HOLY LACK OF MOTIVATION

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300 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

200 Crunches

200 Leg lifts

100 Squats while balancing on my toes.  (I fell…again…on Wednesday)

100 Back flexes

2 days of yoga

 

I fell asleep to “I Built The Sky” the album “The Zenith Rise”

I exercised to “Better Than Ezra” the album “Deluxe”

 

I didn’t do my job on Monday or Tuesday.  I did my weights & such on Wednesday, 15 minutes later my arms were shaking.  Tuesday was TERRIBLE!  I slept fine, woke up around 7:30 am, and wasted the day falling in & out of sleep until almost 1:00 pm.  Got up, had a bite to eat & then parked my lazy ass on the couch waiting to go back to bed.  Wednesday was better but not great.  Got up just after 8:00 am then proceeded to do anything but exercise until a bit after 11:00 am.

Thursday was GREAT!  Got everything done by 1:00 pm & finally felt comfortable playing guitar in a wheelchair, I played for 2:30 hours in the afternoon & about an hour in the evening!  Being comfortable and being in the proper position of upright made a world of difference.  Everything is much easier when I’m comfortable & relaxed!

I sat down on the couch with a coffee to watch the Canadian 24 hour news…WOW…just like every other news station “WERE ALL GONNA DIE”!  Yeah, I was surprised, actually SHOCKED, that Canada had enough news to fill 24 hours too!

Dearest broadcasters,

Please find anything else to broadcast other than Covid-19 stuff & re-runs.  I guarantee that your ratings will spike.

Sincerely,

A REALLY bored viewer

I really don’t even watch much TV as it is, & now that it’s only news & repeats I’ve almost forgotten that we have a TV.  With so many people dying from this virus, I gotta ask “Where did all the good people go?”  Who’s spreading this?  Is this Darwin’s sick & twisted theory of natural selection put into action?

I saw that the government is giving small business owners $2000/month for the next 4 months.  I’d take that for a year please?  This is pretty much a guarantee of NOT happening.  I’ll start saving my pennies & continue to cut back/eliminate other non-essential purchases though.  At the very least we’ll have a little more cash on hand!  Either way if I was to buy a guitar it would definitely be a VERY similar PRS.

SE Paul's Guitar - Aqua

Far more important financial matters to take care of.  I’ve got my 4 electric guitars, my acoustic, & 1 future electric.  It was ordered on January 15th & it was supposed to be here in April.  I got an email on March 2nd that it’s been delayed until August.  Can’t do anything about that or this Virus stuff that I’m sure will push it back more.  In the end, I’m getting a new guitar & I’d much rather have it made properly than get a guitar that’s been slapped together in a panic.

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

The weirdest thing about being isolated is that this is FAR TOO CLOSE to my daily life.  I exercise, talk to my dog, play guitar, bomb around this place in my wheelchair, watch a minimal amount of TV & go to bed.  Wake up &……REPEAT!  Everybody’s complaining about being quarantined for so long?  It’s been…what…2 weeks, try 6 or 7 years, 2 weeks of quarantine is nothing once you get used to it.

Well, to each their own I guess??  Good thing all of those multi thousand dollar guitar amplifiers didn’t have a good distortion channel so the purchase of a $120 effect pedal was needed (I had one….19 years ago).  I have an 8” speaker in my Roland Cube combo.  That pedal is fun to mess around with, for me it was nothing but a toy.  I’ve watched a TON of his videos & he seems to be a really good guy, this is just a matter of taste.

HE WAS LEARNING “GREEN DAY” ON THE PIANO AS A KID!  GOOD GRIEF I’M OLD!!!!!

 

“Nothing but Thieves” have an actual video now for their single off of what I assume to be a near future album.  Other than “Billie Eilish” they’re likely one of the very few ‘new’ (2015) bands I enjoy.

The new album “Gigaton” from “Pearl Jam” is out today.

 

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“…ON AGAIN, OFF AGAIN, ON AGAIN, OFF…”

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I fell asleep to “Nothing But Thieves” the album “Nothing But Thieves”

 

The house is off of the market come the end of March.  No such thing as a wheelchair accessible bungalow under $380,000 in Regina now anyway.  It was here in October but I haven’t seen one since.  My biggest source of stress is gone…for now, it’ll likely show up next year?  “There’s a showing tomorrow afternoon, leave the house.”  Yeah it’s super easy to do when you’re physically handicapped & can’t drive!

Feedback after a showing, “I didn’t like the paint.  The cabinets were too dark.  There was too much empty space.”  That was all in the photos on the website, why did you bother looking at it?  Thanks for wasting our time & your time!

I’m going to save my money for Brewster’s medical bills a trip with Kim eventually, and when the right time comes along (which is NEVER) this…

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

…because that’s what I want.  I’ll stream my music, BLAH, & continue to cut other good things out.  How am I going to pay for it?  Don’t have a clue?

I was supposed to have a doctor appointment for some routine refills on Monday.  It was cancelled instead & sent by fax to the pharmacy.

People still think it’s OK to leave the city instead of going home.  Not my problem, when these people get back, stay away from everyone!  BE A GLOBAL CITIZEN!

 

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

ARE YOU BORED?  READ THIS TO PASS THE TIME!

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300 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

600 Crunches

600 Leg lifts

300 Squats while balancing on my toes.  (I fell…again…on Wednesday)

300 Back flexes

2 days of yoga

 

I fell asleep to “Tool” the album “Fear Inoculum”

I exercised to “Big Wreck” the album “…but for the sun”

 

I do go to bed around 9:30 pm, however I don’t fall asleep until around 1:00 – 2:00 am.  I’ve been getting out of bed in the middle of the night watching guitar lessons on www.youtube.com or practicing song parts on an unplugged electric.  Just trying desperately to tire myself out.

I have trouble sitting still.  My brain is constantly thinking about what to do next.  Just when I think I’m caught up, I find something else that I should do.  Kim tells me to relax & watch a movie or some TV, honestly I don’t know how to relax, and I’m restless.

I watched a bit of TV this week, a hospital drama with a story about a cancer patient.  Immediately after the guy found out, he started crying his eyes out while hugging his wife.  All I could think was “Yep, I’ve been there”.  Then they spoke about how the patient & family live before they know about the cancer & after they know.  I couldn’t relate to that, I didn’t know.  I blacked out & a month later I woke up in the ICU.  It was a very weird experience, I knew something wasn’t right but I didn’t know what had happened or why I was wherever I was.  That month in a coma flashed by in the blink of an eye for me.

Everybody else is alert and worrying, meanwhile the person they’re worried about is clueless.  It’s weird when everybody is worrying about you & you don’t know why?  All of that garbage you her about cancer survivors going through & coming out OK on the other side.  I’ve been through a lot of it, but I’m still not all the way through it.

Best thing I can say about the coronavirus is, if you feel sick don’t worry about the outcome.  Do what you’re told to do & everybody around you will take care of the worrying part.  Remember that this virus has the highest death rate of 4% in China.  My brain cancer had an 85-95% chance of a death rate & was supposed to come back in 2013, it didn’t & I’m here.  Anybody with the virus is already ahead of me!  Stay positive & take care of yourself.  I know it’s easier said than done, trust me.

So people are worried about being quarantined for 2 weeks or a couple of months.  I’ve been quarantined since 2008.  I can’t drive.  On an average week I leave the house for maybe 3 hours?  I can’t get onto our balcony with my wheelchair.  If I want some fresh air I open the balcony door.  I don’t even get the luxury of driving to work.  I open the bedroom door & I’m already there.  I already don’t leave the house much.  Being quarantined for a bit isn’t that bad.

Just when I think this selling our condo deal is over, a place down the hall sells & we’re back in limbo.  Are we staying on the market or are we off?  I think we’re going to keep it on the market?  The place that sold was very similar in size, we’ll see what happens…

Sorry about the guitar babbling.  It’s a deep rooted passion of mine actually my only real hobby.  Guitar is what I like to do for my ‘me’ time.  So regarding the quarantine we’re all doing to keep as many people healthy as possible, welcome to my life!  I get up, have breakfast, exercise, shower, eat a little more, and avoid TV then play as much guitar as possible.

With my left arm being slightly weak from my cancer, I’m a bit slow along the fret board.  After a really good play through of a list of I gathered Wednesday night, I can say that it was a REALLY good day on the guitars.  Nothing I’ve ever played live before all newer songs, to me on a guitar.

Weird thing is I could play & sing this before, I can play it now & my arm has to move quite a bit for the verse & intro?

I figured this song out too.  It’s all up & down the fret board.  Never played or sang it before I always liked it though.

My amplifier & 4 effect pedals are in good shape & will keep me occupied & happy.  I’m pretty lucky that my current 4 electrics were all gifts.

Well this is a better picture of exactly what I ordered in January that should be here in August.  This will be the first electric guitar that I’ve ever paid for, the rest were gifts.  This is a PRS S2 made in Maryland, USA.  We saved for this for quite a while.

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

All PRS guitars have a high gloss finish to them!  The other 2 I’ve shown photos of were bought before 2003 and are likely under $700.  I bought a bunch of effect pedals (5) I think for $120 each, a Wah pedal ($240), my acoustic ($500), & my big amplifier with 4 X 12” speaker cabinet for a total of $1200.  Not everything was a gift but the important stuff was.  This was all purchased when I was still living at home & had a disposable income.  That’s somewhere around $2100 of gear that was given away (I have some of it).  Nobody knew if I was going to live or die.  Once I survived nobody knew how long I’d be in rehab or what I’d be capable of after.  I was bitter for a bit when I started to play, in the end I’m glad someone put it to use.

I picked “Kermit” out of a flyer, when Kim & I were dating I took her to the music store to show her the cracked floor model of “Grohl”.  My Fender Telecaster was an unexpected, thoughtful gift out of the blue while I was in rehab, I was cancer free but very weak.  My 7 string was a gift from Kim since I just felt sick that it went out of production 3 days after I ordered my PRS.

This is out in Canada this year.  More electronic options to switch between, different pickups, different bridge, different tuning keys, & a different colour.  I hope something similar is around in 10 years?  This is the ‘low’ priced PRS SE made oversea.  Kim helped me save for the PRS S2, the more expensive one (above), then bought the 7 string for my birthday at the end of January with her overtime money.  I’ll be saving for this myself with many other priorities ahead of this purchase.  I wouldn’t even think about it if it wasn’t completely different.  Yes, I research these big purchases of mine.

There’s a different PRS that will do EVERYTHING.  I don’t want that guitar or any other for that matter.  Something that does everything takes the fun & difficulty out of it for me.  What, all of a sudden my practicing is useless?  This would finally complete my collection.  I know I said that before but I couldn’t & don’t need to justify another purchase after this.  There is such a thing as too many guitars, for me!

SE Paul's Guitar - Aqua

Here it is 2:00 am Wednesday night & I’m reading reviews about how great the value is for what you get from the PRS SE “Paul’s Guitar” (the guitar above) and all of the different tones & sounds you can get from it.  That doesn’t help me in any way!?

Here’s what I’m practicing on the 7 string at the moment.

I was going to tune each guitar differently, then I realized something.  The purpose, for me, is the different sound I get from each guitar.  Maybe when my ordered guitar gets here I’ll tune “Kermit” to flats again?

I seriously freaked out when 2 of my guitars fell over the other day.  I rolled my chair as fast as I could to see if everything was OK!  As far as inanimate objects go, you can take anything you want other than my guitars.  After irreplaceable people in my life, guitars are next.  They’re all look different, sound different, & are sentimental in their own individual way, they’re also all out of production & literally irreplaceable.  After playing through each guitar, 1 or 2 songs on each a few times through.  I just wanted to play more & get better on each individual guitar.

Each guitar is unique.  I’ll be playing something, take a short break & think to myself “I should practice this song now.  I’ll have to grab that guitar, it sounds better on that one!”  If I want to play a rock or grunge rock song I grab “Kermit”, if I want to play something pre 1980 I grab my Telecaster, if I want to play metal I grab “Grohl” & if something involves low B string then I grab the 7 string.  They each have a distinct sound & feel to them.

Any ways this was a gift from a very good friend while I was in my rehabilitation program.  This is the semi-hollow Fender Telecaster signed by Ian Thornley, the lead singer of “Big Wreck”.  I play it more now.  It has a great 1970s rock feel.  Really good for playing stuff like some “Led Zeppelin”, “Lynyrd Skynyrd”& “Kansas” etc.  I call this one “Ian”.

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YAY a new tune from “Nothing but Thieves”.  Longer than I’d expect from a rather unknown/newer band.  They only have 2 full length albums & a short 4 or 5 song EP out.

 

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PRIORITIES & EXERCISE

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5 day exercise total; 1,500 crunches, 900 leg lifts, 200 squats, 00 back flexes, 0 pushups, 800 curls, 00 tricep lifts, 200 shoulder raises. Stretching & even more YOGA.

I fell asleep to “Nothing but Thieves” the album “Broken Machine”

I exercised to “The Darkness” the album “Last of our Kind”


THIS IS WRITTEN IN REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA. SOMEHOW THE MAP LOCATION WAS MOVED?
More yoga this week than ever, gets my triceps really good that why I didn’t do any with my weights. I do weights, yoga, & other intense stretches every Tuesday & Thursday. Yes, I fall, I still have no physical balance. I use a chair, table, or wall to balance myself when doing certain yoga poses. So far when I fall I’m just strong enough to fall with a bit of grace & haven’t seriously hurt myself. My back was bugging me Monday, I rested it, put some ice on it & did my squats on Wednesday & Today.
Wake up, have breakfast, exercise, shower, eat lunch, check my computer Monday & one of the guitars I chose is “no longer available”? It wasn’t even the “Limited Edition” guitar? The 7 string Epiphone remains, the PRS I originally chose was a 2018 and more than $1000 less. I do not own a 7 string guitar or a PRS guitar, which sound very nice. Gotta pick one & hope it will happen. Yes, I book marked them so I can stare at them & call them both “My precious”!
It’s been decided 1 PRS next year. Same guitar as featured below, different year, better price! I hope there’s a 7 string around in 10 years, heck, I hope I’m still alive & relatively healthy in 10 years! Now, to start saving! Is this a mid-life crisis purchase? I hope I live to be 80 or more! If I make it to 80 or not this is my mid-life crisis purchase. I can’t drive, so it’s a very nice guitar! This is a LARGE purchase for me, a onetime deal for sure!

Kim gave me the OK for a reasonable PRS next year, so here’s hoping! Gotta start saving my pennies now! Thanks to Tim Roth at Long & McQuade for helping me in my search for the guitar I wanted!
I used to be able to play all the way through Foo Fighters’ 1997 album “The Colour and The Shape” on guitar, most of the 3rd album, all of the acoustic double album, & other songs in the mix, before cancer.



This one is available now & I’ll start saving for it ASAP. I’ll have to special order it in a burnt amber burst colour. This is a mid-life crisis purchase for me!

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/s2_custom_22_semi_hollow_2020

https://www.long-mcquade.com/22227/Guitars/Electric_Guitars/Gibson/Matt_Heafy_Les_Paul_Custom_7_String_Electric_Guitar.htm?ref=suggestive-search

This was in the running but lost out, maybe someday, if they’re still around…& if I win the lottery…..I guess I should consider playing the lottery? Less expensive also. Go big or go home, once! Matt Heafy is the singer for “Trivium” metal music is fast & difficult for me on guitar, I’ll get there eventually for now 6 strings are enough to work with. It is the same guitar he plays in this video & on tour.


My priorities are Kim, Brewster, our family & friends, etc. Kim has different priorities, I guess?
Kim’s dental bill is payed off thanks to her father for helping out, she waited a long time for that (almost 24 years). She used her birthday money towards Brewster’s Vet bill. I thought I’d use my money for other things in the future, save it for a rainy day. She insisted that I use it towards a guitar! For me this is not only a mid-life crisis purchase & a nice work dealing with the cancer situation so far. It’s also a part of getting my old life back while improving it.
Kim works at a job she likes for decent pay. I exercise daily & try to recover while living on disability checks & Canadian pension plan checks that when added together don’t amount to anything above the poverty line. We tend to live in & out of debt. This is why luxuries are usually out of the question.
My Saskatchewan Roughrider season ticket is already paid for this year, so I’ll be at the game Saturday afternoon, & the home playoff game, which is paid along with the season tickets the previous December. That right there is $1000 a year + food & beverage. $6 for a watered down pop is as equally atrocious as a $9 generic beer. I refuse to spend $9 for a beer I can buy a 12 pack for $18 at the liquor store. I rarely drink beer other than a new flavour of craft beer. I usually have a pop & some popcorn or just chew gum to keep my mouth moist at the game, my pills give me dry mouth. I can pause the game here on TV and save on the cost of food & beverage.
A plus is to be able to just watch the game. Now it’s ‘Come for all of this extra stuff, & there’s a football game too’ I’m not a kid anymore, lights & games don’t do the trick anymore. More than I want & prices went up for the new stadium a few years ago, they’re not coming down.
I never watch live TV, EVER! “Oh, the game started? Thanks Kim, I’ll start it in ½ an hour”. Everything we watch is recorded. We’ll watch it when we have time. We’re busier than usual “around here”. No commercials that way.

My priority is to get better, sooner than later! Other than that, I shouldn’t NEED anything, it’s just stuff I WANT. Big difference between NEED & WANT! This guitar purchase will be a slap on the back as if to say “Hey, you’re doing alright. You gotta keep going, there’s a long road ahead still”. One day I’d like to find an online part time mundane job to do 4 hours a day/5 days a week, so I have time to exercise still.
Well whether this is settled or not. Please buy my house & I’ll love you long time…unless you’re not into that, then the safe word is sauerkraut & we can just cuddle in our PJs, eat popcorn, & watch movies. You’re the boss though, this is just a suggestion, nothing more.

I think this would have more to do with the style of music a person listens to. Biasedly though, I didn’t even know other bands had logos.
https://loudwire.com/people-retain-rock-band-logos-most-study/

If you don’t believe in climate change, maybe this will sway you?

The Coming Flood: A Data Error Is Corrected, and Our Future Is Rewritten

System of a Down news. Drummer is less than thrilled with…..

TOOL rushed ‘Fear Inoculum’ release after a 13 year wait????????????
https://loudwire.com/danny-carey-tool-rushed-it-fear-inoculum-album/?fbclid=IwAR1r-4rgCgKrgtyIMBS3HbGwOas532BhTQZ92qDBdsernalsj26h6BC02Ig

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

VACATION or BREAK UPDATE/BIG WRECK “…but for the sun”

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Nothing but Thieves”, The Struts”, “Tool”, “In Flames”

 

I’ve been out at the family cabin since Tuesday evening.  I had 2 appointments on Tuesday afternoon.  1st with a therapist, then with a psychiatrist a few hours later, & a ½ hour since he was tied up in a meeting.

A psychiatrist gives you pills & talks very little, a therapist or psychologist will speak with you about your issues.  I’m good since my one anti-depressant has been increased as of June.  Now it’s more talking with someone about some minor issues & what the future could look like, how to go about that change.

I’m not perfect physically yet, I still can’t walk, drive, or see with both eyes.  I’m likely going to be in the market for a low exertion, part-time, online job.  Something simple like data entry?

It was good to know that I’m not crazy, as I was told at the therapist.  Just out of sorts after an ABI (Acquired Brain Injury).  Kim & I have been referred to a couples counseling therapy.  No, don’t freak out!  There’s nothing wrong with our marriage.  It’s more of ‘OK, now what?’ type of help & direction for us at this point.  I’m not physically well enough to pick up where I left off & I likely never will be exactly the same.  Things will be different, but a new normal if that makes sense?

My psychiatrist also made a very valuable point.  To paraphrase, he said ‘Recovery is a very long process.’  That should explain why this mundane brain cancer blog has lasted so long.

Our summer break/vacation was late obviously.  I don’t know exactly what we’ve been doing, but this was the week to stop & smell the roses.  The internet was the furthest thing from my mind.  Even without a mobile device, I needed a break.  This social media stuff has it’s pros & cons like everything else.

I had my appointments on Tuesday, September 10th.  We picked up Brewster from daycare & rushed to my parents’ house since my dad was in town.  I had packed the evening before & went from our vehicle to his on the drive way.  Dad picked up a few groceries & a few other items for the cabin while I waited in the car.  We then grabbed some supper from a new place, not knowing we’d be getting a 3 pound portion of poutine each????????????????  Who needs that much potato, gravy, & cheese at once?????????????????  No, neither of us came anywhere close to finishing our poutine!

Anyways, we ate some of our meal I the parking lot & headed to the cabin.  After being there for 3 nights & 3 days, I realized how much it’s not wheelchair accessible.  It’s small, my wheelchair was not touched the entire time since it was raining & cold outside the entire time.  I ended up crawling from the living room, up one full step, & down a hallway to the washroom A LOT since I drink so much water.  Having to pee a minimum of 9 times a day becomes very tiring if you have to crawl back & forth from the washroom.

Friday dad & I met Kim in Chamberlain, Saskatchewan which is about a 20 minute drive from our cabin.  Kim & I drove to her hometown about 3 ½ hours from Regina.  We stayed there Friday night & drove back yesterday (Sunday, September 15th).  Relaxing at both places, but also more effort required at both.  More physical effort at the cabin since I knew the lay of the land there.  Mental effort & aid at Kim’s parents’ since I don’t know it as well & there’s stuff I’m not able to do on my own at this point.

When we came home, we rushed around to get everything back to normal & oddly enough, that was when we both had that moment of ‘Aww, now this is relaxing’.  For me, it was just a matter of knowing how to get around here & do things the way I’m used to doing them without having to exhaust myself mentally or physically.

My mother said at the cabin that she wished it was easier for me to get around there, & Kim said the same at her parents’ house.  I get that, but nobody builds a house thinking “Hey, we should build this so a wheelchair can get around easily”.  Why would anyone do that unless already needed?  I’m guessing there are more physically capable people in the world than physically handicapped?

 

She’ll be back TS fans quit crying.  This isn’t a Nirvana/grunge take over, although TOOL could do it.  This will hurt for just a bit, you’ll be fine.  Let me explain what happened in 1991 with a band called Nirvana.  You weren’t born yet…..

https://loudwire.com/tool-fear-inoculum-no-1-billboard/?fbclid=IwAR2A0rNziV2BAi1QUNyqk49yqcCYTMT-Tui0yvnejLPDW5Th7v57cONx1IA

Even as a rock/metal fan, all this says to me is that rock is definitely not dead.  There’s a market for it.  Remember that trends of any kind come in giant waves.  Nirvana headed the grunge movement in 1991 as did Taylor Swift when she debuted.  Both came with a flood of other artists/bands.  If anything is going to make a huge movement in this scenario, there had better be many other rock/metal bands coming along VERY soon.

https://www.kerrang.com/features/why-its-important-that-tool-unseated-taylor-swift-on-the-billboard-charts/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR3H20FMfnaIn7S-hGhn6B5fZs_dtfDuUaOlh8Y0VpTNv1uJpI03RtoOO-M

I found a much cheaper & more practical guitar with 7 strings instead of the same old 6 string style.  This will also allow me different tuning of the guitar without changing the guitar.  I have 3 other 6 string electric guitars, each in a different tuning.  This will give me more variety in tuning.

http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Les-Paul/Matt-Heafy-Les-Paul-Custom-7.aspx

 

 

BIG WRECK album review of “…but for the sun”

I’ve always wanted to sit down, pick up my guitar, & casually play and sing a Big Wreck song.  Problem I that most of them are in some wacky open tuning on the guitar, which is also very difficult to play unless you’re a lead guitarist.  I’m was a pretty simple rhythm guitarist.  I didn’t get my first guitar until my 21st birthday.  Never took a lesson & as for sheet music, I’ve completely forgotten how to read it!  I was always a singer first, the guitar was for me to hind behind.  I could play 3 songs & an intro.  I taught myself some basic chords & a riff that I could play while singing, then it became somewhat overwhelming!

I went from a low bass singer in high school choir to a tenor singer in a rock band as a hobby.  Yes, I still like classical music A LOT.

Big Wreck is not a metal band, I wouldn’t even call them a hard rock band just a REALLY FANTASTIC rock band that doesn’t get the credit they deserve.  They should be a household name like U2, Ariana Grande, Pink, Pearl Jam, or Foo Fighters.  They don’t sound anything like those bands though.

Singer & lead guitarist Ian Thornley is very fast on the guitar & an excellent songwriter as well.

Their new album “…but for the sun” was released on Friday, August 30th.  Not many people outside of Canada know them, which is really sad.  They could pull off a Soundgarden cover, & vice versa.  Singer, Ian Thornley even auditioned for the rock band “Velvet Revolver” when Scott Weiland passed away.  “Velvet Revolver” already had 2 guitar players & their manager wanted to keep it that way.  Ian Thornley basically told him that he wouldn’t sing unless he had a guitar.  In a band with “Slash” two guitars should already be enough!

I’ll start with a song known all across Canada from their first album then a few songs off of the new album….

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE/TOOL

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Tool”, “Big Wreck”, “Nothing but Thieves”, & “Foo Fighters”

 

Kim wasn’t feeling too good on Friday, so she stay home, ate some, felt a bit better & ordered supper.

I was off to Sherry & James’ place since our friend Gerry came down from Saskatoon for his birthday on September 11th.  We just watched football, we all stopped paying attention when it was 34-3 for Winnipeg.  Switched it to USA College football.  Anything but NFL for me, far too slow & 4 hours long.  I believe college football is 4 hours too, it just doesn’t feel like it.

Sherry made tacos for supper, then I came home to string a guitar, did the other one today.

Today we’re just hanging out watching TV.  Kim is still getting over her head cold, draining her sinuses yesterday & today.  She stayed home yesterday.  She wasn’t feeling up to anything.

I’ve got some appointments this week, so I’ll be busy.  I can’t get this wheelchair to move as fast as my mind goes to get everything in order, since February 2008.  Found a bad guitar piece.  Well, there goes $200 until I rip it apart & clean it!

 

Kim got this since I asked her to please buy the new TOOL album for me.  She was in line at noon the day it was released.  The person in front of her had the 4th last copy in the store & the person behind her had the 2nd last copy in the store.  This news is somewhat of a shock, but I always thought it could be a possibility.

https://loudwire.com/tool-more-fear-inoculum-limited-edition-cd-sets/?fbclid=IwAR0ssBFLdQVHqVV5G0PqVMqOr8sBBAfXBUP_Dtv56t4duVpWv2JkcOXkzVc

Hahaha!  Now that’s a VERY cool music teacher!  I think mine would have done the same!

https://loudwire.com/student-miss-class-tool-concert/?fbclid=IwAR1vubBSRdPhJokc8n6qTVr5ZhobI4YkwyVbWSQBNB4JnOtyaJuy2slT3QI

I wouldn’t worry Taylor Swift fans, she’s not going anywhere.  I’m not a fan but she has built a career for herself.  She’ll keep doing her thing until she doesn’t enjoy it.

 

TOOL – An album highly anticipated after a 13 year wait!  “FEAR INOCULUM”

The spring of 2006 saw the release of Tool’s 4th full length studio album as of August 30th, 2019 we now have the follow up album.  To say there has been hype, excitement, & anticipation among fans would be a serious understatement.  Yes, I’m a TOOL fan.

After 13 years it you’d assume fans would get tired of waiting & drop TOOL for something new.  Not the case at all.  Past fans & new fans came out in droves to get this new album either through streaming, downloading, or purchasing the physical version.  I bought the CD, & downloaded the 3 extra interludes on iTunes.

The CD was $70 + tax.  Had I been there to buy it I likely wouldn’t have, it’s here & the artwork is INCREDIBLE!  A 36 page booklet of photos, embossing, & for, what I believe is the first time for TOOL, lyrics.  The packaging of this album is phenomenal!

The case opens into three panels.  First panel is the enclosed booklet, middle/2nd panel is the housing for the 4” video screen a ½” higher on the middle panel.  The video inside begins playing when the entire case is opened & stops when closed.  It’s not a song but there is some ambient sound behind a video of TOOL style artwork.  I believe the video is re-chargeable but I have yet to try that.  The final panel has an enclosed space for the CD, which is inside of a cardboard sleeve inside the panel.  Everything has lavish artwork & is embossed to have texture throughout the case.

TOOL has now embraced technology.  As of the middle or beginning of August, the entire TOOL discography was added to digital/online formats.  That & the 13 year wait should easily explain why a band like TOOL is so high up on the music charts.

As for the music itself, well there are 2 versions of the album musically.  10 songs on the digital version, 3 interludes over 86 minutes long roughly & the physical version which is 7 songs with no interludes & still over 80 minutes long roughly.

TOOL is not a metal band!  They incorporate many musical styles in their music.  That’s like pigeon holing an acid jazz band as simply a write off as a jazz band.  Their music does come off as heavier music, likely because of the many layers in an individual song.

This & other TOOL albums aren’t typically made to listen to one song, but listen to the entire album & focus only on the music.  This album is VERY long in playing time though.  A free 90 minutes is hard to find.

With 6 songs being 10:20 – 15:44 minutes long you likely won’t hear a radio single.  Each song is different & they all start off very quiet & tame, eventually coming to a loud, multi – layered crescendo mid song while coming to a quiet close.

I’m not going to give you multiple songs to listen to, just one.  Please drag the video to the middle of the song after a few seconds if you are not interested in the entire 15 minutes of it.

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE/BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Finger Eleven”, “Paramore”, “Nothing But Thieves”, “Tool”, “Barenaked Ladies”, & “Slayer”

 

Our “niece” came over Friday night for a sleep over at “auntie” Kim’s & “uncle” Chris’.  They went shopping & bought the necessary stuff to make her slime glittery & cool looking for her.  While they were out shopping, I hung out with Brewster & watched the baseball game.  The kids (Toronto Blue Jays) will be fine in a couple of years, home runs everywhere.

I woke up Saturday morning & had breakfast with Kim & Hannah.  They went shopping again, for a variety of things.

I had a realization when they left & I was doing the dishes.  I become a Dad OMG!  I’m the guy that says “Hannah” in that dad disciplinary tone.  Before they went to bed Friday, Hannah & I watched some Bugs Bunny & Elmer Fudd cartoons.  It was part of that “Oh I can do this now” realization.

The thing that got me was, when she was dropped off here on Friday, her little brother, who is one & 1/2 , saw me on the couch, ran up to me & gave me a hug while smashing his forehead into my mouth.  He was fine, I was in minor pain for a few seconds.  Then he just stood there holding my hand for a while.  That was unexpected & melted me.  Later on Friday I went up to Hannah & said “What the heck?  Your brother gave me a hug, what about you?”  I got a hug & another one when they went shopping Saturday morning.  Yes, I have Saskatchewan Roughrider green finger nails at the moment & my left hand has sparkly green nail polish on the nail.  Both are very close to the 2 shades of green on my wheelchair.

So why don’t we have a child?  TONS of work in the beginning, much easier now.

Kim & I spent the rest of the day on the couch.  We watched “Avengers: Endgame”, Kim watched the show “Life in Pieces” on Netflix.  I did fixed some files on iTunes.  We went to bed early at 10:00 pm.

Today I went to see “Spiderman Far From Home” with Mitch & Rachel.  I already have my eggs boiled, my juice made, & my laundry folded.  Kim went for groceries on Saturday & has some stuff of her’s to deal with on her side of the bedroom, which I can’t get to.

DO NOT WATCH UNLESS YOU HAVE SEEN AVENGERS: ENDGAME!!!

Great movie!  I’m not giving any spoilers away though!

 

“Slayer” must be a little too scary for NASCAR.  That’s OK, sometimes they’re a bit too much for me!

https://loudwire.com/slayer-pulled-from-nascar-sponsorship/?fbclid=IwAR0V7zfJIygzxUiTkpUa2bdF4WlOqyNp2LJCKJcCKwVNuxC_TRWNXoanzLI

YAY Led Zeppelin!

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/justice-department-led-zeppelin-stairway-to-heaven-873059/?fbclid=IwAR3-_OfHfBjY5QhqFcY-nh5krVCaPWGzuFSUhrn6FggLibQhXHX8vkMlC_Q

Only in Eastern Canada, not anywhere West of Ontario!  It’s quiet in Western Canada, literally!  Frogs & crickets at night in the smaller towns.

https://loudwire.com/iconic-historic-rock-metal-festival-lineups/?fbclid=IwAR06xSHfhpMPm0JS_T2opPjJdln4HUc9qVLXK2m9-LZlTQ16GhllcD3kO6c

 

BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH

Our friends got married to one of their songs.  Honestly, that’s why I know who they are.  I only own 2 of their albums out of how many, I don’t know?  They’re a ska band.  A trio out of Toronto I believe.  Catchy for sure.  I started listening to them again a couple of months ago.

 

2004   SOUNDING A MOSAIC

 

2007   STREET GOSPELS

 

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