WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/BLACK SABBATH

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4 day exercise total; 400 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 300 squats, 200 back flexes, 400 curls, 140 tricep lifts w/5 pound weight, 140 shoulder raises w/5 pound weight,  stretching, & yoga.

I fell asleep to “Coheed and Cambria” the album “No World for Tomorrow”

I exercised to “Pearl Jam” the album “Pearl Jam”

 

Truth be told I did ALL of my exercises on Monday & Wednesday.  Went to my family cabin on Tuesday with my parents to drop off a few things.  I figured I might as well do the same thing on Wednesday.

Yesterday we spent WAY too much time trying to correct problems with what iTunes has made.  I must be their favourite person to talk to, Monday –Wednesday, I’ve called the support line 4-6 times.  Kim’s smarter than me & we’ll get it done tonight or tomorrow.  I’m not touching it today until Kim’s home.

Summer is hear & we’ll be taking a staycation next week.  I’ll check my email & Facebook, but I won’t resume these posts until Sunday, July 7th.  Kim has this Friday off work, so our staycation for me starts now!

ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS PLEASE.  YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE GAY TO SUPPORT THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY!  I’m heterosexual & I believe that every individual has the right to spend their life with whoever they love.              

 

The more I think of what I told the doctor at the appointment, the more I think of what is likely my biggest issue.  I told the doctor this at the end just before I left the office, I should have started with this.  I don’t want to be a burden to anyone, & that’s what likely causes me to get frustrated so easily.  If I want to go somewhere, someone has to take me to my destination.  If it’s something I think I can do on my own, I get frustrated that I need assistance & that individual will do it differently than I will.  I wasn’t like that before I had cancer.

I look at things now this way, “If I can’t do this on my own by now, why am I doing all of this exercise?”  I’m not about to give up on my exercise.  I want to be more independent.

I’ve really never been on this side of the fence before.  I think, I’m not positive, but a handful of people in high school would come to me if they had an issue.  Other than that I just kept my head down & tried not to stir the pot.  I had problems with other students that seemed to seek me out to verbally abuse me.  My home life is & always has been happy & upbeat.  My parents are together & have likely become closer after 40 years of marriage (41 in November).  Same with my grandparents.

There are a LOT more people who have dealt with more than I have, so I see it again as “Why can’t I get myself out of this rut?”  I’ve usually been the person willing to help others & now I need help?  Since when?  This is new territory for me, & it feels weird.

I really hated elementary & high school.  I finished high school with an 80% average or higher every year, despite my inner attitude.  All of that verbal abuse from the time I took my bicycle to school in grade 2 & I didn’t say a word about any of it to anyone.  There’s a photo of me at the after-grad party with the biggest cheesy grin on my face, because I was so happy to be set free!

 

At the moment “The Struts” & “Dead Sara” are ruling my music world!

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

Even as a concert goer, I hate cell phone cameras at any type of live show.  Put your phone away & enjoy the show.  If you’re taking a video or photo at least have the courtesy to ask if you’re blocking someone’s view of the show.  FYI, when you get home, that video will look & sound terrible.

My iPod Touch will take photos & videos.  If I’m out, it will stay here at home.  I have no issue with anybody having a cell phone.  I do wish they came with an operation manual though that said “For use in these instances….”  “Not recommended for the following situations…..”  I guess more of an etiquette guide.

With a 90% success rate, Dave Mustaine can beat his throat cancer.  He thanks his family, friends, & fans for all of the support.

https://loudwire.com/megadeth-dave-mustaine-thanks-fans-support-cancer-fight/?fbclid=IwAR0ItfS2A3ts95A1kG0KJ6uh_2UVmuG1vYKOPbbLPke5_00fa4fhhdS5HmY

Fighter planes to shoot down UFOs were called Foo Fighters & that’s where Dave Grohl got the name.  He was really into science fiction at the time.  He even made a cameo on “The X-Files”.

I’ve also become a big fan of 4 “Coheed and Cambria” albums lately.

“Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV”   2005 release

“No World for Tomorrow”   2007 release

“The Color Before the Sun”   2015 release

“The Unheavenly Creatures”   2018 release

 

BLACK SABBATH

There’s always a debate about who created the “Metal” genre & Black Sabbath is always in the discussion.  For that reason alone I’m going with Black Sabbath being the pioneers of metal music.  Some of their stuff I find too slow & bordering on boring.  I do have 13 albums with Ozzy Osbourne & other singers on different albums.  The song “Black Sabbath” is one of those boring songs to me.

I saw an interview years ago with guitarist Tony Iommi.  The day before they were about to either tour or record their first album he cut the tip of his finger off while he was working his last day at a steel factory.  He tried a TON of things on the tip of his fingers on his fretting hand but nothing worked.  He just learned how to play with no tips on his fingers.

No, I won’t put a song from all of the albums I own.  I’ll give you a small sample of Ozzy Osbourne as the lead vocalist & the 3 albums that Ronnie James Dio sang on.

 

1970   BLACK SABBATH

 

1980   HEAVEN AND HELL

 

1981   MOB RULES

 

1992   DEHUMANIZER

 

Here are some of their classic songs

Are athletes not supposed to show their emotion & act like robots with no emotion?  Why are NHL players allowed to celebrate a goal, football players are allowed to celebrate after a touchdown or field goal, basketball players celebrate a win, or soccer players run around & rip their jersey off?  How dare a baseball player celebrate ANYTHING?  Time to come out of the dark ages MLB!  This broadcaster played until the mid-1990s!

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/red-sox-broadcaster-dennis-eckersley-calls-out-marcus-stromans-antics-213647496.html

July 31st is the trade deadline for MLB.  If the rumours are true, Blue Jays might make a HUGE trade that could potentially hurt them.  Aaron Sanchez was pegged to be “The best starting pitcher in all of baseball”, that never happened though.  Marcus Stroman is arguably in the top 5 starting pitchers in the league or at least in the top 10.  There is talk that they’ll trade 1B Justin Smoak, SP Marcus Stroman, SP Aaron Sanchez & perhaps another player I can’t think of.  Justin Smoak & Aaron Sanchez would be at the top of my list to get rid of.  Every team is looking for pitching.  Why would they even consider trading a top 10 pitcher who’s not even 28, under contract for another year at just over $500,000 & his agent isn’t anything like Sanchez’s agent who is well known for wanting the most money & longest term contract he can get?  What do they expect in return for trading Marcus Stroman?  Maybe 3 top pitching prospects?  If everyone is looking for pitching, there can’t be much out there?  Even young prospects are still just a maybe in the future.

 

As good as I feel after I exercise, I do need a break from time to time.  A summer break sounds really good.  I’m kind of tired, just seems like a good idea since Kim is off work.  I know I’ll end up doing some type of exercise.  That’s just what I’m used to doing.

 

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“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

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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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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/ANDY McKEE

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4 day exercise total; 400 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 300 squats, 200 back flexes, curls, yoga, & stretching.

I fell asleep to “Wide Mouth Mason” the album “Where I Started”

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

 

What do I do after my exercises?  I keep myself busy.  I exercise from 1 hour or 1 & ½ hours.  Eat my breakfast, shower.  Do whatever needs to be done here, have lunch, check my email & other stuff.  Then hit the couch around 2:00 pm to watch some TV.  I do that, but I always feel like I’m “Chasing Yesterday”.  It’s a Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds album title.

Now that I have dumbbells, I keep them by my feet & randomly pick them up to do more curls with my left/weaker arm which still shakes uncontrollably.  I don’t even use heavy weights.  Only 10 pound weights for curls, I do 100 on my left arm & 80 with my right arm.  There is a visual difference between the 2 arms.

I also work on my tricep muscles with a 5 pound weight.  The exercise with your elbow pointing up & the weight behind your head with one arm.  Then during the day I’ll pick up a weight & do some exercise on my left arm while watching some TV.

Working with the weights seems to be a better workout than the pushups & tricep lifts I used to do.  Different muscles though.  At least my uncontrollable left arm seems to be stronger after 2 days of weights.  The yoga & stretching help quite a bit too.  I’m glad I brought the yoga back into the routine!

Yes we went back to the “Toyota” dealership Thursday after Kim finished work.  She got a 5 year lease on a new Toyota RAV 4.  It should be here in a month.  I felt & still feel sick to my stomach the further we drove away from the dealership.  “YAY let’s make car payments for the rest of our lives & never own a car!”  Might as well move into an apartment.  All I can hear in my head is “We can’t afford that” on repeat.  Happy wife = tightly wound ball of stress husband.  5 year lease & we should buy it at that time.

She deals with the money, while I worry about EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I’m still ready to throw up violently.  She says this way is better for us.  I said “OK, if you say so?”

Toyota’s “….got me firmly by the short & curlies…..”

Kim is much more responsible with money than I am.  If she can make it work, & she can, I shouldn’t stress out as much as I do.

Please don’t ask?  I can’t tell you how much the payments are other than, more than our 2014 fully loaded Hyundai Santa Fe.  We need a new vehicle why?  Our Santa Fe is still under 38,000 km.

 

 

Slash confirms new Guns n’ Roses music on the way

https://loudwire.com/slash-new-guns-n-roses-music-absolutely-happening/?fbclid=IwAR2Rww2cugLpVf_12TzFpTy0EN9R1NMd2HMeOEQ6JarRTdk09rD-BzHwsCg

25th Anniversary of “Throwing Copper” by Live.  Unheard song from that recording process.

https://loudwire.com/live-hold-me-up-throwing-copper-outtake/?fbclid=IwAR0RscPO_yVUeAVdypLnLoJujzzfv6I34-u2OrNS8DynFF7xfScCkhUMJag

Moby cancels tour.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/moby-cancels-uk-book-tour-natalie-portman-841775/?fbclid=IwAR31hDKoXNRIs0gQo3bCws5HnUtvC1W27m89WCoxsXGHOdgkrCF8Dh7hhec

I watched a little CNN on Wednesday.  Nancy Pelosi wants to wait until she can put together an iron clad case.  She should jump right in after hearing Robert Mueller’s statement earlier this week.

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/democratic-candidates-impeachment-mueller-statement-841690/?fbclid=IwAR26mJVLMa31ls4SMgKDfHqyd9CXWP7kZbUGRxkUAeOXQVBPApDGLtaYvFE

How will “Lamb of God” have the time to record a new album if they just finished playing on Slayer’s farewell tour & now playing a festival in Copenhagen?  Still so many releases to come, Megadeth, Lamb of God, Anthrax, Highly Suspect, Pearl Jam & 4 albums that I know are recorded from other groups but not released yet.  I hope the anniversary albums don’t count as a new release?  The one album I do have on preorder, & I’ve had it on preorder since March, is a new Sum 41 set for release July 19th.  Their last 2 albums are impressive, very good hard rock albums!

I’ve known this for a while.  Alter Bridge are having a listening party at the end of September for their new album.

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/upcoming_releases/alter_bridge_is_mixing_the_new_album_as_we_speak.html?fbclid=IwAR0Bsx3VLmpxrjWZ39Wa3HYiZdg7_fhuMtjSMk-y9fQ3t4IaZqc83n1keTk

I LOVE the fact that more bands are not allowing cell phones into their concerts!  I wonder what a concert in the 1980s was like?  Probably fun & relaxing….wait….that’s the same all of the time for me!

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/judas-priest-rob-halford-kick-cell-phone-842433/?fbclid=IwAR0Zoqzcq5lPo1JQGzM8KswFfynxgHeuqKOeHfl5jIlVuof1nqr5kI56p2s

 

ANDY McKEE

I can’t tell you much about him.  I never bothered to look into his information.  He’s American, plays acoustic guitar by finger picking through the majority if not all of his songs.  I don’t believe there’s any singing involved.  I have one album of his & it’s all instrumental.  He has 4 albums, 2 EPs, a few singles, & a collaboration with 2 or 3 others on a full album, so says iTunes.

 

2009   DREAMCATCHER

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

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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NEEDED A BREAK/THE BIRDS OF SATAN (NOT a metal group!!)

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No exercises this week.  I’m too tired.  If I had done them this week the quality of them would be terrible.  Quality over quantity.

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

 

I’m hesitant to do a metal band review.  I don’t want to turn dedicated readers away.  Let me know of I should?  If you’d prefer I don’t, this blog will likely end around June or July of this year.     

 

After such a long time, well 7 years this July, every day is starting to feel like Groundhog Day.  Exercise for 75 – 90 minutes every day, eat relatively healthy, & wait patiently for the weekend to fly by, & repeat.  It feels very redundant, long time to get to this point, yet it feels as though I’m wired to stick to 1 thing & it’s getting boring.  Sure, I change up the order of my exercises, still kind of ho hum though.  I’m exhausted after my exercises & then find it difficult to get the motivation to hit the shower.

I just couldn’t do what I should have been doing this week.  It might feel cold outside but it has been sunny & that makes our place too hot for me +24C or more in here (75.2F).  I can’t turn on the A/C yet, so I’ll likely suffer in this heat doing my exercises the next few weeks.

At least Kim has today off with me.

 

I had “Dream Theater” preordered & got the full release last night.  10 songs averaging 6:30 minutes.  Progressive metal at it’s nerdiest.

I’m pretty sure this year will have numerous metal release, (Mark Morton (Lamb of God guitarist), In Flames, Lamb of God, Chevelle, Anthrax, Megadeth…) releases that I’m interested in as well as a new release from “Big Wreck”, & “Tool”.  Big Wreck is releasing a single.  Late last night I saw a new song on www.youtube.com

It’s a standalone single, I’m go to hold off until it’s a preorder single for the new album.

I think Facebook needed a break like I did this week?  To say that Facebook has been quiet this week would be an understatement.

However televised baseball spring training games start on Monday.  WOO HOO!

A few movies I’d like to see & possibly purchase this year?

There are others movies I’d like to see this year but that’s enough for now.  As for Motley Crue, I loved the book, but was never a fan of their “Hair Metal” music, or “Hair Metal” in general.

How many times have I heard this?  Well I didn’t get into them until after their 2nd album was released for a few months, I’ve heard this after multiple albums though!

 

THE BIRDS OF SATAN

This is 1 of 4 side projects by Taylor Hawkins, drummer for Foo Fighters.  The other 3 are separate projects 2 of which I’ll discuss later.  The 3rd is a cover band called “Chevy Metal”.  He’s the drummer & singer for each band.  He easily has a higher vocal range than Dave Grohl.  When Foo Fighters perform “The Pretender”, Taylor takes the high lead vocals in the chorus & Dave takes the lower harmony, I’m guessing this is to save Dave’s voice a bit.  As for who is the better drummer, that would be a hard pick.  Dave stole him from Alanis Morissette while she exploded to fame, touring her album “Jagged Little Pill”, which worked out well for Foo Fighters & especially Taylor.

 

This is only a 7 song EP & it’s the only release from The Birds of Satan.

 

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Chris

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WEEKEND UPDATE/DIXIE CHICKS

 

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SHORT WEEK, I’LL CATCH YOU ON FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Music throughout the weekend.  “I Mother Earth”, “Led Zeppelin”, “Black Sabbath”, “Megadeth”, “Testament”, “Trivium”, & “Metallica”.

 

My aunt & uncle were here from Alberta over the weekend, we went to my parents place to see them on Saturday.  Rachel was somewhat under the weather.  My brother was there with their new puppy Frankie.  Right now she’s smaller than my parents’ dog, who is just over 5lbs.  Once she’s full grown it will be Goose at 5lbs, Frankie at 9lbs, & our old man at 12lbs.  He just turned 13 on January 31st.  Frankie’s tough though sharp puppy teeth.  It was more of a “HI FRANKIE!……………………Oh, hi Mitch.  Now we have 2 “nieces”.  One is named Hannah, a human, the other is Frankie, a dog, Brewster’s cousin.

Sunday was a wake up at 5:00 am day?  Why, I don’t know?  We had groceries delivered just shortly after 8:00 am.  Helped Kim put them away, boiled some eggs, made my vegetable juice for a 4 day week, just some laundry to put away, & our human “niece” was here for a sleep over.

After an exhausting Sunday, I was all out of gas, & then came the couch.  I slept well last night, 5:00 am wake up, no nap, 2 cups of coffee, +25C in our suite, & a very energetic girl.  I did sleep more last night, but I still needed a coffee, 3rd one of the month I believe.

Cleaned up the sticker books, paints, & a few Legos, along with all of the dishes before I went to bed on the couch.  Kim & Hannah were in the bedroom & asleep by 9:30 pm.  I think I hit the couch around 11:00 pm.

Today we get to visit with a friend of mine & Kim has to take some photos for her photography class.

 

So that’s 4 tours in the last 2 weeks that will be anywhere but Saskatchewan.  Playing one night in Toronto does not make it a world tour, I’m looking at you “Muse”!  They didn’t even release the one day showing in Saskatchewan theaters of their previous world tour.

That’s one of the reasons I purchase music from iTunes instead of streaming it.  That & my iPod Classic works fine, if I went to streaming, I’d have to get an iPod touch or an iPhone, so I’ll stick with iTunes for now.  Kim has Apple Music that I can use to hear a full album on before I purchase it.  I want to give musicians some cash for doing their job, & I tend to buy a T-Shirt at a show also.  In Saskatchewan I’ll likely see 1/10 of the bands I listen to.

Oh, the declining Apple products…  This is pretty much common knowledge, among my inner circle, & sad.  Ever wonder if Apple had it right & just need to fix the stuff that is now trash.  I’m an iTunes user & the changes to iTunes have really got me thinking about jumping ship.

A TON of cell phone users in Ontario & other parts of Eastern Canada complaining on Friday about an Amber Alert on their cell phone.  They wanted a cell phone, so deal with all of the stuff that comes with it.

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DIXIE CHICKS

I’m using the 4 CDs Kim has.  I don’t listen to them much, but I do like them.  There’s probably some twang in there but it doesn’t bother me at all.  They’ve got an acoustic guitar, banjo, & fiddle along with many other instruments when needed.  They came to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan after I was out of my therapy.  Kim went with a friend & I should have gone too, bad call on my part!

 

1998   WIDE OPEN SPACES

 

1999   FLY

 

2002   HOME

 

2006   TAKING THE LONG WAY

I wish they we’re making new music today.  I’m not a big fan of country music & Kim’s not a fan of metal or rock.  I can deal with “Dixie Chicks” & she likes this song by “Tool”

 

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Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

CANADIAN RED CROSS/METAL’S BIG 4

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I fell asleep to “Smashing Pumpkins” the album “SHINY & OH SO BRIGHT VOL. 1 / LP: NO PAST.  NO FUTURE. NO SUN”

I exercised to “Muse” the album “Simulation Theory”

 

Please donate to the Canadian Red Cross for my birthday on January 30th?  Still 7 weeks left to donate.  I don’t even know whose blood is in me, however, it did save my life.  The goal is $1000, just started & were at $60.  I used to donate blood, but now I can’t.  Donate money, blood, refreshments after a blood donation, or any way you can, please?

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Kim told me on the weekend not to make any plans, so I didn’t.  She comes home from work yesterday & tells me “We’re going here on this day & here after that, then these people are coming here & later on these people are coming here.”  She’s hilarious, but it’s all marked down & I’m up for it.  This is why I let her make the plans or include her in an email or Facebook message.

She’s working from home today.  She’s been feeling like there’s a cold coming on since Sunday.

Every day I think to myself “I’ll take it easy on myself”.  Then I go all out to achieve the amount I have set out for myself.  I do the full amount & realize that “OH SNAP, I’ll be sore tomorrow”!  I didn’t pace myself in to this year, I just went all out beginning January 2nd, that was dumb on my part.  Not too painful to stop, just enough to tell my body “HEY, IDIOT, PACE YOURSELF!”

No hot water Monday.  1 of the 2 water heaters died aka I festered in my filthy sweat all day.  Tuesday it was replaced aka then I smelled & felt better!  On Tuesday, I did crash my head on the inside top of the fridge.  I need to stand up for something on the top shelf of the fridge, 2nd shelf of the upper cupboards, or the 2nd shelf of the pantry.

 

I guess I’d better get my sorry butt to the movies.  I missed “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the theaters & “Aquaman” could be missed in theaters also!

 

We did watch “Bird Box” on Netflix.  I highly recommend it.  It’s a thriller, not a horror movie.

 

Hear the late Chester Bennington on Lamb of God guitarist, Mark Morton’s, solo album.

 

Here’s part of the reason I have issues with country music.  The main reason is, it’s pop music with a thick Southern accent.  I really have issues with any Southern accent.  Kim was listening to the audiobook for “The Help” & then the movie, I couldn’t handle the southern accent, but I made it through the movie.

Also, someone please explain to me how does Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum & many more fit into the country music genres?  How different is their music to Taylor Swift’s pop now or Taylor Swift’s country & now pop?

I know I’ll get some backlash on this since I listen to metal & rock.  I’ll take some older style country music.  Like the Walmart yodeling kid.  At least he’s doing actual country music instead of generic pop music with a twang.

Here’s a country music fan on the state of country music.

 

 

THE BIG 4 OF METAL

Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, & Anthrax.  I like all 4 bands, Slayer in small doses though.  They’re all great & I think out of the 4 Metallica might be the most remembered when they retire.  Slayer are on their final tour.

My question is, are Metallica a metal band, a rock band or am I jaded?  In Regina our rock station only plays the odd Metallica song, but nothing from the other bands in the big 4.  Is it because they’re generic enough to play on the radio or because they’re a house hold name?  I can guarantee you’ll never hear the other 3 bands on the radio in Regina, maybe Anthrax but not likely.  Another question, why wasn’t it the big 5?  Pantera was a power house, they should have been included!

I’ve heard many songs from Metallica on the radio though, I like Metallica I’m not trying to dump on them.

Now, with Slayer retiring, who will take their place in the big 4?  I’ve heard other people mention Lamb of God, which would be great for me, but not for other fans of metal.

Don’t worry, these are the radio friendly rock songs by Metallica.

 

So, would you classify these songs as metal or rock?  These are some of the Metallica songs that are played on the radio.  I’d put their first 5 albums & the recent album as metal, pretend St. Anger was never made & call the other albums rock albums.  How would you break them down?

 

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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