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

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

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

Stay safe out there,

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

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EXERCISE CHANGE (A bit)/IOMMI

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I fell asleep to “Foo Fighters” the album “Sonic Highways”

I exercised to “Halestorm” the album “Vicious”

 

Monday was a BIG no!  No exercise, my body needed a break.  Tuesday was the day to start doing things the right way.  Saturday & Monday I did eat my regular healthy breakfast.  Monday was healthy eating all the way through, Sunday wasn’t.  We found a new hard ice cream place, which we visited Saturday & Sunday.  Not healthy in the least, but worth every spoonful.  “Dandy’s” on a service road just off of South Albert Street.  Kim wanted ice cream again last night after we looked at a few Toyotas (I don’t know where she’s finding this money)?  I think we’re going again tomorrow?

So we stopped at “Dandy’s” for ice cream after 2 minutes I broke after saying I didn’t need anything.  “She said” to me “We’re here & you’re not going to have any ice cream?”  Then about a minute & a half I said “OK twist my rubber arm”

While I was getting my massage on the weekend, the therapist asked me about my exercises.  So I told her about them & she suggested using weights instead of putting so much pressure on my wrists.  I called Kim on Monday to see if she had time to pick up some dumbbells on her way home.

Tuesdays & Thursdays are now weight exercises, lil’ yoga, & LOTS of stretching.  Yeah, all of that still takes me a little more than an hour.  I leave the weights on the floor by the couch, & I’ll randomly do more on my weaker arm, the left arm.

 

Not your body.  So why do they need this law?  Is this how they do things in “Game of Thrones”?

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/poll-pro-choice-support-increases-840698/?fbclid=IwAR2-ld5Bz9fE9WzfId1kf07EyIuEtZwoxt9oUMyz5yA-XbdWfpZvMl62LR4

I want to see this movie, almost as much as I wanted to see “Bohemian Rhapsody” which didn’t disappoint one bit!

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-reviews/rocketman-movie-review-elton-john-biopic-840775/?fbclid=IwAR2-L0W0LSdHXDQQSZ86QSbR3-tU5cEac0ZfL__o8OiqNR0w-_k3XdlOybg

My iPod classic (160 giga bytes) still works & still has a bit of digital room on it.  This seems to be even better than the iPod classic though!  I’d be into this when my iPod dies!  Anything that makes it a cell phone will not be activated though!

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/apple-newest-innovation-ipod-841080/?fbclid=IwAR1d1k6INe2lRzPhQJgMZnyyciqypsgAFwlHNKdzp0FZiUImNN-euB-MbL0

Big Wreck is really pushing their 2nd single from their new album.  Maybe a preorder date on Friday????  Please, please, please, please……

 

IOMMI

Yes the Tony Iommi, the guitar player of “Black Sabbath”.  He did a solo album with a different singer on each song, some guests played an instrument for the song they appeared on for vocals.  Apple should get their act together since this album is a long ways away from already being out of print & not on iTunes or Apple Music.  I own the CD since I bought it when it was released.  This is 1 of the 8 CDs I own that are nowhere to be found now.  “Oh, but streaming & downloading sites have everything!”  In a perfect world they should, but streaming &/or downloading sites don’t have everything, neither do I, just the stuff I bought at the time.

Anyways, here are a few tracks from this FANTASTIC album.  Yes I bought it because Dave Grohl sang & played drums on a song!

 

2000   IOMMI

 

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/THE DAMNED THINGS

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4 day exercise total; 000 pushups, 200 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 0 tricep lifts, 300  squats, 200 back flexes.  Yoga & stretching for just over an hour on Tuesday & Thursday.  No arm stuff this week, those muscles are incredibly sore.

I fell asleep to “Pink” the album “Hurts 2B Human”

I exercised to “Metallica” the album “Master of Puppets”

 

Please know that I wasn’t an angry monster this entire time?  I bawled a lot while in the WRC, my frustration & anger got to the point where I’d send any random person that didn’t agree with me a nasty email or private message.  The frustration, anger, & stress took over again in late April.  As for now I’m feeling better by just admitting publically that it’s all on me.  I can’t wait to see a professional & start dealing with my issues, & having so many people not tip-toe around me in case I blow up.  I was never that person before & I REALLY don’t want to be that person again, EVER!

I may exercise quite a bit, so the physical side of cancer can easily be worked on.  The mental side I’ll have to have assistance with.

I had a routine Cancer Clinic appointment late Wednesday morning.  Different Doctor that has never seen me before.  My doctor is away until this summer.  No cancer & nobody called me fat!

The doctor asked what I did for exercise since it came up.  I told him part of my workout schedule & he just stopped me & said “Well now I feel bad”.  I told him it wasn’t that big of a deal, I don’t have a job, therefor I have all the time in the world to exercise.

He went on to say that many people who get cancer often wonder “Why me”?  I did that for quite a while until I realized & wrote this before, “Why not me”?  I’d rather be on the inside of the story than on the outside looking in & wondering/worrying if things will workout?

 

22 years ago on May 20th 1997, Foo Fighters released “The Colour & the Shape”.  The next, 3rd, album “There is Nothing Left to Lose” inspired me to pick up a guitar & teach myself how to play it.

https://loudwire.com/foo-fighters-the-colour-and-the-shape-anniversary/?fbclid=IwAR0zS1Ibfx3BMN8fuWD-k1V6kZ6Npg9ZHNWNL9mArHTmdhE8uagit05dLSg

What will be coming out this year & is already recorded!  Alter Bridge, Big Wreck, Chevelle, Sum 41, & Tool, so they say.  Here are the tracks these bands have released from their new albums.

Why is Hollywood continuing to feed us reboots?  It wasn’t a musical before for a reason!

https://ew.com/theater/2019/05/17/back-to-the-future-musical-2020-premiere-date/?fbclid=IwAR3nwwbRkIEb2gbLTDgp4w3YEoyQZ4-IoMhXsddh_7hoHKK2dHSTprNkOKg

We don’t have enough time for me to describe my feelings towards Spotify.

https://smartmusicbusiness.com/order-form-28185599?fbclid=IwAR0GdUhRRn_ncA7S9C1p7x87ISz1TsvSMwWuiGHM0BJ2VDcDlC8Wya1VSo4

23 years ago Tuesday, May 21st.  Soundgarden released the album “Down on the Upside”

What does a heckler get out of messing with a person that has a microphone?  Nothing!  Only that now EVERYONE knows who the heckler is!

The best of “Lamb of God”?  I already have all of their albums?

https://music.amazon.com/playlists/B07HXQS7YY?ref=dm_sh_d735-c32a-141a-de91-8b77e&fbclid=IwAR0eK_IW3JGrKaBnC8tIWTUmZEBn_TV5OpH6GuGM6myEhztVm1n-4ChplQg

Long article/interview with Ozzy Osbourne

https://www.kerrang.com/features/ozzy-osbourne-its-like-a-heavyweight-fight-every-night-for-me-i-want-to-go-out-and-knock-the-crowd-out/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR38URyu1zPhkZJbuPDeIvTPzGqu888MsDOcYFv3C9uYjqRca9TYOFYZ6g4

 

THE DAMNED THINGS

This group is more of a side project for the 5 musicians that are already in different bands.  Guitarist Scott Ian from “Anthrax”, the 2 lesser known members of “Fall Out Boy”, the 2nd guitarist & drummer.  A singer & bassist that don’t ring a bell for me.  They released their 2nd album at the end of April.  WOW sophomore slump.  The first album was great, nothing like the 2nd album at all.  I don’t like calling out a band on a bad album.  I preordered it so that’s on me.  Neither of their albums are really metal, they’re more of a hard rock vibe to them.  I’ll give 2 songs from each album.  Maybe the 2nd album will grow on me?

 

2010   IRONICLAST

 

2019   HIGH CRIMES

 

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/MENTAL HEALTH/THE AGONIST

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5 day exercise total; 200 pushups, 600 leg lifts, 450 crunches, 150 tricep lifts, 450  squats, 300 back flexes.  Yoga & stretching for just over an hour on Thursday.  Today, YAY no water pressure.  Kim walked out the door for work & the water pressure died within 10 minutes.

I fell asleep to “Big Wreck” the 20th anniversary of “In Loving Memory of…”

I exercised to “Foo Fighters” the album “The Colour & the Shape”

NO POST UNTIL MONDAY.  LONG WEEKEND, SEE YOU THEN!

 

When I do my exercises I always try to at least hit my goals, if not exceed them.  By the time Thursday rolls around, I’m very tired.  My muscles on top of my shoulders are sorer this week than last week.  I’m not doing arms next week, 2 days of stretching & yoga next week.  I felt fine, started with my tricep lifts on Tuesday & almost cried in pain, I finished doing 150 of them, then my 200 pushups.  Pushups were fine.  Maybe yoga, stretching, & 200 pushups next week?  I am SO ready for the weekend.  My shoulders are killing me!  I took a muscle relaxant in hope of getting rid of this pain.  I have to make sure I can take certain medications with my regular pills.

All of these pills make me feel old.  I’m going to see a psychiatrist for my depression, not a psychologist.  A psychiatrist will chat briefly & prescribe medication.  I don’t think more pills are what I need.  As much as I don’t like talking about my mood or emotions, that’s probably what I need.  The first thing I’ll tell the doctor is that I would like to not have more pills.  The pills don’t seem to be helping much, if at all.

 

There’s supposed to be a TON of new albums out this year, yet only 7, 4 albums I had no clue about, have been released & I know of 3 that are in the mixing process.  Where is the new “Chevelle”, “Lamb of God”, “Anthrax”, or “Megadeth”?  “Tool”, “Big Wreck”, & “Alter Bridge” are done recording & now mixing.  I’ve got 2 standalone singles from “Big Wreck”.  I hope there is a bit of time between the releases.  I like to give each album a concentrated listen or usually 5 good listens to it before saying anything about it.  I had no clue about “Pink”, “The Damned Things”, “Sum 41” or “Devin Townsend” so those were pleasant surprises!  “Sum 41” won’t be released until mid-July.  Right now “Pink” & “In Flames” are my favourite releases of the year so far.

The 3 in mixing at the moment are the 3 albums I’m really anxious to hear, “Tool”, “Big Wreck”, & “Alter Bridge”.

I know all of this exercise is beneficial.  Right now I’ve got a “…beefy arm & a wing-a-ling….” Beefy on the right arm & wing-a-ling for my left arm.

I use my right arm mostly, my left arm shakes quite a bit.  If I go to fill my water bottle & get a glass of juice.  The water bottle has a lid so I carry that with my left hand, the shaky one.  The glass of juice will be in my right hand.

Did everyone catch the series finale of “The Big Bang Theory”?

 

THE AGONIST

A metal group from the province of Québec, Canada.  I own all of their 5 albums.  I bought their first album on CD when it was released in 2007.  They’re fronted by a female, in 2007 & now.  I think the original singer was replaced for the 4th & 5th album, I know she was replaced but I’m not sure when?  Both were capable of doing death metal vocals & singing.

I saw them on Much Music on the show “Loud” that I recorded since it was on at 3:00 am or some ridiculous time.  They’ve released 5 albums in total, the first 3 are no longer available on iTunes?

 

2007   ONLY ONCE IMAGINED

 

2009   LULLABIES OF THE DORMANT MIND

 

2012   PRISONERS

 

2015   EYES OF PROVIDENCE

 

2016   FIVE

 

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Stay safe out there,

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“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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Stay safe out there,

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MENTAL HEALTH UPDATE/DEVIN TOWNSEND & DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Pink”, “The Damned Things”, “Foo Fighters”, & “Big Wreck”

 

Moments after I posted Friday’s blog, I got a call from an office regarding my mental health.  I now have an appointment scheduled for June.  That’s the earliest they can get me in.  So things are moving but at a snail’s pace.

Friday evening I watched the Toronto Blue Jays game.  The 20 years & 1 month old much talked about Vladimir Guerrero Junior’s 1st big league game.  He even got a standing ovation for grabbing a slow foul ball & tossing it to a fan in the crowd.  Toronto must be a boring place?  That or that fans have been hearing about his offense since he was signed at the age of 16.  He went 1 – 4 at bat.  After a day of interviews, a press conference & then a baseball game.  I’d just want to go home & go right to bed, at whatever age.  Toronto fans in Toronto at the games should probably dial back the energy & let the guy play?  I have never heard of that much enthusiasm for any player EVER.  Calm down, he’ll play again tomorrow.

More baseball on Saturday during the day & today.  Kim’s setting up the place for a photo shoot today.  We went for appetizers & a couple of drinks at “Tommy’s Speakeasy” on Saturday evening.  My brother & 2 other guys from their band were playing acoustic cover songs.  I spoke with one of the volunteers that I’d see in the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) program I was in.  Brief but good to see him.

Today is the 3rd & final game with Oakland in Toronto.  They get Monday off, then 3 games in Anaheim then 3 games in Texas.  Kim has a photo shoot in the afternoon, & I’ll be boiling eggs & making my veggie juice for the week.

 

Sting on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/sting-walking-on-the-moon-tonight-show-jimmy-fallon-828247/?fbclid=IwAR0FVskmFACAMbDbAnI1g0hhd6BvU51ioNzXnRDOQngaAtluAD3yPSOfL74

Jimmy Fallon is the bee’s knees!  Get it………Sting…bee’s………oh gorsh I’m old!

Jimmy Fallon & Paul Rudd recreate their 1980s video!

No, I likely won’t see these 3 movies in the theater.  Brewster has intense anxiety separation issues, unless there is somebody around to take care of him.  My brother & I might go to Avengers: Endgame this week, we’ll see?

 

DEVIN TOWNSEND & DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT

He’s an unknown metal musician from B.C. Canada.  He’s unknown outside the metal listeners.  He recorded “Lamb of God” their album “As the Palaces Burn” album.  At the time the some of the members of “Lamb of God” had no clue who he was?  He was asked to mix the album & replied “Are you kidding me?  NO!”

He’s been around for quite a while as the singer & guitarist for “Strapping Young Lad”, “Devin Townsend Project”, & just released a solo album on March 29th.  His brand of metal is weird.  It’s like ambient noise or a Disney song with his vocals, a guitar, & usually a choir?  Here’s a song from the “Lamb of God” album he recorded, followed by his solo album & my favourite “Devin Townsend Project” album….

 

2019   EMPATH

 

DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT

 

2012   EPICLOUD

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He has many “Devin Townsend Project” albums & 6 “Strapping Young Lad” studio albums & a greatest hits album.  “Strapping Young Lad” is a bit too much for me.

 

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

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

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

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

EXERCISE WEEKLY TOTAL/BARNEY BENTALL

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4 day exercise total; 400 pushups, 400 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 0 tricep lifts, 0  squats, 0 back flexes.

I can’t seem to shake this cold.  I start coughing when I do certain exercise or as much as I’d like to.  That’s the reason for the low numbers this week…..again.  My energy is still quite low as well.  My energy is still fighting my cold.

I fell asleep to “Foo Fighters” the album “There is Nothing Left to Lose” followed by “Lamb of God” the album “Ashes of the Wake”

I exercised to “Bush” the album “Sixteen Stone”

 

I’ll let you know that on weekends my food consumption isn’t always super healthy.  I figure, keep everything in stricked moderation.  Now with that being said, there are things that I used to eat that I can’t handle anymore.  Example; My first bite of anything chocolate makes me cough uncontrollably.  I eat chocolate, but not like I used to.  Anything battered &/or deep fried I’m very concerned about how I’ll feel in 30 minutes.  This is more about me getting older than it’s about having had cancer.  After a road trip or just eating junk food, my body just cries vegetables & water.  I just don’t do that too much.

My doctor does have me on heart burn pills though.  My heart burn got quite intense when I had cancer.  I have thrown up stomach bile after forgetting or running out of my heart burn pills.

At this point I thought I’d be walking?  Frustrating, but I guess I’m not done exercising.  I should change it up a bit with some stretching & yoga 2 days a week, instead of working on my arms.  2 days of yoga a week, then 2 days of arms a week.

I got a call from an intake program.  They asked me a few questions & told me they would pass on my info to a psychologist, therapist, or psychiatrist.  I have enough pills as it is & obviously they’re not enough.  If I have to see a psychiatrist, I hope this person will talk more than just prescribe more pills?

 

I got my 2 preorder albums today.  “Pink” – Hurts 2B Human & “The Damned Things” – High Crimes

POSSIBLE LANGUAGE IN BOTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Everyone deals with something mentally at some point in their lives, I think?  Even just mourning a death of a friend or family member.  Nobody is perfect, as hard as they try.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/britney-spears-addresses-mental-health-rumors-instagram-video-826453/?fbclid=IwAR2oMsS4kQg1Y3b-9UvH6fDN9RkDXoI7lxJCpC1aj8QK9Ffm0vG_vpgR3WY

I would LOVE to have Myles Kennedy’s voice!

https://www.musicradar.com/news/myles-kennedys-top-5-tips-for-vocalists-you-live-and-die-by-your-placement-and-how-hard-youre-pushing?fbclid=IwAR1tkfy82tou8FZRvAZz-rXaOkfck4-Veq-rRAVIVj_Pqn4D7wne6_N7YW4

39 years ago Thursday “Black Sabbath” released the album “Heaven & Hell”.  Their first album with Ronnie James Dio.

 

BARNEY BENTALL

I don’t know much about him.  My dad was a fan & a guy in Grade 10 drafting with me, loved this album, the only album I have & it’s from around that time.  It’s from 1995.  Yes, I’m staring down the barrel of being 40, not that big of a deal.  So here we go…..

 

1995   GIN PALACE

 

Did you hear that the number 1 prospect will be playing 3B for the Toronto Blue Jays tonight?  I’ve been hearing about this every day since the beginning of the regular season (March 28th).  He’s 19 or 20 years old & his dad, Vladimir Guerrero, is in the Hall of Fame as a Montreal Expo.  I’ve heard WAY TOO MUCH about this kid.  No pressure kid, only the entire baseball world will be watching you.  His hype could likely hurt him?  If he doesn’t hit a home run tonight, many people will be disappointed.  Granted there are no big names on the roster at the moment other than starting pitchers that are already dropping like flies.

He’s a kid!  Burry him in the batting line-up for a few days, he doesn’t need more pressure than he has right now.  Have him batting anywhere from 6th – 9th in the line-up & let him catch his breath.

My Blue Jay roster is close to filled through 2021.  Starting Pitchers; Stroman, Borucki, Sanchez, Panone, & _____.

Catcher Jansen, 1B Tellez, 2B Biggio, 3B Guerrero, SS Bichette, Outfield McKinney, Hernandez, & Grichuk.

Bench & utility players; Urena, Gurriel Junior, Alford, Maile.

Bullpen; Giles, Tepera, Biagini, Mayza, Gaviglio, _____, _____.  As for a Designated Hitter, I have no idea?

I’ve heard more about this kid than I have about Avengers End Game.

 

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

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

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

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres