VACATION or BREAK UPDATE/BIG WRECK “…but for the sun”

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Nothing but Thieves”, The Struts”, “Tool”, “In Flames”

 

I’ve been out at the family cabin since Tuesday evening.  I had 2 appointments on Tuesday afternoon.  1st with a therapist, then with a psychiatrist a few hours later, & a ½ hour since he was tied up in a meeting.

A psychiatrist gives you pills & talks very little, a therapist or psychologist will speak with you about your issues.  I’m good since my one anti-depressant has been increased as of June.  Now it’s more talking with someone about some minor issues & what the future could look like, how to go about that change.

I’m not perfect physically yet, I still can’t walk, drive, or see with both eyes.  I’m likely going to be in the market for a low exertion, part-time, online job.  Something simple like data entry?

It was good to know that I’m not crazy, as I was told at the therapist.  Just out of sorts after an ABI (Acquired Brain Injury).  Kim & I have been referred to a couples counseling therapy.  No, don’t freak out!  There’s nothing wrong with our marriage.  It’s more of ‘OK, now what?’ type of help & direction for us at this point.  I’m not physically well enough to pick up where I left off & I likely never will be exactly the same.  Things will be different, but a new normal if that makes sense?

My psychiatrist also made a very valuable point.  To paraphrase, he said ‘Recovery is a very long process.’  That should explain why this mundane brain cancer blog has lasted so long.

Our summer break/vacation was late obviously.  I don’t know exactly what we’ve been doing, but this was the week to stop & smell the roses.  The internet was the furthest thing from my mind.  Even without a mobile device, I needed a break.  This social media stuff has it’s pros & cons like everything else.

I had my appointments on Tuesday, September 10th.  We picked up Brewster from daycare & rushed to my parents’ house since my dad was in town.  I had packed the evening before & went from our vehicle to his on the drive way.  Dad picked up a few groceries & a few other items for the cabin while I waited in the car.  We then grabbed some supper from a new place, not knowing we’d be getting a 3 pound portion of poutine each????????????????  Who needs that much potato, gravy, & cheese at once?????????????????  No, neither of us came anywhere close to finishing our poutine!

Anyways, we ate some of our meal I the parking lot & headed to the cabin.  After being there for 3 nights & 3 days, I realized how much it’s not wheelchair accessible.  It’s small, my wheelchair was not touched the entire time since it was raining & cold outside the entire time.  I ended up crawling from the living room, up one full step, & down a hallway to the washroom A LOT since I drink so much water.  Having to pee a minimum of 9 times a day becomes very tiring if you have to crawl back & forth from the washroom.

Friday dad & I met Kim in Chamberlain, Saskatchewan which is about a 20 minute drive from our cabin.  Kim & I drove to her hometown about 3 ½ hours from Regina.  We stayed there Friday night & drove back yesterday (Sunday, September 15th).  Relaxing at both places, but also more effort required at both.  More physical effort at the cabin since I knew the lay of the land there.  Mental effort & aid at Kim’s parents’ since I don’t know it as well & there’s stuff I’m not able to do on my own at this point.

When we came home, we rushed around to get everything back to normal & oddly enough, that was when we both had that moment of ‘Aww, now this is relaxing’.  For me, it was just a matter of knowing how to get around here & do things the way I’m used to doing them without having to exhaust myself mentally or physically.

My mother said at the cabin that she wished it was easier for me to get around there, & Kim said the same at her parents’ house.  I get that, but nobody builds a house thinking “Hey, we should build this so a wheelchair can get around easily”.  Why would anyone do that unless already needed?  I’m guessing there are more physically capable people in the world than physically handicapped?

 

She’ll be back TS fans quit crying.  This isn’t a Nirvana/grunge take over, although TOOL could do it.  This will hurt for just a bit, you’ll be fine.  Let me explain what happened in 1991 with a band called Nirvana.  You weren’t born yet…..

https://loudwire.com/tool-fear-inoculum-no-1-billboard/?fbclid=IwAR2A0rNziV2BAi1QUNyqk49yqcCYTMT-Tui0yvnejLPDW5Th7v57cONx1IA

Even as a rock/metal fan, all this says to me is that rock is definitely not dead.  There’s a market for it.  Remember that trends of any kind come in giant waves.  Nirvana headed the grunge movement in 1991 as did Taylor Swift when she debuted.  Both came with a flood of other artists/bands.  If anything is going to make a huge movement in this scenario, there had better be many other rock/metal bands coming along VERY soon.

https://www.kerrang.com/features/why-its-important-that-tool-unseated-taylor-swift-on-the-billboard-charts/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR3H20FMfnaIn7S-hGhn6B5fZs_dtfDuUaOlh8Y0VpTNv1uJpI03RtoOO-M

I found a much cheaper & more practical guitar with 7 strings instead of the same old 6 string style.  This will also allow me different tuning of the guitar without changing the guitar.  I have 3 other 6 string electric guitars, each in a different tuning.  This will give me more variety in tuning.

http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Les-Paul/Matt-Heafy-Les-Paul-Custom-7.aspx

 

 

BIG WRECK album review of “…but for the sun”

I’ve always wanted to sit down, pick up my guitar, & casually play and sing a Big Wreck song.  Problem I that most of them are in some wacky open tuning on the guitar, which is also very difficult to play unless you’re a lead guitarist.  I’m was a pretty simple rhythm guitarist.  I didn’t get my first guitar until my 21st birthday.  Never took a lesson & as for sheet music, I’ve completely forgotten how to read it!  I was always a singer first, the guitar was for me to hind behind.  I could play 3 songs & an intro.  I taught myself some basic chords & a riff that I could play while singing, then it became somewhat overwhelming!

I went from a low bass singer in high school choir to a tenor singer in a rock band as a hobby.  Yes, I still like classical music A LOT.

Big Wreck is not a metal band, I wouldn’t even call them a hard rock band just a REALLY FANTASTIC rock band that doesn’t get the credit they deserve.  They should be a household name like U2, Ariana Grande, Pink, Pearl Jam, or Foo Fighters.  They don’t sound anything like those bands though.

Singer & lead guitarist Ian Thornley is very fast on the guitar & an excellent songwriter as well.

Their new album “…but for the sun” was released on Friday, August 30th.  Not many people outside of Canada know them, which is really sad.  They could pull off a Soundgarden cover, & vice versa.  Singer, Ian Thornley even auditioned for the rock band “Velvet Revolver” when Scott Weiland passed away.  “Velvet Revolver” already had 2 guitar players & their manager wanted to keep it that way.  Ian Thornley basically told him that he wouldn’t sing unless he had a guitar.  In a band with “Slash” two guitars should already be enough!

I’ll start with a song known all across Canada from their first album then a few songs off of the new album….

 

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1 WEEK OF REST/THE BEACHES

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0 day exercise total; 000 leg lifts, 000 crunches, 000 squats, 000 back flexes, 000 curls 10 pounds on left arm & 7 pounds on right arm, 000 tricep lifts w/5 pound weight, 000 shoulder raises w/5 pound weight,  no stretching, & yoga.

Music during my week long hibernation, the heat & I don’t play well together!  “The Watchmen”, “Tool”, “Nothing But Thieves”, “Queens of the Stone Age”, “Testament”, & “Pink”

Well, there’s a sampling of the albums I listened to this week.  ^^

 

No exercise this week at all.  Just a week to recharge the batteries & be extremely lazy.  No other appointments or any other things to keep track of.  Next week I hope to hit higher numbers in my exercise.  If I do, we’ll see if I can keep them slightly above what has been the normal amount.  Extra sleep was impossible, wake up around 3-4:00 am was almost a daily occurrence.  Why, I don’t know?

I’ve been watching a LOT of “Shark Week” that I recorded last week, along with Blue Jay baseball, Stephen Colbert, & Jimmy Fallon.

I learned something from watching “Shark Week”, it’s been right in front of my face the entire time.  What would most people do if a stranger just walked into their home & started poking, prodding, & just doing whatever they wanted?  Call the police, would be my first move while defending myself from the stranger.  Sharks don’t have police to call?  They can defend to a point, or just attack.  They don’t know what the poking or prodding is for.  Maybe humans should exercise the caring & compassion we have & get out of their house?

Remember, A) They were hear first & B) We live on the land, not in the water.

Unless there’s a rare healing source only in the ocean, get out & don’t become shark poop!

Kim & I watched the movie “Shazam” this week.  I thought it was a great family/superhero movie & Kim didn’t care for it at all.  It may have been a DC movie, but I found it lighter & funnier than most Marvel movies.

I’m a Canadian, living in Canada, therefore I know that I have very little influence on all foreign nations.  If I was a part of the American media, this is how I would handle the recent mass shootings.  Throwing names around will solve nothing.  If they want to change gun laws, DON’T STOP TALKING ABOUT THIS IN A WEEK!      Hold your politicians accountable, IF YOU’RE NOT PART OF THE SOLUTION, YOU’RE PART OF THE PROBLEM!  BECOME PART OF THE SOLUTION!  YOU’RE ALREADY FAR TOO LATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Throughout this entire blog site, I now ask for no sympathy & have never really expected any.  If it sounds like a sob story, that’s on me.  Sure, there are things I can’t do, but I choose not to worry about them.  Is being physically handicapped frustrating?  Yes it is.  I am mobile enough to hopefully change some of that one day.  If you look at it as a whole, thigs could have easily turned out much worse, to the point of dying.  I didn’t die though & I’m thankful for that.  I now have the opportunity to change things for the better.  My chances of even coming out of a coma were pretty weak, according to the doctors 5-15%.  If you think of it that way, I’m doing REALLY GOOD!  So the doctors tell me.

Kim & I were chatting about my increase in one of my anti-depressant pills last night.  We both think I’ve been WAY more level headed than usual, now I’d just really like to sit & talk thing out with a psychologist or therapist.  A psychiatrist will speak with you briefly & prescribe medication.  Although things are going well, I’m sure both will be far more beneficial!

Thursday ended with a visit from friends of ours in Alberta & their 2 kids, the oldest is about to enter junior high school.  Makes me feel old……again.

…and the mistakes from Apple’s iTunes just keep on coming!!!!  Good thing I figured these 2 problem out in the last 2 months & helped your customer service team figure out how to solve it.  I find it SHOCKING that this company is keeping their head above water when a Joe Blow like myself knows more about their software than they do!  I have very minimal computer knowledge.  I don’t need to call you Apple, it’s fixed.  Keep pulling in the millions while I pay you for use of your subpar software.

Do you ever wonder why you can’t tag Apple or iTunes on Facebook?

 

New “In Flames” music/lyric video!

This is what all of us whiny “Tool” fans have been waiting for!!!! The 13 year wait ends officially on August 30th with the full release of the album “Fear Inoculum”

Finally a video for “Big Wreck’s” first single from the new album, out on August 30th.

 

THE BEACHES

I did 1 album review last year I grabbed a 5 song EP by them, released earlier this year.  The only reason I know about them is really because “Foo Fighters” played in the Toronto baseball stadium & “The Beaches” opened for them.  I assume they’re from Toronto.  4 girls just out of high school, started an indie rock band.

 

2019   THE PROFESSIONAL EP

I think 3/5 songs is enough & I don’t want to give you the entire EP either, that would be just wrong in my eyes.

 

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/THE ARROGANT WORMS

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5 day exercise total; 600 leg lifts, 450 crunches, 450 squats, 300 back flexes, 400 curls, 100 tricep lifts w/ weights,  yoga, & stretching.

Tuesdays & Thursdays are stretching, yoga, & weights.  In that order.  Both of those days, I do more sets on my left/weaker arm.

I fell asleep to “Counting Crows” the album “August & Everything After”, followed by “Trivium” the album “The Sin & the Sentence”

I exercised to “Travelling Wilburys” the only album they released S/T

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

 

I may have very little muscle improvement that is visual, other than a drop in weight.  I am much stronger though.  This is an extension of my physiotherapy.  If they thought I needed to be there still, I would be.  There are some people who could be there for life.  There were people there before me who are likely still there.  I was in the Wascana Rehabilitation Center from 2009-Thursday, July 26th 2012.  Before that was Tuesday, Feb. 5th 2008 in the Pasqua Hospital.

It was a lot like being in a bunker for 4 ½ years.  Not a ton of contact with people, which was fair, they have their lives outside of my world.  When I was released from the WRC, it was pretty much “a whole new world” on the outside.  Even know we’ll go to an area of town & I’ll be asking Kim, “When did that building pop up here?”  Multiple times.

I exercise because I have to.  Over time it’s become normal for me & something I just get up & do.  I didn’t like it in the beginning & now it’s just something I do, & feel better after it.  Throughout the day I stick to fruits, vegetables, 2 eggs, chicken, turkey, or fish.  Supper is whatever Kim feels like having, which is usually quite healthy also.

As for the weights I’ve switched to, I use a 10 pound weight for curls & a 5 pound weight for my triceps & other exercises.  I think in the very near future I’ll use a 20 pound & a 10 pound weight?

 

We need “Rage Against the Machine” to come back now, more than ever!

I hear there are some American basketball fans that really don’t like that the Toronto Raptors were in the championship round of the NBA.  Why?  In the 90s there were American teams in the Canadian Football League.  Hockey is considered a Canadian sport yet the majority of the teams are American in the NHL.  The Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1992 & 1993 & the Canadian flag was upside down for one of the games, so they dealt with being shamed by Americans.  Worst of all basketball was invented by a Canadian gym teacher, James Naismith.

Now that the Raptors have won the championship, I’m assuming they’ll receive more belly aching?  I still have no interest in watching the game since I don’t understand it or have the desire to learn about it.  Kim has made me watch 6 minutes of basketball over the course of the last 2 games.  I haven’t watched any basketball in the last 27 years of my life.  I’m just not a fan.  I know many people enjoy it though!  Congratulations to the Toronto Raptors!

Sum 41 released a 2nd video/song from their upcoming album in July.

 

I use preorders on iTunes, easier to wake up & find that you have a new album other than making a note with the date of the release, that you might not look at.

FANTASTIC way to celebrate your 13th birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

https://loudwire.com/metallica-perform-13-year-old-drummer-birthday/?fbclid=IwAR2oYgjubNgyf32R_e_Zm477RrNAV9XapmuK92B1XXWlzNbIyUtITRvA5kA

I’m a BIG fan of Alter Bridge, I do find this to be rather subjective.

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/articles/features/best_bands_that_rose_to_fame_in_the_last_15_years_alter_bridge-91890?fbclid=IwAR2EUgiThzM5SnYtfBVUbzMKUPFgmpgobZ8iMYKQfnoXXL7ILHmzSRtZU3M

Also subjective.  I’ve liked all of the “In Flames” albums.  The new album is AWESOME!  Who has the right to judge any art though?  You could ask 100 people & get 100 different answers.  It’s not the judges on “American Idol”, “The Voice”, or “America’s Got Talent” or any other talent contest.

Over the last 7-10 years, In Flames fans have been complaining about them not being as heavy as their previous albums.  Everybody’s entitled to their own opinion.  They made some really good rock/metal albums during that time.  That’s my opinion, not anybody else’.

https://loudwire.com/2019-best-metal-albums-so-far/?fbclid=IwAR092m9Bp3jg4CWgrl2Ic_lkdDwj8_gK9somsertjD1Y-OYq4I-SJmtVbVE

Lamb of God added a song to Spotify from an album released in 2009.  That’s why I don’t use Spotify.  I don’t use music streaming sites at all.  This is my issue with Spotify only (other than it’s a streaming site).

 

THE ARROGANT WORMS (OLD & LIKELY NOT POLITICALLY CORRECT)

They’re what I would call a novelty act.  Every home Saskatchewan Roughrider game you will get up & stretch with “Work Safety Bob” between the 3rd & 4th quarter to “The Last Saskatchewan Pirate”.  Like I said, they’re more of a novelty/comedic group, but some of those songs will get stuck in your head, so beware!

 

1992   THE ARROGANT WORMS

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE/NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS

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Music throughout the weekend.  “1970s Rock Compilation”, “In Flames”, “Lamb of God”, & “Dead Sara”

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

 

Well Friday I didn’t feel like watching the baseball game at all.  Instead Kim & I watched a movie on Netflix.  We don’t watch horror movies much at all.  The movie “Get Out” was really good though!

I stayed up late to watch 3 episodes of “That 70s Show” on Netflix.

Saturday Kim got up & made a large delicious breakfast for us.  Bacon, oatmeal, & fruit.  Then I buckled in to watch the Blue Jays lose again.  This is a rebuilding year for the team.  The President & General Manager are doing a rebuild without stating what they’re doing.

It’s a team full of young players.  I have no expectations this year or next year really.

Woke up early today 5:20 am.  Went to visit a different cousin from Winnipeg at my parents’ place.  Movie night, they hadn’t seen “Aquaman” so we watched that on dad’s big HD projection screen in the basement.

Binge watched the last 3 episodes of the first season of “Big Little Lies” on Crave.  2nd season is starting today

Now it’s time to see if the Jays can score a run today, or find another way to lose a game?

 

Ed Kowalczyk (singer for Live) radio interview.

https://waaf.radio.com/media/audio-channel/ed-kowalczyk-live-calls-mistress-carrie?fbclid=IwAR3gFjv4JlIVfRaYv3lfCBGxzGkBSVJ-UDQrvd9Buy9HRyLqan4OABCb0Mk

…And I liked one song from the debut “Velvet Revolver” debut.

https://loudwire.com/velvet-revolver-contraband-album-anniversary/?fbclid=IwAR3MknO614civEZIpEvkz_m_Rx2y6sFWXX3ZkDvKUHzuOYK8SyPeaJsCGwk

“The Agonist” are back with a single from their upcoming album.

http://www.metalsucks.net/2019/06/07/the-agonist-release-heavy-new-song-in-vertigo/

 

NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS

They’re a rock band, just not a heavy rock band.  If you remember “Oasis” from the 1990s, you probably remember the name Noel Gallagher.  He was the guitar player in “Oasis”, his brother Liam was the singer.  Constantly bickering in public at each other during the “Oasis” days when they were one of the biggest bands in the world.

Now they don’t have each other’s phone number from what I’ve read.

They both have their own separate bands.  I checked out Liam Gallagher’s band & it just wasn’t for me.  Noel Gallagher’s very opinionated & really doesn’t care what anyone else thinks.  He’s right & everyone else is wrong.  I really like his music though.  He’s also the singer in his band.  I have 2 of his albums, there’s also an EP & another album on iTunes that was released before the 2nd & 3rd album.

 

2015   CHASING YESTERDAY

 

2017   WHO BUILT THE MOON?

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

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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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BLINK & YOU’LL MISS IT/LAMB OF GOD

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I fell asleep to “In Flames” the album “I, the Mask”

I exercised to “Pink” the album “Hurts 2B Human”, followed by “Pentatonix” their only original album which is self-titled.

 

This is a bit late.  I had a routine CT scan early this morning, nothing’s wrong, just time for a routine cancer checkup later on, probably in June.  They’ll need the CT scan results.

I’ll turn 40 next year, I’m not scared of 40 at all.  I don’t think it’s anything to worry about.  Why wasn’t I terribly scared of 19, or any other birthday?  “Ooooh you’re 40 that’s another step towards being old & closer to death!!!!!!!!!”  Every birthday is a step closer to death, heck every second is a step closer to death.  So why do we celebrate birthdays?  We’re here, so we should be happy that we are still here!

I survived cancer.  What does this tell me?  I’m not done whatever I’m supposed to do, & I need to continue celebrating my birthdays.  Life is short enough as it is, better have fun since we’re here for a short time.  Look at the calendar, it says 2019 that’s over 2000 years & the Earth is older than 2019 years!  Make your time here fun.  We are but a blip in the Grand Scheme of things!

Yesterday was a day to celebrate!  Wedding anniversary.  BEST. DAY.  OF.  MY LIFE!!!!  It’s a birthday for two people that decided to get married.  She REALLY took the wedding vows seriously!  Even one of my doctors at the cancer clinic called her “The best wife I have ever seen”.  I was 6 days past my 28th birthday when I went into the hospital.  For 4 ½ years Kim was there with me 24/7.  She stayed with me, she’d take me to my therapy sessions, have lunch at the food court in the Wascana Rehabilitation Program, sleep on whatever shady looking cot they could find, set up my IV for me at the cabin, drive me everywhere, etc.  Kim truly is “The nurse who loves me”.

Sure it was rough time, but with Kim it was much better with her than it would have been on my own.  I wouldn’t be here without her.

 

13 years & new Tool music has been heard?  When I can purchase new Tool music, I’ll believe it.

https://consequenceofsound.net/2019/05/finally-tool-debut-first-new-music-in-over-a-decade/?fbclid=IwAR0yVpFx1pimf0SVN_tl2hqbQbxwcSZJfwFnJrU1H–iB2J90wDGHDmJx48

It was our 14th wedding anniversary yesterday.  It was also 23 years ago that Pantera released their album “The Great Southern Trendkill”

https://loudwire.com/pantera-the-great-southern-trendkill-album-anniversary/?fbclid=IwAR3ssCpelXMT4W691ZR1apmxN7Msz4w3vCDibr54Ysym2pNyCju-vJXEW9E

 

LAMB OF GOD

If you don’t like them that’s fine, metal isn’t for everyone.  If you’re hung up on awards, they’ve won around 5 or 6 Grammy Awards.  Yes they’re my favourite metal band.  5 guys from Richmond, Virginia.  Very misleading name though.  Their original name was “Burn the Priest” for their first release & a recent cover album.  The first album from “Burn the Priest” I can’t stand.  They’re not rich from being musicians, iTunes was already a thing.  As the vocalist said “I get to scream at people, travel the world, & sell T-Shirts!”  He had an alcohol addiction & dealt with it.  He’s been sober for around 8 years.  They have 7 studio albums as “Lamb of God”.  I’ll give you a couple of song from 3 full albums & a song from their 5 song EP.  The following is a part of the reason Kim & I don’t play our music around each other.

 

I would just assume there’s LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

2004   ASHES OF THE WAKE   (My favourite album by them)

 

2006   SACRAMENT   (The album that made me dig deeper into their catalogue)

 

2015   VII: STURM UND DRANG

 

2016   THE DUKE EP

The Duke is about a fan of the band who became a friend of the vocalist.  The fan had cancer & unfortunately died.  They made this EP after his passing.

With this band I can start with their 2nd album as “Lamb of God”- present, “As the Palaces Burn”.  All killer, no filler!  All the way to “Sturm und Drang”, The EP “The Duke”, & The cover album they released under the name “Burn the Priest”

 

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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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKEND UPDATE/ dog’s eye view

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Lamb of God”, “Pink”, & “In Flames”

 

I was behind Friday night, I recorded the baseball game, we record everything.  So I didn’t get to it until 9:30 pm.  It went into the 12th inning I always record an extra hour & 1/2 just in case this happens.  Final score was whooping 1-0 for the Blue Jays.  I didn’t go to bed until 1:00 am.

Saturday we had a visit from a friend of ours from Edmonton.  She’s going to school there, she’s a year younger than my brother but hasn’t had her birthday yet.  Short visit but a good visit.  I hard boiled eggs & made my veggie juice for the week.  Kim went out with her sister & a mutual friend for manicures.  Kim’s sister turns 40 on Monday.  I’m next in line to turn 40 in our group of friends.  Kim’s birthday is in October, she’ll turn #*.

Today we’re just watching TV.  Kim got groceries this morning & today’s baseball game has just started.

I’ve got “Sum 41” on preorder for a July release.  I’m just waiting on the following albums to be released this year.  Big Wreck, Alter Bridge, Tool, Lamb of God, Anthrax, & I think Pretty Vicious are still to come this year.

Guitarist, Mark Morton (Lamb of God), breaks down their breakout album “Ashes of the Wake” now 15 years old.  I bought the 4 bonus songs & attached it to the original album I have.

https://www.revolvermag.com/music/lamb-gods-ashes-wake-mark-morton-dissects-bands-breakout-album?fbclid=IwAR1Dhc_eJjvm_V19RNILe39w_RaesNoEXe3XGsBHY5Z_NScSyYCzOKbWm2E

We rented the movie “Vice” Saturday night.  It was very interesting, a look behind the scene of Bush Junior’s presidency with Dick Cheney as his vice president.

My take away from this movie is that Cheney made Bush jr. look like a fool.  Cheney said they should attack Iraq for WMDs, not Bush’s idea, this was Cheney’s idea.  The world complained about Bush but he was Cheney’s puppet.  At least that’s what I took away from the movie?  More late night baseball for me Saturday night.

 

dog’s eye view

Yeah their name is all in lower case letters.  From looking at iTunes, I guess they had 3 albums?  I own the first 2 & the second one isn’t on iTunes it’s called “Daisy”.  Their first album was among my favourites when it was released in 1995.  Think along the style of “Counting Crows” & “Matchbox 20”.  I REALLY like this group but often forget to listen to this album “Happy Nowhere”…..

 

1995   HAPPY NOWHERE

 

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