COLD I WAS JUST SO COLD

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I think I figured out why I get SO nervous/anxious when filming myself playing guitar.  I’ve played live to 12 people & 500 people.  Sure I was nervous at first but after a song or 2, I was the most relaxed on a stage playing to 500 people live.  Why?  More people I see a bigger crowd not 500 individual faces.  Playing to a cell phone camera, I have no idea if 3 people will see it or 200?  500 people yelling at me live, I have no idea what they’re saying individually.  10 people commenting on social media, I’ll see who says what & I worry about being perfect and tense up.

I used to talk a lot, now I’m very quiet.  I’m self-conscious about the clarity of my voice & there’s very little breath behind it.  I’ve also found that with being quiet I can learn more.  That’s a good reason for me to keep quiet.  If everybody’s talking, who’s listening?  I am, so I can learn about others or whatever the topic is.  For me, learning is listening & listening is evolving.  If I stop paying attention to the conversation, I won’t learn or evolve.  If I know something about the topic I’ll speak up although I prefer not to.  So when I go into a conversation I ask questions and I’m not afraid to be the least knowledgeable person in the room.  It’s weird that now at the age of 41 I have a thirst for knowledge?

I was “ice cold” all day Sunday.  I didn’t sleep well Sunday night because I was so cold.  When I got up on Monday I was out long enough to have breakfast & crawled back in bed still freezing.  We usually have the heater turned off during the day & forgot to turn it on Sunday night.  I didn’t get up to exercise until after 1:20 pm on Monday.

Our light fixture is back up as of Sunday from last week when the roof started leaking. Now the house is really starting to resemble as a house and not a dumping ground.

I have a plugged sweat gland in my armpit at the moment, I’ve had one in the same spot 3 or 4 times in my life.  It’s much like a HUGE zit in your armpit.  As it gets bigger it gets very sore when I try to raise my arm.  Once it gets big enough it forms a white head to lance with a needle & drain.  I think the “first time” I got one was in the late 1990s?  I immediately thought “Oh my God, I have a tumor in my armpit!”

Monday was not new guitar day for me.  I’m assuming it’s because of Covid that the shipment of guitars to the store have been delayed.  The store’s website now says in stock on March 15.  Not much anyone can do about that.  This is what I traded in my guitar in for on my birthday in January.  It should arrive on March 15…

I watch stuff like this & just get confused.  I start thinking “Ah crapé, now I have to think.”  I swear he is the happiest metal head I’ve ever seen.  He’s REALLY happy all of the time so that’s nice to see!

I believe I’ve played a real Gibson Les Paul in a store before.  My first guitar I got on my 21st birthday was a Les Paul made by a company called Tradition & its great!  They’re typically a heavier guitar at around 9 pounds.  The weight never bothered me since I didn’t know anything different.  I played my Les Paul all of the time.  I used my Epiphone Explorer live 3 times, then one song every show because it was in a different tuning.  When I think of an electric guitar, the shape of a Les Paul instantly pops into my mind.

I have a hacker watching EVERYTHING I do digitally, I haven’t been receiving the vast majority of my Facebook notifications.  So I don’t have much pop-culture stuff to put on here & no big updates on my cancer.  Knowing this hacker aka someone with WAY too much free time, I’m almost positive this will be deleted from the post.

This hacker has only done stuff to me as far as I know?  I don’t get many Facebook notifications, my www.youtube.com feed is screwed up, my website is not working, I can’t share posts, files disappear, I get weird friend requests from strangers, etc.  I’m not sure what this person wants from me and I likely don’t have it.  If they want to mess with my stuff so be it.  I just hope EVERYONE reading this is left unharmed.

“Evanescence” has an album coming out on March 26th called “The Bitter Truth”.  I’m more intrigued by this album, than having a desire to buy it.  Hello streaming!  I only have 3 of they’re albums.

People my age know who they are, this was a radio hit on rock radio in 2003, from their debut album released in March of that year.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

I MADE A MISTAKE & I’M HUMAN

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I had 2 1/2 great days last week.  The domestic terrorism encouraged by the President greatly angered/saddened/depressed & made me react poorly on Fridays post.  That was not a reaction, it was edited many times & with each edit it came out the same.  I apologize if it affected anyone negatively but I don’t apologize for my feelings.  I do regret saying “For those that have ever approved of him & voted for him, you drank the Kool-Aid & screwed up BIG but you’re human & people make mistakes.” Trump supporters that weren’t involved in the riot, you’ve done nothing wrong & are entitled to your own opinion.  There were peaceful protesters at the Capitol building, that’s totally acceptable!  The people I have an issue with are the rioters & government officials that allowed the situation to get to this point despite WARNINGS from half of the world & multiple red flags from the President.  Most people saw something like this coming, how did the US government miss this?  All I ever want from someone is that they do their job.  I’d say let’s put it behind us, but something might still happen?  REALLY!  NO MEANS NO!

I don’t live there, politicians didn’t consider something of this magnitude happening, nobody listened to warnings over 4 years, & there’s not much I can do about it.

Thanks to everyone that participated in the guitar give away, & those tried to win the guitar for me!  I didn’t get the guitar, but thank you for entering the contest!

If the winner of this give away is reading this, CONGRATULATIONS!  It seems like a FANTASTIC guitar!

Now that the contest/lottery is over & I didn’t get that guitar.  I’ve decided that I’ll save table scraps to A) Buy the PRS S2 McCarty 594 then B) Buy the PRS SE “Paul’s Guitar”.  If the Core model is good enough for the owner, the cheaper SE model is great for me!  I’ll discuss this later on.

Big news in the music industry!  Gibson guitars bought the Mesa Boogie amplifier company.  Dave Mustaine of “Megadeth” left his endorsement deal with “Dean” guitars and is likely headed to “Gibson” or “Kramer” guitars for his endorsement deal that will likely feature a Signature line of Dave Mustaine guitars.  Gibson also announced a Signature line of bass guitars by Gene Simmons of “KISS”. 

Mesa Boogie amplifiers were a BIG thing!  If you’ve ever listened to rock, metal, or Nu-metal from the ‘90s – early 2000s, you’ve likely heard a Mesa Boogie amplifier.  Dave Grohl even played through a Mesa Boogie amplifier for a few years as the lead singer of “Foo Fighters”.  The Gibson Company buying Mesa Boogie was not the BIG music news of the week it was more that Dave Mustaine, fired from “Metallica” in the 1980s, has left his endorsement deal at “Dean” guitars but “no one knows” what Company he’ll go to as of this writing on Monday, January 11th?

Gibson guitars have released a signature line of Gene Simmons bass guitars.  I’m indifferent to this announcement, I’ve never played Bass guitar, I’ve never been a fan of “KISS” despite knowing some of their material & I’ve never been a fan of Gene Simmons despite watching his early 2000s reality show.  His kids are AWESOME based on what I saw on the TV series.

Regarding this opinion above, to say that “KISS” is irrelevant does & doesn’t make sense.  I think “KISS” is a band you’re either a HUGE fan of or just don’t care for their music.  The most modern & relevant guitar player endorsed by Gibson is Dave Grohl & Matthew Heafy of “Trivium” as far as I know?  Dave Grohl has a signature Hollow body Trini Lopez DG-335 which I believe is made by Gibson guitars, however I don’t believe it is in production for the average consumer?  I own a Matthew Heafy signature 7 string Epiphone Les Paul.  Which is now out of production but will be returning to production with different specifications.  I wanted the original version because it was a normal/non-metal looking 7 string guitar.  I do not see myself even considering another 7 string guitar.

The fact that Gibson has an iconic name on a bass guitar line is great, whoever it is.  I don’t see anything HUGE that makes it a Gene Simmons model.  It’s a traditional/common body shape.  If you like KISS and play bass guitar you’ll likely want one, & the price will jump much higher for that line because of the name affiliation.

I’d love to own a DG-335, a Mark Tremonti signature Core PRS in any colour other than black, or a “Paul’s Guitar” either an SE or super expensive Core model since I didn’t win the SE giveaway.  The most realistic one here is the “Paul’s guitar” PRS SE, although it’s still expensive for a guitar made oversea.

This is THE time for instrument geeks!  This is the time of year when 100s of companies roll out their new models & additions to their brand.  The news is just trickling out now, since it will be online instead of a 4 day trade show in California, but all should be revealed by the end of next week.

When I eventually purchase this guitar, it will the same colour as in the video but with the shape of a Les Paul, since that’s the wiring format of it.

Whenever this buying opportunity rolls around in the next 20 years, the “Paul’s Guitar” SE will look like this…

…by that time I will have likely sold some guitar stuff.

You’re probably asking “Why does this guy need more guitars?  He’s just wasting money!”  That’s a fair question.  I don’t need or want the same guitar ever & the only thing every guitar has in common is the neck of the guitar & that can be a different size/shape on any guitar.  I literally spend nothing over the course of a week, maybe $15/month other than groceries.  When I say I’m saving table scraps for stuff I want, that means no Christmas or Birthday gifts, just substitute money instead of gifts until these guitars are purchased.  I’m not about to tie up our shared income for myself, we’re using that for renovations at the moment & hopefully find a house in 2022.  If that means guitar purchases get pushed back, I’m more than OK with that.  Who knows maybe after I purchase the PRS S2 McCarty 594 I won’t want the “Paul’s Guitar” but I’m willing to wait for the “Paul’s Guitar”, there’s no rush to get it tomorrow & I’ll have to save up for both anyways. 

I put a bunch of songs on hold to fully learn these 4 song’s on guitar.  I know with practice they will come along, one at a time.

I’m really focused on learning these 4 songs to add to my arsenal of stuff I like to play and find challenging to learn.  No you haven’t seen or know everything I’m working on guitar wise.  Those will start this week as I finish learning this song.

Honestly I’ve skimmed over a few of these songs a few times with a guitar in hand.  The videos I’ve previously posted are more of a “work in progress” or status reports.  Not something I’d play on stage for an audience that paid to hear it.  I figure I’ll learn a handful of songs & just play them into the ground, Kim’s gonna have issues, although that new amplifier I bought in December is FANTASTIC even at low volume levels, should I tell her that?

I was finding it difficult to find songs I want to learn on a 7 string guitar…HELLO www.youtube.com I’ll be busy for months learning this mountain of glory!  Oh man am I gonna push myself learning that stuff.  That’s no walk in the park!  CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

I know I’ve said it more than once but the PRS “Paul’s Guitar” SE will truly be my final purchase.  It’s getting cramped in this room & after that purchase my guitar stands will be full.  Also other guitars are not nearly as desirable or worth saving money for, to me.

I’ve been sad/angry/depressed/disappointed & have not slept well after the events in the USA since they happened on Wednesday.  Sunday night was the first time I slept well since then.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris