WHY SO MUCH GUITAR TALK?

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I fell asleep to “Tool” the album “Lateralus”

I exercised to “Haley Williams” the album “Petals for Armor”

 

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Remember how I said on Friday that I was going to watch guitar videos on www.youtube.com for a while?  That lasted about 30 minutes, I wound up playing guitar for about 6 hours of the day.  At least it was a productive practice!

I tried guitar hack #5 below & it works!  I bought one bottle of beer to try out the strap lock hack, that strap’s not coming off.  I play sitting down obviously but I use a strap as an insurance policy.  I don’t want to drop a guitar.  No, I’m not getting 2 beer per guitar, 1 more bottle should do since I have actual strap locks on my other heavy guitar the rest are good as is.  Skip ahead to the 2:30 minute mark to see this genius idea!  A real set of strap locks will set you back about $30 with this idea you spend $20 here, get 2 beer & one strap lock!

I practice guitar so much because I’m trying to get back to 7 years of playing able bodied now with the effects of brain cancer after 12 years of not playing.  Practice over the weekend then I got up at 7:00 am on Monday, had breakfast, fed Brewster, gave him his pills, exercised, showered had a snack, & then practiced from 11:45 am until about 6:00 pm.

I’ll admit that I’m overly obsessed with guitar since I started playing so let me explain this.  Other than just being alive & cancer free, I really didn’t have much to look forward to the next day other than hanging out with Brewster & waiting for Kim to get home.  Don’t worry about not being great full for being healthy & alive every day.  It’s still something I don’t think about every day.  I just expect to be OK when I wake up every day.

Once I was out of the hospitals & my therapy programs it was & sometimes still is “OK, so what now?”  I don’t look forward to exercising 5 days a week, but after I do it I feel REALLY good.  I’d get bored just watching TV after I exercise.  Now that I have a hobby & something I really enjoy working on, things are much different.

I did it before & took it for granted too without realizing how much I’d miss it when it was taken away from me.  Playing guitar is something I can do that is exactly the same as it was before.  This is a case of “Absence makes the heart grow fonder”.

Imagine you most favourite thing is taken away from you for 12 years.  You’d likely gush about it too if you could do it again.  That’s me right now.

I don’t know of many guitar players that have a set number of guitars to own, other than what their spouse tells them?  I’d have to stop after these 2, that’s MY limit, not KIM’s.

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

SE Paul's Guitar - Aqua

If it was up to Kim she’d be OK with the one I have on order.  So in 2 years or more I’ll be using MY gift money for the final guitar & I think she wants to save for a new “bicycle”?  She wants me to get an adult tricycle, I used one in my rehabilitation, those are expensive & not how I want to spend my money.  I liked mountain biking, but I can’t do that yet with no balance.  MY cash is going to a guitar that I can play.

For me it’s about different look, feel, sound, & inspiration each guitar brings.  I no longer play each guitar I own every day.  It’s more of a question of “What kind of music do I feel like playing right now?”  I choose the guitar that sounds best suited for that style at that time.  I felt like playing mostly metal guitar on Sunday so I played my Explorer mostly & practiced some other stuff on my acoustic.

A PRS doesn’t sound like a Les Paul, an Explorer, or a Telecaster.  It’s made to sound in between a Fender & Gibson.  The one I’ve ordered & the one I’m saving for are both different.  I don’t want any guitar that sounds, feels, or looks the same as another.  I played flute and to me a flute sounds like a flute.  With a change of guitar, everything should sound & feel different.  However the player wants to make that change is up to them, pickups, body style, effect pedals, etc.  I can’t get the same sound out of one guitar to the next.  Variety is what I’m looking for.  Will I have a full range of musical variety with 6 different electric guitars?  Nope!  6 guitars are good for me though, the next person might want 3, and the next person might want 30?  I’ve thought long & hard about it & 6 electric guitars sounds great to me!

Why have I decided to go with PRS guitars?  LOTs of attention to detail & the owner, Paul Reed Smith, has been making guitars since he was a teen & lives by a list he made called “The 21 Rules of Tone”.  If he makes each individual part on a guitar resonate as loud & as long as possible, the less it will absorb the sound of the string vibrating.  That goes for each part of the guitar, the body wood, nut, tuning pegs, bridge, fret board, the neck wood, screws, etc.  If the manufacturers at PRS are paying attention to the screws on a guitar can you imagine how much attention they’re paying to everything else?

Paul Reed Smith will go into a music store to do a clinic or Q & A.  He’ll ask someone to get a PRS guitar and any other guitar they’d like not made by PRS.  He then let’s the person pick an amplifier.  With no effects they will plug the guitar into the amp and play one open string & time how long they can hear the note for, this is done on each guitar separately.  A PRS averages 44 seconds, most other guitars last on average 35 seconds.  There was a 1960s Fender Stratocaster that kept up to the PRS but that was it.

Vintera 60s Stratocaster, Pau Ferro Fingerboard w/Gigbag - 3-Tone Sunburst

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

If the guitar I’m saving for goes out of production by 2022 or 2023 when I go to buy it, which I don’t think it will.  I’ll continue to save for the next best thing, which unfortunately costs more.

https://www.long-mcquade.com/162916/Guitars/Hollow-body-Electric-Guitars/Paul-Reed-Smith/S2-McCarty-594-Thinline-Electric-Guitar-with-Gigbag—Frost-Blue-Metallic.htm

Or as a last resort this.  These 58/15 pickups have a very similar sound & include the TCI technology.  In both of these guitars.

https://www.long-mcquade.com/162880/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Paul-Reed-Smith/S2-McCarty-594-Electric-Guitar-with-Gigbag—Whale-Blue.htm

I don’t want to spend that much on a guitar, so we’ll see what’s out there or if it’s not a PRS that interests me, I’ll stop all together.  I was a Gibson/Epiphone fan for years, I still am.  I have 2 Epiphones & Gibson’s are WAY overpriced if you ask me.  Paul Reed Smith is a genius mad scientist!

After 7 months of practice on guitar for 1:30 hours a day for an average.  I’m back to where I was after 3 or 4 months without the effects of cancer….on most things, not all of them.

As I headed to the kitchen for a snack Kim says to me “You should get paid for all of the work you put in!” I didn’t say anything but I thought to myself “Well, I get paid just under $28,000 a year.”

I don’t need to talk about what’s going on in the world, I’m not qualified for that.  You’re better off watching your local news or National news.  Being quarantined has not changed anything for me, & I’m fine with that.  I get to work on myself!

 

Dave Grohl describes the new Foo Fighters album as David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” album

https://loudwire.com/dave-grohl-foo-fighters-new-album-david-bowie-lets-dance-record/?fbclid=IwAR3TF7KSCrhMric0_Idjlf-6peJhY0jY_NNTsIPaWodz-3OTHh19nahb2Fw

Finally “Alter Bridge” released a lyric video for the song “Metalingus” off of their debut album from 2004!

 

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MANSPLAING WHY LESS IS MORE FOR ME. 

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I fell asleep to “Ronnie James Dio aka Dio” the album “Angry Machines”

I exercised to “Trivium” the album “In Waves”

 

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/

 

We did have our “niece” over on the weekend for a sleepover at “Auntie” Kim’s.  Our “nephew” came over with his mom to pick up his sister.  He’s not 2 years old until the spring but he likes my wheelchair and his “Uncle” Chris.  Follows me into the bathroom, I lock my wheels, he’s behind my chair at the doorway, & all I hear is “Uncle…..uncle…..uncle….uncle?”  Then he just wants to push his sister around our place in the wheelchair.  How can you say “No” to that!  Too cute!!!!!

Haven’t really spent money on music, grrrr.  Tried to add more streaming music the other night and it tells me this is “Not available in your region”, & that’s why I’d prefer to use iTunes or even better purchase CD’s.  “Hello streaming music I’m not a fan of you but let’s make this as pleasant as we can.  You do your job, and I’ll keep quiet”.  I’ve been listening to older rock and metal.  TONS of older stuff by “Megadeth”, that I’ve owned for quite a while.  I’ve been getting into “The Cure”, “Dio”, more “Queen” & I now listen & own all but one album from “The Darkness”.  My brother can’t stand them.  I use to play or sing their first hit at band rehearsal just to pester him.

This high voice is about all I can do now.  My falsetto’s there, my real voice…..not so much.  I might start answering the phone like this, apparently it’s easier to understand?!

“Queen” & “Dio” are the 2 main worm holes I’m going down right now.  “Iron Maiden” & “Testament” I’ve had for a while now & often go back to.  The music I listen to seems to go in waves. Pop, blues, disco, funk, rrrroooocccckkkk, & mmmmeeeettttaaaallll.

The entire guitar deal is that my left hand & arm are/were pretty much useless.  Exercising & getting to a point where I had the hand muscle to form any chord was HUGE.  Sure I can whip off some impressive licks if you don’t know any better.  Thing is I’m still pretty green.  I knew a lot, I’ve learned WAY more.  My hand works.  I’ve got to speed my hand & arm up just a bit to get up to tempo.  I need to get certain parts of a song back into muscle memory.  It’s all there & most of it is VERY close.  My right arm & hand weren’t affected by brain cancer.  My strumming, rhythm, & guitar picking came back fine after 3 ½ years of therapy.  I’m sort of physically new somewhat & I’ve advanced, but I also know more of what I used to do & even what I could tackle next.  I’m a weird middle of the road beginner at this point, that’s what I’d call myself on guitar.  I’m just SO happy that I can make things sound like an actual song.  Yes I play/practice a LOT!

Why would I like to own 5 electric guitars?  I see many stay at home players with dozens of guitars.  I don’t need or want that many, I’m not that versatile.  The reason for multiple guitars is different tunings and/or sounds.  Excuse me while I mansplain my reasons.

Just watch enough of the www.youtube.com video to get a good look at the guitar, you don’t need to watch the entire video.  I’ll put up links to the Facebook photos of my guitars on here & the photos on the Facebook page for this blog.  Hopefully the links work if you don’t have a Facebook account.

My 3 electrics all sound different & are in different tunings.  The Fender Telecaster is very much geared towards country & blues music (tuned to standard E) with single coil pickups.  Same body style & pickups.  Different colour & model.  Mine is a much darker wood grain, & it’s my autographed guitar.  I learned some blues sounding chords to play it.  Foo Fighters “For All the Cows” sounds great on it!

My Epiphone Explorer is in a different tuning (Eb) & set for rock & metal music (active EMG pickups extra $200).  Same colour, style, & brand.  Different model & pickups were changed to EMGs ASAP.  Dave Grohl used to play a Gibson Explorer that was the initial reason for getting it.  It’s now my main guitar.  Epiphone is a more affordable version of Gibson, cheaper parts & wood.

My Les Paul knock off is extremely heavy (the weight of 2 Gibson Les Paul’s) & it holds lower tunings very well, so it’s tuned to D instead of the standard E (stock & loud humbucker pickups).  Same body shape, darker green, & probably different pickups.  Mine is not a Gibson or Epiphone brand, much more inexpensive, as heavy as can be, also mine has a metal plate on the back where the neck/fret board is bolted to the body.  I don’t have Grover tuners or a coil tap switch.

The other 2 I’d like are different in other ways.  7 strings instead of 6, different EMG pickups (I paid $200 to switch my Explorer pickups to EMGs), love the shape of the Les Paul & I’m gonna make it happen!  The PRS is a definite go with different pickups, semi-hollow, love the shape, locking tuners, Tremolo Bridge & bar, etc.  Definitely getting the PRS, and the more I watch demos of the Limited Edition 7 string Epiphone that 2nd place is by a hair.  At least I know what I like.  They’re both pretty & practical.  A non-guitar player likely won’t get this.

I should be able to order the PRS guitar by the end of March, then I’ll start saving ASAP for the Matt Heafy 7 string limited edition Epiphone and Kim’s dream vacation to Hawaii.  Half of what I save will go to the guitar, the other half will be saved for Hawaii.  You may think a guitar is a waste of money & that’s fine.  I spend my money mostly on music or music related stuff.

I survived cancer, my wife has been more than cool with this situation despite the times where I’ve been a mess mentally, our extended & immediate families have been great & I can’t rave enough about how great our friends have been, despite me being a complete wreck at times!  We’ve been cash poor since February of 2008.  We’re not trying to catch up to the rest of the world like we were, we just want to feel comfortable in our situation.

Yeah, I’m becoming obsessed with these 2 guitars.

The PRS guitar, I’ll order in the spring, then wait 90 days for it to get here.  If it wasn’t for us living in Canada + the 11% tax between the federal & provincial tax, I’d have it already.  The Epiphone Les Paul 7 string would take 2 days to get here.  Half the price of the PRS guitar but VERY different.  I’ll be saving for both that guitar & a trip to wherever Kim wants to go.  It will likely take me longer to save the cash, so I likely won’t get it anytime soon.  No we’re not going into debt for any of this.  We’re saving by cutting back on other things, such as iTunes (yeah I’ll be using that streaming garbage), coffee & tea from Tim Hortons, etc.

This year, more so than others, I’m all about quality over quantity.  On the guitar side of things, 5 different electric guitars would each serve a different purpose.  My acoustic guitar is for perfecting the imperfections masked by the guitar amplifier.  My exercise is the same mentality.  Each individual exercise serves a different purpose.  Less repetitions with more focus on the quality of the repetitions.

I’m going to pick 4 songs that I’ve learned & make them perfect.  Rhythm, tempo, & technicality, while continuing the finger exercises that got me to this point.  Lead guitar doesn’t really interest me, but learning more about guitar will help me.  Always something to learn!  If I could sell a guitar I would but there are unwritten rules that I have for myself as to why I can’t sell a guitar.  A) I can’t sell my first guitar.  B) An autographed guitar.  C) My main guitar given to me by my wife (girlfriend at the time).  D) I can’t sell my only acoustic guitar.

Now we just need to move so I can turn my guitar amp past 2 on the volume nob.  Ah condos!

 

DC movies are reinventing themselves to be more realistic, a bit darker, while maintaining the aura of a comic book movie.  I’m in!  Margot Robbie plays “Harley Quinn” so well!

I watched “Joker” with Joaquin Phoenix twice since Saturday.  Hands down as movie of the year for me.  Definitely not for kids.  Rated R for a reason.

 

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MY FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF 2019 & A BREAKTHROUGH FOR ME

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I fell asleep to “Queen” the album “A Day at the Races”

I exercised to “Black Sabbath” the album “Heaven & Hell”

 

I had a list of albums that I grabbed this year, & it disappeared.  These are the albums of the year that stuck with me & are VERY memorable for me.  When I say “metal” do me a favour & don’t freak out about the vocals.  I don’t think I bought an album this year with ‘growling’ or ‘screaming’ on it.  A lot of metal vocalists are very well trained at their craft, even the ‘screamers’ out there.  It’s hard to do that.

I’m sure there were more albums that I bought, but these are the ones that caught my attention the most.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER THESE ARE JUST THE ALBUMS THAT I HEARD & LIKED.  FEEL FREE TO VOICE YOUR OPINION ON ANY MATTER HERE!

 

“Opeth” the album “In Cauda Venenum”

Yeah it’s a progressive rock/metal/soft-rock album from the Swedish group.

 

“P!nk” the album “Hurts 2B Human”

You know who she is more than likely.  I do like her previous release “Beautiful Trauma” a bit more, but there was nothing wrong with this one!

 

“Dream Theater” the album “Distance Over Time”

Progressive metal out of the USA, no this guy doesn’t growl or scream.  He’s a classically trained singer.  Usually someone says “metal” and everyone else freaks out about the vocals being scary.

 

“Alter Bridge” the album “Walk the Sky”

Based in Florida.  6th album & living in Western Canada, I’ll never see them live.  I think they’ve done the Montreal & Toronto tour twice since 2004.

 

“I Built the Sky” the album “The Zenith Rise”

Instrumental metal that REALLY shocked me, in a good way.  I’ve never heard anything like it and this is their 5th release.  I’ve got this album & I’d like to get 2 other albums by them.

 

“TOOL” the album “Fear Inoculum”

The only reason this wasn’t my favourite album of the year was that it’s just SO long.  “TOOL” is a band that you listen to & focus on nothing else, like most music is meant to be heard.  There are so many layers to this album & 6/10 songs are well over the 10 minute mark.  I’ve only had time to focus on it once.  It’s not an album full of singles either, it’s an album.  “Fear Inoculum” is roughly 7 minutes longer than their 1999 album “Lateralus”.  The difference is that “Lateralus” has 13 songs opposed to 10 on “Fear Inoculum”.  I can listen to 7 songs on “Lateralus”, come back later & listen to the rest.  I don’t like doing that with “Fear Inoculum”, I want to listen to it from start to finish with no separation.  I don’t have 1 ½ hours to focus on an album every week?

 

“In Flames” the album “I, The Mask”

Another Swedish metal band.  If you want to call these vocals “screamy” go ahead.  They’re called a “Swedish melodic death metal band” emphasis on the ‘melodic’ portion though.  He sings with an odd tone.

 

“Big Wreck” the album “…but for the sun”

I thought this was just my favourite “Big Wreck” album, turns out it’s one of my favourite albums of all time by a Canadian band not well known outside of Canada.  They’re a rock band & if you’ve never turned on a rock radio station in Canada or if you’ve lived under a rock since the late 1990s, you’ve never heard of them.

Honourable mentions. Billie Eilish’s “When we all fall asleep, where do we go?”, “Of Monsters & Men” the album “Fever Dream”, Mark Morton “Anesthetic”, & “Jimmy Eat World” the album “Surviving”.

As for future out of province concerts, I’m going to scale that WAY back.  Too much money I don’t have.  There had better be a show in Calgary, Alberta or Winnipeg, Manitoba & no more than 2 out of province shows a year, if that.  Hopefully there are more shows here in Regina or 2 ½ hours away in Saskatoon.  I’ll go to Moose Jaw (45 minutes away) if they ever get an act that intrigues me.

 

“Paramore” news…

YAY!

What else to expect in 2020?  Chevelle, Lamb of God, Megadeth, The Pretty Reckless, Stone Temple Pilots, Into Eternity, Third Ion, Foo Fighters, Evanescence, Testament, Trivium, and more?  Most of these are rumored releases.

 

HOLY SMOKES!!!!  “Stone Temple Pilots” already have a preorder for their acoustic album “Perdida” for full release on February 7th.

25th anniversary for “Foo Fighters” & from the looks of their Facebook page they’re recording or might have already?

Gave my guitars a good workout yesterday.  After 3 ½ months of 45 minutes to 3 hours a day, 5-6 days a week I’m pretty much back to where I was on guitar when I got sick.  6 Foo Fighters songs down, added in parts I’ve never attempted, very close on 2 Metallica songs, a few other simple songs down, new chords, a handful of other riffs too.  All rhythm & hooks, I’ve never played guitar solos.  Feels so gratifying!!!!!!!  I forgot how much I missed it!  You have no idea how happy I am with this!!!!!!  I was so happy I almost broke down with tears of joy!!!  Just a few seconds behind the real tempo but just a little more polishing to do.

I’ll figure out how to put some videos on here.  Something you should know first though.  I LOATHE photos, videos, and audio recordings of myself.  Take the amount you don’t like them of yourself and multiply that by 100,000,000,000 and you’ll be almost where I am.  It probably won’t happen often, especially since I don’t own a phone or any type of camera.

Well, exercise is done for the day so that means perfecting a few songs on the guitar until… “Star Wars” Episode 9 tonight with my pop!  He got me into this mess with VHS, now I’m getting us out of this mess at the theater!

 

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IS MY MENTALITY ATTACHED TO MY CANCER?/BILLY JOEL

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I fell asleep to “Trivium” the album “The Sin & the Sentence”

I exercised to “The Struts” both albums on shuffle.  If you enjoy “Queen”, I highly recommend them, their not as operatic, but slightly more pop instead.

Well, it was back to the grind on Monday.  No sinus cold to hold me back this week.  I’ve decided each Tuesday or Thursday will be yoga & stretching, the other day will be pushups & tricep lifts.  I need to stretch more, & I think the yoga, walking w/ my walker, squats, & leg lifts could all be beneficial to walking w/ my walker on my own.

As for my mental side of things, I don’t want it to be tied to my cancer but it is.  That’s no excuse for how I acted to people on the original link to this blog in 2011 & 2012, or when I blew up on an innocent victim last week.  The stress & frustration are more self-inflicted.  I always think to myself “This is my fault.  I should do more!  I should get better, faster!  Why am I not walking on my own yet?”

As for me being stubborn, that’s genetic through my mother’s side of the family.  I got that stubbornness & multiplied it by infinity.  Everybody else on that side of the family managed to deal with it properly though.  I feel like all through elementary & high school I bent over backwards, to make others comfortable & it doesn’t seem like anyone will bend for me at all, on the flip side of that no one should have to.  I know that’s not true, it’s “In my head”.

People might think I’m a victim or a hero………………….I’m neither of those things, I’m alive.  To those who say I’m “playing” the role of a victim.  I’m alive & I’m thankful for that.  I hope this makes sense, I’m a hero physically if that’s what you want to call me but I’m a victim mentally.  Everybody has the right to call me whatever they like.  “I’m just a little bit caught in the middle.”  I’m a victim mentally & I project it on others unintentionally without even knowing what I said.  I’m a victim, then I make others a victim.  More than enough of that.  I’m truly sorry & I don’t want to attack/hurt/victimize anyone from last week on.

 

I fell in love with Big Wreck when I turned 19 legal age to be in a bar. That was my first time seeing them. I’m 39 now & I haven’t missed a Big Wreck show in Regina, Saskatchewan ever.  I’ve seen them live at least 12-15 times. They instantly became one of my favourite bands, & still are!  Please help their 2nd guitarist, Brian Doherty, beat cancer by donating to this go fund me site please?

https://www.gofundme.com/brian-doherty-cancer-care-fund?fbclid=IwAR379Q2mDgpmwzvWiDd4XRczFo7qQ3VQw2eWZ8xOj6f9yS2qltyaUCIje88

Billy Idol & Bryan Adams tour, American dates only.  I could do with just Bryan Adams, but Billy Idol should be a good show too.  No, I can’t go.  If it’s not here, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Calgary, or Edmonton, I’m out.  Depending on how many other show’s I’ve been to or have tickets to, our money tree is usually bare.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/bryan-adams-billy-idol-us-tour-828546/?fbclid=IwAR3XCO_FdUEOoQqqjbX-FpvXbxXAXObw1JeeQp6D12iNpY9B3ZLxG9sR0XE

I’m the man baby here & I’m HIGH maintenance, I’m not even the eye candy here it’s Kim!  In order it’s Kim, Brewster, then me.  Kim’s HAWT, Brewster is furry & cute, & I’m just incredibly sweaty every day!

Remember “Woodstock 1994”?  That was a mess, probably a good thing the 50th anniversary of Woodstock was cancelled.

https://loudwire.com/woodstock-50th-anniversary-festival-canceled/?fbclid=IwAR1LuALPceBA9vedxczNWnxlUy6bHTd8v6UEezF9jTFBWIerav_L-mUqeQw

OK, why?

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/woodstock-50-organizers-committed-not-cancelled-828953/?fbclid=IwAR3IVx-H3x59HXbHeS2Nm_xbodyHg9IoeejQYdtFF45nkWPhBxrEhjrNG8E

LANGUAGE, IT’S LIVE MUSIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank goodness!  I can deal with roughly 6 of the groups listed.  The rest aren’t for me or I haven’t checked them out yet.

https://loudwire.com/heavy-metal-fastest-growing-genre/

14 years ago “Lamb of God” released one of my favourite albums “Ashes of the Wake”.  Why are they releasing a 15 year anniversary version on Friday?

https://loudwire.com/lamb-of-god-ashes-of-the-wake-anniversary/?fbclid=IwAR3uhtACd6QklxnlHU172JlZvZxvwZmBRQUsaiEcqrGVJ3LIPHalKZZlz2g

 

BILLY JOEL

He’s been around for as long as I can remember.  Seems so recently that “We didn’t start the fire” was just released, but I was in elementary school, 1989.  I remember going to a sitters place for lunch & after school, she had a son a few years older than me at the same school.  When that song was released, it was all he’d play.  We also listened to a lot of “The B52s” & “Fine Young Cannibals”.

Weirdest time I heard Billy Joel played was 4 of us heading to Saskatoon in my brother’s car to see a metal band, “Trivium”.  We all knew the words & sang along to Billy Joel’s “Greatest Hits” on the drive there.  I only have his double album of Greatest Hits, & the album “River of Dreams”…

 

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Stay safe out there,

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

EXERCISE WEEKLY TOTAL/BEN FOLDS FIVE

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5 day exercise total; 400 pushups, 600 leg lifts, 450 crunches, 200 tricep lifts, 450 squats, 300 back flexes.

I fell asleep to “Queen” the double album of “Greatest Hits”

I exercised to “The Struts” both albums on shuffle

 

Thanks for all of the positive comments they’re great!  I think that when I beat cancer, the positive thoughts & comments may have brought me to this depression thing?  I don’t blame any of you for those thoughts, I think I used them the wrong way?  I probably looked at them as “Hey, I beat cancer I’m a hero!  Listen to me!” what I should have done is stay humble, thanked all of you & carried on as usual.  Instead I let them go straight to my head, not what I should have done!

My depression shows as stress, frustration & stubbornness more than anything else.  I’m not this dark figure with a hood over my face 24 hours a day.  I may have changed a bit but I’m me.  I’m just a different version of me.  I’m happy & I like to goof off a lot.  I am definitely more stubborn.  That’s gene thing from my grandfather on my mother’s side.  For some reason I dialed it up to 100 instead of the natural 10?

I think with that stubbornness came a LOT of frustration.  In that, I wanted to be heard without acknowledging that others may have a different opinion on things.  I’m not a patient or understanding as I use to be.

I was never a vocal person until University.  Until that time I kept my head down & tried not to stir the pot.  I was trying to get through school each day as quietly as possible.

3 things I’m grateful for A) my HUGE support system.  B) I have a roof & 4 walls around me. C) Canadian taxes that support me (sort of) to exercise.

 

It’s coming………………….. In October!  Big debate online over who’s the best Joker?  Out of the

Tool changed their Facebook cover photo on Wednesday!  Release date on the way???????  https://loudwire.com/tool-new-album-2019-change-logo/ More info today!

I can’t wait!!!!

I like the previous movies but number 4, it’s got quite a bit to live up to!

Yes, according to the president who shall not be named solved the reason for my cancer!  Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!

 

BEN FOLDS FIVE

Right off the top I’ll tell you that I don’t know much about him or his band.  Ben Folds plays piano & sings, the other 2 members play the drums & the bass.  Not super jazzy, but a bit to still be played on radio.  I own one CD of theirs & each time I listen to it, I forgot how much I like it.  Ben Folds was also a judge on a short lived singing show “The Sing Off”.  All of the groups were A Capella groups which bolstered the careers of “Pentatonix” & “Home Free”.  Here are a few songs from their 1997 album….

 

1997   WHATEVER & EVER AMEN

LANGUAGE!!!

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

P.S.  Remember the days of Blockbuster video, when renting a movie on VHS was a thing?  Didn’t the label say “Be kind & Rewind”?

EXERCISE WEEKLY TOTAL/COLDPLAY/THIS IS THE UGLY SIDE

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3 day exercise total; 200 pushups, 400 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 100 tricep lifts, 300 squats, 200 back flexes.  I had every intention of walking Thursday & Friday.   There were far more important things I need to deal with ASAP.

This is where things get ugly.  I’ve had manic depression for years.  I was called “Gay” or “Fairy” since I could ride my bicycle to elementary school if I was gay my life would be different than it is now in that Kim wouldn’t be married to me.  Two older kids from another school would hunt me down & verbally abuse me, I was NEVER physically abused by anyone.  This continued throughout high school.  I never told ANYONE.  Until just a few years ago, not even my parents.  This is not a sob story.  Thursday was the worst day I’ve had mentally more than ever.  In university my parents said I should talk to someone.  I did…..once.  I don’t know why or how cancer made my depression rear it’s ugly head again this week (I assume that’s what triggered it).

I’d never hurt Kim or disappoint her.  She’s my rock & the love of my life.  I’m very fortunate to have her in my life.  My depression affects many other people.  I keep my feelings in, & after so long they just explode.  I haven’t viciously attacked anyone through email since the first link to this blog that was also incredibly rude.  Thursday it happened again though & completely unprovoked.  I’ve realized that I need to get my act together & speak with a psychologist.  If I don’t, I can see a very small amount of people that would want to call me a friend.  I’m on anti-depressants & anti-psychotics, but that’s not really helping the issue, it’s masking it from others on some level.

I drink a small amount of alcohol on Friday & Saturday evenings.  I don’t smoke or use drugs, nor do I want to.  Eventually I’d prefer to be alcohol free.  I know I can do that without question.  I didn’t have any alcohol while going through my year in the hospital & very little near the end of my rehabilitation program.  I don’t want to talk about my mental issues, I need to.  Kim said she’d come with me.  I don’t want to be an irrational jerk to others, no one deserves that.  I told you I wouldn’t lie to you so there’s the ugly part.  I may be physically stronger but I’m mentally weak & sick of this feeling sneaking up on me.

I’m incredibly sorry to everybody I’ve hurt with my words.  Please don’t be alarmed or worried about me, think more about the people I’ve randomly blown up on.  They are the victims, not me.  I’m not suicidal at all, I’m just not me.

This is new territory for me & it took me far too long to realize it.  I NEED PROFESSIONAL HELP, & I intend to get help ASAP.  I’ll ask my doctor for a referral Friday morning if he’s available.  I don’t know if my health care covers the cost, & it doesn’t matter.

When Kim helps me with walking, I don’t listen to music.  It’s a distraction for me.  I have to stay concentrated on the task at hand.  Make sure my stride/steps aren’t too big, bend my knees, make sure my heel touches the ground first, control my walker/don’t let it get too far ahead of me, stand up straight, etc.  If Kim hasn’t seen me do anything wrong, I ask her if there is something I need to improve.  At the moment she says that all I need to do is build up my stamina.  I know what I need to focus on but I need an “outsiders” opinion in case I’m missing something.

Great book, OK movie.  I read the book in high school.

I read incredibly slow now.  Because of my iPatch & my glasses.  I had glasses before, in 1993, they were more for driving/distance because I couldn’t read the chalk board very well.  When I took the glasses off, things were much easier to read.  I could take these glasses off and read something in large print on a kindle though.

Before it would be 2 or 3 days later and someone would ask “How’s the book?”  “It was GREAT, I’m done reading it would you like it now?”  Now it’s “I’m on page 4.  I’ll tell you in a month or two.”

The books in “The DaVinci Code” series are WAY better than the movies.  The movies are also out of order.

I often forget how much I like this album.  This is their 3rd video from this album!

I don’t consider The Struts a glam rock band.  For me The Struts are similar to Queen, but less experimental/operatic. In the end they’re just FANTASTIC!

https://www.esquire.com/style/mens-fashion/a26952281/struts-interview-style-costumes-outfits-glam-rock/?fbclid=IwAR06tWGX4X_3wag94fA0Inr8Hfz8ph2RA2e6EQNMOnNB8Ua8VHFVkeE3pNI

I plan on buying these 2 albums from iTunes this year.  Neither of them are really my usual taste in music.  I do keep listening to them on our Apple Music account.

 

COLDPLAY

I own & listen to 3 of their albums.  Yes they’re English & I believe they live there currently as well.  The singer, Chris Martin, was dating or married to Gwyneth Paltrow & they had a baby quite a while ago named Apple.  They’re a fairly mellow band, but really good at what they do.  They’re actually one of all of the Foo Fighters member’s favourite bands.  You wanna talk Coldplay, ask the Foo Fighters what they think.  They came around to fill a void I had for “Radiohead” after Radiohead’s first 3 albums.  They sound nothing like Radiohead though.

They have 7 full length studio albums, an EP, & a Christmas album.  Here are 2 songs from each of the 3 albums I really enjoy…

 

2000   PARACHUTES   (THEIR DEBUT ALBUM)

 

2002   A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD

Here comes that piano line that will stick in your head forever!  You’re Welcome!!!!!

 

2015   A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS

 

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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

EXERCISE WEEKLY TOTAL/IN FLAMES ALBUM REVIEW

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I fell asleep to “In Flames” the album “I, The Mask”

I exercised to “Chromeo” two albums on shuffle.

5 day exercise total; 400 pushups, 600 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 200 tricep lifts, 450  squats, 300 back flexes.

The exercise is horrible until I get my butt in gear & get it done & out of the way, then I feel good & feel I’ve accomplished something.  It’s not something physical I can really show anyone though.

EX: My mother didn’t really understand what my job was.  I told her I was a printing press operator, she still didn’t fully understand.  I took her the first sheet of paper you set up & see how far off the colour is, & how far I needed to get the metal plates to move so it all lined up.  Then I took her a final sheet of paper from the same job once it was done & explained what I had to do to get it that way.

I worked at a console to the press.  I could manipulate each of the 4 or 5 colours from there to move them or allow the right amount of colour to a certain area.  Once I was done a job, I had something tangible/physical/material to look at & think to myself “Hey, I helped make that.”

I can’t really show what I do now.  I’m pretty tired for the rest of the day, I sit on the couch & watch some TV until I feel the motivation to shower or until I just can’t stand being sweaty & smelly.  I certainly don’t want to do anymore exercise other than some walking when Kim gets home to help me.

My cousin’s in town!  Went to my parents’ place on Tuesday afternoon.  A game, Chinese food for supper (wasn’t even oily), some TV, & left with my belated birthday gift…………..wait for it……………………oatmeal chocolate chip cookies & the blu-rays I lent to my cousins.  My mom & cousin baked them on Monday for me.  My grandmother’s “recipe”.  “Add a little more of this & an extra dash of this until the dough feels right”- Grandma.  My grandparents met each other while she was working as a baker at a bakery & he was delivering from the bakery.

I had a HORRIBLE day on Thursday.  A pity party for one, I just sobbed for a while & asked myself “When will this cancer crap all end?”  I’m tired & stressed & Kim is too.  It feels like a continual pile of bull**** being dumped on us that we can’t get out of, so we never take an extended break from what we do.  I exercise & she busts her butt working while also taking an evening class that’s once a week immediately after work.

I’m glad I survived cancer, but I’m INCREDIBLY sick of the nonsense & crap that comes with it after in my & Kim’s situation.  I exercise 5 days a week & when the f*** does that help.  I’m not going to chase a dream that’s unrealistic for the rest of my life.  To say this is getting old is an understatement!  I want the pill that Robin Williams wanted, called “F*** it all”.  I’m not about to give up, but I’ll never be whatever the hell “normal” is!  If it’s coming, it’s really f***ing slow.  I was EXTREMELY frustrated!  This is nobody’s fault, but I always feel like it’s mine, ALWAYS!

I think God & Satan got together & said “Hey, let’s mess with the guy who has manic depression.  It’ll be fun!”  I have a better idea, how about you don’t?

 

10 bands that influenced me & made me want to sing & play guitar.  U2, Barenaked Ladies, I Mother Earth, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Big Wreck, The Watchmen, Matthew Good Band, Tool, Led Zeppelin, & Queen.  Many more!

Yes I’m well aware that is 11 bands but I had to get Led Zeppelin in there.

I could never play fast, some of these are guitar influences, and the others are voice influences.

 

IN FLAMES REVIEW OF “I, THE MASK”

FANTASTIC album somewhat of a return to the earlier albums.  Still hardcore fans say it’s more of a rock album & complain about this album.  I think they want “In Flames” to just make duplicates of “The Jester Race”, not going to happen!  That album was released in 1997, I think it’s time the complaining fans jump ship if that’s what they want?

I didn’t get into “In Flames” until I saw them live in 2006?  The final tour for the traveling metal 3-4 hour extravaganza “Sounds of the Underground” tour in Saskatoon.

Yes, their last 2 releases were quite tame “Siren Charms” 2014 & “Battles” 2016 were pretty mellow as far as metal albums go, I really like “Siren Charms” though.

This new album “I, The Mask” is great from the Swedish melodic death metal group.  The first half is more like their old stuff & the second half is mellower.  Here are a few of my favourite songs from the album….

 

FRIDAY MARCH 1ST 2019 RELEASE “I, THE MASK” BY IN FLAMES

 

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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/HIGHLY SUSPECT

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Dream Theater”, “Queen”, “Alter Bridge”, & “Lamb of God”

 

I forgot to mention this.  This past Thursday Regina won the bid for hosting The Grey Cup in 2020.  Tickets are expensive & it will be cold.  The home town Saskatchewan Roughriders had better make it to Canada’s Super Bowl!

We finally watched the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody”.  FANTASTIC movie, well done without much invasion into Freddie Mercury’s private life.  I do wish they showed the writing & recording of “Under Pressure” with “David Bowie” though.

Saturday was pretty quiet her.  Kim was working on her photo assignment.  I was clearing off the DVR.  Made it to Netflix in the evening & started watching “Murder Mountain”.  I watched 4/6 episodes & I’m still not sure if it’s a documentary about marijuana or the hundreds of people that go missing every year in some type of “Bermuda Triangle” in Humboldt County, California.  I will say it’s very interesting though!

 

DREAM THEATER RELEASE ON FRIDAY.  I’ll point out my highlights at a later date.

This is the first Dream Theater album without a song at 10:00 minutes or more!  I would listen to my iPod at work.  Dream Theater’s album “Systematic Chaos” & Lynyrd Skynyrd’s double album of “Greatest Hits” & that would take up 5 hours of my day.  One earbud in my ear & the other down my shirt so it wouldn’t get caught in the press.  Then maybe a sports Podcast or the mind numbing sound of the press’ through my protective noise cancelling ear muffs.

Juice is made, eggs to hard boil, & likely watch the biggest talent show for the movie industry.

 

HIGHLY SUSPECT

I believe it’s 3 guys based in New York.  They have 2 albums out.  The 2nd album was a sophomore slump if you ask me.  The singer also must find it tough to write any lyrics without using profanity.  Over the course of 20 songs spread over 2 albums there are 4 songs without profanity.  I’ll give you 5 songs in total, 3 from their first album & 2 from their 2nd album.  They’re supposed to be releasing a new album this year at some point.  I’ll have to hear it before I buy it, if I buy it?  I really like the first album though!

Just assume there’s LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

2015   MISTER ASYLUM

 

2016   THE BOY WHO DIED WOLF

 

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“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

WHAT CAUSES ME STRESS/DEAD SARA

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I fell asleep to “Trivium” the album “Ascendancy”

I exercised to “The Struts” the album “Young & Dangerous”

The Struts are getting a TON of playing time here as well!

 

Kim had a hair appointment after work on Monday.  Our vehicle wouldn’t start.  My dad took her to her appointment, picked her up after, boosted the vehicle, she took it in to the dealership Tuesday morning.  It’s a 2014 Santa Fe.  I think this is the first time we’ve had any problem with it?

She was going to come home between work & her hair appointment, but no go on that.  I was fine, made myself some soup.  I think that’s the first time I’ve used the stove top without Kim around.  I’ve used the oven many times on my own.

Streaming music stress’ me out WAY TOO MUCH.  I’ll be fine, I know.  Everybody’s using it & it has a place.  I would prefer the option to stream or download music.  Make an album of 10 or more songs $0 – $15 & the price decided by the musicians.

I don’t like that Apple Music & Spotify pay musicians a fraction of $0.01.  That doesn’t seem fair & if any streaming goes bankrupt, kiss your music from that site goodbye.

Where does it fit appropriately?  Do you have kid(s)?  Great, go for it!  A child won’t be listening to “Baby Beluga” forever.

My in-laws live in a small hamlet.  They have Wi-Fi but no internet.  They can stream anything but not download it.  If they want music, a streaming site is their only option.

We don’t have kids, so I use iTunes & Kim uses Apple Music.

We pay $27.99 a year for iTunes Match which means we can stream my downloads on Kim’s cell phone.  If iTunes goes down, I’ll use the old iPhone sitting in a drawer here.  The number won’t be activated, it will be used as an iPod only.  I can’t afford a record player or start a vinyl collection.

My iPod classic works fine for downloaded music.  Unfortunately it won’t work for streaming music.  I got it in late 2011 or early 2012.  Before I was out of the Wascana Rehabilitation Center.

The way I see it, Apple would be doomed either way in deleting either service.  Apple Music users would have to join another streaming site & those that use iTunes are hooped.

I can find multiple links confirming this & one link denying this.  There are bands already not putting their stuff on iTunes, just streaming sites?

https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2018/04/06/apple-shutting-itunes-music-downloads/

https://appleinsider.com/articles/18/03/30/fake-news-apple-isnt-killing-itunes-music-downloads

Please remember this only my opinion.  You’re always entitled to your own!

 

“…And Justice for All” why did, drummer Lars Ulrich, approve this terrible mix with no bass?

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

http://loudwire.com/metallica-lars-ulrich-and-justice-for-all-production-about-balance/?fbclid=IwAR17OinVdSs35evLlFZyZY124HYrlN1Qd85mxkfligXNEFlnEexRqRyXoHI

Let’s play “Where’s Waldo?” but we’ll call it “Where’s the bass?”  Clearly Metallica’s not “All about that bass” at least not on this album.

 

I must see “Bohemian Rhapsody” soon!!!  I hope she has a cameo!!!  Hahaha!!!!

 

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!  Triumph the insult comic dog in Texas at the polls!

 

DEAD SARA   (I can’t stop listening to this group!!!!!!!!!!!)

I know I did a quick review of them, but not a thorough one.  They are based out of L.A., with 4 members.  They formed in 2003.  2 females & 2 males.  I believe the 2 guys are the rhythm section, drums & bass.  The lead singer, Emily Strong, also plays guitar.  Siouxie Medley is the other guitarist.

I was so glad I found out about this band.  When I went to iTunes it said others had also bought Nirvana & The Pretty Reckless.  Then they’d be right up my alley!  It’s hard for me to not listen to them.  They have 2 full length albums, a single which is a cover of Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box”, & 2 EPs.

I’m guessing if they started their career during the ‘grunge’ explosion in the 1990s, they’d possibly be VERY popular?

 

2008   THE AIRPORT SESSIONS EP

 

2012   DEAD SARA

 

2013   HEART SHAPED BOX COVER/SINGLE

 

2015   PLEASURE TO MEET YOU

 

2018   TEMPORARY THINGS TAKING UP SPACE EP

 

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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

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/ COUNTING CROWS

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5 day exercise total; 400 pushups, 300 tricep pushups, 300 back flexes, 360 squats, 600 leg lifts, 300 crunches.

I fell asleep to “Dead Sara” both albums followed by the EP “Temporary Things Taking up Space”

I exercised to “Sandbox” the album “Bionic”

Yes, the singer is Bubbles from the Canadian TV show “Trailer Park Boys” the guy with the glasses

 

Monday was tough after 9 days off.  Oddly, it got much easier as the week progressed?  That was a pleasant surprise.  I could have just sat here & complained about a boring life, done nothing when I was released from my cancer rehabilitation.  Instead I chose to try & get myself as close to what I was before cancer.

Remember that whatever is going on in your life you almost always have a choice.  The path of least resistance was not for me.  “Yeah, let’s make it as difficult as possible” – idiot/me

After almost 5 ½ years, I’m finally seeing some muscle, not much but some.  After watching all of that www.youtube.com stuff on exercising, I can tell you it’s a flat out LIE!  If it was true, I’d have been quite muscular 4 or 5 years ago!  Watch a www.youtube.com video & try to replicate it, doesn’t work in my case!

 

Today is the day!!!!  “Bohemian Rhapsody” is in theaters today!!!!!  I don’t like joining a crowd.  I’ll see it next week or sometime shortly after that!

Mike Myers on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert regarding many topics including his role in “Bohemian Rhapsody”

 

Everybody knew ‘grunge’ had its moment but Marilyn Manson in its place now?  I’ve heard a few songs of his, they’re not what you might think they might sound like.  They were album tracks & they were mostly orchestral music.

http://loudwire.com/dave-grohl-marilyn-manson-replaced-grunge/?fbclid=IwAR1lZhR2fUfj_zqinKrjyO4nD6pPo7pZjMdzcTFuFcCnpL0nHP9a0fDYY5o

 

Dream Theater is releasing their 14th album in February!  Great, the 34 song double album “The Astonishing” was far from what I/fans expected & knew they could do better!

http://loudwire.com/dream-theater-new-album-february-2019/?fbclid=IwAR1Ws8vdEK61BqiYIX-rIPEUhJlGkuAMrMTmBYBhEs52FV52vfH4iZFbJRA

 

I like “Slipknot”, I’ve got their albums.  I’ve never been anxious for any album of theirs to be released until now!

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

http://loudwire.com/slipknot-new-song-all-out-life/?fbclid=IwAR0gsaYd8Lk1zlyarkyMWe0fwkMZ1InIWp7SsZEWSkGGLz310Nok5WvuKSc

 

Ah yes, “I’m going to sue you because my husband took too many of the pills you prescribed him”.  I miss Chris Cornell & Soundgarden too, but the doctor didn’t shove the pills down his throat, or was he on tour with Soundgarden?

http://loudwire.com/chris-cornell-widow-vicky-sue-lawsuit-doctor-suicide/

 

Big Wreck’s Facebook status “New Big Wreck coming along nicely.”  SWEET!

 

COUNTING CROWS

I own 2 of their albums that I bought on CD in the 1990s.  I actually bought 5 studio albums & a double album of them live.  I’m good with only the first 2 studio albums though.  I really don’t know about this band so here’s what http://www.google.com tells me.  They formed in Berkley, California in 1991.  Their first big album was released in 1993 & their 2nd album was released in 1996.  When I got their 2nd album that was all I listened to for 2-3 weeks.  Their most recent studio album was released in 2014.

 

1993     AUGUST & EVERYTHING AFTER

 

1996     RECOVERING THE SATELLITES

 

 

 

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

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

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres