1ST OFFICIAL POST OF 2020.   EXERCISE BEGINNING January 2, 2020

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(20 pound dumb bells) 400 Curls

(10 pound dumb bells) 200 Shoulder raises/Chest presses

800 Crunches

600 Leg lifts

400 Squats

400 Back flexes

Walking & stairs start on the weekend (time permitting) or on Monday.

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

I exercised to “Dio” the album “Sacred Heart”

 

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?

https://www.redcross.ca/

I could ask for donations to the Canadian Cancer Society that our team of 10 people raised $75,000 over 3 years for, while I was in the hospital.  I’m asking for Red Cross donations since they’ll help with more than just cancer.  I can’t ask for donations to 15 different organizations.  I figured I’ll try to cover as much as I can with one organization?

I’ve changed my exercises as much as I could to benefit me more.  There are fewer repetitions in a week, but more difficulty in each exercise.  For example I’m using heavier dumb bells for my weight exercises.  20 pounds in each hand for curls & 10 pounds for shoulder raises with them coming together in front of me to exercise my chest.  Once I end up doing 200 repetitions/day consistently, I will increase the weights & decrease the repetitions.

My squats are lower for a longer amount of time & 50 of them 3 days a week are on my tip toes to work on my balance & calves.  My crunches are being held for a longer amount of time as are my yoga poses & leg lifts.  Fewer repetitions but far more intense exercise.

Different muscles are a little more tender than usual the next day.  These lower repetitions take just as much, if not more time to complete each day.  I expect to put on a few pounds of muscle or at least see a shift from fat to muscle.  Who thought me being 226 pounds would look like my clothes were about to fall off?

In other news, I stumbled across a Facebook poll asking if I was for or against legalizing public nudity.  Knee jerk reaction, I said ‘Sure, it’s just as harmful to me as legalized marijuana’.  This was before Christmas and I’ve been rethinking my answer ever since.  Sure it won’t bother me, I’ll head out in my underwear & a T-Shirt.  It could affect anyone negatively though & here’s why.  There are a TON of people out there that will take advantage of this by sexually assaulting & raping those that seem to be ‘easier pray’ by wearing less clothing.  That’s what I quickly realized was the problem with my answer.

I have more music in my collection, most of it is rock & metal stuff.  Not sure if that’s worth sharing with others.  I might do a bit on the Tuesday posts when there’s nothing new that I’ve purchased.

I’m watching demos on the Epiphone Matt Heafy 7 string custom.  Damn me & my taste in guitars.  That would complete my guitar collection.  Yes, as I’m relearning to play songs I knew & newer songs I’ve never tried before.  I’ve been learning much more stuff & practicing at least 45 minutes a day if not more, my fingers are much more independent than they’ve ever been.  What gets my goat the most is, we’ve saved enough money for this Epiphone but the PRS guitar is a midlife crisis/once in a lifetime purchase & we’re half way there.

Truth be told, my midlife crisis was going to be a Porsche.  Well that all changed in 2008, & playing guitar seemed out of the question until October of 2019.  I’m sticking with the PRS despite not owning a 7 string.  Even though both serve a different purpose.  The PRS is sort of an all-in-one guitar with added stuff I don’t have & I don’t own a 7 string or anything with a kill pot.  They’re both more cash than at least three of the 4 guitars I own.  Mine are all under $1000.  The Fender Telecaster was a gift I got while in the hospital & is likely just over $1000.  The only guitar I’ve actually bought for myself was my acoustic that I play multiple times a day.  Damn it I’m specific/picky!  That would truly be it for me.  I look at guitar gear as ‘less is more’.  Right now I play each guitar but mainly the Epiphone Explorer I have.  Used to play shows with my Les Paul styled knock off, I always brought my Epiphone as a backup and eventually used it live in a different tuning.

Matt Heafy is the writer & lead vocalist for the metal band “Trivium”.  My 3 favourite metal bands are “Lamb of God”, “Trivium”, & “In Flames” they have been for the last 14 years.

My left hand was the issue, but even I have noticed significant improvement since I started playing again, so has Kim.  My “Time is running out”.  PRS for now, since Kim wants to go to Hawaii next year.  Save, save, save, & save some more.  We don’t travel.  I’ve been outside of Canada once, to Boston with Kim who was there for a week for training, I tagged along in the summer of 2006 or 2007.

A house popped up on the market Wednesday.  A house about the same size of our suite, front porch, wheelchair accessible back deck, built in 2000, & a partially finished basement.  Looked very promising from the photos.  WAY over our price range listed at $389,900.  I did what I always do.  Stayed awake, worried & over thought things.  Finally fell asleep around 3:30 am or 4 am.  I finally just told Kim yesterday “I don’t even want to know about a house unless it’s in our price range and if ours will ever sell.”  The stars & moon have to all align & everybody’s chakra has to be in the perfect spot to sell this place from the looks of things.  I’ll sign another contract to sell the place, although I don’t understand how that will change anything.

As a comparison, we were among the first 6 suites to move into our new building on December 18th, 2013.  Our suite is very similar in size, a difference of maybe 50 sqft, but way below that price.

 

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Chris             

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

EXERCISE FOR THE WEEK & GOO GOO DOLLS

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5 day exercise total; 900 leg lifts, 1,200 crunches, 300 squats, 300 back flexes, 150 pushups, 800 curls (10 pounds), 500 tricep extensions (7 pounds), 400 shoulder raises (7 pounds).  Stretching & yoga.

I fell asleep to “Opeth” the new album “In Cauda Venenum”

I exercised to “Billie Eilish” the album “When we all Fall Asleep, Where do we go?”

 

I’ve recently (month & a bit ago) resumed playing/practicing my guitar limited skills after somewhere around 11 years.  I was always a singer first though.  A guitar on stage was something I picked up to hide behind.  I wasn’t a metal growler or screamer, I was a singer.  No, my friends & I are not famous anywhere unless you’ve been to a handful of watering holes in Regina.

It was a hobby that I really enjoyed, outside of dragging my gear home at 2:00 am.  I play at home now with a much smaller amplifier & pedal system.  I have three 6 string electric guitars & an acoustic guitar.  I never purchased any of my electric guitars.

My first guitar ever was an electric my parents bought me for my 21st birthday.  I learned a bit prior to that on my mother’s old acoustic guitar so I could help my friend learn bass.  I’ve never taken a guitar lesson, I’ve played piano when I was 8 & 9 years old, flute from grade 6-10 & high school choir from grade 10-graduation.

I just picked up the guitar initially to help our cover band’s bass player out.  He had never done anything musically before, so I did what I could along with 2 other friends to help him out.

My 2nd guitar I bought for myself, my acoustic guitar.  I play it when I’m too lazy to go the extra 10’ to plug in an electric guitar to my amplifier.

My wife bought me my 3rd guitar for our first Christmas as boyfriend & girlfriend.  She wanted to learn so I bought her a blue acoustic guitar for the same Christmas, she specified the colour.

My 4th guitar I got from a very good friend of mine while I was recovering in the Wascana Rehabilitation Center from stage 4 brain cancer.  It is signed by “Big Wreck” singer Ian Thornley.  Other than my Epiphone Explorer my wife bought me, this is the only popular brand name guitar I own, made by Fender guitars.

There would be no point in me having three 6 string electric guitars in the same tuning, so all 3 of them are in different tunings for a reason.

I remember the majority of the guitar parts I played in my first/cover band so that’s where I started.  More fun to play a song as I build up the strength in my fretting hand/left hand.

I’ve also been watching quite a few guitar clinics online to learn new songs.  All of this gives me something else to look forward to the next day other than just exercise.  I’ve gotten stronger, & now I can do more things, around the house, for my wife, our now old dog, my friends, & myself.

The way I see it is, if I’m not a part of the solution, I’m a part of the problem.

 

She said it much more eloquently than I would have!  Well done & I couldn’t agree more!

Wait a minute……………..I’ll be 40 in January.  I’m a Muse fan & a Rush fan.  Are they talking about me?

https://thehardtimes.net/music/middle-aged-muse-fan-ready-transition-rush-fan/?fbclid=IwAR0bqeqIlLdS9v-IleKAZXM9CTuXAh4sS_kcRs8MHAQyV0DjpuXmLguRwEI

I saw this earlier this week.  I’m out of touch with the hip cool thing, oops!  First time I’ve heard them.  Haven’t decided if I’d purchase this yet?

 

GOO GOO DOLLS

90s alternative radio acceptable “rock” band.  Acoustic based rock band.  From the USA.  They appeared on quite a few movie soundtracks during the late 90s & early 2000s.  Can’t say I listen to them much anymore but I do own a Greatest Hits album.  I did own a couple of their CDs back in the day.  I have no problem with them, it’s just not my go to music.

 

 

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Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

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HAPPY MOTHERS DAY/ANTHRAX

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Music throughout the weekend.  “U2”, “Muse”, “Odds”,

 

Friday I stayed up late to watch the Blue Jays win their first game after a 5 game losing streak.  They also made me look like a genius though.  Socrates Brito was cut Friday afternoon & Jonathan Davis was called up from AA to play center field.

Of course we watched some shows we both like first, “The Ellen Degeneres Show” & “World of Dance”.  “World of Dance” is recorded for Kim, if I never see it again I’d be fine & not have to bite my tongue.  We both love “The Ellen Degeneres Show”.  I record it in the afternoon & we watch it as soon as Kim gets home.  Kim’s been working overtime this past week.  Brewster lays down & stares at the door waiting for her, usually he waits for her around 4:00 pm.  Friday he was waiting & whining at 1:00 pm?

Saturday I spent WAY too much time online looking for ear buds.  Almost everything requires Bluetooth or only available online.  Having an iPod classic that still works is not great all of the time!  I fall asleep to my iPod & I’ve ruined my 2 recent pairs of ear buds.  The “Bose” ear buds I got for Christmas 2017 lasted 6 months & Kim’s Apple ear buds have no to little audio in the left ear bud.  Before that I used “Senhieser” ear buds from 2013 until 2017.

Every type of ear buds from Best Buy are only available online or the ones in store are $100 – $350.  I found some cheaper ones at London Drugs, but Kim had left to get groceries by that time.  Kim went out grocery shopping while I watched the baseball game.  She came home, made supper, & I handled the dishwasher & the hand wash dishes, that’s quite common here.

Today we (Mitch, Rachel, Kim & I) made brunch.  My parents & grandparents came here for brunch.  Mini quiches, banana bread, toast, fruit, yogurt parfaits with granola & fruit, & coffee.  I’m going to take care of the dishes, since Kim did the shopping & cooking despite my offering to help.

Kim has to grab 2 or 3 things & I’ll hard boil the eggs for the week & I’ve already made my vegetable juice for the week.  It felt weird putting away the bread.  There’s usually no bread in our house.

 

Alter Bridge are done recording their 6th studio album of 14 songs.  Mixing shortly!  Facebook status is as follows…

“Tracking for AB 6 is now 100% finished!  Mixing starts very soon.  Can’t wait to share these songs with all of you”

A new Big Wreck should be out soon I hope!  So far they’ve released 2 singles only.  I was hoping that Friday’s single would be a preorder on iTunes.  I get pretty anxious waiting for an album to be released when I get a single or preorder for it.

 

ANTHRAX

One of the big 4 in metal.  Anthrax, Metallica, Megadeth, & Slayer.  Anthrax seems to be the best mix of punk & metal of the 4.  The other 3 lean more towards the metal side of things.  I have 15 of their albums, a friend of mine had them & he’s a big fan of them, & 80s metal in general.  I’m not going to give you a song from each album.  I’ll give you 3 earlier songs & 3 songs from recent albums.

 

 

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Chris

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BREWSTER EXCITED, NOPE/LENNY KRAVITZ

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I fell asleep to “Muse” the album “The Resistance”

I exercised to “Boston” self-titled album, followed by “Kelly Clarkson” the album “Meaning of Life”

 

Monday I got up & dressed in my exercise clothes.  I did my exercises. Then I wrote my “WEEKEND UPDATE” post, well I finished it.  All of the beginning music links was stuff I listened to on my iPod or in the car on my iPod coming back to Regina.  I grabbed those links Sunday night.

After 3 days of me being away, I thought Brewster would miss me, boy was I wrong!  I came into our condo, & Brewster just looked at me as though he was thinking “Humph, he’s back I guess”.  Dad was helping me with some of my tiny bags, he came in right behind me.  Brewster was much more enthused to see my dad than he was to see me.

He was freaking out on Monday while I was making my veggie juice & boiling eggs for the week.  He even asked to be up on my lap.  He put his front paws on my knees for me to pick him up, which happens very rarely unless you’re Kim or her sister.  Kim told me that he really doesn’t like the sound of our instant pot when the steam is released.

So as of Monday I got as much done as I needed to for the week (food wise).  Kim relaxed on the weekend as I told her she needs & deserves to.

I was speaking last week about my mental health & specifically about my depression.  I mentioned that I was stressed, frustrated, & stubborn.  Both stress & frustration self-inflicted.  I always think, “I NEED to do more.  I can do better than this!”  I am my own worst critic, & brain cancer is what made me expect more from myself.   The stubbornness is in my genes from my mother’s side of the family, mostly my grandfather.

I’d exercise with equipment at my parents’ house in a short lived university student career.  I was in much better shape way back when.  I didn’t know how to study really, so I took WAY too many study breaks at home & spent my time exercising, mostly doing pushups, sit-ups, & dumb bell curls.

I’m no expert on any type of mental illness, I do understand that 1/5 Canadians deal with their own mental illness.  I don’t know of any that do on a daily bases, if I did, it’s not my story to tell.  I personally don’t find mine to be something to hide from anyone.

I guess those that have a mental illness will deal with it however they choose to?  I guess it’s the same way a gay person chooses to announce being gay.  Probably many issues mostly wondering/worrying how others will react.

So I hope you’ll join me as I go into this new adventure?

 

The 4 big albums I’m waiting for this year are follow ups to these 4 albums

2006   10,000 Days

2016   THE LAST HERO

2017   GRACE STREET

2015   STURM UND DRANG

 

I think it’s high time to get over “Creed” & move on to “Alter Bridge”!  They’re “Creed” with music lessons & a tenor singer with INCREDIBLE range!

I’ll take “Alter Bridge” 9/10 times.  I do enjoy the first “Creed” album quite a bit though.

 

LENNY KRAVITZ

I do enjoy some of his stuff, not all of it, but most of it.  He’s 54 years old & from New York.  He’s a solo artist/singer song writer.  Plays really good guitar while doing lead vocals.  Some of the stuff he does baffles me.  I only have 2 albums “Mama Said” & a “Greatest Hits” compilation.

 

1991   MAMA SAID

 

2000   GREATEST HITS

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

 

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Why did this become a music blog?  “Because music is a BIG @#!$%^*&( DEAL”-David Eric Grohl

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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

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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Why did this become a music blog?  “Because music is a BIG @#!$%^*&( DEAL”-David Eric Grohl

“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-David Eric Grohl

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

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.

https://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/you-are-horrible-people/?fbclid=IwAR2KhBAysJ5eg3yXTUENw7WOsKLwJoZkKwD5sgMkvmRq7NvyDT8G0-ipj6U

 

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

Stay safe out there,

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?

https://www.facebook.com/donate/355724371686873/10155740293661087/

 

 

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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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

END OF 2018 LIST PART 1

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I fell asleep to “Coheed and Cambria” the album “Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV…”

I exercised to “Dead Sara” the album “Dead Sara”

 

This is a bit late today, sorry.  We had eye appointments this morning.  Then we came home to do my exercises after & Kim bolted to a meeting at work.

So I guess this makes me 10 years & 4 days cancer free.  The doctors thought my cancer might come back in 2013.  Thankfully it didn’t.  I would have been disappointed, & I wouldn’t want others to freak out, but many would have.

I’m not scared of death, I’m scared of how I’ll die though (hopefully in 50 years).  I’m not afraid of being dead though.  Hopefully it means that I’ve accomplished all that I needed to & it’s my time to go.

How were my holidays?  Very good, but glad to do something productive aka I’m ready for a break from my break.  I got to see my wife’s family for our first Christmas this year, Kim’s aunt Lorna was here too!  They were here from the afternoon of December 20th & drove home on the afternoon of the 24th.  Then we had our second Christmas with my family at my parents’ place.  Family from Calgary & Winnipeg came here this year too.  Good holiday, great time seeing so many people!

We had multiple Christmas’.  Kim’s family, my family, Timothy Wong & his son Nicholas, Chris Hutton & Laurie with their 2 kids, & Corey McDonald & Jolene with their 2 kids.

 

Exercise total for 2018; 26,675 pushups, 14,560 tricep lifts, 26,710 leg lifts, 7,660 back flexes, 15,220 crunches, 14,440 squats.

FYI – I DON’T LOOK AS THOUGH I’VE DONE MUCH EXERCISE AT ALL?

 

Top 10 albums of the year for me!  Singles, EPs, & live albums are only accepted as honorable mentions!  Before we get into my top 10 albums, here’s www.loudwire.com top 30 hard rock albums of the year.

http://loudwire.com/30-best-hard-rock-albums-2018/?fbclid=IwAR3qpfhfv9L9PeqK0DWNNDgSlUcMPaFJxzvorkmoAK1f4xPgMIKIYabeo3c

  1. Stone Temple Pilots – STP 2018

 

  1. Into Eternity – The Sirens

 

  1. Coheed & Cambria – The Unheavenly Creatures

 

  1. Burn the Priest – Legion XX

 

  1. Halestorm – Vicious

 

  1. Chevelle – 12 Bloody Spies: B-Sides & Rarities

 

  1. Muse – Simulation Theory

 

  1. A Perfect Circle – Eat the Elephant

 

  1. Myles Kennedy – Year of the Tiger

 

  1. The Struts – Young & Dangerous

 

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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

P.S.  I decided to rest from exercise from December 21 – January 1st.  January 2nd it all started up again.

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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Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

40th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY/MUSE – SIMULATION THEORY

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Music from this weekend!  “Foo Fighters”, “The Struts”, “Boston”, “Norman Greenbaum”, “Young MC”, & “Muse”

 

The BIG 40th wedding anniversary of my parents was on Saturday.  Yes, I’m 38.  They had me the same year they were to turn 21, I came along before their 21st birthdays.  My birthday is in January.  My brother came into the mix in 1987.  Yeah, 7 years between Mitch & I.  He’s bigger than me, especially now that I’m in a wheelchair!  Hahahahaha!

I don’t speak well so I wrote the speech & Mitch read it, added a few things & delivered the speech at the party.  My immediate family means the world to me, there’s no way I could live in a different city, province, or country.  My in-laws celebrate their 40th anniversary next weekend.  Unfortunately we won’t see them until Christmas.

It was a lot like our wedding for me.  Lots of visiting not enough drinking at the OPEN BAR!!!

Sunday was at my parents’ house.  Make your own bun which, drink whatever, & watch the Grey Cup if you like.  Kim’s not a football fan & with Calgary & Ottawa in the game, nobody really cared to watch it.  We went around 1:00 pm then came home around 7:00 pm.  Good times & a TON of people to catch up with!

Sunday was for the friends & family who didn’t have to travel home until Monday.

 

If you don’t believe in climate change, can I ask you why?

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/federal-climate-change-report-759793/?fbclid=IwAR2cYuSo2KGlLM_jdLpcX1Mn4F-1qorutPkfPhuiRCVkUxFk_o_hlh_e9jM

 

That’s all until the New Year.  Be safe & have fun.  I’ll catch you on January 2nd 2019.  Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, & enjoy some time off of work!

 

MUSE – SIMULATION THEORY released Nov. 9, 2018.

I really like Muse, the album “The Resistance” was their first time doing an almost completely electronic album.  Good in theory, for me it was a very weak album.  If there was ever a progressive pop album, “Simulation Theory” would be it.  This album really reminds me of U2’s “Achtung Baby” & I love that U2 album.  Everybody is saying all of the Muse albums sounded the same.  Sure, some of them did.  This is a band I’ll likely never see live, so it will likely remain on my bucket list.  All I hear is “You gotta see them live”.  This is their 8th studio album.  If you were to put U2, Coldplay, the first 3 Radiohead albums, with a dash of Dream Theater in a blender, you’d have Muse!

You can’t make everyone happy all of the time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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Why did this become a music blog?  “Because music is a BIG @#! $ %^*&( DEAL”-David Eric Grohl

“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-David Grohl

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

P.S. Kim has today off, so I do too!  This week will be my normal exercise for 4 days, then 3 exercises 3 days a week.  Then a 6 or 7 complete break around Christmas.