THE BEACHES

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Music from this weekend!  “Queens of the Stone Age”, “Metallica”, “Billy Joel”

 

Friday Kim got home from work & we went out for supper.  Brewster stayed at Sherry & James’ house.  They do that a LOT for us.  Brewster freaks out if he’s left alone, that doesn’t go over well with other condo owners here.  We went to Moxie’s.  I’m a BIG fan of their veggie Portobello mushroom burger!

Stayed in on Saturday.  Kim got some groceries.  We pretty much were lazy on the couch other than her getting groceries & making supper.  Then Netflix for the evening, into the 5th & final season of “The Fosters”.  I stayed up to watch “Blue Jays in :30”

Today there is a Saskatchewan Roughrider game on TV in Montreal & the final Blue Jays game of the season.  I’ll be parked on the couch while finding time to prepare some food for the week ahead & make a pitcher of vegetable juice also.  Kim was out taking family photos for friends of ours.

 

I really don’t like what stereotypical millennials are doing to EVERYTHING!  There are MANY exceptions to this though!  Millennials are said to be born after 1982, 1984, or 2000.  I was born in January 1980.  Maybe Trump as President has more to do with it?

 

Not many albums & not how I’d rank the Tool albums!

http://loudwire.com/tool-albums-ranked-from-worst-to-best/

 

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

THE BEACHES

Brand new to me when I bought the album.  I heard, months ago that they played the Rogers Center/Skydome opening for Foo Fighters.  Dave Grohl actually calls a band & asks them “Hey, would you like to do a show or tour with us?”  I’d freak out if I could still play music & get a call from Dave Grohl.  No audition that I know of, he just hears the album & decides if he likes it or not.  New band on the rise, but only played the one show with Foo Fighters & then halftime shows at CFL stadiums in Ontario, I think.  One album called “Late Show” & I added the single “Give it up” to the album.  This is more like garage/indie rock, not my usual taste in music but I like this album each time I hear it & think to myself “I need to listen to this album more often”!

 

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/IN FLAMES

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3 day weekly total; 200 pushups, 120 tricep pushups, 50 back flexes, 200 leg lifts, 100 crunches, 120 squats.

I fell asleep to “Alter Bridge” the new album “Live at the Royal Albert Hall featuring the Parallax Orchestra”.  Yes, I got it last night.

I exercised to “The Beaches” the album “Late Show”

 

I really could have used a break this week.  My body is just tired, I hurt in places I didn’t even know I had?  Yes, I’m keeping it cool on the crunches until I hear about back surgery.  Once it’s done & I get the green light to exercise, I don’t think 500-1000 every other day is out of the question?  I’ll figure it out when the time comes.  I needed a break this week so I’ve been doing 2 of my 6 exercises each day.  Sitting around & doing nothing all day gets boring really fast?

We got my new/much lighter wheelchair (12 pounds instead of 40 pounds) on Tuesday, then went liquor shopping & grocery shopping.  New liquor store, we mostly went to check it out.  I bought one 40 oz. bottle of Sambuca.  I should be good in that department for a while, or a month of weekends I’ll forget for the rest of my life!  Hahahahahaha!

 

Trump is part of the problem.  These are more issues NOT helping today’s society!

 

I bought this album on iTunes.  2 songs I didn’t care for & deleted.  I don’t purchase singles much, I prefer to listen to an entire album.  Unlike a stereotypical millennial.

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Tenacious D announce album & animated series.

http://loudwire.com/tenacious-d-new-album-dave-grohl-animated-series/

 

Marching band at USA college football game does a tribute to Queen!!!

 

Freddie Mercury of Queen was born on September 5th, 1946!

 

I also still can’t believe that people don’t want to own music???????????  Majority rules while iTunes users get the cold shoulder.  A $200-$400 vinyl player with a USB port it will be if that’s what happens!  Crushes the option to get an iPhone to stream music for me.  2 things I don’t want or need!  Where will the vinyl go?  I’ll figure it out if this happens.

I can’t figure out the cost difference for Apple between streaming music & purchased downloaded music.  This has been a relatively slow year for me purchasing music.  Streaming music for a monthly fee wouldn’t make any difference in my downloading habit, so why take that option away?  I know I’m not the only one that prefers the iTunes download store.  Apple wants to compete with Spotify for streaming subscribers.  Nothing like trying to be the same as somebody else!??!

 

‘Greta Van Fleet’ has their first full length album for preorder.  The 8 song album that was already out is actually 2 EPs put together & released as one.  This will be a brand new 10 song album, with the single “When the Curtain Falls” will be released in full October 19th.  Yeah, the 22 year olds that sound like ‘Led Zeppelin’.

 

New lyric video from “The Struts”

 

Correction “Nothing but Thieves” 4 song EP will be released on October 19th

 

IN FLAMES   (I wasn’t sure about covering metal groups, then I realized it’s MY blog about me)

Swedish melodic death metal.  People like to complain about this group & I’ll tell you why.  They have 13 full albums out, a 4 song EP, & are currently recording another album.  Don’t let the death metal bother you.  Their 2nd last & now their previous full length album has had many metal fans going “Ugh, this is SO not metal anymore!!!!”  Fair enough, move on then.  For me, that’s fine.  When did it become necessary to be boxed in with a certain style?  I like all of their albums & all for different reasons.

I’ve seen them live twice.  First time was in Saskatoon in 2006.  They were part of a touring metal festival.  James & I had never even heard of them, but they were really good live!  They stole the show, we were there to see Trivium from Florida, who had technical issues that day/evening.

I’ll give you 2 songs from their first album released in 1994, long before I was into metal music, and the 2 recent full albums released by In Flames….

 

1994     LUNAR STRAIN

 

2014    SIREN CHARMS

 

2016   BATTLES

 

Hate them or like them, a musician should love what they’re doing, if not it’s pointless.  No need to please anyone else.  Over 20 + years they will evolve, the sound will change with each album.  That should be expected.  They’re not going to make “Lunar Strain” 18 times.

 

Here’s a few cover songs they have done.

 

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE/NOTHING BUT THIEVES

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Music throughout the weekend. “The Beaches”, “The Struts”, “Tremonti”, “Foo Fighters”, “Halestorm”, & “Tesseract”

 

I didn’t sleep well…..again.  Went to bed at 9:30 pm on Friday, much earlier than usual.  Woke up around 3:00 am to pee & couldn’t fall back asleep.  I think I fell back to sleep around 6:00 am?  I had my breakfast for lunch.  We’re old, we stayed in Saturday night & rented “Life of the Party” on iTunes.

I slept much better Saturday night.  We/I stayed up until 11:30-midnight & got up around 8:30.  Much better if you sleep for that amount of time.

Went to the Rider game, you’re welcome Edmonton, we beat Calgary aka we got this.  Calgary is now 8W – 1L

 

10 questions with Randy Blythe of Lamb of God/Burn the Priest

 

Deadpool 2 out on DVD, Blu-ray, & probably 4K.  Out on Tuesday!

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

 

NOTHING BUT THIEVES

Very new band with only 2 full length albums out.  Both are AWESOME!!!  Their first full length album was released in 2015 & I named it as my favourite album of the year, that album still holds up in my books.  Their second album was released in 2017.  Again it was & still is my favourite album of that year.  They’re not a metal group in the least, I think they’re making FANTASTIC music without a lot of distortion on any instrument & the singer has a REALLY good voice.  When I heard their 1st album, it blew me away & I bought it instantly…

 

2015    NOTHING BUT THIEVES

 

2017    BROKEN MACHINE

 

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKEND UPDATE/HALESTORM

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SHORT WEEK, I’LL CATCH YOU ON FRIDAY!!

Music throughout the weekend. “Metallica”, “Halestorm”, “The Beaches”, “Foo Fighters”, “Tool”, & “Tremonti”

 

Left for my family’s cabin Friday after Kim finished work & when we were done packing on Friday, shortly after 7:00 pm.  We ate en route, it’s almost exactly a 1 hour drive.  We haven’t been there the last 2 years, & no, it’s not winterized.  One of my cousins from Manitoba was there with my mom & another couple most of the week.  Short trip, but well worth it! We stayed up Friday with the guys watching “Hot Fuzz”, an instant classic, on Netflix & the girls playing cards.

On Saturday we drove to Chamberlin to ‘Twisted Sisters’ for some always tasty ice cream in the afternoon.  An appetizer for a meal of deep fried tiny fish bits, seasoned & deep fried potato skins, & deep fried turkey.  Thanks to Ray & Karen for the great meal.

We stayed up to play cards & drink, all 7 of us, on Saturday night.  Dad & Ray have been working at remodeling the cabin & have made the washroom easier for me to get into aka more accessible for me.  I believe there are more changes to come, & I’m anxious to see the finished product, so far it’s looking very good!

Drove back home on Sunday, just to get some stuff ready for the week.  Just do some of the stuff for the week ahead.  My body was absolutely craving water & vegetables.

 

I guess the “Into Eternity” release on Friday was only a preorder?  I’ll grab a CD when I see them next time in concert if possible!  They’re from Regina so I’m sure I’ll see them live!

 

Dave Grohl plays all of the instruments on 23 minute song.  Interview with Jimmy Kimmel!

 

HALESTORM

A brother & sister along with two friends.  The group is based in Philadelphia.  They call themselves a metal band, I would call them a hard rock group though.  3 guys & one girl.  The drummer is the singer/guitar player’s younger brother, the two friends are filling the sound on bass & lead guitar.  The brother & sister started the group in school at a talent show.  The 2 of them played & a fellow student asked what their group was called she replied “Halestorm” since their last name is Hale.  They have 4 studio release albums, 1 live album, & 3 EPs of 6 songs each of cover songs.  Their 4th studio release came out on July 27th, 2018.  The first 2 albums I find to be very similar.  I like both although they’re both very similar.  I’ll give you 2 songs from each of the first 3 albums & we’ll see what happens with the latest release…

 

2009   HALESTORM

 

2012   THE STRANGE CASE OF

 

2015   INTO THE WILD LIFE

 

2018   VICIOUS

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

 

 

 

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THANK GROHL IT’S FRIDAY (3 DAY WEEKEND!!)/BRYAN ADAMS

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I fell asleep to “The Struts” the album “Everybody Wants”

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

 

2 days of walking with my walker with Kim helping me in the evenings.  She had some work related stuff to do this week.  I’m not posting the walking distance until the end of November.  It’s more about the quality than the quantity.

Morning exercise total; 625 pushups, 500 crunches, 650 leg lifts, & 420 squats.  Other exercises I did on occasion 150 tricep pushups & 40 back flexes.

Every day this week I’ve felt exhausted even before I exercise.  I wake up & think “Yay it’s Friday………nope it’s _________ ah, crap!”  No matter what I’m thinking on any day, I’m completely useless for a good 2-5 minutes & avoid any physical activity, even a shower.

So many things to think about when I’m walking!  Keep the walker straight, strike the floor with my heel, stand up straight, don’t take un-normal step amounts, etc.  I guess I should focus on one issue at a time, it should be less stressful that way.  I like to think my day is done after my morning routine, nope!  As much as I don’t like it, I don’t want to live in a wheelchair the rest of my life, & the exercises are making a noticeable difference, but I always know that someone is doing better than me.

This exercising isn’t just for me, it’s for me not to be a burden to other people too.  Nobody says I’m a burden, but things would be much easier if I was more independent.

 

How do I find out about the newer bands that I like?  Facebook &/or www.youtube.com.  I see a group I’ve never heard of & jump in feet first.  So this new music I find is all youtube’s fault.  “The Beaches”, “Nothing but Thieves”, “Dead Sara”, “The Struts”, “Greta Van Fleet” etc.  I see a thumbnail on www.youtube.com  & I click on it.  If I don’t like it, oh well there goes 3 minutes or less of my time.

If you don’t know who “The Beaches” are, you will come Juno time if you’re Canadian.  They’re nominated for ‘Best New Artist’.  They fall into the indie rock category which I sort of avoid but they got me.  4 girls in their early 20s from Ontario.

 

Summer TV isn’t terrible Toronto Blue Jays almost every day.  Then “Suits”, “Dr. Pimple Popper”, the TV series “Shooter”, “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon”, & “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

It’s on TLC, I just assume it’s not real, very entertaining though!

“Shooter” is based on the movie starring Mark Wahlberg.  He the producer for this show.  The first season was the story that was told in the movie.  They’re on the 3rd season now.

No release date or preorder date has been announced yet, but I’m anxious for the new “Greta Van Fleet” album at the end of August or a bit later & MUSE in November!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today is “Into Eternity” day!!!

 

BRYAN ADAMS

I currently own only his ‘Greatest Hits’ & I had to add “Cuts Like a Knife” to it.  His album “Waking up the Neighbours” was one of the first 2 CDs I got with a boom box when I was 11.  The other CD was “C+C Music Factory”.  Bryan Adams is a Canadian legend.  I saw him last year at the new football stadium before the inaugural season started.  I saw him at ‘The Conexus Arts Center” 3 years ago (?), just him, his acoustic guitar, & a piano player.  Both shows did not disappoint. He’s been releasing albums since 1981 from what I can tell on iTunes.  Yes, he has a large catalogue of songs.  In no particular order, here’s a sampling…..

This first one is on “Waking up the Neighbours”

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WHEELCHAIR/JIM JEFFERIES/U2

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I fell asleep to “The Beaches” their debut full length album “The Late Show”, followed by “Halestorm” the new album “Vicious”

I exercised to “Dream Theater” their self-titled album from 2009

 

The wheelchair is ordered.  There was a different make of the 12 pound chair, & that’s what has been ordered.  The foot rest is there but it’s angled so I can use it or flip it vertical under my seat & still propel with my feet.  I’ll use the foot rest, just not in the house, it really gets in the way when I’m in the kitchen.

Sunday ended with a BANG!  I made my vegetable juice & baked some fish, then I went to see comedian Jim Jefferies!  Absolutely HILARIOUS!  Big surprise for me is when Dale, friend of the family, pulled a VIP pass from his pocket for me as we were waiting for the doors to open.  We all (5) met & got a photo with the comedian.  Good times!  Came home with the VIP pass around my neck & Kim calmly asks “Where did you get that?”  I told her how it went down.

LOTS OF LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can’t do a week of just cardio?  The week works out that I’ll be walking with my walker 3 evenings this week.  I know I have to keep up with some of my other exercises as well.  If I stop it becomes much more difficult to achieve my goals!

I will say that practicing to walk without falling is the most tiring/frustrating thing to do.  For not having done much walking at all, it’s been OK thus far.

 

Finger Eleven play “Awake & Dreaming” acoustically.  From their first album “Tip”

 

New ‘Into Eternity’ album to be released on Friday!!!!!  Not on any streaming site or iTunes.  $20 through email for a CD intoeternityCD@gmail.com or download $15 on www.bandcamp.com

 

Oh Shark Week!  I’ll miss you, see you next year!  I’m counting the days already!

 

Yes, I was in a cover band to start learning how it felt to play live on stage & just improve as much as possible on everything.  Doing cover songs is a love/hate thing for me.  On the one hand, someone else wrote it & now a different artist is going to try & make it better?  Another way to look at it is “Cool, this is what likely inspired other artists”!  Male or Female it doesn’t matter as long as it’s done well & means something to whoever is covering a song.

 

New “Greta Van Fleet” in late August

 

When Robert Plant approves, who cares what they sound like?

 

The Toronto Blue Jays had a closed door players meeting Monday after a horrific game in Oakland.  A lot of talk about coming to the ball park, doing your job although they’re not making the playoffs, etc.  The short-stop who hasn’t touched the field since July 2017 due to injury, but still making $20,000,000 this year decided to pipe up in the meeting.  He’s 32 or 33 years old & will continue to make $20,000,000 a year until the end of the 2020 season.  If I was a player in that room, whatever he had to say would go in one ear & out the other.  He wasn’t even with the team until Monday??  Why would I listen to someone who hasn’t been with the team in a year?????!!!!  Even with him playing the wins & losses would likely be very similar.

 

U2

Most people know who U2 is.  Those that know of the band either highly despise, or really like them.  I loved U2 in the late ‘80s & early ‘90s.  Now I listen to them on the odd occasion or if Brewster & I are in the vehicle, while U2 is on the radio, I turn it up.  Yes, I agree, the “Songs of Innocence” free album to iTunes users was terrible, however the follow up “Songs of Experience” was a very good blend of older U2 while being more modern at the same time.  Everybody knows the “Joshua Tree” album, so I’m not going to review that one.  I’ve rarely, if ever, heard thoughts on one of my favourite albums “Achtung Baby”, released in 1991.  This album or “The Joshua Tree” are both fantastic yet different. “Achtung Baby” was full of studio/production trickery, but still good.

 

Here are 2 album tracks I’m a BIG fan of!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I own, on CD, every U2 album from the album “Boy” released in 1980 all the way to “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” released in 2005.  I think they released 2 after that, which I don’t own at all.  I have the album they released for free & bought it’s follow up “Songs of Experience” which, like I said, is a much better mix of new & old U2.

 

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“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