HOPE YOU ALL ENJOYED THE HOLIDAY BREAK/GRETA VAN FLEET/10 YEARS

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

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

 

I love the fact that everyone’s entitled to a bad day……………..unless you’re me.  “Don’t let anyone else affect your mood”.  Why do I have to be held to this GIGANTIC pain in the butt standard, & nobody else has too?  That’s a TON of messed up pressure, especially when I actually care about others.  I guess I go about it the wrong way.

“I will be albatross…” for as long as you need.  I’ve earned it!  Might as well let me be your human punching bag!

I have the same New Year resolution as I do every year.  Do more exercise, get closer to walking on my own, be more independent, & just get better at everything.  Realistically this year, I need to do a TON more of practicing walking.

Goodbye 2018, you sucked.  Hello 2019, can you be better please?

Well, “Here I go again”

In no way do I want to belittle what people did for me on December 31st.  Ice cream cake & a banner saying “Congratulations on 10 years cancer free”.  That was great after one of my worst days (mentally) of the year.  Thank you to Mom, Dad, Mitch, Rachel, Danielle, Megan, Kim, Karen, & Ray. I hope you had fun!  I wanted to hibernate for the next 3 years.  Sorry for the negative attitude, I just wanted to keep it really low key & drink my problems away!  I didn’t, I was far too sober.  Remember that 10 years ago on Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 I was diagnosed with brain cancer.

For me 2018 was a lot like high school, “When does this stop?  Is there any way I can get out of here sooner?”  I felt awkward & out of place for most of it.  2019 & nothing has really changed.  I’m in a wheelchair & still have an iPatch.  Thanks for the celebration.  I really didn’t want it to be about me at all.  It was a New Year for everyone.

WOW, one day of exercise, when you last did exercise on December 20th, really makes you tired & sweaty.

Here’s what my cancer clinic doctor wrote about me.  The report is actually 7 pages long but this is a small paragraph to sum up what it says.

“A 28-year-old man presented to the emergency room with a severe headache of one day’s duration. A computerized tomography scan showed a hemorrhagic tumor measuring 3.9 x 4.4 cm in the left cerebellar hemisphere. The resection specimen revealed medulloblastoma. He had two episodes of rebleeding and multiple postoperative issues preventing the use of prone craniospinal radiotherapy. We designed a supine technique for this tall man, which was not complicated to set up. The rapid safe implementation of this technique allowed us to avoid further rebleeding and successfully treat the residual tumor. This technique is the described technique in this case report and is compared to other techniques. At 7.5 years after surgery, he is alive without cancer and with only a mild residual deficit. This case is unusual since the majority of patients with the diagnosis of hemorrhagic medulloblastoma died.”

I woke up too early on New Year’s Eve day.  Like 5:07 or 6:07 am.  After flopping around in bed until 8-8:30 am, I admitted defeat.  Had breakfast & hit the couch.  I went to bed around 10:00 pm.  On occasion I sleep for a minimal amount of time.  Usually I flop around in bed for roughly 2 hours before I fall asleep.  I was tired & fell asleep too fast.

I just saw this which makes me feel less worried about this streaming music non-sense, to a point.  Worse comes to worse, google play, here I come.  Don’t screw this up Apple or you’ll fit in the category of Trump supporters.  They’ve all but taken away my faith in humanity.

https://metro.co.uk/2018/04/12/apple-reveals-truth-behind-claims-planning-kill-itunes-music-downloads-7462537/

Jimmy Iovine was also the one that said it was shutting down.

There’s obviously a demand, keep the supply until there is no demand.  If they do eliminate the option to purchase music, I’m not sure of what I’ll do?

On Friday I’ll tell you about my holidays & some year-end exercise totals & top 10 albums of the year for me.

 

Aquaman role inspired by Tool, Metallica, & Black Sabbath according to Jason Momoa

http://loudwire.com/jason-momoa-credits-tool-metallica-black-sabbath-aquaman-inspiration/?fbclid=IwAR3IDMnkokloHaRc6xL0cE9fjJGOcGQkK3J91j3Y3HZaX3nP3XsJKcwz0d4

 

GRETA VAN FLEET

2nd release from them “Anthem of the Peaceful Army” after the 8 song release (two 4 song EPs sold as one 8 song album) “From the Fires”.  Still all I hear from other music blogs is “THEY SOUND TOO MUCH LIKE LED ZEPPELIN!!!!!!”  Is that really the only thing anyone takes away after listening to their album?  If so, thank you, I know what you think.  Please stop whining about them & stop listening to them if you hate it so much!

I will say this 2nd release from them pales in comparison to their earlier release.  It does have some cool stuff on it though.  One song at the bottom to compare the 2 albums.

 

Anthem of the Peaceful Army

 

2017    FROM THE FIRES

It may be that I just prefer up tempo songs?  The first album had zero slow songs.  This second album has a small handful of them.

 

Look at them just releasing a steady diet of music.  Quick turn-a-round!!!!!!!!!!!

http://loudwire.com/greta-van-fleet-plotting-2019-album-release/?fbclid=IwAR3j4A-1c1Gapsb2uAYMkKxz68tSfSm86MKZIVERq_87eynGxN8eBHWWZ6Y

 

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL & DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT

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I fell asleep to “Finger Eleven” the album “Greyest of Blue Skies”

I exercised to “Big Wreck” the album “In Loving Memory Of…”

I don’t believe in making a New Year resolution.  I have goals I want to achieve or surpass, exercise wise.  I’ve been back to my regular routine with squats added into the mix.  I wanted to add cardio, so I think I know what I’ll do about that now.  Exercise bike once a week in the evening or Saturdays & walking with my walker & Kim’s help 3 nights a week as soon as she gets home or just after supper.  My crunches & back flexes have also joined the mix.

4 day week remember.  Each day is 45 Triceps pushups, 40 squats (recommended by my younger cousin Megan Gagnon), 40 back flexes, 100 crunches, 100 leg lifts, & 120 pushups.  For the week that’s  180 Triceps pushups, 160 squats, 160 back flexes, 400 crunches, 400 leg lifts, & 480 pushups.  Next week will be a full 5 days.

All of this exercise is great but I hope to add some cardio on Saturdays.  Walking with my walker mostly & some exercise bike thrown in on occasion.  I’ve only heard whispers of other people enjoying cardio, I’m SO NOT one of them.  Kim enjoys it though.  When she’s out jogging or boxing at the gym, I get the remote & there shall be no TLC on the TV!

After all of that exercise during the week, I get really tired.  In order to walk with my walker & Kim’s assistance, I’d prefer to do so properly, when I’m not tired, like right before supper or ride the exercise bike on Saturdays.

 

 

Really?  “Muse” are back in the studio.  They did say they wanted to release a new album this year.

 

Haha!  Funny tweets about Alexa!

https://www.boredpanda.com/funny-alexa-tweets/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=BPFacebook

 

More news about the Spotify lawsuit.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/wixens-16-billion-spotify-lawsuit-what-you-need-to-know-w514878

 

 

Devin Townsend Project

I had a lot of iTunes cash for Christmas.  James had the latest CD “Transcendence” which I borrowed & put on my iTunes.  Then I bought 2 other albums from iTunes “Addicted” & “Epicloud” all FANTASTIC albums added to other albums I own of his.  I was planning on buying “Transcendence” anyways.  I borrowed the CD from James & couldn’t stop listening to it, so I bought the other 2 albums from iTunes.  I wasn’t a huge fan of his until I heard “Transcendence” the double album version, & the latest release from them, right now, that’s my jam.

I couldn’t get into his former group “Strapping Young Lad” though.  They’re a little too heavy for me.

“Devin Townsend Project” I REALLY enjoy though.  Here are a few tracks from “Transcendence” that I can’t get enough of!

 

He’s Canadian & he did produced the “Lamb of God” album “As the Palaces Burn”

He finished recording it & then said “I can’t mix this????????????????”

Two things that would blow my mind this year is a new Lamb of God album & if Trivium would come to Saskatoon this year!

 

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Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

HOLIDAY UPDATE/HAPPY NEW YEAR/9 YEARS CANCER FREE!!!!!!!!!!

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We had 4 Christmas’ this year.  First up was Christmas with Kim’s family.  Opened gifts here on Christmas Eve, then spent the 25th at Sherry & James’ place.  Played games, had our Christmas meal & watched a movie.  Kim’s family went home on Boxing Day.

In the afternoon of Boxing Day, Corey, Jolene, & Hannah came over in the mid-afternoon to have our Christmas we have with them as we do normally.  No big meal though!  Thank goodness.

The only problem for me was trying to figure out how to get into Sherry & James’ house.  It’s a nice place but not wheelchair friendly.  I made it in without falling!  I don’t think I’ve ever fallen there.  James’ brother Jeffrey was with us for 1/2 Christmas Day, & here on Christmas Eve as well.  He’s a really nice guy to chat with.

On the 27th we had Christmas with my family.  We all did an escape room.  2 teams of 5 people.  My uncle, his girlfriend, & 2 cousins were with us for Christmas.  We had pizza for supper, then opened gifts, & finished the evening with a game of Pictionary & Mad Gab.

After we had just finished opening gifts, my parents got a call from a paramedic in Calgary.  My grandparents were in Airdrie for Christmas staying with my aunt, uncle & 2 cousins.  They had dropped my grandparents of at the airport to fly home.  They hadn’t boarded the plane & my grandmother had “a small heart attack” they said.

They think it was cardio myopathy.  I guess it really damaged her heart & her brain wasn’t working quite right.  Mom & Dad were on the phone a lot on Friday (29th) keeping other family members up to date.

On the 28th I did absolutely nothing, I was REALLY tired.  Kim went over to visit Jolene & Hannah.  Their dog Dug needed to have a play date with Brewster.  Kim thought Corey was working, so I stayed home & watched “The X-Files” on Netflix.  I should have had a nap instead.  I was too young to watch this when it was on TV, but I can’t wait for the new season.

Friday the 29th was Christmas with my mother’s side of the family at my cousin’s house in Rouleau (pronounced Rolo).  Aunts, uncles, cousins & all of my cousin’s young kids.  More of a family get together.  No gifts or anything just appetizers & a turkey dinner.  Unfortunately Mitch & Dad were both ill & stayed home.

It’s REALLY cold out today, December 30, 2017, we’re not leaving the house today however, I’m wearing my usual attire of shorts & a T-Shirt though.  I even asked Kim for some of the comforter in the middle of the night.  That’s very rare.  Make a note on your calendar!

Cold day, a good day to hunker down & watch movies with Kimmy.  She found a “Rocky” marathon.  She loves those movies.  Yes, we own them all, from the first “Rocky” all the way to “#Creed”.

I don’t like to speak about my Christmas gifts.  It’s very embarrassing to me.  I’m grateful for them, but also embarrassed by the amount of stuff I receive.  I prefer & enjoy giving gifts.  That’s one of the reason I don’t talk about what I’ve received.  Please don’t ask?

Well, it’s New Year’s Eve December 31, 2017 means I’m 9 years cancer free.  I’m still in a wheelchair, iPatch over my left eye, & still on 5 medications.  All of that being said, I’m fine.

We spent New Year’s with Corey, Jolene, Hannah, Gosha, Twyla, & Elouise (spelling may be off here).  Yes we were home & in bed before midnight.

Kim has the entire week off, but I’ll start my workouts on Tuesday.   I’m going to change it up a bit throughout the year so it doesn’t become the same daily routine.  You’ll still get a weekly total though!

Just spoke with my mother, mom & dad may be heading to the Alberta boarder to pick up my grandparents this weekend (6th & 7th).  Just the other day grandma thought the year was 1532, she was in a mall, & had been there for 2.5 years.  Sounds like she is doing better now.  When the paramedic called on the 27th we were all shocked that they said Jean Fraser was in the back of the ambulance?  Grandpa is the one with a bad heart.  I guess I’m lucky to still have two grandparents alive at my age.  I also got to know 3 of my great grandmothers.

 

Another tune from “A Perfect Circle”

 

If I knew in 2017 what I know now, Pink, U2, The Devin Townsend Project, & Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds would have appeared on my top albums of the year.

Pink – Beautiful Trauma

 

U2 – Songs of Experience

No, I didn’t care for their free album either, “Songs of Innocence”

 

The Devin Townsend Project – Transcendence

 

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Who Built the Moon?

 

I’ll do a review of these albums over the next 4 posts.  If you’ve never enjoyed U2, you probably won’t like their new album.  As a U2 fan, I REALLY like it.

 

 

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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