I WAS STRESS FREE………THEN WE DID OUR INCOME TAX

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Exercise total for 5 days. 

500 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

300 Shoulder raises/Chest presses w/ 10 pound dumb bells

900 Crunches

900 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

600 Back flexes

Exercise was really good this week.  Thursday’s weights are usually tough to get through & I take a nap on too many Thursday afternoons, not this week though.  I had pep in my roll, got up early, ate my tiny breakfast, exercised, had a small snack, showered and was editing this post by 10:30 am.  More repetitions with less weight make me more toned than bulky, & eating 5-6 small meals works for me. 

In my 20s until 6 days after my 28th birthday when I was rushed to the hospital by ambulance from work, I was a functioning alcoholic.  15 beer between a Friday & Saturday night was pretty common, followed by 2 beer a night during the work week.  I just drink whatever was beside me.  So now I put water beside me all day with an occasional tea and/or a Bubbly carbonated water.  I guess you could say that going through having cancer saved my life. 

It seems like my annual MRI might be delayed until everyone has had their first shot of a vaccine.  It’s a drive through deal here.  I can’t drive.  I’ve had my 41st birthday already this year, Kim doesn’t turn 40 until October.  Instead of Kim waiting 5 hours twice, I figure I’ll just go with Kim when her age group is due to go, which could be before the end of May?  If I could drive myself this wouldn’t be an issue, I’d take the vaccine ASAP.

I don’t know what the rest of this year will look like until we figure out how much we can pay to income tax in a month’s time?  Could be manageable or terrible?  I’m guessing I won’t be ordering a guitar this year & that’s OK with me, I just got one!  I also know that we won’t be house hunting next year.  I’m gonna cut some grocery treats out & keep going fairly minimal on other things as I have been.  The entire paying back taxes ordeal “…wears me out…”

This nails my reasons for a modest amount of guitars that are different in shapes, styles, tunings, scale length’s, & string width.  It also explains how guitar shopping too much & many other things are not a “good thing”.

Learning theory on guitar should not be this fun!  Already in 2 weeks I’ve created a couple of guitar parts to add to the one I made sometime last year.  I’m not going to record them but I’ll gladly show my brother when this virus thing is over so his band can use them, if they want to.  I wrote lyrics, not music.  What’s the worst he’ll say?  “No”.

In order to soften the blow on this income tax ordeal and still enjoy quality made guitars.  These are both in with the PRS S2 McCarty 594 while the Schecter Tempest becomes a plan B should something be discontinued. 

You’d think a less expensive guitar would please Kim?  Not the case.  I got a “What for?”  I’d be more than happy with these in my arsenal of guitars for the variety of sounds at a MUCH lower price.  Price matters of course but more importantly is does the person playing the instrument like it?  From the reviews I’ve read & heard, I’d be surprised if I didn’t like them. 

The Schecter Tempest seems to be a great guitar.  My buddy has a Schecter & my www.youtube.com guitar guru says it’s a great guitar.  The problem is that it’s not Canadian, it’s more money than I should be considering especially now, & it’ll likely sound very similar to the Godin radiator.  There are different Godin guitars that are in the style of a Stratocaster but they’re more expensive than the Tempest.  So cosmetically I’d pick the Tempest, but sonically I choose the Sterling Cutlass with some high end guitar appointments often found at a much higher price point.  It’s tough trying to be responsible while being irresponsible!

I figure that with this income tax ordeal, I’ll just save for the PRS S2 McCarty 594 and see if it’s still around when I go to order it?  If it’s not I’ll see if the other 2 are around or see what similar but less expensive options are out there.  Might as well “Ease my mind” about the future.

This PRS S2 McCarty 594 truly has no affordable plan B.  This is a definite must have and hopefully available for the next purchase!

These decisions make me feel much better in our current situation, & overall in general.  More variety that maintains the quality at a significantly lower price.

In a better world I’d have this…

Upgrade/replace the Sterling Cutlass with this guitar https://godinguitars.com/product/passion-rg-3-indigo-burst-mn

Upgrade/replace my Squier Starcaster with a DG-335

https://reverb.com/ca/p/gibson-dave-grohl-signature-dg-335

Upgrade/replace my PRS S2 custom 22 semi hollow with this new Core PRS Special semi-hollow guitar[C1] …

Upgrade/replace my future PRS S2 McCarty 594 with this pretty Core version…

…& buy 1 of these 2 guitars

https://www.schecterguitars.com/guitars/custom/tempest-custom-vwht-1-detail

https://www.jacksonguitars.com/gear/shape/dominion/pro-series-signature-mark-morton-dominion/2912626521

All of this is if I had the money, while keeping my first 3 guitars, the Ian Thornley signed Telecaster I received from a great friend while in the hospital & keeping the future purchase of the Godin radiator.  Of course finding a wheelchair accessible house in Regina too.  Of course I’d love to have the 4 members of “Alter Bridge” sign a PRS, 5 members of “Lamb of God” sign the Jackson Dominion, & the 6 members of “Foo Fighters” sign the DG-335.  Kim would have 3-6 high end digital camera lenses for her photography hobby.

It’s far from a perfect world though.  Right now, it could be a LOT worse.  I guess that’s 2 upgrades to replace some that I have, 2 upgrades to replace future purchases & 1 other guitar.  I even like my 7 string, I’m just not a 7string player and that’s why I plan to sell.  If we were ever in a financially great situation I’d be giving my brother and other family & friends the less expensive guitars, donate to 8 charities annually off the top of my head, we’d make sure our parents are comfortable.  If we were filthy rich we’d look after as many people as possible.   

With all of that being said, that’s not “…the world I know…” I like what I have & my 3 future purchases & I’m very fortunate for EVERYTHING & EVERYBODY in my life.  We need to start buying lottery tickets.  Until we win the lottery, that’s my “Wishlist”!  Fun to dream.

What happened to the #BlackLivesMatter movement?  The problem was never resolved but people just stopped having peaceful protests & talking about it in general.  Are we just waiting for more Asian/Americans to be killed to start an #AsianLivesMatter movement?  Now that there’s a vaccine for Covid-19, there’s been 2 mass shootings in the USA in 2 weeks.  I don’t hear much talk about that & I don’t see peaceful protests on the news.  Does this mean everyone’s OK with it?  Don’t take away guns, make it only legal if registered, only hunting/non-automatic rifles, & not allowed in public.  You don’t need a gun to go to a spa, restaurant, hotel, school, or anywhere but hunting with a one shot rifle!  Is the only way to stop gun violence putting EVERYONE on house arrest?  I’m far from perfect & always will be but at least I’m trying.

Even now with T**** gone, I’m here in Canada thinking “What the H.E. double hockey sticks is going on south of the border?”

Sure I stopped drinking alcohol at the end of January or “one week” into February, so it wasn’t long ago.  Gotta start somewhere though, it wasn’t a problem after cancer.  I had cut back quite a bit to save money for my rekindled love of guitars, so I figured I might as well just stop.  It’s also nice to be completely sober, “…I don’t like the feeling of being out of control…”

Our brother-in-law is eyeing up a Jackson Dinky guitar.  Kim’s sister googled it to see what it looked like!  I hope she just googled Jackson guitars!?  Anything else could potentially bring up some questionable photos?  I don’t know which one he’s looking at but here’s the selection on the website…

https://www.jacksonguitars.com/gear/shape/dinky?sort=new

This clip was just HILARIOUS & needed to be shared for a good laugh.

After my exercise is done for the day, I’ve spent my time this week practicing theory stuff, playing my newest addition A LOT, & practicing 2 of the numerous songs I left off part way through learning them.

If you’re reading this or not I’ve had breakfast & completed my exercise for the week.  Now I’ll have a small snack, shower, pour myself a cup of tea, have my 2nd liter of water while practicing guitar.

The new “Evanescence” album ‘The Bitter Truth’ was released at midnight eastern time.  I haven’t listened to it yet because I’d fall asleep through any album & my hacker has taken control of my iPod rendering it useless as I expect most wireless devices to be.

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We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 


 

COLD I WAS JUST SO COLD

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I think I figured out why I get SO nervous/anxious when filming myself playing guitar.  I’ve played live to 12 people & 500 people.  Sure I was nervous at first but after a song or 2, I was the most relaxed on a stage playing to 500 people live.  Why?  More people I see a bigger crowd not 500 individual faces.  Playing to a cell phone camera, I have no idea if 3 people will see it or 200?  500 people yelling at me live, I have no idea what they’re saying individually.  10 people commenting on social media, I’ll see who says what & I worry about being perfect and tense up.

I used to talk a lot, now I’m very quiet.  I’m self-conscious about the clarity of my voice & there’s very little breath behind it.  I’ve also found that with being quiet I can learn more.  That’s a good reason for me to keep quiet.  If everybody’s talking, who’s listening?  I am, so I can learn about others or whatever the topic is.  For me, learning is listening & listening is evolving.  If I stop paying attention to the conversation, I won’t learn or evolve.  If I know something about the topic I’ll speak up although I prefer not to.  So when I go into a conversation I ask questions and I’m not afraid to be the least knowledgeable person in the room.  It’s weird that now at the age of 41 I have a thirst for knowledge?

I was “ice cold” all day Sunday.  I didn’t sleep well Sunday night because I was so cold.  When I got up on Monday I was out long enough to have breakfast & crawled back in bed still freezing.  We usually have the heater turned off during the day & forgot to turn it on Sunday night.  I didn’t get up to exercise until after 1:20 pm on Monday.

Our light fixture is back up as of Sunday from last week when the roof started leaking. Now the house is really starting to resemble as a house and not a dumping ground.

I have a plugged sweat gland in my armpit at the moment, I’ve had one in the same spot 3 or 4 times in my life.  It’s much like a HUGE zit in your armpit.  As it gets bigger it gets very sore when I try to raise my arm.  Once it gets big enough it forms a white head to lance with a needle & drain.  I think the “first time” I got one was in the late 1990s?  I immediately thought “Oh my God, I have a tumor in my armpit!”

Monday was not new guitar day for me.  I’m assuming it’s because of Covid that the shipment of guitars to the store have been delayed.  The store’s website now says in stock on March 15.  Not much anyone can do about that.  This is what I traded in my guitar in for on my birthday in January.  It should arrive on March 15…

I watch stuff like this & just get confused.  I start thinking “Ah crapé, now I have to think.”  I swear he is the happiest metal head I’ve ever seen.  He’s REALLY happy all of the time so that’s nice to see!

I believe I’ve played a real Gibson Les Paul in a store before.  My first guitar I got on my 21st birthday was a Les Paul made by a company called Tradition & its great!  They’re typically a heavier guitar at around 9 pounds.  The weight never bothered me since I didn’t know anything different.  I played my Les Paul all of the time.  I used my Epiphone Explorer live 3 times, then one song every show because it was in a different tuning.  When I think of an electric guitar, the shape of a Les Paul instantly pops into my mind.

I have a hacker watching EVERYTHING I do digitally, I haven’t been receiving the vast majority of my Facebook notifications.  So I don’t have much pop-culture stuff to put on here & no big updates on my cancer.  Knowing this hacker aka someone with WAY too much free time, I’m almost positive this will be deleted from the post.

This hacker has only done stuff to me as far as I know?  I don’t get many Facebook notifications, my www.youtube.com feed is screwed up, my website is not working, I can’t share posts, files disappear, I get weird friend requests from strangers, etc.  I’m not sure what this person wants from me and I likely don’t have it.  If they want to mess with my stuff so be it.  I just hope EVERYONE reading this is left unharmed.

“Evanescence” has an album coming out on March 26th called “The Bitter Truth”.  I’m more intrigued by this album, than having a desire to buy it.  Hello streaming!  I only have 3 of they’re albums.

People my age know who they are, this was a radio hit on rock radio in 2003, from their debut album released in March of that year.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

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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Chris             

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

“PATHETIC” WEEK SO FAR/IRON MAIDEN

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I fell asleep to “RUSH” the album “Clockwork Angels”

I exercised to “Evanescence” 2011 self-titled album.

 

 

This week has already become disappointing exercise wise.  Monday was laughable at best.  Forgot to take my pills until the wee hours of the morning when I realized my error, aka I didn’t fall asleep until after I took my pills, NOT GOOD!  Wasted day!

Tuesday was more of the same although I slept, well other than the 3 times I woke up to pee. I still eat the same stuff & drink about a gallon of water a day.  I just slept in & still didn’t have any energy at all.  Despite it being a relatively quiet weekend also.

What have I learned from this?  40 isn’t that far away for me, but 36 is aka don’t fool yourself into thinking you can do the same thing you did 3 years ago, I’m getting a little older.  My whiskers will remind me until I shave!

Got up today had some energy, a minimal amount so I figured I’d just add an extra repetition or 2 to each exercise.  WOW!  “Stupid is as stupid does”-Forrest Gump.  It was hard enough to just keep my eyes open.  I was able to do some extra reps on 3 of my 4 exercises.  Could be worse, but I would like it to be better.

I am very hard on myself.  I am often my worst critic until someone tells me I’ve let something “fall through the cracks”.  I should just say “It’s on my 327 page list of things to do” or “Thanks for reminding me!”

 

New “Foo Fighters” album a possibility in 2020!!!!!!!!!!!!!  WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

https://loudwire.com/taylor-hawkins-foo-fighters-new-album-2020/?fbclid=IwAR1b-Rq2E3zh7mnQ8tT7SAjBT5ZleW3u1qc6NVb1JGIQN-U7ryhs9A96lU0

Here I come!

I couldn’t agree more whether there’s a woman performing on stage or in the audience, show some respect & self-control!  Everybody’s at the same show to have a good time, not to be harassed!

https://www.kerrang.com/features/ive-been-kissed-touched-grabbed-and-licked-at-our-own-gigs-why-sexism-in-rock-needs-to-stop/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR1kBcMHPyCs_2A-tpj-6iVML1s9hLG1OHINQH6wiXwxHPpSUuYlHLk-PRg

Favourite riffs the guys from “Alter Bridge” learned as they grew up & others from today!

https://loudwire.com/alter-bridge-mark-tremonti-myles-kennedy-favorite-riffs/?fbclid=IwAR0YF99gPW1h-MDEx77y9728q2rfHK57DelJOmV1k6y8XYIndt7R8vPdYSE

DO NOT READ SPOILERS FOR SPIDERMAN FAR FROM HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Basically Spider-man’s out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Sony wouldn’t agree to a 50/50 split, which was way more than they were getting before.  “Thanks Sony you’ve ruined another great thing!” – Me

https://screencrush.com/marvel-sony-spider-man-split/?fbclid=IwAR00aXVZLijpCv2ntfuvxLJA804CxVVhuqh31ZJerHXmSNZXlUsqNPQhjNM

I finished watching the TV series “The Newsroom” & WOW!  I don’t remember seeing awards or accolades for it.  Over the 3 season, you’d assume the minimum should have been 4 each season if not more.  How is Jeff Daniels not offered a script to EVERYTHING???????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

 

IRON MAIDEN

I was rather tardy in buying this one.  I guess it was released in 2015.  This is a group most metal fans can agree on.  Iron Maiden & Metallica.  Their latest album, which they are just kicking off the tour for, is called “The Final Frontier”, I also find it to be one of their top 5 albums out of the 16 I own, all studio albums with one double album of greatest hits.  This entire album is REALLY good!  I highly recommend it to any Iron Maiden fan!  I’ll give you a small sampling of the album…

 

2015   THE FINAL FRONTIER

The song Trivium played over the P.A. system before they took the stage that everyone there sang along to!

 

The Toronto Blue Jays are pretty much where I expected them to be.  With all of September & a couple weeks of August left in the season, they’re at 52W-75L.  I figured by the end of the year they would have 65 or 75 wins.  At this point I’m pretty close I think.  They desperately need decent pitching though, to improve next year.  Remember this is a rebuild in motion.

 

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

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

Everyone is a global citizen,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

CANCER IS NOT GENETIC?/MATCHBOX TWENTY

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I fell asleep to “Foo Fighters” the album “Concrete & Gold”

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

 

My family was told, in 1999, that cancer is not genetic, WHAT?  Why were my mother & my aunt told to get regular mammograms after my grandmother died of stage 2 breast cancer?  My grandmother died of breast cancer, my grandfather died with cancer everywhere, my aunt died of breast cancer, & I got stage 4 brain cancer.  Odd that 4 people on my mother’s side of the family, including me, all had cancer since it’s not genetic?  Tell me another story, preferably a non-fiction story, because I’m not buying this one.

My grandfather died near the end of my time at the Wascana Rehabilitation Center.  Oddly enough he was just around the corner from the room I was in of the Pasqua hospital.  My grandmother was there as well in 1999.  Other than my aunt, 3 people in my family have been there.

Grandpa was full of cancer & had Alzheimer’s.  I often wonder if Alzheimer’s was why he never said anything about his health or if he felt anything wrong?  The nurses & doctors were FANTASTIC there.  So please don’t think that I’m putting any blame on them.

3 brain surgeries, & my odds of coming out of a coma were 5% – 15%.  4 weeks later I was awake.  I got really lucky!  1 week of an induced coma & 3 weeks of me being in a non-induced coma.

I’m assuming that with new technology they may now have found that it is genetic?

 

New “Evanescence” in 2020?

https://loudwire.com/evanescence-new-album-2020/?fbclid=IwAR1MOhP7sbMyl9VYe1da68et7ym11w-4YTdBzshFzYvxrtDXj1VpnU4ayE8

System of a Down news.  New album from the group stuck in limbo for now.

This is VERY impressive from a 9 year old!

This is only my personal opinion.  TV streaming sites are great.  The actors don’t complain about being under paid.  I’m not sure where the money comes from, but I’ve never heard an actor complain about their lack of payment.  They’re not complaining, neither am I.  Here’s the second part of this topic.

Yes, I used Napster for a bit, & torrents later on.  The albums I got from torrents, I actually bought CDs for most of them, if not all of them.  Now Apple will not allow any CDs or third party files on their music player.  Why?  Most musicians are complaining about not being paid for their work.  Remember when the U.S.A. government was shut down & federal employees weren’t getting paid.  Why was that so terrible, but nobody seems to care about musicians getting paid?

I use iTunes & pay the for each $9.99 album.  If I had the money & physical space I’d buy vinyl.  Do I ever dream of being of being a working musician?  I used to, but not if I bring in pennies for music & depend on people buying merchandise, oh & that cancer thing too.

Musicians aren’t retail sellers at a clothing store, they make music.  Somebody will see this & say “They charge so much for a concert ticket though.  That’s why I stream music.”  That’s fine if you prefer to stream it or not, that’s a personal decision.  When you use the price of a concert ticket as a reason for streaming, you’re telling me you have or will see every concert by every musician you listen too?

 

MATCHBOX TWENTY

I have 2 of their 6 albums.  Good albums, but total 90s generic radio rock with a lot of pop thrown into the mix.  I was a teenager in the 90s.  This was the music that was right up my alley at the time.  Even though I may not listen to it much, Matchbox Twenty were a BIG part of my musical upbringing.  I did get to see them live on one tour that passed through Regina.

 

1996   YOURSELF OR SOMEONE LIKE YOU

 

2002   MORE THAN YOU THINK YOU ARE

 

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL

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I fell asleep to “The Watchmen” the album “Live & in Stereo”

I exercised to “Paramore” the new album “After Laughter”

100 crunches, 50 leg lifts, & 30 pushups per day.  Weekly total is 500 crunches, 250 leg lifts, & 150 pushups. I won’t be raising the total of crunches for a while (as much as I’d like too), leg lifts will increase, & the pushups have already increased by 10 a day.

All of these numbers feel very low to me at the moment.  I feel like I can & should raise the amount of reps because I know I can do them.  I agree though to carry on with caution.  The leg lifts work on my lower ab muscles which the crunches don’t activate & they’re done lying on my back, at some point I’ll ad the lifts on my hands & knees.  I’ll ad some back flexes next week.  Flat on the ground, front side down, then lift all of your limbs at the same time.  Probably 10-20 of them.

Although it feels like I should do more, it feels good to do something productive, no matter how much I do.  Sitting around with a bad back is something I do not want to do again!

 

If you’re here strictly for the cancer news, that’s all I have for you today.

 

Guitar gear heads, guitar geeks, & A Perfect Circle fans unite!

https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/25685-rig-rundown-a-perfect-circle

 

Amy Lee has plans for “Evanescence”!  They’ve been quiet for years, at least to me.

http://loudwire.com/amy-lee-evanescence-synthesis-album-orchestral-tour/

 

Metallica is set to tour the USA

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/live-reviews/metallica-kick-off-tour-with-larger-than-life-spectacle-w481822

Yep, Metallica’s set list included.

 

Muse will release a new single May 19th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From their Facebook page      “Dig Down” new single coming 19th of May”.  I hope this means a single from an upcoming album?

 

New video from the album “Battles” by “In Flames”

 

Speaking with Apple Support has been FANTASTIC!  I’ve called twice and both times have been awesome!

 

New Linkin Park album next Friday also!  Sounds like a very mellow album!

 

Prince estate accused of fraud.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/universal-accuses-prince-estate-of-fraud-seeks-to-end-deal-w481868

 

Tina Fey joins The Ragtime Gals for the current Bruno Mars single on Jimmy Fallon

 

Foo Fighters announced a hiatus for 2016 & had fun announcing it with this video announcing it.  My question is, one finger on a keyboard sounds like a TON of chart topping pop music.  So I guess that’s what the masses want.  Call me old, 37, but does anyone actually relate to current pop music?  There is good pop music out, for me it’s not the top 10 stuff.  If I had to choose one current pop artist to listen to it would be Bruno Mars or Ed Sheeran.

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

 

Can this movie be saved?

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/reviews/peter-travers-snatched-almost-worth-it-for-schumer-hawn-w481123

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

 

Long article with Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge.

https://www.axs.com/interview-alter-bridge-s-mark-tremonti-talks-songwriting-touring-and-m-118472

 

 

Let me paint you a picture.  8:30 am, me loading the dishwasher, washing the hand wash dishes, all the while blasting the new ‘Paramore’ album.  In black shorts, & a black ‘Lamb of God’ T-Shirt.  I never said it was a pretty picture.  I just thought it was an odd moment.  I haven’t had a good concentrated listen of the Paramore album yet, so far I quite like it!

5 reasons people hate Lamb of God.  LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

20 best SNL political sketches

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/lists/20-best-saturday-night-live-political-sketches-w481607

http://content.jwplatform.com/previews/8OdcO6DL-necgKPaX   Video link

 

I think synthesizers are making a comeback some bands use them for good, & some bands use them for evil, like on “Tom Sawyer” by Rush

 

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IS IT FRIDAY YET?

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I fell asleep to “In Flames” the new live album “Sounds from the heart of Gothenburg” then “The Pretty Reckless” the new album “Prisoners”

I exercised to “Into Eternity” all 5 albums on shuffle

I had to fill my pill cases & I put on “Third Ion” their 2nd album “Biolith”

 

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Yes, I got up shortly after 6:20 am did my exercises, achieved my exercise goals, showered of course.  Filled my pill cases & once this is done I’ll be free!  My mother’s coming over for coffee.  That will be a nice break in the day for me.  I wasn’t nearly as tired today as I was yesterday.  Somewhat sore though.

I was incredibly tired Monday & Tuesday!  Maybe it’s just because I increased my exercises or that it’s the fall season?  “My mind says go & do this, my body says no”.  I’ll be 37 on January 30th, who the heck ever thought they’d be that old?  My body is screaming “SLOW DOWN DRIVER!!!”  My mind says “HURRY UP YOU NINCOMPOOP!!!!”  When I sit down to rest, I feel guilty & that I should be doing something.  At the same time I’ve probably just drained the tank…………………………..no  I don’t pee my pants……………….wrong tank!

I ordered the physical copy of “In Flames” on the Canadian amazon site.  It came with a DVD or Blu-ray.  It was released I think on October 1st.  My mother has next day shipping so I asked her if she could order it for me.  The Blu-ray had a ton of region restrictions, so I ordered the DVD which had no restrictions.  Unfortunately the DVD had the same restrictions, they weren’t on the website.  The parcel was delivered yesterday since it was shipped from Germany.  I would have got it on iTunes, but it’s not on Canadian iTunes.  Luckily my father has a DVD player from overseas.  I’ll have to email him.

 

I don’t watch “Horror” films, I’m not a big fan of Halloween either.  Seems to more effort for little gain or I’m just lazy?  Consequence of Sound’s Masterpiece review of the movie “Halloween”

 

Did Trump just ruin free speech for everyone?

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/free-speech-might-be-another-victim-of-this-election-w446753

 

”Third Ion” shared it…..NOW THAT’S A DRUM KIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

SNL plans a pre-election show!

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/saturday-night-live-plots-pre-election-special-w446822

 

I don’t understand the regional settings on www.youtube.com?  I can watch “The Daily Show” on TV but I can’t play the video of the show on www.youtube.com to put it on here?  It tells me “this video is out of your region”, weird?

 

Another “Alter Bridge” behind the song.

I gotta say I listen to this album more than you think.  Good thing “Foo Fighters” took a year off.  However “Big Wreck” may be releasing an album in the near future?

 

“Guns n’ Roses” bass player & keyboard player at a Seattle Seahawks game.

http://loudwire.com/guns-n-roses-members-national-anthem-12th-man-flag-seattle-seahawks-game/

 

I guess “Evanescence” is still around.  I think I read a few months ago they’re going to release another album?

http://loudwire.com/evanescence-amy-lee-wikipedia-fact-or-fiction/

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

IT’S GOING TO BE A LONG WEEK

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I fell asleep to “The Agonist” the new album “Five” followed by roughly ½ of “Collective Soul” the album “Disciplined Breakdown”

I exercised to “The Beatles/Cirque de Soleil/Dancing with the Stars”

 

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Kim’s home today, her back is still quite sore.  It’s good to have her here, just not under these circumstances.  My body totally did not want to exercise today, but I did it anyways, while Kim was on the floor icing her back & watching “Dancing with the Stars”.  At least it was “Cirque de Soleil” The Beatles music version?

 

I woke up Monday morning thinking “AHHHHH, it’s Friday!  Crap it’s Monday”.  It really happened that fast.  I was happy for 1 second & sad the next, oh well!  I’m feeling good despite a nasty cold going round & I’m starting to actually enjoy doing my exercise.  Yeah, I’m turning into one of those people?!?!  I sleep less because I don’t want to start “Wasting Light”.  “Get up and be awesome” as our throw pillow says!

 

Didn’t everyone sort of forget about “Evanescense”?

http://loudwire.com/amy-lee-evanescence-future/

 

“Soundgarden” wrote one song that confused fans.  Oh, my.  “Holy “Black Sabbath” Batman!”-Robin

 

Why change it now?  It was just as racist when they named the franchise, along with many other sport franchises, even recent expansion sport teams.

http://www.rollingstone.com/sports/washington-redskins-trademark-appeal-denied-by-supreme-court-w443144

If they change the name of this team, they will have many more to change.  Chicago Blackhawks, Cleveland Indians, Ottawa Red Blacks, Florida Panthers, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Browns, & probably more that I can’t think of?  As a Canadian should I be offended by Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs, or Montreal Canadians?  Why not have a protest when they were naming these teams?

 

Lamb of God shared it…..

 

Say what?!?  A face eater?!?

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/florida-face-eater-charged-with-murder-w443236

 

Ben Stiller has been battling cancer for two years?

http://www.nme.com/filmandtv/news/ben-stiller-reveals-battle-with-prostate-cancer/418660?utm_campaign=nme-4th-october-04-10-2016&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

 

New Taylor Swift album?  I do like her 1989 album.

http://www.nme.com/news/taylor-swift/96863?utm_campaign=nme-4th-october-04-10-2016&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

 

…and nothing’s all that different for brothers Liam & Noel Gallagher when they were creators of the machine “Oasis” in the 1990s!

http://www.nme.com/news/liam-gallagher/96849?utm_campaign=nme-4th-october-04-10-2016&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

 

Oh, but Trumps running for President, that’s not fair.  Boo Hoo!  Wait I’m in Canada, I don’t care, because I can’t really change what happens in the USA?

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/trump-foundation-ordered-to-stop-fundraising-by-n-y-attorney-generals-office

 

A field guide to millennials.  “I ain’t with it”

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/lists/a-field-guide-to-millennials-w443173

I may be pushing 37, but this album is flat out catchy to me!

 

Wild card game tonight for the Blue Jays.  Do or die tonight.  Winner plays Texas, loser goes home…………..with nothing.

 

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Stay safe out there,

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres