PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, etc.

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I fell asleep to “Trivium” the album “Silence in the Snow”

I exercised to “Dio” the album “Lock up the Wolves”

 

Here’s the Canadian Red Cross website if you’d prefer to donate there for my birthday.  Donate whatever amount you like whenever you like please?  My birthday is on Thursday if you want a specific date.  I did extend the donation date on Facebook to mid-February though.

https://www.redcross.ca/

 

I have an appointment at the cancer clinic in a few months.  I’m SO ready to either stop going there or request a different doctor.  Every time I think of it, the first thing that pops into my mind is “I’m a month over 11 years cancer free.  How many more years do I have to keep coming here?  Is she going to bluntly call me fat……again?”  Needles don’t bug me, an MRI can depending which machine I’m in.  Apparently CT scans aren’t good enough for the substitute doctor I saw last time.  I find that odd, other doctors have no problem with a CT scan.

I’ll cause a scene & blatantly refuse to enter the MRI machine at the hospital.  “Here are some ear plugs since it’s pretty noisy in there.  Here’s a bean bag to throw if something goes wrong.”  Then they shove me into a tiny tube, on my back, & it’s not big enough for my shoulders.  If it’s that machine, it ain’t happening.  I’m EXTREMELY claustrophobic, and they also tell me to not move my head for the next 10 minutes.  Easier said than done when you have nothing to look at.

I can deal with needles & noise.  I listen to LOUD music.  The inside of any MRI machine is INCREDIBLY loud despite the required ear plugs.  What I can’t stand is an EXTREMELY RUDE doctor, having to be shoved in an incredibly small tube, & having to put on a mask over my entire face that is so close that it squishes my nose.

I’m 6’1” and probably just under 230 pounds.  I hadn’t seen my cousin in over a decade and had just recently met her common-law husband.  I asked them “How much do you think I weigh?  Any number, I won’t be offended.”  They went with 185.  I haven’t been that weight since I graduated high school!  At the time I was 240.  If I get told I’m “fat” from a 5’0” doctor again, I might have to pull a Jennifer Lopez on her “Listen up you little bitch!”  Grow a foot, exercise daily, eat what I eat, and say that again to my face.  I’d never be that rude/aggressive/blunt with a doctor trying to help me, it would be funny in the proper context though.

I’ve started playing guitar again.  You would think I’d get frustrated at times, not the case.  I can’t play up to the tempo of a song but I’m very, very close.  I can physically do everything I used to do on guitar, it’s just a matter of speeding up my left hand & arm, which is normal I guess?  I’ve always thought that playing an acoustic guitar is more difficult than an electric that will mask the mistakes through the amplifier.  I’ve picked 2 songs to learn and it’s gonna be a lot of acoustic guitar learning of those 2 songs.  My brother is a guitar wiz & will help me get things back to the proper tempo.  Once I get those down on acoustic guitar.  I would think other stuff I used to play will fall into place after a few times through a song.

I do find relearning guitar more difficult than the first time around.  Probably in part to being comfortable in a wheelchair with a guitar & having so many issues with the left side of my body being weaker.  I am learning new scales/patterns on the fret board & finger exercise to build up those muscles though.  There’s no easy way to go about it, much like my exercise.  The only thing that will make it better is practice & repetition.

I think a lot of that is lost now.  A lot of people seem to crave instant gratification.  I’m guilty of it too.  I’d like to have my birthday guitar by now since my birthday was on Thursday.  It won’t get here until at least mid-April without delays.  Lots of people have a cell phone.  That’s fine, a personal choice if you ask me.  Many people have their email & social media accounts on their phones.  Does anyone ever wonder what it was like before cell phones were all the rage?  You’d send an email & wait until that person had finished school or work for the day & would eventually check their email.  I know I would find a cell phone annoying.  Kim has a cell phone, when she’s home & leaves it on the couch to do something elsewhere & it bings/vibrates the entire couch, it drives me nuts.  I’ve gotten used to it, but it still bothers me.

If it ever gets to the point that land lines are abolished, I’ll get a cell phone but nobody will like the way I use it.  I’ll tell the salesperson when I activate it “I want it to only be able to accept & deliver phone calls please.  No texts, email, social media, photos, or apps please.  Phone calls and nothing but.”  It will come with me for emergencies only.  When I’m out it will be turned off unless needed, when I’m home & unoccupied I’ll turn it on.  If I get a text, I’ll call you back when I’m free.

 

There’s already quite a few albums out or about to come out this year,

“Haley Williams”

“Pearl Jam”

“Clint Lowery”

“Testament” that I’m not sure about yet.  I think a lot of their fans are Jewish, most fans seem to prefer the Old Testament?

“Mark Morton” guitarist from “Lamb of God” who are done recording their new album.

I was watching a “Trivium” demo, I watched and saw him playing the now discontinued 7 string & I thought “I could play that rhythm part if I had a 7 string guitar.”  I must be a sucker for punishment.

I always thought it would be more difficult.  That’s as difficult as the “Metallica” rhythm parts I used to play & sing to when I had no clue as to what I was doing!!??!!  I was listening to Corey Beaulieu on the right instead of Matt Heafy playing the Epiphone on the left when I was listening to the albums. All of that being said, Matt Heafy is a very well rounded guitar player & capable of much more.  Sorry about the guitar reference, it’s a passion & my favourite hobby.  You’ll miss the guitar talk once baseball starts.  What’s worse than watching baseball?  Reading about it!

 

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P.S. There will be a Facebook video on Friday of my exercise that you haven’t seen.

DOWN TIME

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

I exercised to “Jimmy Eat World” the album “Surviving”

 

Here’s the Canadian Red Cross website if you’d prefer to donate there for my birthday.  Donate whatever amount you like whenever you like please?

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There are photos of myself & each guitar I own in the Facebook links on here.  You should know that I despise photos & videos of myself.  Also any audio of myself.  I’ve sang on a few recordings, I’ve listened to them a handful of times, all I do is find/notice mistakes either on guitar or vocals of myself.  I very seldom listen/look at to any type recordings of myself.

Kim called me on the way home from work Friday to get ready to go out to see “Little Women”.  I’m not much of a fan of period pieces, but there was nothing bad about it, I’ve never read the book.  I had to ask her this on the way though…

She didn’t remember that moment.  I guess when we were dating she just used me for my “Friends” DVDs.  Not sure why she keeps me around now?  Do you think she like…..LIKES me?

I’ll play the heck out of the new 6 string, then continue saving for a trip to where ever Kim wants to go.  Then I’ll save for the Limited Edition Epiphone Les Paul signature Matt Heafy 7 string guitar.  Less than half the price of the guitar recently ordered but it will take longer to save for…….and it’s off of the new 2020 Epiphone guitar website.  I guess all that remains are the guitars in stock at stores.  I feel sick!  There are other 7 string guitars but this was the only one I really liked.  Our “guitar savings” are spent.  Instant gut wrenching heartbreak…….as of Monday morning I find out that Long & McQuade have 9 in stock (at other stores in Canada) and can still get them in from the supplier.  I can’t afford that now, I was thinking a few years down the road.  I think a vacation with Kim & hopefully a house should happen before my final guitar purchase is made, if the funds are available?  I’m doubtful this will still be available at that time.

All 6 strings for me, but HOT DAMN that sexy PRS!  April seems so far away!  I feel like a kid in November waiting for Christmas!

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

I watch WAY too many guitar demos of my ordered guitar & this Epiphone model!

You’ll notice there is no Matt Heafy signature 7 string Les Paul guitar listed in the link below.  The hundreds of others don’t compare for me.  It’s about getting this particular model, not just any 7 string.

https://www.epiphone.com/Guitars/Collection/Artist

The PRS is my last regular guitar, if the 7 string is available 5 years down the road that will complete my guitar purchasing.  If it’s not available I’m done now.  I’m pretty sure I’m done now. Before I was sick I figured one guitar every 4 or 5 years.  Now on one income, I’m done.  Expensive hobby.

I bought an S2 semi-hollow.  They’re really not that affordable unless you started the company!  Mine is an S2 custom 22 semi-hollow.  Same line, different model.  5th highest model out of 6.  Even the cheapest model is more than $1000 retail if it’s a true PRS made in Maryland.  There are other PRS style guitars that are cheaper made overseas.

Kim’s at work all day and doesn’t see my exercise other than walking & stairs where she has to make sure I don’t crack my noggin’ open.  I’m rather inept when it comes to any type of technology so you’ll have to open the Facebook link & scroll down for photos of me & my guitars on Facebook.  The photos were taken on Saturday, January 18, 2020.  I hope this works, my apologies in advance if it doesn’t.  The photos will only on the Facebook link, sorry.  https://www.facebook.com/A-Million-Miles-Away-Blog-1597618270456002/

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A photo of my ugly mug a few weeks shy of turning 40.  12 years after stage 4 brain cancer.  I collapsed at work on Tuesday, February 5th, 2008.  Yes, I’m wearing shorts indoors & it’s a blizzard outside.  I went to a movie in shorts Friday night while wearing shorts, a hoodie, toque, and gloves.  I went from the vehicle to the movie theater.  Yeah, it’s cold out.

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This is me holding my first guitar I received on my 21st birthday from my family.  My (Green) Les Paul made by Tradition guitars that no longer exist.  The guitar is exactly the same as when I received.  This was my main guitar for every live show I ever played.  This guitar seems to push more bass tone, yet the pickups produce a lot of high pitched feedback if you’re not conscious about it.

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This is my (black) Epiphone Explorer.  My girlfriend (now wife) bought it for me as a Christmas gift in 2002, we started dating in April of that year.  I had the pickups changed to EMG pickups for $200 after one show with it.  There’s an active EMG 60 in the neck pickup & an EMG 81 in the bridge pickup.  EMG pickups push more of the higher & mid-range tones which can also cause feedback.  Dave Grohl played a black Gibson Explorer early on in his career with “Foo Fighters”.  My reason for the cursive “F” logo of the band which I added as well as the Canadian flag.  Epiphone is the cheaper version of guitars also made by Gibson.  Same design, cheaper materials.  This has become my main guitar when playing electric guitar.  I play rock music for the most part while dipping my toe deeper into metal music.

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This is the (Brown) Fender Telecaster I received as a gift from a very good friend of mine while going through physiotherapy in 2009.  This is the guitar signed by Ian Thornley, the singer-songwriter from the Canadian rock band “Big Wreck”.  This guitar has 2 single-coil pickups instead of humbucker pickups.  It’s also semi-hollow.  The sound is more geared towards a twangy country music sound or a blues sound on the neck pickup.  I rarely play this guitar, mostly because of the sound, country & blues aren’t suited to my taste in music also the neck of the guitar just doesn’t feel comfortable in my hand?  It is a very nice looking guitar, at least I think so!  I’ve always liked the shape of a Telecaster!

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My acoustic-electric hybrid guitar made by Takamine.  This guitar is the only guitar I have purchased for myself.  I think the electronics inside the guitar fell during the photo?  All of my guitars are either hung on the wall or in a stand on the floor.  They’re more accessible so I can grab one at any time.  My acoustic is typically found in the living room.  The electric guitars are in our office by my guitar amplifier.

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The acoustic guitar on the wall is the one I bought for Kim, the same Christmas she bought me the Epiphone Explorer.  She wanted a blue acoustic guitar.  It’s a blue Washburn acoustic with Grover tuners.  The only blue acoustic I could find in 2002.  She never learned to play it.  I used it to teach a few friends & I’m using it now for the same reason.  No charge, not a wealth of knowledge in my head, just the basics!

My amplifier volume is set to 1 ½ out of 10.  I don’t turn it up in case it bothers our neighbors.  My current amplifier contains one 10” speaker but is VERY loud.  My previous amplifier, before I was sick was 100 Watts with a cabinet of four 12” speakers to put things into perspective.  We lived in a bungalow with my gear in the basement.  I don’t miss carrying my amp & speaker cabinet to the basement at 2:00 am.

All of these guitars are out of production.  I guess they’re not cool enough for others, I like them though!

I hope my ordered guitar isn’t delayed significantly.  PRS were already sold out of the more expensive models, mine wasn’t one of them, before the trade show (NAMM 2020 Jan. 16-19) this past weekend in California.

My other hobby was playing Baseball, which I’m too old to play despite my iPatch & wheelchair.  I watch CFL football & the Toronto Blue Jays faithfully.  CFL starts in the summer.  Blue Jays spring training starts in mid-February.

I find that there is just too much TV these days.  When the fall premiers started I stopped recording quite a few.  Now with the New Year premiers I cancelled the recording of a few more & even bowed out of watching “This Is Us” last week.  There are about 10 shows that I never miss but EVERYTHING is an hour long lately?!  Add streaming to that, I don’t have that kind of time!  Sure I’m at home all day but I have stuff to do & a lot of the shows I watch with Kim when she gets home around 6:00 pm from work.  When I watch 3 hours of baseball every day in the fall, time management gets tricky, especially this upcoming year since the Blue Jays might be decent!  I always find time, as soon as Kim’s home, & we watch “The Ellen Degeneres Show”, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, “Prodigal Son”, & “Criminal Minds”.

 

Guitarist “Mark Morton” from ‘Lamb of God’ has released a 5 song EP.  Not sure if they’re all cover songs but I instantly recognized 2 1990s rock songs.  One by ‘Pearl Jam’ & one by ‘The Black Crowes’ this is a tame/relaxing EP, not metal at all.  He plays guitar with a different guest vocalist on each song.

 

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MY FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF 2019 & A BREAKTHROUGH FOR ME

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

“Opeth” the album “In Cauda Venenum”

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

 

“P!nk” the album “Hurts 2B Human”

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

 

“Dream Theater” the album “Distance Over Time”

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

 

“Alter Bridge” the album “Walk the Sky”

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

 

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

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

 

“TOOL” the album “Fear Inoculum”

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

 

“In Flames” the album “I, The Mask”

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

“Paramore” news…

YAY!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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YAY HALF WAY THROUGH THE WEEK/ASCOT ROYALS (revised)

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I fell asleep to “Live” the album “Throwing Copper”, followed by “Mark Morton” his solo album “Anesthetic”

I exercised to “Corrosion of Conformity” the album “Wiseblood”

 

 

Friday’s post on here will be later than usual.  “Mid-afternoon” or later.

 

I was up at 8:00 am on Monday & got straight to my exercises.  I usually listen to music, but we forgot to put the remote on the charger overnight.  Kim comes home at the end of the day & we hunker down to watch “The Ellen Degeneres Show” only to find the Toronto Raptors celebration parade was recorded in it’s place.  I purposely set it to record on a Canadian channel to avoid so many “Breaking News” alerts about mass shootings in America.  A couple of years ago it was a weekly occurrence.  I’ve never really been a basketball fan & I didn’t hop on the Raptors wagon.  Good for them, but not in my list of interests.

It’s been a quiet week thus far.  The next couple of days could be “EXTREME”LY busy?

I beat cancer & that’s GREAT!  Still annoying with the appointments.  Beats the alternative though.  My (cancer) doctors are always asking how I am, but with a head tilt in a really sympathetic voice.  I’m fine, but it’s getting old at this point.  I wish they would treat me like a “normal” patient.  They all did & are doing their job VERY well!

Going to the cancer clinic here is a routine now for me every year.  That’s not a typical routine for most people, it’s annoying, but again, I guess it’s a pretty good tradeoff for being alive & well.

I don’t really feel like a cancer survivor………………..until someone asks me how I’m doing.  Not that I expect them not to ask.  I’m just tired of being treated differently.  Nobody’s fault at all, but it’s been over a decade since I had cancer.  I’d likely ask the same thing.  I guess the iPatch, wheelchair, & my speech are a giveaway.  Ah well.

I’ve almost completely abandoned my pushups & tricep lifts.  Tuesdays & Thursdays are now just stretching, yoga, & weights.  They’re totally different muscles though.  I might throw in 100 pushups on those days?  Different muscles, but still working my arms on those days, we’ll see what happens next week?

 

I don’t know of any fans of “Ghost”.  Anybody that’s anticipating new music from them will have to wait until 2020.

https://loudwire.com/ghost-tobias-forge-new-album-2020/?fbclid=IwAR2vR7hTwdLWDTiYfdbnM_aZHHa7QE4y1BcPZiA0G-ZsnlHDxJ7mGSiZhyc

It must take quite a while to finish a professional release?  Sum 41, Big Wreck, Chevelle, Alter Bridge, & Tool, all say they’re done recording.  I have 2 Sum 41, 2 Big Wreck singles, & one song from The Agonist from a future album.  Anthrax, Megadeth, & Pearl Jam are said to be releasing new material this year also.  I’m a bit worried they’ll all just unleash their albums all at the same time.

I don’t have Big Wreck on preorder.  A recent death in the band easily explains the hold up of a release though.

July = Sum 41, August = Tool maybe, October = Alter Bridge, & September = The Agonist.

Dave Mustaine, former lead guitarist Metallica & now singer/guitarist/founder of Megadeth has been diagnosed with throat cancer.  His doctors have a plan that has a 90% success rate.

https://loudwire.com/megadeth-dave-mustaine-diagnosed-throat-cancer/?fbclid=IwAR0D5Cw2vV5DkrxMDRUDcz1-UPpQ9LTx2OSM9Z61267Af_4lrYbnJAajWfA

If I can survive stage 4 brain cancer (5-15% chance of coming out of a coma).  I’m likely to think Dave Mustaine can beat throat cancer with a 90% success rate of surviving!

https://loudwire.com/rock-metal-community-support-dave-mustaine-throat-cancer-battle/?fbclid=IwAR0Bm8a6qg8wrMDs6vcewg4TvPlAHTleMQ4sQunInvI2A56co61q1aCnGJA

Dave Mustaine seems very driven to release a new Megadeth album despite his throat cancer diagnoses.  We’ll see, I wouldn’t blame if it didn’t come out this year.

“The Batman” villains in 2021?

Article/interview with Alter Bridge regarding new album & European tour dates.

https://www.kerrang.com/the-news/mark-tremonti-alter-bridge-new-album-we-challenge-ourselves-to-not-repeat-ourselves/?fbclid=IwAR3C2A6_vFKie8BfQeUBatugq-P8Ke93M32ig64OrHstK3199PeOIZv75dk

Big Wreck announced tour dates.  A few in the Maritimes, & the rest throughout America.

WHAT???????  Facebook bans Led Zeppelin art work for the album “Houses of the Holy”.  I would think a band like “Cannibal Corps” would be the first target if they’re doing this?

https://loudwire.com/led-zeppelin-houses-holy-artwork-censored-facebook/

 

ASCOT ROYALS (revised)

I made a mistake last time I wrote about them.  They’re not done!  I found a single on iTunes just after the previous blog about them.  This is the group I saw opening for Big Wreck a few years ago on their “Grace Street” tour at the Casino in town.  I thought they were REALLY good.  A bit softer than Big Wreck, they fit together very well though.

 

Single released in 2018   EVIL I KNOW

I’ll correct my mistakes on here it just might take a while before I notice them.

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE/THE AGE OF ELECTRIC

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Devin Townsend”, “In Flames”, “Mark Morton”, “Lamb of God”

 

I figured I’d just carry on as usual, I’ve always been a little wacky anyways.  My mood is far more level more often than not.  I like my workout physically & here’s hoping I can get to talk to someone who can help me with my head & get it back to normal.  I’d never hurt anyone physically unless they were intending to harm my family or friends.  If it’s a family member hurting another family member, they can figure that out on their own.

Of course I’ll carry on with this blog & exercises.  I think even the mental part of this could be somewhat to do with cancer.  I could be wrong though & I don’t want to play the cancer card as an excuse for my mental health, that wouldn’t be fair in my eyes.  I want to go through this as transparent as possible!  You get to see all of the upcoming blemishes & triumphs as usual.  I like that this blog is transparent.  I want someone/anyone else in a similar situation to read this & figure out what they need to do.

Honestly, metal music calms me down.  I guess it’s my mood that dictates my music choice for that moment?  I can listen to it & mentally try to make sense of the controlled chaos or just disappear into the sound of the music.  Same deal with Blue Jays baseball.  I know the Blue Jay players & they’re the only team I watch but this could be the same thing with any baseball team.  It’s a distraction for my mind.  I know the game to an extent.  If you’re not thinking about how many outs there are, what inning it is, or the outcome of what to do wherever the ball will end up on every pitch, you’re doing it wrong.

Kim says that since I can’t see anyone yet, I should try writing 3 things a day for 21 days, that I’m thankful for.  I can do that!  A) I’m alive.  B) I’m with Kim.  C) Our extended, immediate family & friends that are AWESOME!  A)  Brewster is a very well behaved dog.  B)  I was raised very well.  C)  I live in Canada without the rule of a wanna be dictator.

 

Friday evening was the 2nd Blue Jays regular season game.  Our “niece” tells me every time she sees me.  “Uncle Chris, we don’t watch baseball in our house.”  She cracks me up!  Just the way she says it!

I’m not American or interested in politics in most cases but watching CNN “from a good safe distance” is very entertaining.

Before Saturday’s game, there’s only 160 games to go.  The pitching & very young players are doing a FANTASTIC job so far.  Even in their first game of the season which they lost 2-0 they played really well!  New, fresh people are good to see & I don’t have any expectations for them this year.  If they win 60-70 games I’d call it a success!  It will be a year full of “Growing Pains”

We watched “The Dirt” on Netflix Friday evening.  I prefer the book.  I’ve never been a fan of their music.  They did it for the wrong reasons if you ask me.  They did it for a life of booze, heroin, cocaine, & to have sex with every female they encountered.  I had 1 or 2 groupies in our first band & I couldn’t get rid of them fast enough.  “No.  I’m not coming up to your hotel room.  I’ve got a TON of gear to load up & a girlfriend.  You can kiss me on my cheek & find someone else to fool around with”.  Not something I’ll ever be interested in!

Kim stepped out to get a few things.  She has been cleaning EVERYTHING Friday & Saturday!  I’ll shout at her from the couch and ask “KIM DO YOU WANT ME TO DO ANYTHING?” & she always says no.  My weekends are quite easy that way.  Stay out of her way & don’t move until I’m told & I randomly ask if I can help with anything.

We finished the day with a spinach & strawberry salad & BBQ steaks.  I made my veggie juice for the week & a glass & ½ of a fruit smoothie.  We watched part 1 of the “Leaving Neverland” documentary, so not for kids!

Part 2 of “Leaving Neverland” this morning, a play date with Mitch & Rachel’s pup.  Toronto Blue Jays 4th game into the regular season & the Blue Jays are 2W-2L.  Better than I expected, but when you consider the small sample size & who they were playing against, this doesn’t really tell you anything yet.  158 games to go around the half way mark in the season is when you can really tell.

 

 

THE AGE OF ELECTRIC

Saskatchewan rock band that got 0:05 seconds of fame & broke up after 2 albums.  I believe they grew up in small town Saskatchewan.  I think the singer, Todd Kerns, is now playing bass for Slash.  The guitar player moved on to form a band called “Limblifter” with his brother or cousin on drums?  I only have “The Age of Electric’s” first self – titled album, I heard a lot of the 2nd album that our bass player, Rob Wirtz, in University had.  I’ll give you a bit of both albums in order.

 

1995   THE AGE OF ELECTRIC

 

1996   MAKE A PEST A PET

 

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REASON FOR THIS BLOG/MARK MORTON

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I fell asleep to “Pretty Vicious” singles & a 4 song EP

I exercised to “Foo Fighters” the album “There is Nothing Left to Lose”

LANGUAGE!!!!!

Sorry this is a bit late today.  I had a routine doctor appointment.  I had some blood work for him to look over & I needed some refills on my pills.  My doctor comes into the room & asks “Hi, what do for you today?”  My instant reply “Not much, we just came to see what’s new & how you’re doing?”

This website was started for 2 reasons.  The first reason was to incorporate my left hand.  Hasn’t helped, my left hand is, to this day, very shaky!  Can’t even play guitar & I try for 15 minutes a week, my hand just won’t do what my brain tells it to do.

The second reason is to keep everyone up to date on my cancer recovery, which I guess is still an ongoing process.  I’m cancer free now for over 10 years, yet I’m left in a wheelchair, with an iPatch, no drivers’ license, & slow reflexes in my arms.

So I’ve beaten brain cancer.  Now I’m trying to repair what it left me with.  The exercising is to get me walking again & regain my sense of balance.  My left eye can’t be helped, it’s a nerve issue that has to fix itself.  The specialist I saw in Saskatoon in 2013 said she could do 30 surgeries on it but there’s a strong possibility that nothing would change.  It’s not just a lazy eye, it has to do with the nerve.

You know those advertisements on TV for a new pill that will fix one thing but has a possibility of 30+ side effects.  That’s just weird!  I’m on pills & the side effect is dry mouth.  That’s why I drink so much water.  Even black coffee dries me out, solution, water & nothing but during the week.  Even on St. Patrick’s day, I had 1 beer & 2 or 3 liters of water.

 

Look at that.  50 people die in a Mosque in New Zealand.  The first thing I heard after the shooting is that the government will be changing the gun laws!  The shooter bought 4 guns LEGALLY.  Kudos to the New Zealand government.  Hopefully other countries will follow?

 

I’m more than ready for a Big Wreck preorder or release date!

 

 

MARK MORTON

I’m a longtime fan of “Lamb of God”, so when one of their guitarists releases a solo album with guest vocalists on each song, of course I’ll buy it!  What I kind of don’t really care about, is how this guy, who made a documentary called “A Headbanger’s Journey” calls this a rock album?  Not sure how he figured that as a genres to put this album in, but what do I know?  I don’t think any straight up rock fan would search for this album?  I was a rock music fan & nothing else.  I would never have bothered seeking this album out!  I’d call this a metal album with a few rock songs on it.

So, here are some notable songs from the album….

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 1ST 2019 “ANESTHETIC” BY MARK MORTON

 

Thursday, March 28th 2019!  Toronto Blue Jays opening day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKEND UPDATE & DAVID BOWIE

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Music throughout the weekend.  “In Flames”, “Mark Morton”, “The Damned Things”, “Dream Theater”, “Muse”, & “The Watchmen”

 

The rest of Friday was quite tame, Brewster had trim on Saturday at 8:00 am.  We had enough time to get coffee & cinnamon buns to go.  He loves the groomers & only takes about an hour to get a wash & trim.  He smelled like coconut & still does a bit.

We were tired & had a nap.  Kim on the couch, I got onto the floor to sleep beside my Homeslice, who immediately got on the couch with Kim.  They curled up on the couch together, & I used Brewster’s favourite blanket as a pillow on the floor.  Once I got off of the floor I watched some preseason baseball along with 2 Guiness beer.  Irish beer that’s way too dark to make green.

She’s got a TON on her plate today.  Today Kim is finishing her homework for her photography class, I’ll do some cleaning, she’ll get some groceries & finish the laundry.  I’ll boil some eggs & make a veggie juice for the week.  Then we’ll relax.

 

 

DAVID BOWIE

You know him & you either like him or can’t stand him.  I have no problem with him.  One of my dad’s favourite music acts, & yes unfortunately he’s no longer with us.  I only have 2 “Greatest Hits” albums & the album “Tonight” so here we go…..

 

This is what you play in the car on your way to your in-laws when you get a call from your Realtor that tells you, you have your first house.

 

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“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/GENRES?

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

A follow up to these albums…

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

 

COUNTRY MUSIC?

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres         

AU DE POOP/TAYLOR HAWKINS & THE COATTAIL RIDERS

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I fell asleep to “Paramore” the album “All We Know is Falling”

I exercised to “Mark Morton” his only solo album “Anesthetic”

 

I’ve noticed that with my exercise & paying more attention to what I eat or drink, I’m nowhere near as sick as I used to be.  Before cancer, I was sick about once a month if not more.  Now, after cancer, I get sick maybe once a year.

I’m still about 230 pounds.  Since I’m unable to get rid of my beer belly.  If/when I hit 210, that’s where I should be.  I need to do more cardio!  If I get any lower than 210, I’ll be nothing but “skin & bones”.

Sunday finished with me spilling or dropping everything I touched……………………Should have stayed in bed!

Hello Monday!  Ugh!  Brewster REALLY needs a trim.  Pooped on his pad as he should, then came off his pad, shook & unleashed 5 klingons.  Then proceeded to drag/scratch his butt all over the house.  Had to clean up some warm, smelly, squishy dog poop, & OOH MY IT SMELLED.  Poor little guy.  I could tell he’d been holding it in for that reason.

Just when I think he’s done I came here to the computer, go out, & there’s poop & butt streaks EVERYWHERE.  No I wouldn’t get mad at him over this, he tried & knows he did.  He just REALLY needs a trim.

Between writing this, exercising, having breakfast & lunch, cleaning up after Brewster, tending to the full dishwasher, washing a few dishes, & showering, I didn’t hit the couch until about 3:00 pm.  I was tired & sweaty!

Yesterday Kim was home sick with that awful cold that’s been going around.  So far I’m the only one amongst our immediate family that hasn’t had.  My mother, father, brother, sister-in-law, & now Kim have caught it or currently have it.

Kim’s OK & back at work today.  It’s 9:30 am here & already +24 Celcius in here (+75.2 Fairenhight) it’s only going to get warmer.  Time to open a few windows!

 

TAYLOR HAWKINS & THE COATTAIL RIDERS

Foo Fighters needed a drummer & Taylor wanted to be in a band.  Foo Fighters grabbed him from Alanis Morisette in 1997 while she was riding high on her album “Jagged Little Pill”.  Dave Grohl reminded him that if he practiced with them that he would have to join Foo Fighters.

Taylor wanted this to be called simply “The Coattail Riders” the label insisted that Taylor Hawkins put his name on it to boost sales.  Since I live in Canada, I had to order the 2 CDs they released each ordered on a release date when CDs were a thing.  The first S/T album is really good the second one was a stinker though.  This was Taylor Hawkins first release while drumming for Foo Fighters.  He had already started his cover band “Chevy Metal” though.  I’ll just give you some stuff from the first release.

 

2006

Foo Fighters were going to release a song called “Get up I wanna get down” on their 4th album but couldn’t work out the arrangement, this was released 2 years later.  I have no clue if this version sounds anything like the original that wasn’t released?

 

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Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

HAPPY HUMP DAY/THE KING’S SINGERS

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I fell asleep to “In Flames” the new album “I, The Mask” 24 or 25 years into his career as a singer he took vocal lessons.  In Flames began their career in the early 90s.

I exercised to “Mark Morton” the new album/his only solo album “Anesthetic”

Tried listening to some “Stevie Wonder” & thought about “The Struts”.  I exercised in silence for some time, I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to listen to?  Default to metal.

 

Remember that time when I said I was going to lower some numbers?  That only partially happened.  Only thing that changed was my tricep lifts to 100 instead of 150 a day.  Pushups & squats went back up to their regular numbers.  I just focused more on what I was doing.

I really didn’t want to get out of bed on Monday.  I was awake when Kim left for work, I just didn’t want to move.  Good thing I had to pee or I would’ve been in there until 9:00 am.  9:00 am or later means (get out of bed & start doing stuff).  In my head anyways.  8:00 am is perfect for me, I should get an alarm clock from Walmart for $15, not a cell phone but an alarm clock!  As long as I don’t have to charge it & it’s not battery operated.

Too many chords to charge everything already.  “Oh, but wireless stuff is great!”  Not for me, I was flabbergasted when I had to charge my Fit Bit, I still am.  I have to swipe it if I want to know the time????????????  It tells me a bunch of other nonsense that I don’t care to know & it doesn’t track my steps while in my wheelchair or walking with my walker.  Useless piece of expensive garbage, for me.

I only saw a few minutes of Telemiracle this weekend.  Saskatchewan talent to help raise money for the handicapped or other medical needs.  I’m not sure if my brother was born yet, I asked my mom if she could call in for me, I wanted to donate the $10 I had.  This is likely just after I turned 5 or 6 years old.  Of course she said yes & I got to have my name scroll across the TV with the names of other people who had donated.

The last concert we played before I went into the hospital was a Telemiracle benefit concert & all of the money raised went to Telemiracle.

Little did I know, I’d need help from Telemiracle?  Telemiracle paid the larger portion of our wheelchair van for us.  The total cost was $18,000 I think?  I can’t remember how much Telemiracle put in, it was at least $10,000.

 

I should mention that I started watching “Murder Mountain” on Netflix last week.  It’s a reality show/documentary about marijuana growers in Humboldt County, in California.  With the mystery of people that go missing & are never found.  There are flyers everywhere that say “Have you seen this person?”  One of them has been missing for 23 years.  No body or any evidence.

Seems like “Alter Bridge” are almost done recording their 6th studio album.  They already have bundles with a listening party for sale on their Facebook page & website!  https://alterbridge.com/collections/abvi-fan-packages

Follow up to “The Last Hero” released in 2016.

 

THE KING’S SINGERS

I was in 3 different choirs in high school.  Concert choir for anyone, Chamber Choir, & I auditioned for the provincial Honour choir thinking I likely wouldn’t make it in but SURPRISE I did.  I think the Chamber choir was an audition as well, long time ago, I can’t remember.  The chamber choir went to Newfoundland in the summer after grade 11.  It was for a 500th anniversary of John Cabot landing his ship there.  There were multiple choirs from just about everywhere.  Workshops, performances, all capped off with an hour long performance of “Carmina Burana” with a symphony, 3 soloists, & all of the choirs!  Here’s 1 movement of 25

During 1 of our workshops we sang with The King’s Singers.  When we came back I rushed out & bought 3 of their CDs.  2 are albums full of cover songs & 1 is a bunch of classical songs I don’t know.  I think the concert choir sang one of the songs I have on CD.  One album is full of The Beatles songs in 5 part harmony A Capella.  This first song they jumped into the choir with us to sing along.

 

What’s really funny about this is that there is metal/“Testament” playing in the other room as I’m writing this!  Yeah, I’m weird!

 

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres