WEEKEND UPDATE/SOUNDGARDEN

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Tremonti”, “Paramore”, “A Perfect Circle”, “Nothing but Thieves”, “Foo Fighters”, “Devin Townsend”, “Stone Temple Pilots”

 

We were at the “Sandpoint Golf Resort” in Manitoba.  It’s about 2.5 hours south of Winnipeg.  My widowed uncle, Richard Gagnon, was getting married on July 1st.  We drove with my parents to the golf resort.  It was a very nice resort.  Our cabins were excellent.  Very nice cabins with 2 rooms, each with 2 twin beds.  The cabins also had a kitchen area with a fridge, sink, toaster, & a coffee maker.  We took food with us, my parents did as well.  We were so far south that within 2 steps out of the cabins, you were technically in America!

We drove to Winnipeg on Thursday evening, we got there at 12:30 am or so.  We stayed in my cousin’s new condo.  My brother & Rachel had some stuff going on in Regina & had to change plans last minute.

Uncle Richard made things as easy as possible for us.  The cabins were reserved & paid for, only 5 or 6 stairs up for me, and it was an OPEN BAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  No, I didn’t drink like a fish.

The actual wedding was on the 19th hole, right next to a HUGE lake.  Mom & I used a golf cart to get there, she has bad knees & I obviously can’t walk.  Perfect day to be outdoors!  Very sunny with a good breeze.

When we got there on Friday, we went to my new aunt’s cabin, Sammie, which I believe she owns & is a HUGE and VERY nice.  Had a few drinks & supper, then checked in to our cabins.  My cousin, Megan, stayed with us & Danielle stayed with my parents.

On our way back we picked up my parents’ dog, Goose.  She stayed with my dad’s aunt & uncle in Winnipeg.  Brewster was here in town with Sherry & James.

We were exhausted last night.  I put some stuff away, Kim picked up Brewster, and we watched a ½ hour show & went to bed.  Rough life relaxing.

Today will be like our typical Sunday.  Getting ready for our 3 day week.  Yes, I’m sun burnt on my left arm from when we had lunch at my great aunt & uncle’s in Winnipeg yesterday.  I do have an AWESOME watch, pasty white strip though!

 

SOUNDGARDEN

 

This is just my take on them.  Chris Cornell, Kim Thayill & Hiro Yamamoto formed the band in 1984 in Seattle, Washington.  They released 6 studio albums of full original material beginning with the album “Ultramega OK” in 1988, they broke up in 1997 after the release of “Down on the Upside” in 1996.  Later on they reunited & released the album “King Animal” in 2012.  Unfortunately singer Chris Cornell died before another “Soundgarden” release.  Of their 6 studio albums, I’d like to focus on my go to album by them “Badmotorfinger”.  Yes, they do have other FANTASTIC albums “Badmotorfinger” is the one for me.  This is the album released before the wildly popular “Superunknown”.  It is a bit ‘heavier’ than the 3 albums after it.

Johnny Cash covered this first song.

When Corey started SIAST, he saw me pull out the “Superunknown” album & asked if I had the “Badmotorfinger” album.  I replied that I had never even heard of that album.  He lent it to me the next day, after giving it 2 good listens to it, I bought myself the album.  Corey is a HUGE “Soundgarden” fan.

I was a casual fan of them & Corey McDonald turned me into a more interested fan of them.

 

New “Into Eternity”!!!  Oh, happy day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.metalinjection.net/av/new-music/into-eternity-streams-new-song-fringes-of-psychosis-featuring-ex-megadeth-guitarist

 

New video from ‘Halestorm’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I had many issues regarding the claim at first.  He’s like the Tom Hanks of rock/metal.

I’m all for the #metoo & #timesup movement.  Pay equality is a no brainer!  Same job, same pay.  I was very blind about these issues.  There is one thing about all of this that seems odd to me though.  It seems as though if someone is accused, they’re instantly guilty until proven innocent.  That I don’t understand?  Is it not innocent until proven guilty in North America?  Are the accusers coming forward with physical evidence?

I’m not trying to be a jerk about it.  I honestly do not understand?  Sorry if I angered anyone.  I’m dumb at best about this subject.

 

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

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HOW ABOUT REGION FREE EVERYTHING?

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I fell asleep to “Stone Temple Pilots (2018), “Tremonti” the album “A Dying Machine”, & finally “Trivium” the album “The Sin & the Sentence”

I exercised to “Gin Blossoms” 2 albums on shuffle.

You might recognize this Gin Blossoms song, it’s from a movie that was released in the 1990s

 

 

YAY!……..NOT.  It’s tick season.  I found one roaming my hair on Monday.  I assume I got it from my wife or dog who were North visiting her parents in a small town.  Just beware!

My finger is still quite tender but looks better.  2 very small bruises on the inside of my finger.  My ring finger & pinky are tender & useless.

I went to the vehicle on Friday to say goodbye to Kim & Brewster.  As I came back inside, a lady asked me if I was alone or had any assistance.  I replied “No, I’m alone, I’m OK.  My parents live in town if I need them.”

Don’t get me wrong I missed them like crazy!  It was nice to have some alone time though.  I’m rarely alone other than when Kim is at work.  I’m OK if I’m home by myself.  I’m able to do quite a bit here.  I can stand up to get something from the upper cupboards or in the pantry, I just have to hold on to the counter or doorway to reach those things.  If Kim calls & says she’ll be a bit late, I’m fine, Brewster not so much.  He knows what time she should be home by, & anxiously stares at the door within a ½ hour.

 

REGION FREE

 

I really do not like that if you’re not in the right place you can’t watch certain things.  I’ll find a www.youtube.com video & it works fine for me.  So I copy the link & put it on my blog, only to find that even I can’t view it on my blog?  Ridiculous & not needed.  If you’re able to watch something on one site, why not on another site?

Because I live in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada even www.rollingstone.com limits me from viewing some of their videos.  Odd since I subscribed to the magazine when I lived at my parents’ house, & it was delivered there no problem.

I bought a concert DVD of “In Flames” called “Sounds from the Heart of Gothenburg”.  I ordered it on www.amazon.ca.  The blu-ray had region restrictions & said it would only play on blu-ray players made in Europe, the DVD had no such warning.  I waited for about a month, it came from Germany.  As soon as I got it I tried to play it in our blu-ray player, it was regionally restricted for European made players.  I don’t understand why it is regionally restricted?  Luckily my dad had 3 region free DVD players at his house & gave me one.  Their vocals are all in English but the stage banter is all Swedish with English sub-titles.  Wouldn’t they sell more blu-rays or DVDs if it wasn’t only available for European players?  I know have a DVD player just for that one DVD, weird………….I know?

There are multiple iTunes, basically one for every country.  I didn’t even realize that until I flipped mine to see if a certain album was available in the USA.  It was but the USA iTunes didn’t recognize 25% of the songs I had on my Canadian iTunes.  “Well that’s dumb!” I said to myself & immediately switched back & all of a sudden all of my music was back.

Why not have a region free iTunes?  More exposure for the artists & more money for Apple?  This regional stuff makes 0% sense to me.  It’s on the internet, why limit certain things?  It doesn’t have to be from a certain region for me to like it.

What gets me are the Dominican Republic, Cuban, & Mexican players who have played baseball in North America for years & can’t speak a word of English in an interview & always have a translator with them.  Before you get all pissy, let me explain.

Keep using your country’s language with others that know it like your wife, children, other players, other family members, etc.  When you’re on TV doing an interview, learn some English and use it.  “In the end” they’re making multi million dollars a year, I guess paying a translator is a small drop in the bucket for them.

 

I’ve heard a report that there will be no downloads or CDs, or any other way other than streaming music or buying vinyl records.  Much like a new “Tool” album, I’ll believe it when it happens!  If I have to pay $10 a month, do I get reimbursed for the months I don’t stream a new album?  I prefer to just own my music (as we’ve always been able to) & pay for it once either on iTunes or CD.  This is something I’d hate to see happen.

So, is rock dead?  NO!  The music industry is royally messed up!  Rock & metal musicians are just giving into whatever’s going on & don’t care.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/owning-music-buying-vinyl-cds-downloads-streaming-w521504

I’ll have a hard time streaming/renting music, if they have the option to download music I’m in, if not I’m going to purchase vinyl.  I’ve spoken to a few people at Apple, they’ve told me they’ve heard nothing about this, that or they’re lying to me.  I prefer to believe them

Yes, I spend more than $120 a year on music.  If you’re content with streaming music good for you, you have to realize or at least acknowledge that your favourite new musician might not be able to release new music on a regular basis.  So if they’re in a venue near you playing live, buy a T-Shirt or some kind of merchandise, fragrance, alcohol, etc.  They’re not making money on album streaming or even much on downloads.  If you’re not going to pay them for recording music, then you should consider buying other products with their name slapped on it.

Then you might realize something, “Why is my most hated band from the ‘70s so rich?  When my new favourite band of this current decade can’t afford a producer to record new material?”

Yes I used Napster & Torrent files.  Napster’s software was a mess.  Torrents were much better, probably due to newer technology being used.  When I was sick but able to leave the WRC for a few hours, I realized that I was part of the problem with the music industry & started purchasing CDs again.  When they dropped in price I used iTunes.

Let me get this straight.  I can sit here & pay $10/month for music that I don’t actually own, but I can’t pay & download it in the comfort of my home?  That makes no sense at all?

 

10 best Tool songs according to Loud Wire

http://loudwire.com/best-tool-songs/

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE/WIDE MOUTH MASON

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Music over the weekend.

 

Friday, my mom came over for a bit in the afternoon, during an unpleasant down pour of rain & a bit of a wind.  I watched the Toronto Blue Jays lose their 4th game in a row.  I stayed up late watching a video of a 4 hour long podcast with Joe Rogen interviewing Kevin Smith.  I watched it over the course of 4 days.  I’ve also been watching a show called “Imposters” on Netflix, odd show but it becomes very addicting the more you watch it.

Saturday was very uneventful.  Blue Jay, another loss, & more “Imposters” on Netflix.  Kim hard boiled some eggs & did some laundry.

Today is more of us getting ready for the week.  Me making a vegetable juice & baking fish, Kim will be doing the rest of the laundry.

 

 

WIDE MOUTH MASON

 

A blues/jazz/rock trio from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  I really don’t know much about them.  They released 6 albums in total & I haven’t heard anything about them lately.  The 6th album is with a different bass player.  I don’t have the 6th album, only the first 5 on CD.  I first heard of them in the summer of 1996.  They were playing a free local music festival in Regina downtown in Victoria Park…..

1997        Self – Titled release

 

1997     WHERE I STARTED

 

1998     STEW

 

2002    RAINED OUT PARADE

 

2005         SHOT DOWN SATELLITES

 

I think I stopped going to their live shows after seeing them live on tour for the album “Rained out Parade”.  Kim & I went with Rob & Diane.  The drummer & bass player rolled a joint to smoke on stage.  I don’t have any issues with marijuana.

I paid to see them play music, smoke weed on your own time.  My ticket said nothing about watching them get high on stage, & that’s not why I was there.  Do that before or after a show, if I run into you on the street, go ahead.  Just don’t ask me to pay to watch you smoke a joint.

 

Keeping it in the family!  I had a lot of fun in every band I played with, but even more with my brother!

http://loudwire.com/top-10-hard-rock-metal-siblings/

 

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2nd LAST APPOINTMENT OF THE YEAR/THE PHILOSOPHER KINGS

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I fell asleep to “Burn the Priest” the album “Legion XX”

Got up to pee in the middle of the night & put on “Stone Temple Pilots (2018)

No exercise today because my appointment this morning.

I’ve been listening to the “Beautiful Midnight” album by Matthew Good Band quite a bit.  Kind of forgot how much I like that album!

 

BEFORE MY APPOINTMENT

Today/this morning was my appointment to see my doctor at the cancer clinic (the doctor that calls me fat each time I see here).  No, I’m right around 220, that’s 45 pounds less than when I went into the hospital & then ballooned to, I’m guessing 280?  If she body shames me in person, I’ll tell her all of this & that my family doctor has me on a thyroid pill at the moment.  I’d like to be 210-215 but it’s coming off slowly, which I think is a good sign. I eat healthier & I of course exercise 5 days a week.

If she tells me to lose more weight, so be it.  Her problem, not mine.  I don’t look in the mirror often, however I did while brushing my teeth in Calgary.  Then I realized my face & neck were very thin.  A shirt that used to be a touch on the small side was VERY baggy.

If she tells me I’m fat I’ll respond politely with “That’s fine & all, but do I have cancer?”

AFTER MY APPOINTMENT

I knew my scan was good & I’m cancer free, from my appointment with my family doctor.  We went to the cancer clinic & she brought in my other oncologist who chose the chemo therapy I’d be on.  Everything is as it should.  One more appointment with my family doctor regarding my thyroid pill.

At my appointment this morning they were very happy to see me doing so well.  They called me something like a success story, I think I was just incredibly lucky.  December 31st 2018 will make 10 years cancer free for me.

I almost got out of there without a comment on my weight….almost.  We were on our way down the hall & she yells out “LOSE SOME WEIGHT!”  I replied “I HAVE!”  So close, but so far.

 

THE PHILOSOPHER KINGS

 

This is a total 180 from my typical rock & metal groups but I really like this group too.  More of an R & B sound.  I believe they’re out of Ontario, Canada, I’m not positive about that.  I own their first 2 albums on CD.  We were going to get tickets to see them in town at The Exchange.  They cancelled the show & opted to go into the studio & record their 4th album.  Seems odd to me to book a tour, then bail to record an album, but what do I know?  Here’s a sampling of their first 2 albums.

1994    “THE PHILOSOPHER KINGS”

 

1997      “FAMOUS, RICH, & BEAUTIFUL”

 

….and that’s a wrap on season 2 of “13 Reasons why” as of Monday evening.

 

Look at that Big Wreck just released a beer to make up for the pennies everyone is spending on albums to stream.

 

Tool update, if you want to beLIEve it?

 

New video from ‘Stone Temple Pilots’

 

Preorder on iTunes for the 4th Halestorm album “Vicious” today!  Full release on July 25th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

 

You probably know already but ABC’s “Roseanne” has been cancelled for comments made by the star, on twitter

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WHAT DO PEOPLE SAY ABOUT KIM & I?/THE WATCHMEN

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I fell asleep to “Foo Fighters” the album “Foo Fighters” followed by “Dead Sara” the album “Pleasure to Meet You”

I exercised to “Stone Temple Pilots” the album “Stone Temple Pilots (2018)”

I was waiting to post this after my doctor appointment.  Nothing to worry about, it will be 10 year cancer free on December, 31st this year, my scan is clean again this year!!  One more appointment this year at the cancer clinic & I should be done with my appointments this year!  Although I’ll be giving blood for a blood test after another 6 months on my thyroid pill & see my family doctor.  My doctor calls me a “Miracle” I asked him to say that again for Kim.  He said most people with my type of cancer are usually deceased.  I say I got REALLY lucky!

Kim & I hear a lot of people say stuff like ‘Oh, you 2 are so nice’, ‘You 2 have been through more stuff than a couple married for 30 years’?  Where is this coming from?  We just had our 13th wedding anniversary.  Kim is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  No doubt about that one.  She’s the one that had to watch me survive cancer.

She learned how to administer my IV so we could spend time at my family’s cabin in the summer.

Guess what Kim told my parents when I was rushed to the hospital?  “He’s not going to die”.  I was unconscious & didn’t hear that.  That’s a very bold statement.  If I had heard it, I’d do my best to live up to it.

Am I perfect?  No, not by a long shot!  I’m lucky enough that I get to spend my life with Kim, who is perfect for me.  She never thought she’d know so much about baseball & I never thought I’d be watching any episodes of “Dancing with the Stars”.

I know I’ll hear it in some way this summer “You’re fat”, “You need to lose weight”.  This time I’ll respond.  “NO!  I’m not fat”

I’ve lost 45 pounds from my weight before I went into the hospital, gained an extra minimum of 15 pounds, so in total I’ve lost at least 58 pounds in total.  I think my doctor, at the cancer agency, is the type of person who just likes to hear the sound of her own voice.  Her hearts in the right place, just poor execution of what she’s trying to do/say.

I weighed myself on Tuesday, I’m 222 pounds.  If I hit below 210 I’ll look like “skin & bones”.  I graduated high school at 185, so I’ve grown & right around 215 or 220 is where I should be.  I have a big frame/bone structure.

I know when to shut my yap & listen.  If you’re talking all of the time, you’ll never learn anything.  The less you talk, “the more you know.”

 

THE WATCHMEN

A Canadian group that “broke up” in 2004 I think.  They still tour on occasion but don’t record anymore.  Originally based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  They recorded 5 studio albums & released a live album last year.  Their 2nd release was HUGE in Canada.  I heard they toured EVERYWHERE though, all the way to Australia.  I was at home from school since I was sick that day.  I remember watching a video on Much Music for a single off of their 2nd album in 1994.  That album rooted them for the Canadian audience.  I thought their final show in Regina was in December of 2004.  I was playing at a party with Corey McDonald.  His co-worker’s party who let us rehearse in his heated garage.

You’ll likely hear a song of theirs from an album & perk up.  Then see a live show & go nuts because the AWESOME recording you liked is even better live!  If a band can’t at least duplicate what is on the album, they’re questionable at best for me.  The Watchmen knock it out of the park though.  One of my favourite bands to see live!  Here are a few songs in order of release…

 

1993    “McLaren Furnace Room”

MINOR LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

1994   “In The Trees”

 

1996 “Brand New Day”

 

1998 “Silent Radar”

Easily my favourite song of theirs (below)

 

2001 “Slomotion”

 

Audio & article with Myles Kennedy regarding his acoustic solo album.

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/myles-kennedy-says-he-didnt-want-his-acoustic-based-solo-album-to-sound-too-soft-or-pretty/

 

I thought I was the only one against most popular/current country music?

 

A sequel to “The Pick of Destiny” by Tenacious D.  AWESOME!!!!!!!

http://loudwire.com/tenacious-d-announce-sequel-to-the-pick-of-destiny/

 

This is so true!  Why bother hating art publically?  I’ve likely done it in the past, waste of energy.  You don’t like it, don’t listen to it?  Pretty simple.  There are far more bands that I don’t listen to, than those that I do listen to!  Just because I don’t like a band or musician doesn’t mean that someone else shouldn’t like them.  Famous bands are famous for a reason.  They worked hard to get where they are, & they have a large following.

On the flip side if a band or artist is on social media, there’s always going to be haters who will call out a band if they don’t like them.  If they’re on social media, they had better grow some thicker skin to deal with all of the idiots out there.  Heck, I used to be one of those idiots.  “Do this, don’t do that”!  No, do what you’re happy doing!

 

Alice Cooper interview regarding Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, & evil bands.

http://loudwire.com/alice-cooper-evil-bands-religious-talks-marilyn-manson/

 

I was watching the pregame of yesterday’s Blue Jay game & was immediately shocked by this news.  23 year old closing pitcher from Mexico was arrested Tuesday morning for domestic assault.  I don’t think anyone in the Blue Jay’s organization ever thought that would happen?  Field manager John Gibbons probably took the news the worst.  He stated that he had a father to son type of relationship with the young pitcher.

If you do the crime, you do the time though.  I don’t know where the trial will take place?  I assume in Canada.  Until the trial he’ll be in jail until June 23rd I believe the date was?  I know it was mid-June.

 

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Stay safe out there,

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/STONE TEMPLE PILOTS

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I fell asleep to “Trivium” the album “The Sin & the Sentence” followed by “Dead Sara” both full albums on iTunes that I bought yesterday

I exercised to “I Mother Earth” the album “Scenery & Fish”

Weekly exercise total; 720 pushups, 560 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 240 squats, 180 tricep pushups, & 120 back flexes.  I took shorter rest periods again today.  Every day I do my exercises I A) Make sure I’m doing them all properly & B) Try to take shorter rest periods between sets.

This week was pitiful in my opinion.  I expect more from myself.  I am often my worst critic though.  You might think differently, but that’s only 3/5 days.  I stayed up until the early morning on Saturday cleaning up the kitchen, then I was over tired on Monday & couldn’t sleep.  I need to remember I’m not in my early or mid-30s anymore, & I can’t burn the candle at both ends anymore.

Another appointment next week after having 2 this past week.  Another in the summer at some point.  I hope the one in the summer is my last one there?  The appointment next week will be a reoccurring checkup/refills on the pills I take.

Unless I get a call before then, everything should be fine.  I think, if my cancer was to come back it would have already.  The doctors thought it might “come back” in 2013.  That was 5 years ago, I think I’m “in the clear”.

Sometimes it takes a brush with death to finally wake up.

 

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS

They’re lumped in with the grunge movement.  They were based in San Diego & got together in 1989.  I have everything from the 1992 release “Core” all the way up to & including “Stone Temple Pilots (2018)”.  I have mostly CDs of this group & I think the recent 2 albums from iTunes.  I really didn’t get into them until a few years ago.  I had a bunch of their CDs, & didn’t realize I had all of their stuff on CD & amongst my iTunes library.  Yes, the singer, Scott Weiland, died of either alcohol or a drug overdose a few years ago.  The band carried on with an EP with Chester Bennington who felt it was too much for him with his role in “Linkin Park” also.  Unfortunately he died as well not to long ago.

CORE 1992

PURPLE 1994

TINY MUSIC…SONGS FROM THE VATICAN GIFT SHOP 1996

I’m pretty sure this was about the album that caught my attention.

  1. 4 1999

SHANGRI-LA DEE DA 2001

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS    2010

HIGH RISE w/ Chester Bennington        2013

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS 2018

This last album is with their new singer Jeff Gutt.  Runner up on the show “The X Factor”.  Well he didn’t win.  Who did?  This is exactly why I’m opposed to these talent contest shows.  He got the last laugh though.

 

Stephen Colbert’s musical guest Tuesday night was Paramore!

 

Well, they’re not gone just in serious debt.  I like “Gibson/Epiphone” guitars.  All of this hipity dipity music the young kids are listening to did this.  Is “Fender Guitars” next?  Will “PRS (Paul Reed Smith) Guitars” become the next BIG thing for guitar players?

 

100 best debut albums.  No, Nirvana’s “Nevermind” was their 2nd big release after the album “Bleach”

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/the-100-greatest-debut-albums-of-all-time-20130322/the-stone-roses-19691231

 

Cool!

http://loudwire.com/foo-fighters-become-couples-wedding-band-steven-adler-nothing-more-more/

 

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Chris

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/ALTER BRIDGE

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I fell asleep to “Myles Kennedy” his solo album “Year of the Tiger” followed by “Stone Temple Pilots” the album “Purple”

I exercised to “Pink” the album “Beautiful Trauma”

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

Weekly exercise total; 1,200 pushups, 800 leg lifts, 500 crunches, 400 squats, 300 tricep pushups, & 200 back flexes.  I took shorter rest periods today, I’ve got some stuff to do.  This is what happens when you wake up at 7:00 am here. I was doing 8 sets of 25 pushups, all I did was add 5 to each set to make it 240 a day.

 

Still every day I wake & for a brief moment I think to myself that this is ALL my fault.  That’s just me, nobody has ever said that to me.  Nobody, including myself, ever expected this to happen to someone they know.  I’m sure this is not how Kim expected her life to turn out, nor did anyone else.  After I think about that for 1 second, I get in my wheelchair & start my day, & never think of that until the next “….mourning”.

I do this amount of exercise as a necessary evil, at least that’s what I think beforehand, & after it for a minute or two.  I roll on my back to catch my breath & ask myself “Why, did you do that much?”  The answer is simple, maybe what I just did will help me walk one day?  After I cool down for 1 or 2 minutes, I feel much better, closer to whatever normal is & go about my day.

 

ALTER BRIDGE

They’ve all but created a new genres for themselves.  Are they a rock band or a metal band?  Hard to fit them into a genres now.  The music is somewhat metal, Myles Kennedy’s voice is far from it though.  Power metal?  I couldn’t say.  They’re not “Iron Maiden”, “Trivium”, or like any power metal group out there.  Alter Bridge is made up of the original bassist, drummer, & guitarist from “Creed”.  The difference is the singer Myles Kennedy, probably best known from “Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & the Apocalyptic Love”.  Way back when, I saw a live show that Myles Kennedy played in the opening band here in Regina.  “The Mayfield Four” Myles was the front man/guitarist, “The Watchmen” & headliner “Big Wreck”.  1 American group & 2 Canadian groups.

Alter Bridge is very high on my long list of preferred bands.  I only learned the first song on their first album “Find the Real” from the album “One Day Remains” there’s a long high note at the end of the song, I think I hit it once between the 6 rehearsals & one performance.  They’ve lost a lot of fans since their debut album released in 2004.  They’ve gone from a straight up rock band to whatever you want to call them now.  I liked them as they were when they started & even more now.  After 5 studio albums, a B-Side album, & 3 live albums!  Here are some of my favourite songs by them & one that everybody else seems to think is the thing since sliced bread…….

5 studio albums from a band based in Florida.  Yet, when I say Alter Bridge, I’m usually answered with “Who?”  Fair enough, they mostly stick to touring Europe.  Pretty rare to see them live in North America.

Alter Bridge, Nothing but Thieves, Paramore & Muse are now on my bucket list!  These are some of these groups Kim has mentioned she’d like to see live.

 

“Venom” trailer from Marvel.

Metallica has made 2 bad albums.  “…And Justice for all” poorly mixed, not all their fault & “St. Anger” lazy production & very questionable song writing.  The rest of their albums are good, but over rated.

http://loudwire.com/mike-portnoy-metallica-huge-band-bad-albums/

 

Check this article out!  How metal music helps with mental health!

https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2018/02/21/metal-music-good-health-study/

 

I don’t like getting drunk at a live show.  I’ll have one or two drinks, but that’s all.  I prefer to relax & enjoy the experience.  If I’m home & it’s playing on my stereo, I have maybe 4-6 drinks if it’s a weekend or special occasion.  Heck, there are weeks where I would love a drink, weekend hits & all of a sudden I don’t feel like having a drink.

http://loudwire.com/top-11-rock-metal-drinking-songs/

 

The more you share this, the more readers I get.  No, I’m not profiting from this in any way.  I can’t tell who’s reading this but thank you!

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