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350 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

200 Shoulder raises/Chest presses w/ 10 pound dumb bells

400 Crunches

400 Leg lifts

200 Squats while balancing on my toes.

200 Back flexes

2 days of yoga

4 short planks

Walking distance – 420 meters = 1377.95 feet

There won’t be any stairs during this virus stuff.  I don’t really want to touch a public railing or clean them before & after I’m done.

I fell asleep to “Queens of the Stone Age” the album “Villains”

I exercised to “TOOL” the album “Lateralus”

I made the font size larger & now the spellcheck doesn’t work?  Sorry in advance.

It’s Tuesday evening as I write this.  Before I posted Tuesday’s blog, I slept in, & didn’t excersise until after I posted the blog.  I exercised to “Chromeo” on Monday & “Foo Fighters” afterwards on Tuesday.

I played my “Fender” Telecaster Tuesday evening & quickly learned the rhythm to this…

…none of the fast licks but the main riff & verse/chorus.  I opted on Tuesday to learn different bands/sounds on each guitar instead of just going from 1 album by 1 band.  Different stuff to learn with each different artist/band.  I found a set list of cover songs from my first band in University.  I’ll go through that to start.  Not all of our songs are on there, I’ll add to it as I go, I think we ended up doing about 40 cover songs & wrote 7 of our own?

I guess I’ll call this a ‘retraction’?  I said that P90 pickups were double coil pickups, they aren’t.  They’re slightly larger, louder single coil pickups.  You typically see single coil pickups on Fender Stratocasters.  Gibson created the P90 pickup to be louder, have a different sound & look since they were on Gibson’s first solid body guitar a 1950 Gibson Gold Top Les Paul.  Double coil pickups were made later on.  They were created to remain at the same volume level as the P90 but included the second coil to add the volume & reduce the hum, that’s why they’re now commonly called “Humbuckers”.  Here’s a Gibson Les Paul 1950 Gold Top with P90 pickups…

Les Paul Standard 50s w/P90 Pickups - Gold Top

Best PRS SE on the market, aqua it is, I’m saving up!  If Kim decides on a trip, the money goes there.  The SE model was introduced to the SE line in 2019 & modeled after Paul Reed Smith’s Core guitar, it’s not going anywhere.  If I could afford a $5000 + tax guitar I’d get the Core model in Violet Blue Burst.  That would take me a decade or more to save for & Kim might kill me if I tried to!!!????

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/pauls_guitar_2020

https://www.long-mcquade.com/124878/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Paul-Reed-Smith/SE-Paul-s-Guitar—Aqua.htm

1 acoustic & 6 electrics are enough for me.  A PRS S2 on the way & an SE in the future & I’ll keep rockin’ n’ ROLLIN’ until I can’t anymore!  Your seeing these guitars a fraction of the amount of times I’ve looked at them!

S2 Custom 22 Semi-Hollow Body Guitar w/Gig Bag - McCarty Sunburst

I don’t necessarily switch guitars constantly.  The feel, shape, & sound of a guitar tends to dictate what comes next.  Example; my no-name brand green Les Paul aka “Kermit” feels & sounds great for most modern rock & a lot of grunge.  My Fender Telecaster aka “Ian” sounds best with blues, country, or most pre-1980 rock music.

Nope, I don’t need or want these guitars!  I’ve got my 7 string “Kiichichaos”, no-name Les Paul “Kermit”, Epiphone Explorer “Grohl”, semi-hollow Fender Telecaster “Ian”, an ordered semi-hollow PRS S2, & one day a PRS SE “Paul’s Guitar”.

All of these above are guitars I either don’t like the look or sound of, that’s why I’d say they’re not for me.  I find a floyd rose bridge to be more of a hassle/extra work on a guitar.  I’ve played 2 in my life & broke a string both times within 2 minutes.

Any & all youtubers I’ve been watching have helped me TREMENDOUSLY in relearning guitar after almost a 12 year hiatus!

If you like checking out guitars as much as I do, I recommend checking this blog out.  https://guitarbrat.music.blog/

 

Good things don’t change over night usually.  As with my exercise & guitar playing.  Practice, repetition & persistence are essential for the desired outcome.  Best thing for most people to remember ‘There’s always someone doing better’.  That’s what keeps me going!

I went walking this morning in our parkade.  WOW were my calves sore just standing up.  I guess the change in how I do my squats was a good thing?

When I find that somethings not working the way I had hoped, I take a different approach to it after multiple attempts.  I try to learn from my failures.  That doesn’t necessarily mean everything was terrible.  Take the positives with you & throw out the negatives, then adjust accordingly.

Example; My leg exercises aren’t helping my calves.  My thighs are doing well though.  I changed the way I do my squats this week to benefit both areas.  Only time will tell if I get the desired results?  I won’t know tomorrow, probably by the end of the month or a couple of weeks after that?

There’s no short cut that I know of for what I’m trying to do.  There are no instructions on how to overcome the effects of brain cancer.  I’ve got to continue to get better at what I’m doing.  I can’t just throw my hands in the air, walk away, & say “Ah, good enough!”  I literally can’t “walk” away…I should have said “roll”.

Since everyone is stuck at home, you might as well use this time to do all of those little things around your house that you never have time to do.  Don’t do them all at once though!  Spread them out, who knows how much free time you’ll have?  If you’ve already done most of the stuff around your house, was there anything else on your list to accomplish?  Don’t most people want to lose weight and get healthier?  Now’s the time!  What else do you have to do?

Call, text, Facebook, Tweet, Instagram, Skype, video chat, or email someone to participate with you.  That will make you accountable for meeting your goal that day!  Contact them before & after, have fun with it!

I know I yap about guitars a LOT, but there’s a reason for that.  I’m home with Brewster 9-10 hours a day.  I eat, exercise, shower, watch very little TV, & play guitar.  Until this past September I didn’t have much to look forward to the next day after I finished my exercises.  Now I have this hobby I LOVED doing back in my life for the first time since the beginning of February 2008.

I was watching this on “The Ellen Degeneres Show” the other day & did it Thursday (4 takes since I kept messing up the words) before I did my weight exercises.  I challenge Mitch Fraser, Cameron Rorquist, Sukhdeep Sandhu.  I’m only supposed to tag 3 people, but if you’re reading this, I challenge you.  If a 40 year old physically handicapped guy can do it, so can you!  I tried to sing a few different songs but messed up the lyrics the video is my 4th attempt.

My video is on the Facebook page.

 

The new album from thrash metal group “Testament” is GREAT!  “Titans of Creation”

EXPLICIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Under rated albums of the 1990s.

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

 

EARTHSIDE

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

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

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

 

2015   A DREAM IN STATIC

 

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4 day exercise total; 400 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 300 squats, 200 back flexes, 500 curls 10 pounds on left arm & 7 pounds on right arm, 300 tricep lifts w/5 pound weight, 200 shoulder raises w/5 pound weight,  stretching, & yoga.

I fell asleep to “Sum 41” the new album “Order in Decline”

I got up too early to turn on the music today.  Last night I also listened to “Live” the 25th anniversary edition of “Throwing Copper”

 

I had my 2nd appointment with my psychiatrist.  I think my pills are helping, quite a bit!  Just waiting for a referral to a psychologist or therapist to talk to.

Honestly it’s little things that drive me nuts, I don’t talk about them, & eventually I just blow up on whoever, despite them not doing anything.  Mainly technology.  It feels like “Here’s a bunch of new stuff for you, we built it, and you figure it out”.  At least IKEA gives you a page of instructions.  Fix the old stuff that doesn’t work, then move on to newer stuff we apparently “need”.  “In the meantime” “I need to keep my head together”!  The increase in 1 of my anti-depressant pills has helped, but I think I should talk with someone.

In other news our A/C seems to be fixed.  I’m always warm & I wear shorts year ‘round.  If I’m in pants I’m headed to or leaving a wedding or funeral!  Apple pointed me in the right direction & I figured things out from there, 7 CDs to reload & iTunes should be fixed!

 

Justin Bieber is a BIG fan of Tool!  AWESOME!

What do I think about this?  I don’t care, listen to whatever you like.  As for his wife’s opinion, she probably doesn’t get Maynard’s humour if she’s not a fan of Tool, A Perfect Circle, or Puscifer.  She blew it a bit out of proportion.  Appropriately, Maynard didn’t reply.

In all fairness to Tool, it’s about quality, not quantity!

https://loudwire.com/13-amazing-things-took-less-time-new-tool-album/?fbclid=IwAR0TNSWJqsocVh7NAXSVpeqMfyc9DErzs307fkkiZpR6aCy5oOaLPjctqto

4 of my anticipated albums this year are on this list!

https://www.kerrang.com/features/13-albums-to-still-be-excited-about-in-2019/?fbclid=IwAR1dxnNiBFE79udMh3E2PTdderVy9ngqo2McbRr2NSZsdMZv0XVk2yLLZuE

Bands & musicians after the old age app is applied!

https://www.kerrang.com/features/we-put-a-bunch-of-bands-through-the-old-age-filter-on-faceapp/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR3KcNHE23gITofbbMP9aaaOlYkEl6UCl-bv-9gxFrmC9CmNkZmyxk0Au1k

I guess people miss “Mudvayne” fair enough I miss “System of a Down”

https://loudwire.com/mudvayne-reunion-brbr-deng-meme/?fbclid=IwAR0GdcK8LJBL98lY2kv1csuFX2qiskRgx9Y_lbwt3aVvNZb3l4gVm7vmUC0

Fans of “The Offspring” get ready for a new album.  For me they’re there, I don’t mind them, & I don’t hate them.  I’ve never felt compelled to buy an album of theirs.  I have performed one song of theirs.

https://loudwire.com/the-offspring-new-album-done/?fbclid=IwAR1M_uZxeWGTXi2cyd8hKnG22R0yUZBxPDwuzoPcHBbUykmB5VLASBPY-UA

YAY new video from “The Struts”!  Great band!

I’m not a “Guns n’ Roses” fan, but this is really funny.  Even I know that “…the grass is green & the girls are pretty…” in Paradise City!

https://thehardtimes.net/culture/report-majority-of-millennials-cant-even-find-paradise-city-on-a-map/?fbclid=IwAR2Et0BrYaC4Zx0i0s38cCuDtCaoBEfONKqKDBjHicRuVrzxp1U_lf-CHGI

What I do like about 1987 is “Testament’s” first album, “U2” released “The Joshua Tree”…………………….oh yeah, my brother was born that year!

New video from the upcoming album by “The Agonist”

I do enjoy “Iron Maiden”.  You’d probably be hard pressed to find a metal fan who doesn’t like them.  The singer has an incredible vocal range!

https://loudwire.com/iron-maiden-2019-legacy-of-the-beast-setlist-video/?fbclid=IwAR2EDmH3oGM4HG8dumZGwL9HB7fIaJDol4AQQpnLF6RLmzrnDnsHyrIb2M4

 

DEVIN TOWNSEND/DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT

I have talked about him before, this time I’d like to focus on “Devin Townsend Project” specifically the album “Epicloud”.  Devin Townsend has made too many albums to count.  Including the little that I know of, about 12 Devin Townsend Project albums, at least 3 “Strapping Young Lad” albums, & a handful of solo albums.  Yes he’s an odd, but refreshing, character in the world of metal!

He also produced the 2nd “Lamb of God” album “As The Palaces Burn”  this does not include the first album “Lamb of God” released under the name “Burn the Priest” a terrible album in my opinion.

Devin Townsend is Canadian & resides in British Columbia.

 

2012   EPICLOUD

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

END OF 2018 PART 2

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He’ll be fine but will stay there overnight and be released today.  I’d much prefer it to be me, then I wouldn’t worry as much.

HONORABLE MENTIONS (Really nothing bad about these albums)

Dead Sara – Temporary Things Taking up Space EP

If these songs were a part of a full album, it would easily be number 1 on my list

 

Dead Sara – Anybody “Acoustic” Single

Easily my favourite song of the year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Tesseract – Sonder

 

Alter Bridge – Live at The Royal Albert Hall

The stereo audio is not very good, you can barely hear the orchestra.  The surround mix on the blu-ray is MUCH better.

 

Pretty Vicious – Move single

 

Pentatonix – Top Pop, Vol. 1

 

Tremonti – A Dying Machine

 

Chromeo – Head over Heels

 

Live EP – Local 717 EP

 

Nothing but Thieves – What did you think when you made me this way? EP

 

Fall Out Boy – MANIA

 

Opeth – Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater

 

Smashing Pumpkins – SHINY & OH SO BRIGHT PT.1/NO PAST.  NO FUTURE.  NO SUN.

 

Our Lady Peace – Somethingness

 

DISAPPOINTMENTS

Greta Van Fleet – Anthem of the Peaceful Army

Corrosion of Conformity – No Cross No Crown

 

CONCERTS I SAW THIS YEAR

Big Wreck (Regina)

I Mother Earth & Finger 11 (Regina)

Queens of the Stone Age w/ Royal Blood opening (Calgary)

Comedian Jim Jeffries (Regina)

Foo Fighters (Calgary)

Comedian Craig Ferguson (Regina)

Boney M (Regina)

Usually I head up to Saskatoon to see Trivium on tour.  They skipped Saskatchewan completely this time.  Typical Canadian during a North American tour is, Montreal, Toronto, & maybe Vancouver now.  The fact that I got to see all of this stuff live is pretty cool.  Only had to go to Calgary to see Queens of the Stone Age with Royal Blood & Foo Fighters.

If I had to pick my favourite concerts of the year, Queens of the Stone Age & Boney M. would both take the win.  Could be that it was my first time seeing both bands live.  Boney M’s rhythm section was INCREDIBLE!!!!!!

 

Here’s what to expect in 2019.  Big Wreck, Alter Bridge, Anthrax, Devin Townsend, Dream Theater (already preordered for release Feb. 22), Megadeth, Tool, Lamb of God, Mark Morton (Lamb of God guitarist) preorder January 11, full release March 1st, Rob Zombie, Slipknot, Chevelle, & In Flames (preordered available January 11).  Likely more, that’s just off of the top of my head.

I’m really excited for the ‘In Flames’ album, full release March 1st.

This is a more thorough list of loud wire’s most anticipated rock & metal albums of 2019.

http://loudwire.com/corey-taylor-new-slipknot-mask-2019/?fbclid=IwAR1xPDKeSB4j4cqQw9kMpgEdDRB0pnoRiJw12CzlQSqfTO2tB8FgXSpyfyk

The last Tool album was released in 2006, the last System of a Down album was released in 2005.  There will be a new Tool album before a System of a Down album.

Megadeth might release a song for preorder this week?

http://loudwire.com/megadeth-hints-new-song-next-week/?fbclid=IwAR38eitwXYZOt4__oADBe5vs-qwOZGTWAaAUuYBn7ajv_JrK1n_PQcPXlMM

 

A baseball player is offered more than what he asked for from his previous team as a free agent, $300,000,000 over 10 years.  More than that was offered & he turned it down.  He must really not like where he was, I doubt any other team will offer him $10,000,000 a year to play a game for a living?  Once he hits the age of 30 or shortly thereafter you see almost all players start to decline athletically.  The back end (the last 3-5 years) of $300,000,000 will be terrible if he gets that deal.

 

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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

END OF 2018 PART 2

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He’ll be fine but will stay there overnight and be released today.  I’d much prefer it to be me, then I wouldn’t worry as much.

HONORABLE MENTIONS (Really nothing bad about these albums)

Dead Sara – Temporary Things Taking up Space EP

If these songs were a part of a full album, it would easily be number 1 on my list

 

Dead Sara – Anybody “Acoustic” Single

Easily my favourite song of the year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Tesseract – Sonder

 

Alter Bridge – Live at The Royal Albert Hall

The stereo audio is not very good, you can barely hear the orchestra.  The surround mix on the blu-ray is MUCH better.

 

Pretty Vicious – Move single

 

Pentatonix – Top Pop, Vol. 1

 

Tremonti – A Dying Machine

 

Chromeo – Head over Heels

 

Live EP – Local 717 EP

 

Nothing but Thieves – What did you think when you made me this way? EP

 

Fall Out Boy – MANIA

 

Opeth – Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater

 

Smashing Pumpkins – SHINY & OH SO BRIGHT PT.1/NO PAST.  NO FUTURE.  NO SUN.

 

Our Lady Peace – Somethingness

 

DISAPPOINTMENTS

Greta Van Fleet – Anthem of the Peaceful Army

Corrosion of Conformity – No Cross No Crown

 

CONCERTS I SAW THIS YEAR

Big Wreck (Regina)

I Mother Earth & Finger 11 (Regina)

Queens of the Stone Age w/ Royal Blood opening (Calgary)

Comedian Jim Jeffries (Regina)

Foo Fighters (Calgary)

Comedian Craig Ferguson (Regina)

Boney M (Regina)

Usually I head up to Saskatoon to see Trivium on tour.  They skipped Saskatchewan completely this time.  Typical Canadian during a North American tour is, Montreal, Toronto, & maybe Vancouver now.  The fact that I got to see all of this stuff live is pretty cool.  Only had to go to Calgary to see Queens of the Stone Age with Royal Blood & Foo Fighters.

If I had to pick my favourite concerts of the year, Queens of the Stone Age & Boney M. would both take the win.  Could be that it was my first time seeing both bands live.  Boney M’s rhythm section was INCREDIBLE!!!!!!

 

Here’s what to expect in 2019.  Big Wreck, Alter Bridge, Anthrax, Devin Townsend, Dream Theater (already preordered for release Feb. 22), Megadeth, Tool, Lamb of God, Mark Morton (Lamb of God guitarist) preorder January 11, full release March 1st, Rob Zombie, Slipknot, Chevelle, & In Flames (preordered available January 11).  Likely more, that’s just off of the top of my head.

I’m really excited for the ‘In Flames’ album, full release March 1st.

This is a more thorough list of loud wire’s most anticipated rock & metal albums of 2019.

http://loudwire.com/corey-taylor-new-slipknot-mask-2019/?fbclid=IwAR1xPDKeSB4j4cqQw9kMpgEdDRB0pnoRiJw12CzlQSqfTO2tB8FgXSpyfyk

The last Tool album was released in 2006, the last System of a Down album was released in 2005.  There will be a new Tool album before a System of a Down album.

Megadeth might release a song for preorder this week?

http://loudwire.com/megadeth-hints-new-song-next-week/?fbclid=IwAR38eitwXYZOt4__oADBe5vs-qwOZGTWAaAUuYBn7ajv_JrK1n_PQcPXlMM

 

A baseball player is offered more than what he asked for from his previous team as a free agent, $300,000,000 over 10 years.  More than that was offered & he turned it down.  He must really not like where he was, I doubt any other team will offer him $10,000,000 a year to play a game for a living?  Once he hits the age of 30 or shortly thereafter you see almost all players start to decline athletically.  The back end (the last 3-5 years) of $300,000,000 will be terrible if he gets that deal.

 

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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

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/ALICE IN CHAINS

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I fell asleep to “Slayer” the album “Show no Mercy” followed by “The Watchmen” the album “Silent Radar”

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

 

Weekly exercise total; 320 pushups, 600 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 270 tricep pushups, 80 back flexes, 300 squats.

Tuesday I did my pushups in sets of 30 & only made it to 120, Thursday I did sets of 25 & made it to 200.  Thursday I felt like I could do an extra set of my tricep pushups, so I did & hit 150 instead of the 120 I did on Tuesday.

 

Yes, I try to eat healthier, but I know I don’t eat healthy all of the time.  Weekends I know I’ll likely consume alcohol.  Long road trips I’ll probably have something full of sugar.  Football games we can take in unopened bottles of water only.  If the game is around supper time, I’ll have a burger & a pop.  If not a popcorn & a pop.  Special occasions, I’ll have what’s being served.

During the week it’s always the same thing for breakfast & lunch.  Breakfast is always a hardboiled egg, water, vegetable juice & a piece of fruit.  I usually have a black coffee after I shower.  Lunch is usually fish with lemon juice on it or a deli turkey wrap & water.  A snack in the afternoon is, rice thins & hummus, raw vegetables (no dip), an unhealthy bowl of cereal (multi-grain Cheerios, Honey-nut Cheerios, etc.) with skim milk or some yogurt.

Throughout the course of a day I drink roughly 1 gallon of water or 4 liters of water.  Then I pee a TON during the day & a few times in the middle of the night.  You’ve likely never seen a guy get into a wheelchair in record time.  If I have to pee, look out & get out of the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All food in moderation.  Most diets are not maintainable.  I wouldn’t go on a specific diet, but that’s just me.  I know I’ll run into stuff that don’t fit in a specific diet.  I’m not going to say “No thanks” at something I’d like.  I just control the amount of it that goes into my body.

 

ALICE IN CHAINS

This is one of the forgotten ‘grunge’ bands.  They were immediately thrown into the metal category.  If any ‘grunge’ were to be lumped in with metal groups, I personally would put Soundgarden in.  Who really cares what a band or artist is labeled as?  Do you like them or not?  I think that’s the only thing that should matter.  I quite like this group, only the stuff singer, Layne Staley, did with them.  Layne Staley overdosed on heroin.  It seems like most ‘grunge’ musicians loved that stuff, but couldn’t see that it could kill them or learn from what happened to the previous individual they knew.  This group has a ton of albums they released with Layne.  I’ll give you one song from each album or EP.

 

1990    FACELIFT

 

1992    DIRT

 

1992   SAP EP

 

1994   JAR OF FLIES

 

1995    ALICE IN CHAINS

That may not seem like a TON of albums but I have the 3 CD boxset, Greatest Hits, a live show, & MTV unplugged, & the newer albums that just don’t sound like ‘Alice in Chains’

I had to share this since ‘In Flames’ a Swedish group just covered it on a 4 song EP

 

Big Wreck covered Rush

 

“Oh my goodness there’s a band that sounds just like Led Zeppelin!”  Relax, no one is going to die or be harmed in anyway.  I like their music & I agree they do sound like Led Zeppelin.  Guess what?  I like Led Zeppelin too.  Dear internet, the more you complain about them sounding too much like Led Zeppelin, the more attention they get.  CHILL OUT!

 

Can you believe anyone had an issue with Marilyn Manson?  (Lil’ bit of sarcasm)

 

November 2nd, I can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

New TLC show I can watch with Kim & not yell at the TV………………so far.

 

‘The Catcher in the Rye’ & ‘A Long Way Gone’ are my 2 favourite novels.  I read ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ for English class in 1998 for English class! ‘A Long Way Gone’ I read in Boston when Kim went there for a week of training.

The entire reason I signed in to www.youtube.com I wanted to see this guy drain a swollen spider bite full of puss & blood!  That was gross, he just kept pulling a string of puss out of his neck for 3:00 minutes.

 

New song & video by Muse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

New album in November!!!!!

 

Sign language interpreter at a Lamb of God concert.  News story, very little Lamb of God.

https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Culture/sign-language-interpreter-slays-heavy-metal-concert/story?id=56646939

 

I was playing the Chamber Choir I was in during high school, on my iTunes.  It would play one song & after each song I played, it wanted to play “Slayer’s” album “Seasons in the Abyss”.  Not what I was looking for at the time Apple.  My brother knew how to convert the cassette to an iTunes file.

 

New “Halestorm” song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Album Friday, July 27th.

 

The more you share this, the more readers I get.  No, I’m not profiting from this in any way.  I can’t tell who’s reading this but thank you!

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