MY FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF 2019 & A BREAKTHROUGH FOR ME

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I fell asleep to “Queen” the album “A Day at the Races”

I exercised to “Black Sabbath” the album “Heaven & Hell”

 

I had a list of albums that I grabbed this year, & it disappeared.  These are the albums of the year that stuck with me & are VERY memorable for me.  When I say “metal” do me a favour & don’t freak out about the vocals.  I don’t think I bought an album this year with ‘growling’ or ‘screaming’ on it.  A lot of metal vocalists are very well trained at their craft, even the ‘screamers’ out there.  It’s hard to do that.

I’m sure there were more albums that I bought, but these are the ones that caught my attention the most.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER THESE ARE JUST THE ALBUMS THAT I HEARD & LIKED.  FEEL FREE TO VOICE YOUR OPINION ON ANY MATTER HERE!

 

“Opeth” the album “In Cauda Venenum”

Yeah it’s a progressive rock/metal/soft-rock album from the Swedish group.

 

“P!nk” the album “Hurts 2B Human”

You know who she is more than likely.  I do like her previous release “Beautiful Trauma” a bit more, but there was nothing wrong with this one!

 

“Dream Theater” the album “Distance Over Time”

Progressive metal out of the USA, no this guy doesn’t growl or scream.  He’s a classically trained singer.  Usually someone says “metal” and everyone else freaks out about the vocals being scary.

 

“Alter Bridge” the album “Walk the Sky”

Based in Florida.  6th album & living in Western Canada, I’ll never see them live.  I think they’ve done the Montreal & Toronto tour twice since 2004.

 

“I Built the Sky” the album “The Zenith Rise”

Instrumental metal that REALLY shocked me, in a good way.  I’ve never heard anything like it and this is their 5th release.  I’ve got this album & I’d like to get 2 other albums by them.

 

“TOOL” the album “Fear Inoculum”

The only reason this wasn’t my favourite album of the year was that it’s just SO long.  “TOOL” is a band that you listen to & focus on nothing else, like most music is meant to be heard.  There are so many layers to this album & 6/10 songs are well over the 10 minute mark.  I’ve only had time to focus on it once.  It’s not an album full of singles either, it’s an album.  “Fear Inoculum” is roughly 7 minutes longer than their 1999 album “Lateralus”.  The difference is that “Lateralus” has 13 songs opposed to 10 on “Fear Inoculum”.  I can listen to 7 songs on “Lateralus”, come back later & listen to the rest.  I don’t like doing that with “Fear Inoculum”, I want to listen to it from start to finish with no separation.  I don’t have 1 ½ hours to focus on an album every week?

 

“In Flames” the album “I, The Mask”

Another Swedish metal band.  If you want to call these vocals “screamy” go ahead.  They’re called a “Swedish melodic death metal band” emphasis on the ‘melodic’ portion though.  He sings with an odd tone.

 

“Big Wreck” the album “…but for the sun”

I thought this was just my favourite “Big Wreck” album, turns out it’s one of my favourite albums of all time by a Canadian band not well known outside of Canada.  They’re a rock band & if you’ve never turned on a rock radio station in Canada or if you’ve lived under a rock since the late 1990s, you’ve never heard of them.

Honourable mentions. Billie Eilish’s “When we all fall asleep, where do we go?”, “Of Monsters & Men” the album “Fever Dream”, Mark Morton “Anesthetic”, & “Jimmy Eat World” the album “Surviving”.

As for future out of province concerts, I’m going to scale that WAY back.  Too much money I don’t have.  There had better be a show in Calgary, Alberta or Winnipeg, Manitoba & no more than 2 out of province shows a year, if that.  Hopefully there are more shows here in Regina or 2 ½ hours away in Saskatoon.  I’ll go to Moose Jaw (45 minutes away) if they ever get an act that intrigues me.

 

“Paramore” news…

YAY!

What else to expect in 2020?  Chevelle, Lamb of God, Megadeth, The Pretty Reckless, Stone Temple Pilots, Into Eternity, Third Ion, Foo Fighters, Evanescence, Testament, Trivium, and more?  Most of these are rumored releases.

 

HOLY SMOKES!!!!  “Stone Temple Pilots” already have a preorder for their acoustic album “Perdida” for full release on February 7th.

25th anniversary for “Foo Fighters” & from the looks of their Facebook page they’re recording or might have already?

Gave my guitars a good workout yesterday.  After 3 ½ months of 45 minutes to 3 hours a day, 5-6 days a week I’m pretty much back to where I was on guitar when I got sick.  6 Foo Fighters songs down, added in parts I’ve never attempted, very close on 2 Metallica songs, a few other simple songs down, new chords, a handful of other riffs too.  All rhythm & hooks, I’ve never played guitar solos.  Feels so gratifying!!!!!!!  I forgot how much I missed it!  You have no idea how happy I am with this!!!!!!  I was so happy I almost broke down with tears of joy!!!  Just a few seconds behind the real tempo but just a little more polishing to do.

I’ll figure out how to put some videos on here.  Something you should know first though.  I LOATHE photos, videos, and audio recordings of myself.  Take the amount you don’t like them of yourself and multiply that by 100,000,000,000 and you’ll be almost where I am.  It probably won’t happen often, especially since I don’t own a phone or any type of camera.

Well, exercise is done for the day so that means perfecting a few songs on the guitar until… “Star Wars” Episode 9 tonight with my pop!  He got me into this mess with VHS, now I’m getting us out of this mess at the theater!

 

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WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 18, 2019 (HOLIDAY UPDATE)

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I had no intension of taking a break, exercise wise, over the holidays.  I changed my mind after the week off in November.  My sleeping pattern does not like all of this stress.  So I was awake half of the night Sunday, slept in Monday, felt lazy & tired ended up doing nothing.  Went to bed at 9:30 pm Monday night.  Got up to pee at 2:40 am, couldn’t fall asleep.  Got out of bed @ 3:20 am and did some stuff in the kitchen quietly.  Felt really tired around 8:30 am, crawled in bed.  Showered, had lunch & it was 2:30 pm.

All of this is not good for me.  My mind hasn’t known how to relax in the last 3 years or so, & it’s getting worse.  When I was in my rehabilitation program I was severely depressed & was put on an anti-depressant/sleeping pill to combat the negative thoughts in my head so I could sleep.  I’m not having negative thoughts now, I just feel like I have so much to do, but my body doesn’t want to keep up.  With the house being listed, its holiday season, & I put stress on myself to get as much done in a day as possible, I’m tired, a bit grumpier than usual & generally feel like I’m just wasting days by not exercising.

I hate having our house listed.  I’m physically handicapped with no driver’s license but when someone wants to see our place, Brewster & I have to disappear for the 30-45 minutes someone’s here.  Much easier said than done.  My parents are in town until they go on a trip about a week in to the New Year.  Then Kim will have to get us out of here.  With her being on contract, she doesn’t like to take time off since she doesn’t get paid if she’s not at work.  With all of that going on I’m more stressed than ever.  I’m not depressed or crying (like I was in my Rehab program), however I do feel anxious all of the time.

I guess we can add the fact that my brother has another surgery coming up shortly after Christmas.  The first one wasn’t enough.  I worry about him too.  He had back surgery for bone spurs on his shoulders that were causing his arms & hands to go numb at random times, 5 months of disability & some of that doing physiotherapy.  He went back to work for 2 weeks of shortened shifts & he’ll be heading to Saskatoon for a 2nd surgery, this time through the front of his body, because the numbing sensation came back.  Between my dad, mom, brother, & I, we’ve all had some type of surgery.  My parents have both had eye surgeries, mom’s had one knee replaced & soon another, my brother is dealing with his back surgeries, & I’ve had 3 brain surgeries.

As for the house being on the market, at this point I’ve lost all hope of the stars aligning for us to sell & find a new (wheelchair accessible) place in Regina in our price range.  They’re completely gone at the moment.  Our contract is up on December 31st.  I told Kim “Do what you want.  I’m out, I’m not looking.  If I need to disappear, that’s not my problem.  I figure we could be here for 5 more years, & I just don’t care.  We have nowhere to move to.  The entire reason we put this place up for sale was for a forever home that sold 3 weeks after we hit the market.  The contract at that time was to remove our place from the market if our dream house sold, & it did.  I’m out.  I’m not going to stop you or our realtor from looking, I’ll willingly see a house you find, but I’m not searching for something that is likely not there at the moment.  I’ll start house hunting online again in March”.  We’ve lowered the price once & that’s as low as its going.

As of today it is 6 years to the day that we moved into this condo.  Nothing wrong with this place, we’re just much younger than the average resident here.  My parents are young & I’m guessing they’re younger than the average person here?  I’d like to move, but I don’t see things working out for us in the near future.

We signed our mortgage papers at the bank on Monday, my name is on it but Kim handles the money here.  I saw what our mortgage payment is each month, & I’m thinking that guitar I was going to order is better off at the factory.  Kim disagrees still?  I don’t know what I was thinking to begin with now.  I cancelled my football tickets for next year, which is what I’d prefer to happen in for many different reasons, then wanted to buy a really nice/moderately expensive guitar?  The guitar’s still up for discussion despite me having a decent portion of the money already.

Everyone’s Christmas gifts have been purchased & are wrapped under the tree.  That stress is over.  What’s bugging me now is that I have possibly 30 years of exercise to cram in ASAP.  Even then I’ll likely be using a walker.  I’m disappointing myself.  Especially if I’m sitting around, doing nothing but thinking of what I need to do.

As for eating & drinking over the holidays, not much has changed in that department.  We drink store bought non-alcoholic light egg nog.  I occasionally put it in the few coffees I have a week & I’ve had 2 glasses of ½ egg nog, ½ skim milk, with a shot of Kahlua.  After the 8(?) Holiday sweets I’ve had so far, I’ve determined they just make me feel sick & I don’t need them.  So I’m basically still drinking a minimum of 3 liters of water a day, 2 eggs a piece of fruit & homemade vegetable juice for breakfast, lettuce wraps w/Turkey deli meat for lunch & a small meal at supper.  I also have 3 small snacks a day.

In the spirit of trying to help people out I’m helping a couple people learn guitar with me.  I know what to do, just have to get my left hand used to it again.  No I’ve never charged anyone.  I was ‘teaching’ two friends before cancer, so I figured I’d help a couple people out again.  I don’t charge anyone because A) They’re friends/family   B) I’m just a singer that learned guitar to be more comfortable on stage, my knowledge is very limited.  I’m happy to say that I can tell that there’s progress every day.

I was always a rhythm guitarist, but I’ve been doing mostly individual finger exercises & different scale patterns on the guitar to strengthen my hand.  It helped!  Things are getting much better!  Figured out the main guitar riff for this, wasn’t able to play it before cancer, I probably didn’t try enough.

Right hand rhythm works fine, left hand fretting needs some work, but it’s getting there!  More guitar practice as things are becoming more familiar with it.  Practice on the acoustic then play it on the electric.

One good night of sleep & today I got up on time, had a good workout and was able to manage my time better!  I plan to keep exercising next week, it will likely be a day or 3 of shortened exercise, 25th & 26th anyways.

 

What have I been listening to?  Pretty much anything but Christmas/Holiday music.  Still just not ready for it?

 

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HAPPY FATHERS DAY/DREAM THEATER RE-REVIEW

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Testament”, “Wide Mouth Mason”, “Nothing but Thieves”, & “Dead Sara”

^^This guy fed me the urge to continue singing after high school.  Still one of my favourite songs.  Dave Grohl made me want to play guitar & be in a band.

 

Tried to watch the entire Toronto Blue Jays game Friday night, couldn’t do it.  I ended up watching some of “That ‘70s Show” on Netflix & “The Newsroom” on crave.  I might as well have been watching CNN while watching the Jays.  I was screaming at the TV, just like I do watching Trump fumble things constantly.

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

Our new Toyota RAV4 should be in this week!  I still don’t like that we’re purchasing a new vehicle, when our current is a 2014 Santa Fe, that we’ve had no issues with, but it’s a new vehicle, I am excited about it!

Saturday was a day game in Houston for the Jays.  They didn’t win of course, Houston is currently the best team in baseball, and it was well played game by the Jays, a team full of mostly rookies or players that have been to MLB to fill a spot when needed.

Kim wanted ice cream……………..again.  She went out earlier in the day to the Farmers market to get some fresh vegetables.  She also bought me some new slippers that look more like runners.  We went out for some ice cream & I had found a girly movie she’d like.  We watched the movie, “Five Feet Apart”, then I watched an episode of “The Newsroom”.

Chick flick wasn’t terrible though.

Kim went out for a run this morning & picked up groceries.  I just finished making my vegetable juice for the week.  Eggs are next.

 

14 years ago on June 14th Foo Fighters released the double album “In Your Honor”.  1 disc of 10 rock songs & 1 disc of 10 acoustic songs!

Thank you “Grunge”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

50 rockers that have been in multiple bands

https://loudwire.com/rockers-multiple-successful-bands/?fbclid=IwAR2KN0cunZmeekmaDF6mC-P4Bxjai5GfjOs7itsLogqMBdFy7uFnV-mNI1o

To add to that off of the top of my head.  Josh Homme “Queens of the Stone Age”, “Kyuss”, “Them Crooked Vultures”, & “Eagles of Death Metal”.  John Paul Jones “Led Zeppelin” & “Them Crooked Vultures”.  Paul McCartney “The Beatles”, “Paul McCartney & Wings”, & “Paul McCartney”.  All of the singer/songwriters in “The Travelling Wilburys”, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, & Jeff Lynne.  Dave Navarro “Red Hot Chili Peppers” & “Jane’s Addiction”.  Many, many more.

 

If Trump doesn’t believe in aliens what on earth does he need a ‘Space Force’ for?

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/president-trump-ufos-848650/?fbclid=IwAR35vJNcZB2Ta6oTEx9RYt-_UJ9BOAe7URE3V6VjyyURGS8T1tuxdhCk9wM

One person to record a LEGENDARY album!

Probably better to keep him in the dark, isn’t he always in the dark, until he’s impeached or arrested.

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/pentagon-trump-cyber-attacks-on-russia-848695/?fbclid=IwAR337dbTBlmwrCq20V8IU4QgbAHeHrsjLHHKZO3PShz0sJm1i-G8-_2Qobw

 

DREAM THEATER RE-REVIEW

The most recent release from them deserves another review.  It’s a really great album but I don’t seem to listen to it very often.  I thought I would but I tend to go to “Systematic Chaos” from 2007 or earlier releases like “Images & Words” from 1992, or the 2 albums that were released while I was in the hospital.

 

2019   DISTANCE OVER TIME

 

2013   DREAM THEATER

 

2009   BLACK CLOUDS & SILVER LININGS

 

2007   SYSTEMATIC CHAOS

 

1992   IMAGES & WORDS

 

My brother got into them before I did.  He was watching a few concerts on DVD that I thought were OK.  Then they released “Systematic Chaos” and I was all about Dream Theater.  Every day at work I’d listen to that, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Greatest Hits & a sports podcast.  That would take up 6 or 7 hours of my day.  Left me sometime at the end of my day to chat with co-workers.  Of course I’d take my earbuds out to chat throughout the day as well.

 

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

WEEKEND UPDATE/AEROSMITH

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Music throughout the weekend.  “In Flames”, “Lamb of God”, “Dream Theater”, “Elton John”, “Billy Joel”, “Candlebox”, & “John Mayer”

 

I went to Winnipeg this weekend for my great aunt’s 80th birthday.  I rode with my parents late Friday.  We got there at about 12:45 am.  Stayed at my cousin’s condo.

The birthday was on Saturday from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.  Then we went to my other great aunt & uncle’s place for a BBQ & adult beverages.  We had to stay late due to the tremendous torrential down poor of rain “Well I guess this means I should have another rum & coke?”

My dad has 3 cousins around my age in Winnipeg from my great aunt & uncle that hosted the BBQ.  2 of them are older than me & one is a year younger me.  It was great to see my 2nd cousins & significant others, as well meeting or seeing their kids

Again it was shortly after midnight when we went back to my cousin’s place.  Great time seeing everybody though!

Unfortunately I didn’t get to see much of my cousin we were staying with.  She was cleaning the barn where she keeps her horse.

Whirlwind trip but well worth it!

 

What?  Sarah Silverman sings with “Walk off the Earth” for their cover of “Video Killed the Radio Star”

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/sarah-silverman-and-walk-off-the-earth-record-video-killed-the-radio-star-in-new-video-818437/?fbclid=IwAR2i7nNUs-2pN95Q6Ya9ZcsVZj547Idp8_ZmLqYHIy3TyfshjblgnfAy87E

 

 

AEROSMITH

I’m not a huge “Aerosmith” fan, but I do like a few tunes from them.  I have their album “Big Ones”, a greatest hits compilation that I changed a few songs on iTunes.  Kim & I went to Boston in 2007 & had supper at the “Boston Hard Rock Café”, one of those moments where I was reminded they’re based in Boston.  Well here are a few songs of theirs…

 

1994   BIG ONES

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

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

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Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

EXERCISE WEEKLY TOTAL/GENRES?

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I fell asleep to “Into Eternity” the album “The Sirens”

I exercised to “Foo Fighters” the album “Wasting Light”

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

 

I hate doing exercise as much as the next person.  Eating healthier is not a big deal to me.  I will say it’s a bit more expensive though.  Nobody hates walking, right?  Now that it’s way more work for me, I don’t care for it much.  I loved going for a walk on a fall evening on my own.  I don’t really miss that, but sometimes I just like the fall air.

I don’t look like I exercise as much as I do, & that’s a fact.  My parents are impressed by how physically strong I am though.  That was good to hear from my mother yesterday.

Yesterday Kim didn’t even have to hold on to me or my walker, she followed close behind though.  I don’t enjoy practicing walking when she gets home.  I’ve already exercised in the morning.  It’s a necessary evil in my mind.  I’d much rather sit or lay on the couch until she gets home, help with supper & forget about going walking.  We’ve gone walking more than last year, but it’s not much really.  Time to make it part of our routine!  This is again more quality than quantity.

I can tell by Thursday that my body is getting tired.  My arm exercises become very difficult.  Some days it feels like immediately after my 39th birthday my body just shut down & said “NO!  No more of that!”  I’m gonna keep going though, “somethings gotta give”, & it will not be my body!

 

The new “In Flames”, “Mark Morton”, & “Dream Theater” albums are ruling my world since they were released.  “In Flames” will be in in my top 5 albums of 10 for the year.  There will be new albums from “Alter Bridge”, “Big Wreck”, & “Tool”, if they’re not lying about it?

A follow up to these albums…

This single is out for purchase.  I assume it will be coming with the album preorder?

 

COUNTRY MUSIC?

I’m not about to rant about my dislike for most country music.  I’d like to know why some are considered country music & others aren’t?  Why does everything have to fit in a perfect spot/genres?  Why is it that these acts are considered country music?

The following groups I have seen on CMT, for these specific songs & I don’t know why?

After all of that, why isn’t the following considered country music?

Why not call all of these acts Contemporary Music & leave it at that?  There are so many sub genres in metal it’s ridiculous, speed metal, thrash metal, death metal, black metal, progressive metal, power metal, nu metal, alternative metal, etc.  When someone asks me “What kind of music do you listen to?”  I reply “Rock & metal for the most part.”  For me, metal is just called metal.

I’m not a fan of multiple sub-genres.  There’s rap, pop, country, rock, metal, electronic dance music, instrumental, classical, reggae, operatic, hymns, acoustic, contemporary, & world music (from other countries).  I don’t like sub genres, just the proper genres/main genres.

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres         

WEEKEND UPDATE/ THE MAYFIELD FOUR

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Music throughout the weekend.  “In Flames”, “Mark Morton”, “Dream Theater”,

I did get 2 albums from iTunes on Friday morning.  I’m done for the month of March on iTunes, unless Big Wreck has a preorder date for their new album soon.  I got “In Flames” the album “I, The Mask” & “Mark Morton”, Lamb of God guitarist, who had a different guest vocalist on each song on his solo album “Anesthetic”.  First gut reaction, all 3 were great purchases for me.  The “Mark Morton” album would be the weakest out of the 3 but still a FANTASTIC album!

When I’ve listened to them a few times I’ll do a review on them.  As a first reaction, they’re both great.  Then you throw “Dream Theater” into the mix with albums released last year & the year before that & my music selection is AWESOME for me!

My cousin is in town for a week & I’m anxious to see her!

I slept extremely well Friday night.  Woke up to pee twice but fell asleep after with no problem at all.

Saturday, was Kim taking photos as homework for her photography class.  After that we watched some “Grace & Frankie”.  I rented “Blackkklansman” afterwards.  Great movie, but Kim hit the hay 2/3 through the movie.

Once Kim is done grocery shopping, I’ll start making my juice & hard boiling eggs.  I woke up just before 10:00 am.  I thought it was Monday & I had wasted my day, then I heard Kim in the kitchen & asked “Kim, what day is it?”  She replied that it was Sunday, I started putting away my exercise clothes.

THE MAYFIELD FOUR

I know I did a Myles Kennedy post, but this is the band he fronted before “Alter Bridge”.  They were a 4 member band from I don’t know where in America?  I saw them once in 1999 I think it was?  The line-up in order was “The Mayfield Four”, “The Watchmen”, & “Big Wreck”.  The Mayfield Four came onstage & I remember that the entire time the singer/guitarist, Myles Kennedy, had his left leg bouncing to the rhythm for each song.  That’s likely when he laid down the inaudible background singing part for the 2nd “Big Wreck” album on one of the songs.

The Mayfield Four only released 2 albums with only the 2nd album available on iTunes.  I must’ve bought the 1st album at the show….

 

1998   THE FALLOUT

 

2001   SECOND SKIN (On iTunes)

LANGUAGE!!!

 

Alter Bridge are writing their 6th album right now & still when I tell people, I’m often asked “Who?”  Their Facebook page says “AB VI coming soon” with a photo of them together in a small room.  They initially said they’d get together to write in April?

 

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EXERCISE WEEKLY TOTAL/DREAM THEATER   (Distance Over Time)

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I fell asleep to “Lacuna Coil” the album “Broken Crown Halo”

I exercised to “Reignwolf aka Jordan Cook” from Saskatoon his first full album that I’m undecided if I’ll purchase.  “Hear me Out”

 

5 day exercise total.  I actually lowered 3 totals too much, the numbers are wonky this week.  There will be regular numbers for each exercise next week….I hope!

220 pushups, 600 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 220 tricep lifts, 340 squats, 300 back flexes.

Pushups & tricep lifts are done on Tuesdays & Thursday.  Everything else is on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays.

 

Some might think I’m scared of being dead, not so.  I am sacred of how I’ll die though.  Even though I was told, long after the fact, that my cancer would’ve likely came back in 2013.  That obviously didn’t happen, thank goodness!  I exercise a lot but there’s not much to exercise my brain with.  Other than baseball & word search puzzles.  I’ll likely get some actual puzzles in the near future.

Kim has taught me how to use our stove & oven, I’m still a little iffy with our pressure cooker & I’ve never used our popcorn maker.  I’ve got microwave popcorn until that day comes.

I’m not mentally handicapped, just physically handicapped.  If I need my wife to teach me how to use an appliance I just ask, or try to figure it out on my own if it won’t burn me.

 

 

The DC movies are trying to fix the DC universe.

From what I’ve been told, the next season of Criminal Minds will be 10 episodes for the SERIES finale.  My favourite show on TV.  15th & final season

Modern Family was supposed to end after this, it’s 10th season but they’re not done.  There will be an 11th season.  I’ve heard that it will also be a 10 episode season.

Skip to the 5:00 minute point in the video.

I’m more than anxious for this album to be released!  That will make 6 fantastic albums for me this year!

Why do I prefer iTunes in comparison to streaming music?  Here’s a few reasons.  I prefer to own my music.  I believe that if anyone has done something for you or something you appreciate, they should be paid.  A song is made by the artist who pays $100s if not $1000s to book a studio & a producer to record just 1 song, the song will then be sold for a fraction of a cent, iTunes isn’t much better though, I can buy a 10 song album for $9.99.  Streaming music might be the real issue.  Jack White of “The White Stripes” stated a few years ago that he has limited funds & can’t afford to tour as much.  More bands/artist need to have money to go on tour.  If they’re not selling their albums, how are they supposed to go on tour?  Finally, it just doesn’t feel right.  I had a ton of music that I downloaded illegally & didn’t feel right about it & ended up buying the CDs & iTunes files for these reasons.

I do like the album “The State” by Nickelback that was released in 2000.  I don’t hate their music.  If Nickelback is playing over the P. A. system in a restaurant or bar & it’s a song I don’t like, I’ll wait 5 minutes for something else to come on.

 

DREAM THEATER   (Distance Over Time)

This is probably the first band that comes to mind for metal fans when they hear the words “progressive metal”.  They released their 13th studio album on February 22nd, 2019.  Reminds me of older Dream Theater stuff with the exception of being just under 1 hour long.  Their last album “The Astonishing” was really not very good.  34 songs as a double album.  I think they went for more quantity than quality on that one?  This new album “Distance Over Time” is much more familiar to fans of the group, in a good way.  Familiar but also new & refreshing.

The singer doesn’t growl or scream.  He’s a classically trained singer with a great voice!  They’re all classically trained actually.   Here’s a few songs from this new album….

 

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Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres         

THINGS I USED TO MISS, BUT NOT ANYMORE/TOOL

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I fell asleep to “Dream Theater” the album “Distance Over Time”, followed by “Metallica” the album “S & M” (Symphony & Metallica)

I exercised to “Audioslave” the S/T album, followed by “Halestorm” the album “Vicious”

 

Yep, back to exercises this week.  I actually lowered 3 totals to make sure I’m getting everything proper & the results I would like.

I had a temporary Physiotherapist, an older lady who was very nice.  She asked me if I was a body builder, I just laughed & replied “Hahahahaha, far from!”

 

2 things & walking isn’t one of them.  I do miss playing baseball but I quit after the season in 1997.  My arm was ready to fall off, playing 3rd base on 2 teams.  I got a call one night to play with the A level team, I was on the B level team.  I declined since I was a useless hitter & I had a team practice that night.  Company soft ball was fun though.

I don’t miss playing guitar & singing, sort of.  I don’t miss the 2:00 am nights on the weekends when I load up my car full with my amplifier & guitars, & then return home & unload it all in the wee hours of the morning.  If I was famous enough to have a roadie do the heavy lifting, I might feel differently about that.

I do miss sitting at home, singing & playing my acoustic guitar just for fun.  Kim even mentioned once that she missed me doing that around the house.

I know my Grandfather, on my mother’s side of the family, couldn’t understand why my brother & I were playing this type of music or what we got from making our music.  We didn’t play metal, but we listened to some of it.  I can’t do any type of metal scream, before cancer or now.  I never had a “desire” to do so.  There were so many other people that trained to do those type of vocals.  We played heavy rock music, but listened to more metal stuff.

 

Affleck is out as Batman/Bruce Wayne.  Now the rumours start.

Ideally I’d love to see Christian Bale reprise the role!  John Hamm would be a graceful transition from Ben Affleck.

No, I didn’t watch The Oscars.  I own “Black Panther” & “Bohemian Rhapsody” I just want to see “Blackkklans Man”.  “Green Book” won for best movie.  Never paid any attention to it.  People will say to me “Oh, you need to see it!”  What, will I die if I don’t see it?  That’s the only time I ‘need’ to see any movie.

This was funny in the 1990s when David Letterman caught wind of the gas station owner, Dick Assman, in Regina.  Now SGI won’t approve a novelty license plate that says ASSMAN on it?  Did everybody lose their sense of humour?  Would this be allowed in the USA?  The current President says things that are questionable at best.

 

TOOL (NEW ALBUM THIS SUMMER, MAYBE?)

4 guys based in L.A.  The drummer, Danny Carey, is a part of the Mensa organization.  Guitarist, Adam Jones, worked as a special effects worker for film & TV, he now does Tool’s album art & videos.  All I know about the bassist, Justin Chancellor, is that he is their 2nd bassist & I believe he’s English.  Singer, Maynard James Keenan, owns 3 or 4 dojos, has a black belt in a martial art, owns & operates a vineyard in Arizona, & sings for Tool, A Perfect Circle, & Puscifer.

They seem to enjoy teasing fans with false information about any release they may have coming.  They aren’t metal, rock or anything else.  I’d just call them a progressive music act.  The rhythms are tribal almost, REALLY good

Tool is not a band that you’d just tap your foot to.  Very minimal 4/4 time rhythm.  Maynard doesn’t scream, he will shout on key, & he is a very good singer, not showy but does what is needed for the song.  He prefers to think of his voice as another instrument in the band.

In their live concert set up, the drums & Maynard are in the back while the guitarist & bassist are near the front but on the sides of the stage.  The majority of their songs titles & lyrics are meant to be double – entendre.  Such as songs called “Prison Sex”, “Stinkfist”, “Aenima”, etc.  This is meant to provoke the listeners mind.

They’re quite private & very smart in not telling their fan base when an album will be released or anything more than fans need to know at the moment.  Their catalogue started with an EP & carries on from there….

 

JUST ASSUME THERE IS LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

 

1992   OPIATE

 

1993   UNDERTOW

 

1996   AENIMA

 

1999   LATERALUS

This song match’s the Fibonacci sequence.  1+1+2+3+5+8+13+21+34+55+89, etc.

 

2006   10,000 DAYS

 

Somewhere in there is a limited edition EP with a VHS of videos.  I got into Tool later on & had to download it as a torrent, after searching many pawn shops.

 

SALIVAL EP

 

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Chris

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WEEKEND UPDATE/HIGHLY SUSPECT

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Dream Theater”, “Queen”, “Alter Bridge”, & “Lamb of God”

 

I forgot to mention this.  This past Thursday Regina won the bid for hosting The Grey Cup in 2020.  Tickets are expensive & it will be cold.  The home town Saskatchewan Roughriders had better make it to Canada’s Super Bowl!

We finally watched the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody”.  FANTASTIC movie, well done without much invasion into Freddie Mercury’s private life.  I do wish they showed the writing & recording of “Under Pressure” with “David Bowie” though.

Saturday was pretty quiet her.  Kim was working on her photo assignment.  I was clearing off the DVR.  Made it to Netflix in the evening & started watching “Murder Mountain”.  I watched 4/6 episodes & I’m still not sure if it’s a documentary about marijuana or the hundreds of people that go missing every year in some type of “Bermuda Triangle” in Humboldt County, California.  I will say it’s very interesting though!

 

DREAM THEATER RELEASE ON FRIDAY.  I’ll point out my highlights at a later date.

This is the first Dream Theater album without a song at 10:00 minutes or more!  I would listen to my iPod at work.  Dream Theater’s album “Systematic Chaos” & Lynyrd Skynyrd’s double album of “Greatest Hits” & that would take up 5 hours of my day.  One earbud in my ear & the other down my shirt so it wouldn’t get caught in the press.  Then maybe a sports Podcast or the mind numbing sound of the press’ through my protective noise cancelling ear muffs.

Juice is made, eggs to hard boil, & likely watch the biggest talent show for the movie industry.

 

HIGHLY SUSPECT

I believe it’s 3 guys based in New York.  They have 2 albums out.  The 2nd album was a sophomore slump if you ask me.  The singer also must find it tough to write any lyrics without using profanity.  Over the course of 20 songs spread over 2 albums there are 4 songs without profanity.  I’ll give you 5 songs in total, 3 from their first album & 2 from their 2nd album.  They’re supposed to be releasing a new album this year at some point.  I’ll have to hear it before I buy it, if I buy it?  I really like the first album though!

Just assume there’s LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

2015   MISTER ASYLUM

 

2016   THE BOY WHO DIED WOLF

 

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

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres