I WAS IN A METAL MOOD MOSTLY THIS WEEKEND

Rock & metal artists discuss Mental Health.  REALLY GREAT VIDEO of artists talking about this issue.

https://consequenceofsound.net/video/rock-metal-artists-musicians-mental-health/?fbclid=IwAR1C6yNEIUBsFc73btB230CW-OJbNlCclIdm66b9ELn1YX_-ZIZLSLNoDMg

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Trivium X 2”, “Metallica”, “Lamb of God”, “In Flames”, “Of Men & Monsters”, & “Opeth”

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

 

I spent Friday night watching the Saskatchewan Roughriders lose first place to the Calgary Stampeders in Calgary 28-30.  2 beer and a rum on the rocks, I’m a lightweight now that I drink pretty much water & nothing else.  Kim’s not a football fan & went to bed just before 9:00 pm, game started at 7:30 pm.

Saturday we spent the day mostly cleaning out our storage room, I don’t know how many bins Kim took to donate to Value Village, we have a few more items to send their way still.  I found a TON of clothes that didn’t fit & now do, donated some & have some to keep & add to my wardrobe of sport & concert T-Shirts.

Found some vinyl albums for a friend of mine.  I don’t own a record player.  So he might as well use them.  My Grandfather bought them at garage sales for $1 & let me grab a few for free.  I have a few as well.  Some good stuff I didn’t realize I had on vinyl…

I personally HATE the idea of streaming music.  I prefer to own my music.  That being said, I do stream things until I can afford to buy them on iTunes or the odd CD.  I need to cut back on streaming music, I have 10 streaming albums at the moment that I’m waiting to purchase.  If you like streaming music, go for it!  Here are a couple of albums on my list to purchase…..

Haven’t had the official word yet, but it looks like our affordable, wheelchair accessible, dream home is sold & gone.  I’m pretty bummed out about that, no silver lining here really.  I do hope the new owners can use all of the wheelchair accessible features that have been added.  Sucks for us but there’s nothing we can do.  Kim wanted it bad & I grew to want it even more.  We’ll get the official word on Tuesday though.

Saturday night we watched “Spider-man Far From Home” on blu-ray.  Kim was spooked by all of the surround sound that kicked in.

Sunday I stayed out of Kim’s way.  She cleaned, did laundry, went grocery shopping, then made supper.  I don’t think my cleaning/maintaining was quite up to par after the “Monthly Spring Cleaning Event” that took place today?  She was on a mission!  I guess my maintaining helped somewhat this was “Monthly” instead of the typical “Weekly Spring Cleaning”.

Thanksgiving Monday, we’re off to the McDonald’s house hold.  We’ll have our Thanksgiving with good friends!  Close enough to call family.  Thangs giving with our “niece” & “nephew”.  We’re “auntie” & “uncle” to a few kids.

Don’t get me wrong here.  I love dressing & gravy, potatoes & roasted fowl aren’t for me.  If I never see a baked or mashed potato again that would be fine.  A roasted bird needs to be either a pulled chicken, barbequed something, or chicken wings.  Turkey or chicken are acceptable in a bun or thinly sliced deli meat.  I’ll eat a roasted bird but it’s FAR from anything I’d consider making!

Great meal this evening & YAY no turkey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Roasted ham, smoked chicken, string bean & tomato salad, onions & cheese, marshmallow fluffy salad, etc.  I managed to stay away from the dressing, potatoes, & pie.  Potatoes can cause me to gag, and it was that way before cancer too.

 

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THE PERFECT HOUSE/HEART GREATEST HITS

 

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I fell asleep to “Jimmy Eat World” the album “Bleed American”

I exercised to “The Beatles” the album “Number 1” all of their songs that hit number 1.

 

I didn’t get to bed as early as I had hoped Sunday night.  Monday I slept in later than I’d have liked.  I like to get up & get things done ASAP.  It tends to get warm in here the later I get up to exercise.  Exercising at noon is something I never do for a reason.  I’m typically done my exercise by 10-11:00 am, if not earlier.  I usually get up by 8:00 am at the latest, some days I’m partially done my exercises when Kim heads off to work at 7:30 am.

Unfortunately we already have snow here as of Sunday evening but it didn’t stick around luckily!

Kim’s teeth will be finished in October.  Then Brewster will have some tests done, followed by some medication.

We’re looking at buying our dream/forever home but we have to sell this place before we buy the other.  No conditional offers will be taken by the current owners of the other place.  They got an offer yesterday, this means we’re in limbo until they accept or reject the offer today or multiple other scenarios happen, so we’ll see.  It would have been our forever/dream home.  Great spot for me in a wheelchair & a nice house for Kim too.  Ah well, not much we can do now but wait.

At least these aren’t non-sense expenses.  It’s not like I have a job to pay for them either.  If we couldn’t afford it, Kim wouldn’t agree to it.  We’ve both cut back on a few luxuries to make this more realistic.

Those are the things that keep me up at night.  It’s that or the fact that I can’t live without stress.  Even this last month & a bit.  If I’m not doing something, I’m thinking about it & what else I need to do.  Now I need to figure out how to relax!

 

New “Opeth” was released on Friday, September 27.  Here’s a review from a metal fan.

James Hetfield (Metallica) helped Randy Blythe (Lamb of God) get sober 9 years ago.

https://loudwire.com/randy-blythe-james-hetfield-helped-get-sober/?fbclid=IwAR1kXnNfHYS_DT_R0aTTlOJGimPEUkfvgkGKpCy5F3Sd063mErjE1V5Lwck

I just find this funny.  I’m passionate about music.  At the same time I realize that not everyone will enjoy the same type of music.  The question “Who’s the best band in the world, living or dead?” there’s no answer to that, don’t lose any sleep over that.  Who do you like?  That’s a question with an answer & you’ll get many different answers!

I may be a rock & metal fan, but we don’t all do drugs, smoke, drink, & swear.  I swear at myself or in jest & I drink socially.  That’s me, whatever any other people do or don’t do is completely up to themselves.

The people I associate with aren’t those wild partying types.  They’re responsible parents.  Yes, I’m THAT old!!!!

 

HEART

I’ve got a greatest hits album that’s all.  I clicked on the “autofill” button years ago on iTunes & was flooded with albums.  Most of them I got rid of & didn’t want.  I think I kept about 8 of them?  There was likely a minimum of 50 that showed up though.  This likely happened in 2005 or 2006?  I’m not necessarily “pro” or “anti” Heart.  I wouldn’t seek them out, but I also didn’t delete the album.  For me, they’re a band that’s there doing their thing.  Before the album was on my iTunes I knew some of their songs, I figured “Great!  Free music I can appreciate.”

 

HEART   1998 GREATEST HITS

 

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I’M MAKING SOME CHANGES FOR THE BETTER

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

New “In Flames” video!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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

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

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

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

YAY!!!  Dave Mustaine aka Megadeth

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

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

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

 

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/EARTHSIDE/MORE UPBEAT

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4 day exercise total; 600 leg lifts, 600 crunches, 200 squats, 200 back flexes, 120 pushups, 600 curls (10 pounds on left arm & 7 pounds on right arm), 600 tricep extensions w/5 pound weight, 400 shoulder raises w/5 pound weight,  stretching, & yoga.

I fell asleep to “Lamb of God” the album “Ashes of the Wake”

I exercised to “Big Wreck” the album “…but the sun”, followed by some of “Queens of the Stone Age” the album “Villains”

 

I had to cut back the back flexes to 300 over a 5 day week, easily the toughest part of my exercise.  I’ve also brought the number of squats down, quality over quantity.  I’m expecting to be at a minimum of 300 in a 5 day week.  Everything else will stay as it is, another sweaty week but feeling good & confident.

So as I was finishing my exercise on Tuesday doing the downward dog yoga pose, I fell getting back to the ground I rammed my face into the ground, off of the mat & on the laminate floor.  Sure it hurt for a bit, I checked my nose & teeth.  My nose wasn’t bleeding & my teeth were all there & not chipped, I was fine, sweaty but fine.

Now that I’m stronger & more confident, I want to do more.  My mind races at night thinking of small things I can do to help around here & elsewhere.  Kim’s been taking are of the house me & Brewster for over 12 years.  I want to step up & do my part here so she doesn’t become overwhelmed.  She comes home from work 5 days a week & makes a REALLY FANTASTIC meal & I clean up after supper.             Other than that, I fold & put away my laundry, vacuum on occasion & sometimes wet Swiffer the floor.  I feel now as though I can do more since I’m here all week.

I can’t afford the moon or anything extravagant.  I can help in smaller ways now.  I’m starting with my grandparents.  They don’t drink water.  So I’ve filled 2X1liter bottle of water flavoured with Mio flavouring so that it tastes more like a juice than plain water.  Something little I can do to help out.  I get excited about stuff like this.  It’s nice to look forward to something other than exercise every day.

I’m getting stronger now, I can tell!  I’m still in a wheelchair, iPatch still, & no driving since Tuesday, February 5th, 2008.  Just physically stronger.  Not only am I able to help out around the house more, but now my mid-life crisis present to myself is back but, if it happens it will likely be a 2/3 life crisis at least.  It was a car & now it’s a PRS guitar.

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/ce_24_semi_hollow_2019

A bunch of cool stuff none of which I have & it’s pretty!  Mid-life crisis?  13/16 life crisis or pipe dream!

Well forget that!  Brewster went to the vet after Kim was done work Wednesday & the news wasn’t great!  His heart murmur is between a 5 & 6.  6 is the worst, which means a strong possibility of heart enlargement, heart attack &/or fluid in his lungs.  Now I’m EXTREMELY worried.  Tests & definitely medication, just a matter of how much medication?

Kim is home sick today, she’ll likely be spending the day in bed today.  I got up a bit after 6:00 am, got to my exercises while Kim showered & tried to go to work.  She showered and did her hair but never made it out of the bedroom.  I don’t like contract work much.  She’s not there, she doesn’t get paid.  Oh well, not my job & not really my business.

 

I didn’t even know about this movie on Netflix?  I’ll have to watch it sometime soon!  Here’s the trailer & a review.

https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/tv-reviews/spy-netflix-sacha-baron-cohen-review-875869/?fbclid=IwAR3MunXWxtwF5rgQksY3MOSjeCIcN8Xcv1_z7xkLXwZlWj2ydKn5i8CMnkU

New TOOL article/interview as of September 1st!  Long but GREAT album!  Worth the 13 year wait.

https://loudwire.com/maynard-james-keenan-new-tool-album-fantastic-eight-years-ago/?fbclid=IwAR12zIinHj9dji_QtPMmf1hfSkznv9qNv4Bo1HTifEEem9qRugqBLFw9-9Y

Every TOOL fan has seen this lately, I saw it late last week.  Very well done mashup of Taylor Swift & an older TOOL song!

BIG THANKS to Mitch & George Fraser for getting my VERY old electric guitar gear working!!!!!!!  Another thing to look forward to everyday!

I’ve often thought about listening to “Gojira” since I do like “Sepultura”, but something stops me from being a fan every time?

https://www.kerrang.com/features/11-bands-who-wouldnt-be-here-without-sepultura/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR1ELqwBCkiV4pXmBJ4GF6hYbx4Ke_7pgCzU4hxy1kcGYDNHgBSjde-w_Tc

Nobody should like “System of a Down”.  Many of my friends & I think they’re GREAT!   Maybe because there’s nothing that sounds like their music, at least in North America or that I know of?  Here’s a story about their second album out of a total of 5 mass releases.  They’re quite popular.

https://loudwire.com/system-of-a-down-toxicity-anniversary/?fbclid=IwAR1yPaxfTH97VoELvpGisijllxuYLz9hkJUcDTOiyvYCfCXwt5u9BKGqFew

https://loudwire.com/system-of-a-down-toxicity-facts/?fbclid=IwAR0nZfpbSbP-QKO6eBPkIdsiTARxAQCGvjlx6hM08CsCzWQ_mRsOKLTfyeQ

I don’t think any rock/metal/other band is about to change mainstream music.  It will be a force of many bands & artists to make a significant change.   I couldn’t care less about album sales, as long as I get to hear what I like!

https://loudwire.com/tool-fear-inoculum-likely-numer-1-taylor-swift/?fbclid=IwAR0TQxS-nQJnFY1nkffdS45MdkDLGGO-_pCh1VZblqSBHm5sr18w2ZtpN9s

Under rated albums of the 1990s.

https://www.kerrang.com/features/the-12-most-underrated-albums-of-the-90s/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR2H2OdGO2_euSra9krb_GxWAchw1pYJHlKCPrqa0Jj0KB-p_M3u6Epr-wk

 

EARTHSIDE

More progressive rock/metal but they tend to go quiet & mellow to the heavier side of things throughout a song.  I haven’t done an “Opeth” music guide yet, but they would be “Opeth” lite followed by “Tool” who would be “Earthside” lite.  All 3 of these bands are progressive & they are all capable of doing light atmospheric music on their albums as well as rock & metal, much like “Dream Theater” as well.

When I say “progressive” in reference to these current metal/rock bands, I mean that the songs are often in rare time signatures.  Not always a song you can tap your foot to.  Most radio friendly songs are in a basic 4/4 time.  There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s simple & to the point.  That gets boring for me after a while & other bands will change time signatures 2-6 times in one song.  Then that can become boring & I’ll go back to the 4/4 stuff.  I always listen to the drums in a song.  It’s the rhythm that I listen to the most in a song.

I have one album by “Earthside” so here’s a sampling of it.

 

2015   A DREAM IN STATIC

 

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“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

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/WHAT’S TO COME

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5 day exercise total; 800 leg lifts, 750 crunches, 550 squats, 400 back flexes, 100 pushups, 800 curls (10 pounds on left arm & 7 pounds on right arm), 300 tricep lifts w/5 pound weight, 300 shoulder raises w/5 pound weight,  stretching, & yoga.

I fell asleep to “Pink” the album “Hurts 2B Human” followed by “Sum 41” the album “Order in Decline”, & finally “Megadeth” the album “The World Needs a Hero”

I exercised to “Green Day” the album “Nimrod”

I will now begin some house chores to “Foo Fighters” B-Sides

 

I did it, I made it!  Friday, I’ve been waiting for you, for what feels like a month.  I’m exhausted, but I reached & possibly exceeded my exercise goals.  Actually this morning & afternoon thing makes the day pass by REALLY fast, I’m exhausted by the end of the day, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing!  My arms feel like jello on Tuesdays & Thursdays now, in a good way though.

When people tell me to be careful with my exercises, I am.  If something starts to hurt, it’s a sign to stop & bring it down a notch next time.  I don’t want to end up with a bulging disc in my back again for the 14th time since 1997.  It comes & it goes as it pleases, stupid back.  It comes just long enough to mess with my week or a few days.  Lifting the paper into the printing press took it’s toll on my back a couple times, although I think it was only a couple of days the 2 times it happened?

The first time it went on me was grade 11 in 1997 right before lunch.  I twisted in my seat to borrow a pencil from the person behind me & POP went my back.  I drove home for lunch, laid on the kitchen floor, & asked my mother to call the school to let them know I wouldn’t be there in the afternoon.  I had to call work & tell them my back was hurting & that I couldn’t make it for my shift that night at the hotel.

 

I REALLY like “Tool” but having a few longer good songs is good enough for me.  One very long song for an entire album wouldn’t work for most people.  At least break it down into some movements.  I’m glad the rest of the group didn’t agree to this.

https://loudwire.com/danny-carey-tool-album-one-giant-song/?fbclid=IwAR3hgmvSdBaXyaok5efM5KA8m0Jj93Zn-vGuDkUxrrvgQSZgonLiwcdNUYQ

This is what happens when you put most of your albums on all digital formats.

https://loudwire.com/tool-first-act-top-10-rock-digital-songs/?fbclid=IwAR2RS9lf3IwDJheVYjd4sEwmDZ5u5FMyHzuuKaORdRL6D9Eete0F_ZnbXa4

Sorry, there’s a TON of “Tool” news right now.  Especially after a 13 year wait & now that they’re on all digital formats.

This is what will happen on August 30th.  The digital/online version of the album will have 7 songs & 3 interludes aka 10 tracks.  The physical copy, CD/Vinyl will contain the 7 songs only.  Why this is happening, I have no idea?

“Metallica” can be really good people if & when they choose to be.

https://loudwire.com/metallica-pediatric-hospital-donation/?fbclid=IwAR2NsCN6SiJXD7_DqjRe2Rl9oF0QHSbvR3aCwaLJlK4BC-XwsMCYR5irMMY

I’ll openly admit that I made jokes in bad taste about the “Tool” album taking “10,000 Days” to be released.  Their last release in 2006 was titled “10,000 Days”.  I didn’t realize it at the time but I believe that was the amount of time “Tool” singer’s, Maynard James Keenan, mother dealt with the effects of a stroke until she died.  My deepest apologies to fans I offended & to Maynard as well.

WOW!  Ashton Kutcher’s ex-girlfriend was murdered?  News to me & not the good kind!

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/hollywood-ripper-ashley-ellerin-ashton-kutcher-guilty-murder-872360/?fbclid=IwAR0jhxwYoMU1GplImAd-GREvQURiQTsmMsU9QjXZngBqCnGbjZjmEhyq08o

Lots of people give “Rob Zombie” crap because of his music, he’s not heavy enough to be included in the metal genres.  I would have liked to see him handle this differently, but what makes it OK when Maynard uses his black belt training to tackle a fan that walked on stage?  “Rob Zombie” is a modern day “Alice Cooper”, but his music is more of a “dance metal” type.

https://loudwire.com/musicians-defend-rob-zombie-altercation-female-fan/

 

What albums are yet to come this year or have been reported about for us rock & metal fans.

“Anthrax” was said to be releasing a new album this year.  I’ve heard nothing from “Anthrax” about writing or recording a new album.

“Megadeth” are working on a new album that’s supposed be released this year.  Singer Dave Mustaine is dealing with throat cancer at the moment.  I can see this album being delayed for this reason.

“Lamb of God” was reported to have a new album out this year.  With the departure of drummer Chris Adler & the farewell tour of “Slayer”, no time has been spent writing or recording a new album.  They will carry on with their current drummer & will likely release a new album next year.

“Chevelle” has recorded a new album, likely in the mixing process.  No news on a release date yet.

“Tool”, “Big Wreck”, “Alter Bridge”, “Opeth” & “The Agonist” have all released preorder singles from albums to be released this year.  “Tool” & “Big Wreck” are first on August 30th & “Alter Bridge” is the final release of these albums on October 18th.  TONS of new music for me this year!

I now use Apple Music in some manner.  When the finances aren’t available, I get the album on Apple Music.  Once I purchase the album, I delete the Apple Music version.

 

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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

120 BIRTHDAY BBQ/SUM 41

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Trivium”, “Foo Fighters”, “Iron Maiden”, “Lamb of God”, & “Billie Eilish”

 

Great weekend!  We celebrated my parents’ 120th birthday.  My parents were high school sweet hearts from grade 9 on at the same high school both my brother & I attended at separate times, he’s 7 years younger than me.  I was in grade 7 when he was in kindergarten.

Anyways, my parents got married at the age of 19 in November of 1978.  I’m not a child that was born or consummated out of wedlock aka I’m not a bastard.  I was born in January of 1980, yeah I’ll be 40 next year.  I was born the year my parents turned 21 but I have the first birthday of the year in our immediate family.  When I started going to school my parents were the youngest parents around.  When my brother was born 7 years later, they fit in with other parents, age wise.

My parents celebrated their 40th anniversary last year & their 120th birthday party this year with family & friends.  They both turn 60 this year.  Dad’s birthday was in April & Mom’s birthday is near the end of the month.

It was a backyard BBQ at their house.  My cousin, my brother, Kim, & Rachel all planned it with a list of requested guests from my parents.  Hello social media!  My brother is somewhat out of commission after intense surgery on his spine for the bone spurs on his shoulders that could have caused other serious issues.  He & Rachel were occupied with that.  He’s good, just a long recovery.  His surgery was a month or two ago.  My cousin & I helped by inviting people (40+) & making the list of supplies needed.  Kim & a team of other family members did party & food preparing.  Other family members bought the supplies.

We tried to make it as easy, relaxing, & enjoyable as possible for my parents.  My parents bought alcohol, condiments, & had (disappearing) plastic cutlery aka we couldn’t find it when needed.

All my cousin & I did was click a few computer buttons.  Everybody else made the party happen.

I didn’t sleep well Friday night with the party on Saturday!  I was awake until 2:30 am thinking I forgot something or I forgot to invite someone, then I fell asleep only to awake at 5:00 am thinking the same thing.  Back to sleep from 6:00 am until 9:00 am.  Party from 3:00 pm until we left close to 11:00 pm.  Sunday we went back to say goodbye to a few family & friends from out of town or province.

The party was a success!  Who made the party a success?  Everybody that could make it there who was invited, THANK YOU ALL!

Sunday, today, & the rest of the week is recovery for my muscles & now my lack of sleep.  I was planning on being a couch potato this week anyways.  For some reason I woke up at 5:00 am today?  Did the dishes & wrote this.  Is it nap time yet?

I’m a Canadian, living in Canada.  I couldn’t agree more with this REPEATED statement!  The gun violence in America is FAR BEYOND #$%@#@! REDICULOUS!

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-country/kacey-musgraves-gun-violence-lollapalooza-867369/?fbclid=IwAR2BXYZPm0wYrTJAImIGaAGVKElVIdSSXQ-C55rQtKY9iUmpQI3Wz46lzDk

Sounds as though “Tool” has made a ½ marathon album in playing time over the course of 7 songs!

https://loudwire.com/new-tool-album-80-minutes-seven-tracks/?fbclid=IwAR0aR68iZv0DgHamPASlMX2rIo0odqEZr_zJzNxou4ZTMwVYpdLeT7N1V3M

 

SUM 41

I know what you’re thinking, “Why review a Canadian punk band that’s so over rated?”  When was the last time you actually listened to them?  Before the release of the album “Screaming Bloody Murder”?  Well this review includes “Screaming Bloody Murder”, “13 Voices” & the newest album “Order in Decline”.  Prior to these 3 latest releases they were just a band that was around.  They did start off as more of a punk band, but their lead guitarist has always been a metal fan.  They’re not as popular as “Anthrax” by any stretch of the imagination, I would put them in that category though as a good mix of punk & metal.

This was all over Much Music in 2001.

Fair enough.  I get the generic pop/punk stereotype with that.  I wasn’t a fan then either, I’m a fan of their current stuff now though.  FYI-All of this is just my opinion.  Here are 2 songs from each of their last 3 albums in order of album release.

 

2011   Screaming Bloody Murder

 

2016   13 Voices

 

2019   Order in Decline

 

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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,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres