy, singing for 3 bands.

You can’t really blame the singer for his voice sounding so much like Robert Plant.  The bassist & drummer aren’t at the Led Zeppelin plateau & the guitarist is guilty for the tone of his guitar & Zeppelin sound alike riffs.  I wouldn’t complain about a band having a similar sound as Led Zeppelin?

I’d rather see a human on stage showing their craft, but maybe that’s just me.  This stuff seems more like a gimmick to me.

http://loudwire.com/bands-that-feature-non-human-musicians/

Another song from the upcoming “Stone Temple Pilots” album

I’m not sure how to feel about this?  “The Birds of Prey” album by “Live” was very questionable at best.  I guess we’ll see if there’s any gas in the tank?

http://scenestr.com.au/music/live-are-back-on-track-at-the-adelaide-500

Baseball season hasn’t even started & the Blue Jays $20,000,000 33 year old short stop is already coming to spring training with a bone spur.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/blue-jays-tulowitzki-progressing-hurdles-await/

 

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I fell asleep to “Into Eternity” the album “Buried in Oblivion” followed by “The Damned Things” the album “Ironiclast”.  Moved to the couch when I woke up at 3 am & listened to “Foo Fighters” the album “The Colour and The Shape”

I’m just doing light exercising today, just to get my leg moving.  To this music “Oasis” the album “Be Here Now”

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Waking up at 3:00 am because your leg is causing discomfort is not cool.  I got up & slept on our couch.  I didn’t want to flop around & bother Kim & our couch is much firmer than our bed, which seems to be a good thing for me.  The exercising I’m doing is very light in order to heal my nerve pain, just get it moving.  Leg lifts, calf raises (holding on to my transfer poll & standing on my toes), my stretches & then walking with my walker when Kim gets home from work.  It’s necessary someone assists me just in case.  I’m more than tired of this nuisance.

 

I have a question & I’d like to hear your thoughts please.  There’s a 20 something year old NFL player.  Every week they get a mandatory day off to do whatever they like.  This athlete chose to fly to Florida I think it was?  He got on a boat with some friends to spend the day on the water.  He put a photo of all of them together enjoying the day on social media.  He showed up the next day for the game.  He’s dropped 3 passes all year.  When he played after a day on a boat he dropped 6 passes.  Was that because of how he chose to spend his day off?  If there wasn’t social media many people wouldn’t know about it, & who’s to say that it, A) Affected his performance.  B) Does anyone know this is how he routinely spends his day off just & doesn’t post a photo on social media?  C)  Why is the team relying on one player determining the outcome of one game?  D)  What do other payers do on their day off?

Is he supposed to go over a playbook on his day off, or should he do what he wants on his day off.  Should he work to live or live to work?  Do you live to work or do you work to live?

 

Lamb of God shared it….

 

2017 “Rocklahoma” festival line up

http://loudwire.com/def-leppard-soundgarden-the-offspring-lead-2017-rocklahoma-festival/

 

Inside David Bowie’s final years

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/inside-david-bowies-final-years-20160127

 

A look at 30 years ago of the best hard rock albums from 1987.

http://loudwire.com/best-hard-rock-albums-1987/

 

David Bowie’s acting

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/david-bowie-on-film-25-unforgettable-onscreen-moments-w459940

Still a really FANTASTIC movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Alter Bridge win best rock album, best rock song, & best rock band at the www.loudwire.com awards.  They’re pushing the boundaries of rock to metal almost with a great singer!

http://loudwire.com/alter-bridge-win-best-rock-band-best-rock-album-best-rock-song-in-the-6th-annual-loudwire-music-awards/

 

These are my 2 preferred versions of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”

Gotta give Jeff Buckley some major respect!  I couldn’t play any of his stuff on guitar.  That being said, I was just good enough to call myself a “guitar player”.  I was a singer that played guitar, mostly to hide behind, my on stage security blanket.

 

Babymetal win 5 www.loudwire.com awards.

http://loudwire.com/babymetal-win-five-honors-6th-annual-loudwire-music-awards/

 

I’ll leave you with that today.  More stretching for me!!!!!

 

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CHANGES (NOT ALWAYS A BAD THING.)

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I fell asleep to first “Candlebox” the album “Disappearing in Airports”, then “Bruno Mars” the album “24K Magic”

I’m just stretching still so this is what will/is playing in the house today “Metallica” & “Diemonds”

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I played baseball from 1984-1997.  When I watch baseball I understand what is going on in each players head.  Every player is considering what the pitch will be, the defense is thinking about what they’ll do when the ball is hit & where they need to be.  So I get that it’s boring for many people.  I admit I wasn’t the smartest player on the team but I tried to keep track of everything that was going on.  It’s a thinking game, then a quick reaction to what’s happening with every pitch.

I played on 2 teams in 1997 High School team & a city league team, mostly at 3B.  I couldn’t hit water if I fell out of a boat.  It’s reassuring to know what the coaches were thinking on my way to the ball park.  “Chris playing 3B batting 9th”.  Very good to know where I’d be for 98% of the time for 2 years.  I did throw my arm out the last year (1997).  When I saw that my boss at the Delta Hotel, & later on a paper supplier were looking for players on the company softball team.  I jumped at the chance to join.  I miss it, so I watch almost every Blue Jays game on TV.  If I don’t see the game because we’re out, I record it & if it’s done I’ll watch Blue Jays in :30.  If we’re going to my parents cabin for a few days or elsewhere I’ll record all of the Blue Jays in: 30 while we’re gone.

I miss being in a rock band also.  I’ve been in 2 or 3.  I was always the singer & rhythm guitar player.  I only sang because I was “The Best of what’s Around”.  I certainly don’t miss gathering my gear, every bass & guitar (3-7 of them), & taking them home at 2:00 am though.  Now I just listen to a TON of music.  Eventually I’ll be playing my guitar it just won’t be on a stage at a bar.

I’ll probably will never play catch again with any type of ball, let alone a baseball.  I’ll never play live music again either.  I can sit around here at some point though & play my guitar though!  Things changed immediately when I came out of a coma.  Maybe as much as everyone changes or maybe more?  Change isn’t necessarily a bad thing!  I highly suggest not changing anything because of cancer, cause WOW, that came out of nowhere for me…………………….BAZINGA!

Those were changes for me & it took me a while to get over the fact that I wouldn’t be able to do them.  I was in the Rehabilitation Center at the time so it took me maybe 2 or 3 years to get over it, but I did.  Along with figuring out how to do other things a different way.  The world doesn’t always change to fit your needs, you have to figure out how you’ll adapt to the world & keep up with everyone else.

 

The real story behind Stone Temple Pilots debut album “Core”, which will turn 25 this year, from guitarist Dean DeLeo

https://web.musicaficionado.com/main.html#!/article/the_real_story_behind_stps_core_by_joebosso

 

UGH, here you go Disturbed fans!

http://loudwire.com/disturbed-live-immortalized-video-reflect-2016-touring/

 

Interview with Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge/Slash/& a future solo album.

 

Carrie Fisher had signed on to do 2 more Star Wars movies Episodes 8 & 9.  What will change here?

http://www.nme.com/blogs/the-movies-blog/carrie-fisher-death-star-wars-1932593?lazyload=0&utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=app&utm_campaign=flipboard_rss_feed&utm_content=nme&utm_campaign=nme-4th-jan-2017-04-01-2017&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

 

Charles Manson has been moved from prison to a hospital at the age of 82.

http://www.nme.com/news/music/cult-leader-charles-manson-taken-from-prison-to-hospital-1934204?lazyload=0&utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=app&utm_campaign=flipboard_rss_feed&utm_content=nme&utm_campaign=nme-4th-jan-2017-04-01-2017&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

 

Line up for the Governors Ball Music Festival

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/tool-chance-the-rapper-lorde-phoenix-lead-governors-ball-w458877

LANGUAGE THAT I’VE NEVER HEARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tool are headlining the festival you know…………………playing songs that are over 10 years old, since they haven’t released anything since 2006.

 

I didn’t see or hear about anything about this New Year fail, I didn’t watch the entire show, I just caught the last few minutes of it.

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/watch-colbert-spoof-mariah-careys-new-years-nightmare-w458884

 

Pentatonix are rocking the Billboard top 200!

http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/7640633/pentatonix-christmas-album-no-1-second-week-billboard-200-chart

 

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HAPPY NEW YEAR…….8 YEARS CANCER FREE FOR ME!

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My sciatic nerve is driving me nuts.  I get up at 8:00 or 9:00am sit around in pain, watch TV, movies, Blu-rays, DVDs, listen to music, & read a bit.  When Kim comes home I’m bored.  I want to exercise & do something productive or just be a regular person for one day with a 9:00-5:00 job or 8:00-4:00 as it was.  Great I survived cancer aka I’m alive that’s the upside, I got really lucky & I don’t take that for granted.  A month & a half wasted because of a pinched nerve????????????????  Ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The year sort of ended the same way it started in that more celebrities passed away?  Didn’t we start the year off with a steady week & a half with a celebrity passing away every day & a smattering of more throughout the year?  Prince, Lemmy, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, George Michael, Carrie Fisher, her mother Debbie Reynolds, etc.?

How rockers reacted to Carrie Fisher’s death, on twitter.

http://loudwire.com/rockers-react-carrie-fisher-dead-at-60/

Other than being in almost constant pain for roughly a month & a half, my break over the holidays was nothing to complain about!  I got to see lots of family from out of town, Tim Wong, a lifetime friend Edmonton as well, Oh & Elka came from Edmonton too.  4 Christmas’s rolled into 9 days.  My family, Kim’s family, a visit with Tim, & a visit with Elka.

 

 

Oh I’m a big fan of his album “Chasing Yesterday” by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.  This should be great too!

http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/noel-gallagher-new-album-everything-you-need-to-know-1921270?lazyload=0&utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=app&utm_campaign=flipboard_rss_feed&utm_content=nme&utm_campaign=nme-22-december-2016-22-12-2016&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

 

Soundgarden shared it, & I love this song, not Johnny Cash’s lame cover of it…….

 

www.loudwire.com awards.  Vote for best video.  Slim pickins for me.

http://loudwire.com/vote-best-metal-video-6th-annual-loudwire-music-awards/

 

I feel old, Hayley Williams, of Paramore turned 28 on December 27, 2016.

 

Another top 25 songs of 2016

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/features/top_25_songs_of_2016.html?no_takeover

I don’t know what it is about “Animals as Leaders” or “Gojira” but something just isn’t right for me?  Both groups are right on the edge for me?

 

Alter Bridge behind the song “You Will Be Remembered”.  With Mark Tremonti doing his solo project, & Myles Kennedy singing on Slash’s solo albums & now that Myles Kennedy has finished his solo album.  They make plans 3 years in advance once a recording or tour is done.

 

Best trash metal albums of the 1990s.  I wasn’t even into “grunge” at the time, so metal had no chance.  This should be news for me too.

http://loudwire.com/best-thrash-metal-albums-1990s/

Took me a while but now I have & listen to Anthrax, Slayer, & Megadeth.

 

10 unforgettable Lemmy Kilmister moments.  LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!

http://loudwire.com/10-unforgettable-lemmy-kilmister-moments/

 

What albums can we expect to see in 2017 based on hard evidence?

 

Big Wreck already has a pre-order for February 3rd

Paramore has completed the recording process for their 5th studio album

I hear that Ed Sheeran has an album recorded & ready to go.

Royal Blood is still in the studio.  LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There’s a ton of rumours going around that we’ll hear a new Foo Fighters album

Soundgarden has plans to release a new album

System of a Down is getting together to write & possibly record if all goes well.

 

Possibly Canadian rockers “Econoline Crush” who have just signed a new contract with a new label who want a new album ASAP?

I’m positive there will be more coming down the pipe in 2017!

 

Lamb of God shared it…….

 

Metallica offer some footage from a few live shows.  POSSIBLE LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://loudwire.com/metallica-official-video-footage-concert-downloads-los-angeles-oakland-shows-2017/

 

Remember JonBenet Ramsey?  Who was found dead & her brother didn’t seem to care at the time?  He seems to care about $750,000,000 now that the CBS documentary pointed that out.

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/jonbenet-ramseys-brother-sues-cbs-for-750-million-over-doc-w458220

 

Randy Blythe of Lamb of God plays Wikipedia fact or fiction.  LANGUAGE!!!!!!!

http://loudwire.com/lamb-of-gods-randy-blythe-wikipedia-fact-or-fiction/

 

Lightsaber vigil for Carrie Fisher.

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/see-star-wars-fans-hold-lightsaber-vigil-for-carrie-fisher-w458246

http://content.jwplatform.com/previews/uO42z6dn-necgKPaX

Yes, I like the Star Wars franchise.  Forget “Episode I: The Phantom Menace” & “carry on…..”  I have yet to see “Rogue One” though

Play along to the rhythm part to this song & be royally annoying to my brother!!!

 

Loud Wire’s top 5 rock/metal albums of 2016

http://loudwire.com/graham-top-5-rock-metal-albums-2016/

 

What the heck?  We almost lost Eddie Vedder & I missed it?

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/pearl-jam-donate-70000-to-man-who-saved-eddie-vedder-w458287

 

10 legendary bands without a platinum album.  I know why!  They’re all punk & metal groups aka all in very small niche markets, a TON of people don’t like this type of music.  I get it, I was exactly the same until the age of 18 or so.

http://loudwire.com/10-most-legendary-bands-without-platinum-album-in-u-s/

 

Here’s a more complete list of musicians we lost in 2016

http://loudwire.com/rockers-we-lost-in-2016-watch/

 

Misplays of the year Jose Bautista vs. Roughned Odor.  This was in May, 2nd Month of the season.

This was in October, in the playoffs.  BEST   SIGN   EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I did it.  I watched my first full game of NHL hockey on December 29th.  Since the most recent strike or lockout, I’ve not watched an entire period of one NHL game.  Probably portions of 7 periods of 7 games in 3 or 4 years.  I watched L.A. Kings vs. my second favourite team the Edmonton Oilers who won 3-1.  Hockey’s not the same as it used to be.  It’s still tough for me to sit through an entire NHL game.  I find the larger ice surface over sea in the Olympics or World Juniors to be a faster, wide open game.

 

I’m still not sold on this group.

http://loudwire.com/skillet-tops-hot-christian-songs-chart-first-time-feel-invincible/

 

Myles Kennedy & Mark Tremonti talk new album & the move to 7 string guitars.

NME’shttp://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/alter-bridge-talk-fresh-solos-and-the-move-to-seven-strings-for-the-last-hero-645929

 

No idea who these bands are, but it’s an interesting podcast to listen too on occasion.  It’s on every 2nd Thursday I believe?

http://loudwire.com/rumblings-from-the-underground-bethlehem-interview-maniacal-violator-blood-tyrant/

 

….and the hits just keep on coming??????????????????????

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/allan-williams-beatles-first-manager-dead-at-86-w458560

 

NME’s top 50 of the year.  I listened to 3 of them & they’re not bad, number 1 is a very good album!

http://www.nme.com/list/nme-best-albums-2016-1869261?lazyload=0&utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=app&utm_campaign=flipboard_rss_feed&utm_content=nme&utm_campaign=nme-21-dec-2016-21-12-2016&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

They did have this on the list which is good also!

 

David Draiman didn’t completely ruin this but there will never be another legendary rock act like “Queen”

http://loudwire.com/disturbed-david-draiman-breaking-benjamin-queen-david-bowie-under-pressure/

 

I was never a diehard fan of Canada’s rock legends “The Tragically Hip”.  For me they were there, very good at what they do, I have 4 of their monstrous catalogue of albums & I listen to them on occasion.  The way they’ve had to end their career is terrible.  The lead singer, Gord Downie, has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.  Raw deal, bad news.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/music/george-stroumboulopouloss-love-letter-to-the-tragically-hip/article33447413/

^^This was written long before hurricane Katrina it was also banned from radio with respect to hurricane Katrina.

 

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Friday night.  We rented “Bad Moms” from iTunes, I guess everyone but me has just turned 97 years old & doing anything after 9:00 pm is wrong so I hit the hay around 9:30-10:00 pm too.  Saturday was more of the same.  We watched “Before the Flood” for free.  It’s a documentary with Leonardo DiCaprio that talks about global warming.  He made a brief appearance on The Ellen Degeneres show to promote the film.  It’s free for I don’t know how long, you can currently watch it for free on iTunes & Facebook from what I know.  No plans for today so far though, Kim’s getting ready for the week & I’m just staying out of her way.

 

Why would you move to the country to eat canned peaches from downtown?  Wouldn’t you move closer to the factory downtown or a supermarket?

 

Another, 4th, In Flames song released from the upcoming album “Battles” to be released on Friday, November 11th.

 

A single from Big Wreck.  It’s on iTunes as a single, I’m guessing there will be a full album eventually?

 

A third Highly Suspect song from their album to be released on Friday, November 18thLANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Pretty much a guarantee from this group.

 

I Mother Earth was playing in Moncton, New Brunswick.  They likely played this song since it’s on the album that was released 20 years ago.  They’re playing every song on that album.

 

How David Bowie Realized Theatrical Dreams on ‘The Man Who Sold the World’

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/inside-david-bowies-dramatic-the-man-who-sold-the-world-w448507

 

This is for you Mastodon fans!

http://loudwire.com/mastodon-tease-new-song-brent-hinds-guitar-solo/

 

Wonder Woman trailer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

This pre-dates my Rush listening.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/rush-ready-2112-reissue-with-rare-tracks-live-recordings-w448768

 

Mr. Anders Friden of In Flames on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/p/BMbKZ3pluZ4/

New album on Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Temple of the Dog, members of Pearl Jam & Soundgarden, kick off tour.  I need to listen to this more often!

http://loudwire.com/temple-of-the-dog-tour-cover-black-sabbath-led-zeppelin-more-watch/

 

This article with singer, Taylor Momsen, of The Pretty Reckless sort of explains why I wrote lyrics without a literal meaning.  There was no “THIS IS WHAT IT’S ABOUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”  Don’t most people hear a song & figure out how it applies to them personally?  That’s why I listen to so much music.  Sometimes I want to think about it & other times I just want to be entertained.

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/music/taylor-momsen-of-the-pretty-reckless-believes-its-unfair-to-the-listener-to-explain-songs-8759094

 

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

 

Obama acts as school teacher to USA citizens who forgot about the right to free speech for EVERYONE!

 

Rockers throwing fans off stage LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Because they can’t do it without language like Obama!

http://loudwire.com/11-rockers-kicking-fans-off-the-stage/

Now out of the venue.

BECAUSE IT ONLY WORKS WITH 47 (F-BOMBS)

I’m not offended by swearing privately, goofing around with friends & such, but there comes a breaking point.  Publically, that’s your choice.  I paid however much to see a show & now the people on stage are calling the paying audience mother&*%$#@^?

 

Tony Iommi’s top 10 riffs

http://loudwire.com/10-best-tony-iommi-riffs/

 

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

 

Temple of the Dog cover Mad Season

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/see-temple-of-the-dog-cover-mad-seasons-river-of-deceit-w448809

 

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