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I woke up late on Monday & I was sore & stiff.  I didn’t do my exercise, I just stretched for an hour before I turned on my computron.  Nothing is done on the interweb until I’ve had breakfast & exercised.  Wasted a day.

Today I got up on time.  Totally half asleep until I got roughly half way through my exercises.  Feeling much better & energized today!

I turned on the Canadian National news channel.  Covid numbers are on the rise, Donald Trump is pretty much encouraging vigilante justice on any protest, there are hurricanes on the East coast, & now the West coast is dealing with wild fires.  If I lived in the USA, I’m pretty sure I’d take 2 mental health days a week.  Yet I think it was a month or 2 ago that Stephen Colbert showed a poll of Americans 72% said that what’s going on is terrible while 28% thought everything was fine.  That’s an odd 28%.

I’m done buying guitars once I order the one in February.  We’re not suited for condo life.  A house or whatever Kim wants in the meantime.  Kim wants an attached garage so she doesn’t have to drag my wheelchair through the snow.  It has to be wheelchair accessible.  I’d prefer a finished basement & an easily accessible deck or patio in the backyard.  2 bathrooms, 2 or 3 bedrooms & hopefully delightful surprises of a bedroom & bathroom in the basement.  I can’t really help with renovations, although we’re sure some will be needed.

I look at guitars online for fun with zero intention of purchasing another until we are comfortable in a house, probably not even then?  If I wanted another guitar I’d have to play the 1 coming to me & the one I hope to order in February (both for a long time) to find out what I’d want or I’d have to be making money with my guitars?

I royally embarrassed myself on the weekend.  My brother, very laid back, brought over his new amplifier so I could hear it and he could try my guitars.  He got it all set up, grabbed a guitar and played through his amp.  He’s has always been a MUCH better player than me.  He handed me the guitar & I literally said out loud “What do I know?” I froze, I was clueless & then I played like crap.  I’m pretty sure he didn’t care that much, if at all.  I thought what I played was terrible & embarrassing.  I spent 4 years, if not more, rehearsing & playing live with him, but I choked in my house in front of my brother. All I can say is anxiety sucks!  I know that next time it will be much better, I know I can relax around any family members.

Kim & I did some math on the weekend regarding my RDSP (Retirement Disability Savings Plan).  Money will be tight until my amplifier & guitar are paid for, but afterwards we’ll have a little more room to breathe.  I have no plans at all in getting another guitar.  Our bank account agrees with me on this decision.

I’m glad I saw this review/demo of an Evertune guitar bridge.  I didn’t know what they were or why they’re such a big deal.  Now that I know what the purpose is, I’m glad I don’t/won’t own one.  Takes the fun/skill out of playing guitar if you ask me.

Saturday evening I actually felt relaxed for the first time in months or even years.  It was 10:00 pm, Kim & Brewster were in bed.  I had a rum on the rocks & watched a Blue Jays game in the dark.  I can’t remember the last time I felt that calm.  Seems that I’m always worried about what’s around the corner or what we’re gonna do at this point in the future.  It finally felt like I could just let go for a while.

A lazy fall Sunday!  Watched an afternoon baseball game while Kim was making beef barley soup.  Went for a drive to get out of the house, had soup for supper.  Played guitar, watched TV and called it day.

Learned this 1st one on Sunday night.  2nd one just kinda happened over the week, & I’m still kinda working on the switching to the important parts where 1 of 5 guitars stands out for a bit on this 3rd song.

Ended up just messing around in different tunings & figured out these riffs…

For some reason I usually finish up a few hours playing guitar with this song?

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NEW GUITAR TODAY HOPEFULLY!

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Exercise total for 5 days.

450 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

750 Crunches

750 Leg lifts

300 Squats

420 Back flexes

1:10 hour of yoga over 2 days

 

Even by Wednesday this week I had some decent energy.  I’m pretty sure those new night time anti-depressants are doing the trick.  Pretty consistent week for getting up by 7:30-8:00 & getting things done.  Might also be that I don’t go to the washroom 4 times a night to pee?  I’m on a medication for my bladder as well.  Before it was a rush to the bathroom & very often.  I still drink 3-5 liters of water a day.  I go to the washroom a lot but not nearly as much & it’s not nearly as urgent.  The downside to my bladder pills is that if I don’t drink enough water, I get dry mouth in a bad way.

I accidentally dropped my new sleeping pill under the bed Wednesday night.  I was far too lazy to look for whatever pill I dropped & went to bed.  I found out the hard way it was my sleeping pill………….awake until shortly after 1:00 am, but out of bed by 7:50 am.

I really don’t like day time baseball games.  One on Wednesday starting at 11:00 am & 2 games on Thursday starting at 11:00 am.  That means I didn’t play my guitar on Thursday & only a small amount on Wednesday.  I just unplug or don’t play after 8:30 pm since were in an apartment style condo.  Just watching TV makes me anxious.  I feel like I should be doing something, I get fidgety after 30 minutes.

Kim called the police yesterday.  She was forwarded to a messaging service for the evidence department.  So no word yet on a retrieval of the bike?  She also doesn’t see the point in getting a new bike this year.  She says she won’t have much time to ride it since she’ll probably put it away come mid-September.

We had a nice visit with our friends from Edmonton Wednesday night.  Haven’t seen them in 2 years & a lot has happened since then!  Good to catch up.  No we didn’t visit here.  Too many seniors in our building, instead my parents were kind enough to let us use their back yard tented patio area to visit outside while distancing.  They picked up their supper, we got ours, had supper & a lengthy chat while Brewster got to be free in the backyard.  Brewster was quite tired.  He didn’t get out of bed until 2:30 pm yesterday when I woke him up as I checked on him.  He moved from our bed to his kennel when we got up in the morning.

I’ve been anxiously waiting for this day.  One of us should get an email later on today letting us know my new guitar is here!  If it gets here today, I’ll be watching baseball tonight while playing it unplugged!  This might call for some rum on the rocks?!?!  I really don’t like playing guitar with any alcohol in my system though.

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

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

Strap locks shouldn’t be a big deal on a PRS, apparently the strap buttons are quite large.  I should be getting the beer bottle sealers that we ordered in June this month from amazon.  Then I just need new strings for 3 guitrars here.  I’ve already done my acoustic & my 7 string seems fine for now.  So if I do the other 3 I should be good for quite a while!

From the looks of things the amplifier is looking more & more like it won’t happen,  just so we can pay into my Retirement Disability Savings Plan (RDSP).  I’ve got an amplifier so I’d rather buy the guitar & put money away for when I’m 60.  The amplifier would be really good, but if I have to pick one, it’s this guitar hands down!

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/s2_mccarty_594

https://www.long-mcquade.com/154076/Guitars/Guitar-Amps/Boss/Katana-50-MkII-Combo-Amplifier.htm

https://www.long-mcquade.com/12567/Guitars/Guitar_Effects/Boss/FS-6_-_Dual_Footswitch.htm

I guess there are money issues when you have money (I wouldn’t know personally) & when you don’t?

I thought this would be a fairly straight forward easy song…………OH HOW I WAS WRONG!  Weird tuning, chords I’ve never seen before, layered guitar tracks, & mostly individual notes throughout.  Good song to learn different stuff from though!

I wen’t deeper into the guitar part since I don’t sing anymore.

Constantly playing stuff I’ve learned.

Just started learning this the other day

…& always playing stuff from the 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Foo Fighters albums.

 

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris             

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

GREAT WEEK SO FAR/THE AGONIST the album “Orphans”

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

I exercised to “Matthew Good Band” the album “Underdogs”

 

I’m very pleased & impressed with my exercise so far this week.  A good sweat every morning really helps me get going for the rest of the day.  Exercise & 6 small meals a day seem to do the trick very well.  I even slept in a bit yesterday.

Kim was working from home.  She had her teeth operated on, Monday morning & was still in some pain.  She smashed & broke her front four top teeth.  One more appointment in October & her teeth will be done.

After that Brewster will get his tests done for his heart murmur.  Then a guarantee of medication for him & what type will he need.

My day are pretty full now.  I eat a small breakfast of 2 fruits & 2 eggs.  I exercise a 1-2 hours 5 day a week.  Another small meal/snack.  Check my email, then shower.  Have a small lunch, which is usually a lettuce wrap or 2 with one cheese slice, deli turkey meat, Dijon mustard, & an apple for dessert.  Check my email, practice/play guitar for about an hour, have a snack/meal, practice/play guitar some more check my email quickly & Kim is usually home around that time.  She cooks, I clean up supper & do the few hand wash dishes.  Then we watch TV or head out somewhere.

I make a point of playing my guitars for at least an hour a day.  I remember the majority of stuff I played before, now it’s just more of speeding up my fretting hand.

Sometimes I will sit & watch a ½ hour TV show somewhere in there.  I do drink at least 3 liters of water throughout the day & occasionally a cup of coffee.  One to 3 cups of coffee a week & 4-8 alcoholic beverages a month.

That generally sums up my life right now. Then of course there’s always other stuff to deal with in the background I don’t talk about on here until it’s over with, or stuff that’s not for me to make public since it’s not my story to tell.

 

The Red Hot Chili Peppers pay tribute to Ric Ocasek of “The Cars”.  I love this song, along with many other songs by “The Cars”

Oh, how tough the life of a Goth is in the 21st century

https://thehardtimes.net/culture/former-mall-goths-now-mostly-amazon-prime-goths/?fbclid=IwAR2IzEySLcj2nYRYJrCkdBdFaGYkLZsVWu2YTrQGpcHWz73647hzk-sfWn8

My favourite “Soundgarden” album (Badmotorfinger) was released on September 24th, 1991!  I didn’t hear it until December 2001 when Corey McDonald came to SIAST & enlightened me.

TOOL’s “Fear Inoculum” ranks number 8 for physical sales of 2019.  It sold out EVERYWHERE in the first week of it’s release.  More are being made currently!

https://loudwire.com/tool-fear-inoculum-2019-top-10-pure-album-sales/?fbclid=IwAR0Fb_XsJswjCUN4l0ZhiOvOqRLHV_LSVRBfZ8fg8h3gBfy_0vJpPgyxCMs

Alter Bridge, Tool, & Big Wreck were my most anticipated albums of 2019.  So far I’m enjoying, quite a LOT, the 2 that have been released.  I’m excited for the Alter Bridge album out October 18th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

https://www.loudhailermagazine.com/album-reviews/walk-the-sky-by-alter-bridge/?fbclid=IwAR1vkzIZJ_g-gtRyZ4FUAIqMsOTzTQc6l2Ohd6e0AcPWwuUT-HiukSMlSFE

 

THE AGONIST

New/6th album “Orphans” was released on Friday, September 20th.  They’re a female fronted extreme metal band based out of Québec, Canada.  I assume that may people aren’t fans of extreme metal or metal in general, so I’ll keep this sampling brief.  I like it, it’s more of a mood music for me but still desirable for me to pay for it.  If it’s hear I’ve paid for it or I plan too.

 

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Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

I CAN FEEL THE “PRESSURE”/CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL

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I fell asleep to “Pearl Jam” the album “Ten”

I exercised to “Alice in Chains” a Greatest Hits compilation

 

Nobody has ever said that I’m a burden or high maintenance.  I put a TON of pressure on myself.  Why?  I always have, throughout school I didn’t want to disappoint my teachers or family members.  Now I don’t want to disappoint these people, this group of people, everyone for that matter, & myself included.  That’s probably a BIG part of my depression.  When I have an off day, like when I’m too tired to exercise or don’t feel too great after I exercise, I get pretty down on myself.  All of that stress & pressure is self-inflicted.  I know it’s messed up, but that’s always been normal to me.

When I quit university, I felt like a failure.  Nobody said anything to make me feel that way, it was just how I felt & I never dumped my emotions on ANYONE!  I went from grade 8 to grade 12 getting a class pin every year, maintaining an 80% average or higher every year.  To drop out of university was devastating to me.  Very unexpected to me, maybe not to others?

My exercises this week have been really good “so far…”  I’m very happy & VERY sweaty with them every day.  Much better mood this week also!

Real life is starting to get back in my life, which is both good & disappointing.  More visits with people in the outside world but that also means the possibility of less exercise.

 

Don’t upset the hard core comic fans!  I don’t consider myself one of them, & I don’t have any comic books.  They seem like a group that could turn on creators fast.  I do feel a bit cheated after the plot of “Spider-man Far From Home” though.

This seems very subjective as well.  Some people like a fast/tough guitar solo, which can be great!  Others prefer a simple guitar solo like Nirvana’s guitar solo in Smells like Teen Spirit, it’s the melody as a solo.  As long as it serves the song I’m good either way.

https://www.planetrock.com/news/rock-news/the-top-40-greatest-guitar-solos-ever/?preview=1&fbclid=IwAR3uYLONVz_L07kQi2iDcXna7XWV217TBkKGvAqApsCpYKAY5-6wV6kqHN8

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!  Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

This is why Tool fans have been complaining other than the 13 year wait.

https://www.kerrang.com/features/tools-new-album-a-timeline-of-rumors/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR1hTwsXWSIlXZ794kqEeNCDRSQLBvAT4Oso7dNwI4B8DHmpvJf49mlvUDI

I like this album.  It not my favourite by Soundgarden, but I like it.  Some hard core Soundgarden fans were really disappointed when it was released though.

https://www.udiscovermusic.com/stories/king-animal-soundgarden-final-album/?fbclid=IwAR31SfViomBLxYMo7BpzCi_1_STBUUoL-iQhfKuHEe-yYdjlMGR4Oq3HOqA

POSSIBLE LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Foo Fighters – Everlong live at a couple of festivals across the pond!

I would have to agree.  Pearl Jam’s first album “Ten” is now a classic album, has been for quite a while in my eyes & ears!

https://www.kerrang.com/features/the-evolution-of-a-classic-how-pearl-jams-ten-changed-throughout-the-years/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR3Tl2gQtlFegIrVXhILa526FKjjSfI6QlvpSWLsKGwNOnGs0LFJG7ZAyEI

I don’t think being opposed to any specific type of movie is wrong.  However, there’s no need to voice your same opinion each time one is released, like 23 in total.

 

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL

All I have of theirs is a greatest hits album.  Before my time so a greatest hits will do just fine for me.  Most of you probably know them.  Watch the movie “Forrest Gump” or most movies involving a war, you’ll probably hear the song “Fortunate Son”…

 

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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

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Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/THE DAMNED THINGS

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4 day exercise total; 000 pushups, 200 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 0 tricep lifts, 300  squats, 200 back flexes.  Yoga & stretching for just over an hour on Tuesday & Thursday.  No arm stuff this week, those muscles are incredibly sore.

I fell asleep to “Pink” the album “Hurts 2B Human”

I exercised to “Metallica” the album “Master of Puppets”

 

Please know that I wasn’t an angry monster this entire time?  I bawled a lot while in the WRC, my frustration & anger got to the point where I’d send any random person that didn’t agree with me a nasty email or private message.  The frustration, anger, & stress took over again in late April.  As for now I’m feeling better by just admitting publically that it’s all on me.  I can’t wait to see a professional & start dealing with my issues, & having so many people not tip-toe around me in case I blow up.  I was never that person before & I REALLY don’t want to be that person again, EVER!

I may exercise quite a bit, so the physical side of cancer can easily be worked on.  The mental side I’ll have to have assistance with.

I had a routine Cancer Clinic appointment late Wednesday morning.  Different Doctor that has never seen me before.  My doctor is away until this summer.  No cancer & nobody called me fat!

The doctor asked what I did for exercise since it came up.  I told him part of my workout schedule & he just stopped me & said “Well now I feel bad”.  I told him it wasn’t that big of a deal, I don’t have a job, therefor I have all the time in the world to exercise.

He went on to say that many people who get cancer often wonder “Why me”?  I did that for quite a while until I realized & wrote this before, “Why not me”?  I’d rather be on the inside of the story than on the outside looking in & wondering/worrying if things will workout?

 

22 years ago on May 20th 1997, Foo Fighters released “The Colour & the Shape”.  The next, 3rd, album “There is Nothing Left to Lose” inspired me to pick up a guitar & teach myself how to play it.

https://loudwire.com/foo-fighters-the-colour-and-the-shape-anniversary/?fbclid=IwAR0zS1Ibfx3BMN8fuWD-k1V6kZ6Npg9ZHNWNL9mArHTmdhE8uagit05dLSg

What will be coming out this year & is already recorded!  Alter Bridge, Big Wreck, Chevelle, Sum 41, & Tool, so they say.  Here are the tracks these bands have released from their new albums.

Why is Hollywood continuing to feed us reboots?  It wasn’t a musical before for a reason!

https://ew.com/theater/2019/05/17/back-to-the-future-musical-2020-premiere-date/?fbclid=IwAR3nwwbRkIEb2gbLTDgp4w3YEoyQZ4-IoMhXsddh_7hoHKK2dHSTprNkOKg

We don’t have enough time for me to describe my feelings towards Spotify.

https://smartmusicbusiness.com/order-form-28185599?fbclid=IwAR0GdUhRRn_ncA7S9C1p7x87ISz1TsvSMwWuiGHM0BJ2VDcDlC8Wya1VSo4

23 years ago Tuesday, May 21st.  Soundgarden released the album “Down on the Upside”

What does a heckler get out of messing with a person that has a microphone?  Nothing!  Only that now EVERYONE knows who the heckler is!

The best of “Lamb of God”?  I already have all of their albums?

https://music.amazon.com/playlists/B07HXQS7YY?ref=dm_sh_d735-c32a-141a-de91-8b77e&fbclid=IwAR0eK_IW3JGrKaBnC8tIWTUmZEBn_TV5OpH6GuGM6myEhztVm1n-4ChplQg

Long article/interview with Ozzy Osbourne

https://www.kerrang.com/features/ozzy-osbourne-its-like-a-heavyweight-fight-every-night-for-me-i-want-to-go-out-and-knock-the-crowd-out/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR38URyu1zPhkZJbuPDeIvTPzGqu888MsDOcYFv3C9uYjqRca9TYOFYZ6g4

 

THE DAMNED THINGS

This group is more of a side project for the 5 musicians that are already in different bands.  Guitarist Scott Ian from “Anthrax”, the 2 lesser known members of “Fall Out Boy”, the 2nd guitarist & drummer.  A singer & bassist that don’t ring a bell for me.  They released their 2nd album at the end of April.  WOW sophomore slump.  The first album was great, nothing like the 2nd album at all.  I don’t like calling out a band on a bad album.  I preordered it so that’s on me.  Neither of their albums are really metal, they’re more of a hard rock vibe to them.  I’ll give 2 songs from each album.  Maybe the 2nd album will grow on me?

 

2010   IRONICLAST

 

2019   HIGH CRIMES

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

HAPPY LONG WEEKEND/CASEY ABRAMS

NOTHING UNTIL MONDAY & THEN THE FOLLOWING FRIDAY.

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3 day exercise total; 100 pushups, 400 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 0 tricep lifts, 0 squats, 0 back flexes.

I fell asleep to “Into Eternity” the album “The Sirens”

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

 

A lot of tea, honey, & squeezed lemon going on here, along with cold fruit, water, cranberry juice & Sprite, & many cough candies.  Now about 2.5 weeks with no notifications from my “likes” on Facebook.  Why?  I don’t know?  I know I’m missing a lot of info!

Well Monday was a waste of a day.  Tuesday, I still had a bad cough but figured I should do some exercise.  Wednesday the good ol’ phlegm started to come down from my sinuses.  I did some exercise Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday.  Obviously not much if you look at the numbers though.  I probably should have slept on the couch this week?  I’ve been tossing back & forth in bed trying to get comfortable & probably making snorting sounds in my sleep.  Kim deserves a good night sleep or 5.

I shaved my beard off in November & I’ve remained clean shaven.  Last Thursday I  shaved & didn’t shave until this Tuesday.  WOW, I pretty much had a short beard, like I used to have.  I really don’t like shaving.  It’s almost summer though, maybe the beard will return in the fall or winter.  I can’t believe how fast it grows!

 

“Temple of the Dog” was released 28 years ago this past Tuesday.

Chris Cornell of the grunge band “Soundgarden” was roommate with Andy Wood who sang in a group called “Mother Love Bone”.  Andy Wood overdosed.  This album was made in his honour.  The members of “Mother Love Bone” became “Pearl Jam” with Eddie Vedder.  This is the only release from “Temple of the Dog”.

I hear there’s an online petition to name the black hole after Chris Cornell, since he wrote the hit song “Black hole sun” in 1994 with Soundgarden.

 

CASEY ABRAMS

Yes, he was on “American Idol” before the reboot.  He was voted off by the fans & saved by the judges.  He was done as the 6th man standing.  What do I like about “American Idol”?  That the fans get to vote.  What do I not like about it?  The judges have to deem the contestants who are good enough for the fans to vote on.  I don’t really need to see any of it until the finalé.  If I see the early stuff I say to the TV “Great, I liked contestant 79 better.  Where did they go?  They’re gone?  OK, so am I”.

This guy made it to number 6.  He played bass along with his singing of jazz, pop, & Nirvana’s “Smells like Teen Spirit”.  He was my favourite that year.  I think Scotty McCreery won that year though.  I’m not a fan of most country music though….

Now stuff from his 2012 release.  He has 3 or 4 albums on iTunes, I only have this first album of his.

 

2012   CASEY ABRAMS

 

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EXERCISE WEEKLY TOTAL/JANELLE MONAE

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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 “Soundgarden” the album “Badmotorfinger”

I exercised to “Nothing But Thieves” their first self – titled release

 

Right out of the gate, I have not been in a bad mood since early 2012.  My depression crept up on me & exploded last week.  My stubbornness is genetic, but that’s no excuse for it.  My depression showed me last week that, as hard as I try, I can’t control it.  So as of this post I have yet to hear anything from a psychologist or therapist.  Psychiatrists give you pills.

I’ve seen a psychiatrist & I’m on 2 anti-depressants in the morning & 2 anti-psychotics over night.  The pills are not enough though.  I need to speak with a professional who’s not a psychiatrist.

Tuesdays & Thursdays are the days of the week I despise.  Those days I find very difficult exercise wise.  Each of those days are 200 pushups & 100 tricep lifts.  I feel good after I get those exercises done.  Before I do them you probably would be better off not talking to me.  That’s why I do them ASAP after I wake up.

What do I do after my exercise each day?  My exercises take me about 1 ½ hours each day, then I watch the late night talk shows, Stephen Colbert & Jimmy Fallon.  Then a sports talk radio show on TV, maybe part of a movie, or just listen to music & stretch out on the couch.  If there’s something I can do around the house.  That always takes priority after my blog is posted.

Somewhere in there I have a small lunch of fish or a lettuce wrap with Dijon mustard, a slice of cheese & turkey deli meat.  Breakfast is always a hardboiled egg, a ½ glass of veggie juice, & a piece of fruit.  There’s always a shower in there too!  0% yogurt with blue berries for a snack or rice crackers & hummus.

When Kim comes home we watch “The Ellen Degeneres Show” & then I get to practice walking with my walker usually.  We’re still trying to make that a part of our routine.  I don’t usually want to do it, but I know I need to!  “Yay, more exercise” – said no one ever!

 

Article with guitar player Mark Tremonti of “Creed”, “Alter Bridge”, & “Tremonti”

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/general_music_news/mark_tremonti_if_i_didnt_have_alternative_tunings_i_would_have_run_out_of_ideas_a_long_time_ago.html?fbclid=IwAR07WWFMAj9IPiCayeVUfewvQ_fOENwcRBU_hhY90m8l-_ZVqzhpXf0sA5I

Their songs don’t suck!  They’re just very similar.  I still have “Feed the Machine” on my list to purchase!

https://www.spin.com/2014/11/nickelback-songs-best-hits-list/?fbclid=IwAR1tSQFxFsuoTdl8HqIDWh-xc9VusOJ1LPKdq-BUFUzD5hG_TeJfMT-eZZg

Lars Ulrich did something good for a change!  I’m sure he’ll contradict himself, as usual, in a week or two.  ‘Streaming music is hurting the music industry’!  One week later ‘I have 9 iPods in my house, full of music from Spotify’!  I like Metallica.  Lars has always bugged me, even before the “Napster” ordeal, which he was right about.

https://loudwire.com/metallica-lars-ulrich-meets-autistic-fan/?fbclid=IwAR26OxNIgwD6rcYSgrdO0wctYsn13CnVBso8NyaFpdueV0xGKRJEdag6BIQ

Black hole or “Black hole sun”?

https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/10/us/katie-bouman-mit-black-hole-algorithm-sci-trnd/index.html?utm_term=link&utm_medium=social&utm_content=2019-04-11T00%3A15%3A08&utm_source=fbCNN&fbclid=IwAR2GRUDOA_iDIsMt_zCAleM40T2NDthaEpPrgxiH4Wl1cyjD2cOp2DtrUoo

I watched “Aquaman” on Thursday & it’s AMAZING!  I should have seen it in theaters.  I rarely see a movie in theaters now, but I should!

 

JANELLE MONAE

I saw her performance on the Grammy Awards, & thought “WOW!  A song that sounds heavily inspired by Prince!”  I got the album later that week.  I know nothing about her other than the album “Dirty Computer” is really good!  She has other albums out, 2 or 3 I’m not sure.  There’s not a song on this album that’s not labeled as explicit, so beware there is LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

DIRTY COMPUTER   2018

 

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Chris

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS

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

I fell asleep to “Third Ion” the album “Biolith”

I exercised to “Big Wreck” the album “Albatross”

 

All of this exercise is great n’ all, I do feel better exercising & with the change in my eating habits.  I think both of us need a break though.  Neither of us have really stopped for more than 2 weeks or so, once.

We don’t even have passports at the moment.  We could get them, but the question is, where would we go?  We can’t afford to go anywhere right now other than our neighboring provinces of Alberta or Manitoba.  I’m feeling less energetic & Kim is likely getting tired also.

We’re thinking of getting our passports for a trip in 2020 which will be our 15th wedding anniversary.  Not sure where we’ll go but it has to be wheelchair accessible.

This is a BIG part of what makes me feel like a “burden”.  Nobody has ever mentioned that I’m a burden.  On the flip side, everything must be as close to perfect for me in order to take a break & relax.  We’ll have to start saving our pennies now for a trip next year.

I know this entire cancer thing is not what anybody close to me signed up for, but it happened.  Cancer may have won the battle, but I won the war.  “…For a wounded man shall say to his assailant.  If I live I will kill you.  If I die you are forgiven.  Such is the rule of honour” – Lamb of God.  Likely, that statement won’t hold up in court though.

 

FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS – THE RAW & THE COOKED

My dad bought this album on CD the year it was released or shortly after 1988.  I saw this album at Vintage Vinyl in Regina’s downtown before I was diagnosed with cancer.  I had a terrible record player & didn’t buy it for $9.99.  Bad move on my part!  I called myself an idiot for not buying it, as did my younger loving brother who was with me at the time.

As with the majority of my albums, I can listen to this album in it’s entirety without skipping past a single song…

 

HILARIOUS impression, & what looks like a great movie!

 

There are 3 stupid things the Toronto Blue Jays organization could do this year.  Trade pitcher Marcus Stroman, trade pitcher Aaron Sanchez, & bring 1B Rowdy Tellez to the major league from the minors.  Stroman & Sanchez are both under contract control until the end of 2021.  Rowdy Tellez is a great infielder & hits right handed pitching like he knows the pitch he’s getting & where it will be.  Unfortunately he’s terrible against left handed pitchers, that’s his kryptonite.  He’s more than welcome to prove me wrong in spring training though!

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres         

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/BRUNO MARS

 

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5 days of exercise total; 200 pushups, 600 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 300 tricep lifts, 300 squats, 300 back flexes.

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

I exercised to “Pantera” their “Greatest Hits”

 

Wednesday turned out to be quite lazy, after a fast & early morning.  The handle on the back of my wheelchair got fixed.  The guy had to take my chair to the shop though.  He said he’d be back within an hour.  Got my chair back a bit under 2 hours later.  I already had 2 liters of water, had to crawl to the washroom a couple of times.  All was fine but I bruised my big toe.  It was throbbing quite a bit Wednesday night.

That has temporarily slowed me down a bit.  No squats, pushups, or walking. Since Wednesday’s exercise was complete.  I really don’t like to cut back on anything, it’s frustrating.  I’d show you but I have no phone/camera & it’s really ugly!  I wanted to do a TON more walking with my walker this year, like 3 times a week at minimum.  We’ve only been walking 3 times so far this year.

In other news, Kim picked up my new glasses on her way home Wednesday.  I am now a slightly attractive, near sighted pirate.  All I’m missing is a peg leg & a hook.

Throughout all of this cancer garbage, I lost sight of what I was really easy for me before.  Remain humble, really appreciate all of the great people who care about me.

 

Foo Fighters, Metallica, Audioslave, & Tenacious D perform at Chris Cornell tribute show!

http://loudwire.com/metallica-foo-fighters-cover-soundgarden-audioslave/?fbclid=IwAR3viV5ikTnYBIhhPVGIAtp5iZMhxhZE2zO_PBvE6z7O3VJPNeQ1bSnEpm0

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-live-reviews/chris-cornell-soundgarden-tribute-show-780340/?fbclid=IwAR1Z6Kt4vqz25-g4W81ttXPAdozmaQl-Eg–tp2AuSmlZNFCk9QbALOvjDg

 

Well, I guess that’s one decade cancer free.  So I’m “…done, done.  On to the next one…..”

 

I always say I want to see any movie in the theater & it never happens!  I usually just buy the blu-ray.  Anyways, here’s the upcoming Spider-man movie.

I would have liked to see “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Venom”, “Aquaman”, “Avengers Infinity War”, “Ant-man & the Wasp”, & many more in the theater.  I’ll just buy them when they’re available.  I’ll watch a movie multiple times.  Example; Deadpool.  I’ve watched that movie a minimum of 15 times, & I’m not exaggerating at all.  Instant classic for me!  Out of that list I’m just missing “Bohemian Rhapsody” & “Aquaman”.  Could be much worse.

 

BRUNO MARS

I hear that he used to work as an Elvis impersonator & that’s how he started his musical career.  Don’t quote me on that, that’s hearsay news.  He was born October 8th, 1985, in Honolulu, & named Pete Gene Hernandez (thank you Google!).  He has released 3 albums, a single, & the song “Uptown Funk” on an album done by Mark Ronson.  He’s made a career of being very transparent as to what his influences are in his radio hits.  The Police, James Brown, Michael Jackson, etc.

 

2010    DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS

 

2012   UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX

 

2016   24K MAGIC

 

2018   SINGLE

 

2015   UPTOWN SPECIAL (MARK RONSON)

 

CARPOOL KARAOKE

 

 

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“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