TO SELL OR NOT TO SELL

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A little bit backwards today.  Got up & Kim saw that our roof was leaking right through one of our new light fixtures directly on to her keyboard & chair this morning.  Kim thought it was water running through or counter top garden that grows a bunch of herbs.  If only that were true.  The light fixture will come down for a few days, Kim’s off work for the morning & I’ll exercise later on today.  Kim called our building manager, he called the guy that does work on these types of problems, and they’ve already been in the attic.  Let’s hope the rest of the day gets better!

As if this guitar wasn’t expensive enough!  They shot up in price this week.  Before the price went up I’d still have some cash after tax next year.  Now I’ll be short next year.  I’m still getting it, it’ll take longer than I was planning on though???

Got to sell my Epiphone Les Paul 7 string.  I realize now that I’m not a 7 string guitar player.  I wanted it to play progressive metal stuff, that’s not me.  My plan is to sell it to my brother & put the money towards the S2 McCarty 594 now.  I didn’t even know he was looking for a 7 string?  Even with that sale, the money I have saved & what we can save after we put $5000 each away for our retirement savings, I’ll be short of the full price.  HOLY F.O.M.O.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This pushes back the purchase of the Schecter Tempest https://www.schecterguitars.com/guitars/custom/tempest-custom-vwht-1-detail

Both of those guitars will take 6 months to get here once I order them & the S2 McCarty 594 is first up, likely next year at some point?  My hollow-body “Squier” Starcaster should be here next week!

20 years ago I’d go into a music store to play a guitar before I bought it, now you order & buy it to try it?  Online is VERY convenient, but not always the best option in certain scenarios.  I used to have very little idea as to the specifications of a guitar was, now that’s what I look up & research on the interweb before I buy a guitar?

I’m VERY confident with my choice for the S2 McCarty 594 & the Schecter Tempest!  Both of those are must have for me, and that will be the end of my guitar shopping spree.  Those 2 are my endgame.

I’ve thought about looking for a relatively inexpensive guitar with an HSS pickup layout, but I’m not convinced that I want to buy one.  I’m on the fence about that purchase.  The HSS pickup layout is explained in the video below….

I’d love to get a “Paul’s Guitar” SE, but I really don’t need it.  SE model because I’m not going to even dream about spending $5000 or more on a guitar.

Yes, I play guitar for multiple hours a day.  I have a small breakfast ASAP, exercise, shower, and post this while having a small snack, then I play guitar.  Stopping only to eat and then when Kim’s done work or if I need to get supper started.  This is what I’ve been practicing….

…among too many other songs!  Now that I have more than 2 electric guitars I can play stuff in different tunings without having to re-tune a guitar every time!  There is often some “Alice in Chains”, more “Pearl Jam”, “Foo Fighters”, “AC/DC”, “Megadeth”, “Metallica”, “Queens of the Stone Age”, “Soundgarden”, “In Flames”, “Audioslave”, “Led Zeppelin”, etc.  I’m VERY fortunate to have what I do & I get to spend my time with Kim.

We ended up watching “The Flight Attendant” this weekend on the Crave streaming channel.  It was different but still binge worthy, 8 episodes in total.

We both thought it would be a movie, but it killed time for us over the weekend as a series instead.

Kim’s thinking of not moving next year.  Our place looks REALLY good now and there never seems to be a wheelchair accessible place on the market in Regina.  What sucks about that is that we don’t have a spare bedroom.  The upside is I don’t have to wrangle Brewster & disappear for a viewing.  I’m done shopping for guitars but nobody will believe me.  Kim’s thinking we won’t be able to afford it, but who knows?  That’s the only situation where I hate being in a wheelchair.  All of the other stuff I’m fine with, I just hate how it affects other people that I love.  Not fair to them!

This is no joke!  Here’s “Foo Fighters” covering “The Bee Gees”.  If you have time watch the interview with Dave Grohl after the song!

I’m pleasantly surprised at how much I like the new album by “The Pretty Reckless” and “Matt Cameron” drummer of “Soundgarden” & “Pearl Jam” did a really good job as producer!

I don’t know why, but the stand alone singles from this album just don’t work for me.  As an entire album they seem more than OK though, & I prefer to listen to an entire album, not a playlist of singles.

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

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Chris

I WILL NOW REMOVE MY HEAD FROM MY BUTT

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Exercise total for 5 days. 

500 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

1050 Crunches

1050 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

600 Back flexes

Too much belly aching & whining on my part.  I’m getting out of this funk, it’s not cool down here!  I don’t have time to complain & whine about things not to my liking.  I was bummed out about the lights only that was my breaking point.  I have no clue as to what got me there?  It wasn’t the last 2 guitars (that’s just how it is) and it’s not being in quarantine (I’ve been living that way since July 26th, 2012).  I don’t know what got me to that point but I know I don’t want to be there!

I’m going to have to scale back my crunches & leg lifts to 300 a day instead of 350 a day.  I’m sore & VERY tired.  Everything else will stay as is.  I also said I would pass on saving for the last 2 guitars.  Screw it, I want them & they’re worth the years of nothing else for me saving for them even if the first one is 4 or 5 years away.  I put in the time & effort to research the crap out of them & I like what I read & heard.

GOTTA GET ONE OF THESE BLUE BEAUTIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Well, I want them both, but this guitar comes first, before it goes out of production!

This guy is a guitar store owner & a guitar technician in Arizona.  He ended up selling his $3800 Core model for the $1800 S2 model (American prices).  That’s part of the reason I won’t purchase a Core model, along with the price & many other factors.  Kim calls him my “man crush” since he’s always on my screen.  My guess as to why it weighs less?  It has 2 cuts of wood from it instead of one like a Les Paul body, maple & mahogany are heavy types of wood & commonly found in Les Paul bodies & less depth on the maple top as well.

https://www.schecterguitars.com/guitars/custom/tempest-custom-vwht-1-detail

If one’s out of production by then, I’ll get the other.  If they’re both out of production we have some money saved.  Both will take 6 months minimum after I put down a deposit & order them.

I am super excited for my trade in guitar at the end of the month!  I couldn’t care less that it says “Squier” on it!

I always say there’s someone stopping me from achieving something.  I finally figured out who that is.  IT’S ME!  Nobody else.  I need to allow myself to accomplish something & get out of my way.  I’m doing a hard reset on 2021 and hopefully that will solve many problems & remove the road blocks for me that I’ve put in my way.

I’m a little different, I like pineapple on my pizza, raisins in butter tarts, I’m fine with oatmeal raisin cookies as long as I know they’re not oatmeal chocolate chip, I’ll take broccoli over cauliflower ALWAYS, I don’t like potatoes, I don’t like whiskey or rye.  I’ve seen “Lamb of God” & “Boney M” live and enjoyed them both, I LOVE seafood, I am not loyal to any particular brand name, GMO or non-GMO I don’t care, I’ve voted 3 times in my 41 years on earth in Canada & I’ve voted for 3 different political parties, ever since I saw “Silence of the Lambs” Anthony Hopkins freaks me out, despite my fear of Hannibal Lector I REALLY enjoy crime/murder shows such as my current favourite show “Prodigal Son”, I don’t agree with censorship if you’re over the age of 18, I shave in the evening, etc.

Most guitar players will say something to the tune of “I don’t want a Gibson?!”  What do they really think though?  “Those Gibson guitars look pretty cool, I should get one!”  I’d get one if they weren’t over $3000 for a decent one in Canada.

I realized this week that I don’t play my acoustic guitar enough.  To “remedy” that problem I picked 2 songs that I used to play a LOT and I’ll finish relearning them, plus a song my mom wants to learn on her acoustic guitar.  I’m gonna fully relearn these two songs….

Played & sang them before cancer, nothing stopping me now but my own laziness!

This is not the song my mom wants to learn, but it is titled “Remedy”

My mom wants to learn this, so I’ve got my chord changes up to speed now.

Donald Trump doesn’t want to be compared to Richard Nixon.  Fair enough, Nixon knew when to resign.  How about we compare Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler?  Trump didn’t kill anyone, he encouraged others to do it for him.

FANTASTIC new album from Foo Fighters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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Chris 

PRS RUINED ME, IN A GOOD & BAD WAY!

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Exercise total for 4 days. 

500 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

900 Crunches

900 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

450 Back flexes

1:00 hour of yoga over 2 days

To be clear about this, I don’t have a home studio.  I have no camera, cell phone, or audio recording device.  If I come up with a good sounding guitar line, I play it many times to remember it.  “The Beatles” only recorded stuff if they could remember it the next day, so I kind of operate the same way…I just don’t sound like The Beatles.  Any photos or videos on here or Facebook are courtesy of Kim & her cell phone.

I was missing a sleeping pill last night.  I take 2 different pills, one to make me fall asleep faster than my typical 3 or 4 hours of tossing & turning in bed.  The other keeps me asleep.  We missed getting a refill yesterday on the pill that keeps me asleep.  I woke up close to 3:00 am & finally decided to give up on trying to fall asleep at 5:00 am & got up to do my exercises.

My guitar came in Tuesday afternoon.  First impressions, DAMN it’s pretty!  I’ve honestly never played a guitar right out of the box that needs no adjustment.  I tuned it and it was ready to go.  Even just the tuning buttons were INCREDIBLY smooth.  I had HIGH expectations for it, & the S2 PRS greatly exceeded them! 

Luckily I missed recording the baseball game Tuesday evening.  I caught the last 2 innings since I was busy playing my new guitar.  After my exercises are done & I’ve showered, I play it all of the time.

I was just about to play guitar after my shower on Tuesday & figured I should check my email.  I had an email confirming my guitar was in & ready for me to pick up.  My brother picked me up & we went to the store.  I tuned it & I’ve been playing it as much as possible since.  Playing it (unplugged) even while watching Blue Jays baseball in the evening.  I hate having to stop playing it!  I wish you could see it in person, the photo just doesn’t compare.

I’ve played 3 guitars in my life that made me think “Why aren’t all guitars made this way?”  My friend’s hollow body Gretsch guitar in the summer, my Epiphone 7 string that Kim got me for my 40th birthday at the end of January, & my new PRS S2.  The hype is real!!!!!

…and now I’d like to introduce you to “Sunny”!  PRS S2 Semi-hollow Custom. 

Having this PRS S2 Custom 22 only solidifies my desire for the S2 McCarty 594.  Last guitar purchase, followed by that amplifier & footswitch.

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

If you care to watch.  These are the different bridges they use on guitars at PRS, as shown by Paul Reed Smith.  Sunny has a tremolo bridge, and the one I plan to order has a 2 piece stop tail bridge.

If we find a house next year, the amplifier & footswitch are put on hold.  Well come June 1st of 2021 EVERYTHING stops for the hope of finding a house!  The amplifier & footswitch will have to wait.

If I ever got my hands on a Core Tremonti PRS with a HUGE (90% off) discount, that would be hard to pass up.  This S2 PRS is beautiful.  I’m over the moon with everything on this guitar!  Here’s that SUPER nice Mark Tremonti Core PRS, not in the typical black. 

A Core PRS goes for $3,800 US, which is $6,574 + tax in Canada.  I used to say $5000 was my limit for a guitar, not anymore.  It’s far less than that or even the USA price for Core model, I just paid my limit for a guitar.  The final order is less expensive than what I have, it’s still very close to my limit.

“Sunny” is a lower priced S2 PRS guitar.  The quality is unmatched to any guitar I’ve ever played.  The downside & the upside of it is that we paid a lot for it & it REALLY impresses me.  So it’s VERY nice but it does have a large price tag.  One more S2 and I’m literally spent!

I do watch some TV other than baseball.  The Ellen Degeneres Show, A Late Show with Stephen Colbert, & about 3 other scripted shows that aren’t on TV right now.  Prodigal Son, The Resident, & Mom.  No matter what show I’m watching, there’s a guitar in my hands!

GO DR. FAUCI GO!

Why is Donald Trump EVERYWHERE?  If Biden wins the election, things could get messy when he moves into the White House.

This week I’ve been playing stuff I know the basic chord progression of while making it more distinct playing lead stuff instead on the new guitar “Sunny”.

I’ve been listening to a 20th anniversary reissue of the first self-titled Into Eternity album that I got on CD.  “Into Eternity” describe themselves as extreme progressive metal.  I think of them as death metal meets the harmonies of “Queen”, that’s HIGH-PRAISE in my books.  Good luck finding a CD other than through the Regina based band that until recently only had the files for the album.  Into Eternity are the Regina heroes that are still underground despite having toured or played with big name acts such as “Motorhead”, “Megadeth”, “Lamb of God”, “Opeth” & I believe “Dream Theater”.  I thik it was last year or 2018 they released their 6th studio album.  The last 5 albums should be available everywhere.  I bought 3 of them at HMV when it was open & managed to get the 6th album on amazon where you can find all of their albums now!

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Chris 

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YAY IT’S FRIDAY & OPETH “In Cauda Venenum”

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5 day exercise total; 900 leg lifts, 1,200 crunches, 100 squats, 300 back flexes, 50 pushups, 400 curls (10 pounds), 250 tricep extensions (7 pounds), 200 shoulder raises (7 pounds).  Stretching & yoga.

I had to hold back on the squats this week.  There’s a nagging minor pain in my back.  Squats seem to make it worse, back flexes strengthen the muscles.  Ended up being a disappointing week, exercise wise, for me.

I fell asleep to “The Beatles” my favourite album of theirs, many FANTASTIC songs, “Blackbird”, Ob-la-di ob-la-da”, “Back in the USSR”, “While my guitar gently weeps”, “Happiness is a Warm Gun”, etc. but this is my favourite below.  I saw, Canadian rock band “Our Lady Peace” play this song in concert in 1998 & that was it.

I exercised to “Devin Townsend” the album “Empath”

 

The other place is now an afterthought.  They have an offer, negotiated a price & now all we can do is sit & wait.  This could be over by October 11th, sooner, or if a miracle occurs we’ll get another shot?  I was bummed yesterday & didn’t bother to even exercise.

Today, it’s time to move on & keep doing our thing.  I’m looking at it as one less thing to worry about & the biggest thing I don’t need to worry about.  I worried myself sick on Wednesday & was crushed on Thursday.  Now the stomach nerves are gone.  Just keep swimming!

I could sit here & complain but I don’t have time for that & there’s already enough people complaining about other issues.  Much like my exercise, which I do a TON of, I want to be better at guitar than I was before.  What will fix both of these issues?  Practice & proper repetition.

I’m listening to more of The Beatles lately since I’m relearning, from memory for the most part, how to play the song “Blackbird” on guitar.  I’m throwing in finger picking chords in the wrong place.  I ended up caving & went to a guitar tab site.  I can’t read music anymore, haven’t been able to since 1998 or so.  After I graduated high school.

In 2001 I got my first guitar & taught myself on the internet after learning most of the proper chords from a guitar book laying around that my mother owned.

I looked at the tab, & WOW, no wonder I forgot the order of stuff after almost 12 years.  I’m surprised I remembered all of the chords after an ABI, Acquired Brain Injury.  I’ve got a TON of practicing & memorizing to do.

I’ll “slow it down” a bit for now & focus on my technique for now & just a few songs!

I exercise for a couple of hours, write this up, play guitar for WAY too long & somewhere in there I eat, shower, & snack/eat throughout the day.  Kim comes home & whips up a tasty meal, then I clean up.

She’s working at another job to make some extra cash right now (Every year).  While she’s doing that or watching something on TLC, that’s not “Dr. Pimple Popper”, I’ll either grab a guitar or see what all of the news is on Facebook.

Not as much music being played through the stereo here lately.  It’s more of me practicing guitar.  I’ve still only listened to the TOOL album in its entirety twice.  It’s been more of 1 or 2 songs here & there, long album!

I get to use my ticket at the Saskatchewan Roughriders game this weekend WOO HOO!

There are screwed up people EVERYWHERE.  A fan goes to any type of concert to have fun, not to get stabbed!  Why are people like this?

https://loudwire.com/amon-amarth-fan-stabbed-after-show-edmonton/?fbclid=IwAR2IH-h7WE7kT3_3yx4eAbfRZ32RicO-CRfKmxGYP8sdM4uRVS8uEsTsmoQ

I like Slayer to a point.  Mood music that actually calms me down & usually just 2 albums out of 12 or 15?  “Reign in Blood” & “Seasons in the Abyss”.

https://loudwire.com/slayer-repentless-killogy-theater-premiere/?fbclid=IwAR0iapzVIKYC0tanhWlXZE9Z4_t3LAIw5FV_uSZWrqr0y9sGQkm6j1b7w3o

I’m a rock/metal fan but I do like other stuff.  I like Ed Sheeran, even saw him in concert here.  As for the Grammy Awards, I’m all in for Billie Eilish’s album & Lizzo’s album “Cuz I Love You” featuring the song “Juice”.  I have the Billie Eilish album, the Lizzo album is great but I can’t see myself listening to it often?
https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/2020-grammy-nominee-predictions-885231/?fbclid=IwAR3l8hB-Peq3PmKyQrg1kyGhmO4kjGhoyXiTheZ3Tne76O9yq1hfcg38am0

Any “Joker” movie shouldn’t be funny.  The character is a psychopath.

https://screencrush.com/joker-review/?fbclid=IwAR1UYNjy-ULJlrBYNxUHp2OYLFEvll8rt37JyFiB8mq1kAQHTkg-dA0bBVE

 

OPETH   “IN CAUDA VENENUM”

A progressive everything band rock, metal, orchestral, & ambient music.  Based in Sweden.  This album is available in English & Swedish.  I think this is the first album they’ve made available in Swedish as well as English?  Not sure, they have a LARGE back catalogue.  This album is more of a progressive rock album, but not for the average rock fan.  This is progressive, not an album you can tap your foot to the beat.  The last few albums have been very light, music wise compared to the death metal growling from previous releases.  They’ve been rather odd with weird keyboard & more atmospheric music.

This album certainly isn’t a metal album, but maybe I’m jaded?  This seems far more along the lines of a hard rock album, no screaming but definitely aggressive music in odd time signatures.

 

Opeth   “In Cauda Venenum”

 

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THE PERFECT HOUSE/HEART GREATEST HITS

 

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I fell asleep to “Jimmy Eat World” the album “Bleed American”

I exercised to “The Beatles” the album “Number 1” all of their songs that hit number 1.

 

I didn’t get to bed as early as I had hoped Sunday night.  Monday I slept in later than I’d have liked.  I like to get up & get things done ASAP.  It tends to get warm in here the later I get up to exercise.  Exercising at noon is something I never do for a reason.  I’m typically done my exercise by 10-11:00 am, if not earlier.  I usually get up by 8:00 am at the latest, some days I’m partially done my exercises when Kim heads off to work at 7:30 am.

Unfortunately we already have snow here as of Sunday evening but it didn’t stick around luckily!

Kim’s teeth will be finished in October.  Then Brewster will have some tests done, followed by some medication.

We’re looking at buying our dream/forever home but we have to sell this place before we buy the other.  No conditional offers will be taken by the current owners of the other place.  They got an offer yesterday, this means we’re in limbo until they accept or reject the offer today or multiple other scenarios happen, so we’ll see.  It would have been our forever/dream home.  Great spot for me in a wheelchair & a nice house for Kim too.  Ah well, not much we can do now but wait.

At least these aren’t non-sense expenses.  It’s not like I have a job to pay for them either.  If we couldn’t afford it, Kim wouldn’t agree to it.  We’ve both cut back on a few luxuries to make this more realistic.

Those are the things that keep me up at night.  It’s that or the fact that I can’t live without stress.  Even this last month & a bit.  If I’m not doing something, I’m thinking about it & what else I need to do.  Now I need to figure out how to relax!

 

New “Opeth” was released on Friday, September 27.  Here’s a review from a metal fan.

James Hetfield (Metallica) helped Randy Blythe (Lamb of God) get sober 9 years ago.

https://loudwire.com/randy-blythe-james-hetfield-helped-get-sober/?fbclid=IwAR1kXnNfHYS_DT_R0aTTlOJGimPEUkfvgkGKpCy5F3Sd063mErjE1V5Lwck

I just find this funny.  I’m passionate about music.  At the same time I realize that not everyone will enjoy the same type of music.  The question “Who’s the best band in the world, living or dead?” there’s no answer to that, don’t lose any sleep over that.  Who do you like?  That’s a question with an answer & you’ll get many different answers!

I may be a rock & metal fan, but we don’t all do drugs, smoke, drink, & swear.  I swear at myself or in jest & I drink socially.  That’s me, whatever any other people do or don’t do is completely up to themselves.

The people I associate with aren’t those wild partying types.  They’re responsible parents.  Yes, I’m THAT old!!!!

 

HEART

I’ve got a greatest hits album that’s all.  I clicked on the “autofill” button years ago on iTunes & was flooded with albums.  Most of them I got rid of & didn’t want.  I think I kept about 8 of them?  There was likely a minimum of 50 that showed up though.  This likely happened in 2005 or 2006?  I’m not necessarily “pro” or “anti” Heart.  I wouldn’t seek them out, but I also didn’t delete the album.  For me, they’re a band that’s there doing their thing.  Before the album was on my iTunes I knew some of their songs, I figured “Great!  Free music I can appreciate.”

 

HEART   1998 GREATEST HITS

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE/ THE BEATLES

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Ed Sheeran”, “Alter Bridge”, “Billie Eilish”, & “The Wallflowers”

 

Another couple days off for the weekend to get some stuff done around here.  We did absolutely nothing Friday night.

Saturday I was tackling our iTunes again, new iPod Touch, new/different ways to make it work for me.  Apple puts out a new product, says “You’re welcome”, & leaves it up to the consumer to make it work properly.  So after an hour & ½ on the phone with Apple support, my issue was resolved & the guy I spoke with helped me figure this thing out!  We worked together on it & figured it out!  If someone is willing to spend that much time on the phone to help me with something, I’d say that’s a job well done.  He’s 37 & we have very similar tastes in music……a little bit of everything but mostly rock & metal!

Kim tackled painting one of our walls to see if it was the right colour we were thinking of.

Sunday evening Kim & Jolene headed out to Craven to see “Chris Stapleton”.  I wasted my entire day making iTunes work properly then watched the recorded Blue Jays game.  Thank goodness I ‘fixed’ iTunes, I hate doing that stuff.  Too “….hot in herre….” To stare at a computer all day.

 

I stayed up until 3:00 am watching season 3 of “Stranger Things” last night.  I watched episode 5 & had to finish the season, SO GOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!

 

THE BEATLES

I like the Rolling Stones, just not as much as The Beatles.  I’ve never understood why there’s a line drawn between the 2?  Are you a Beatles fan or a Stones fan?  Both!  Totally different music if you ask me.  I went to see “Our Lady Peace” on tour for their 2nd album “Clumsy”.  They played the song “Dear Prudence” & almost instantly “The White Album” became my favourite album by The Beatles.  My parents were fans of The Beatles & The Rolling Stones.

How did they write songs that had yet to be recorded?  If they remembered them the next day, it was good enough to record.  That’s what I’ve heard anyways.

I was going to give you some of The Beatles biggest hits, but you know them.  Instead I’ll dig up what I can find from the double album “The White Album”….

 

1968   The White Album

 

 

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

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

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

 

P.S. I’ll post here again on Friday!

STAYCATION UPDATE/CORROSSION OF CONFORMITY

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Kacey Musgraves”, “Chris Stapleton”, “Billie Eilish”, “Live”, “Big Wreck”, “Alter Bridge”, “Slayer”, & “Dead Sara”

Should have learned the bridge ^^ of the song in University, apparently I nailed the rest of the song vocally?  As I was told.

 

How was our staycation?  A nice break, other than it was HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In the end I just want the plumbers to do their job & fix the A/C that hasn’t worked this year, or 5 of the last 6 years dating back to its first run in the summer of 2014.  We moved in here as 1 of the first 6 suites to be occupied in December of 2013.  Brand new living space!  Iffy air conditioner on a good day.  Our windows face south.  Even if it’s -40C outside, with the sun shining bright it will be +26C in here, minimum, with the blinds closed.  We rarely turn on the boiler heat.

We mostly stayed in Regina or at least in the Regina area.  We can’t really afford to go on a lavish vacation.  We slept in our own bed every night, so we were never far from Regina.  I’ve been eating more garbage than I should, yet my T-Shirts seem to be extra baggy this week?  Back to reality on Monday.  I didn’t exercise or even have the desire to do so.

Home football game for the Saskatchewan Roughriders last night 37 for Calgary & 10 for Saskatchewan.  So 37-10 with 2:01 left in the 4th quarter.  Everybody starts leaving.  I shout out “YOU’RE GOING TO MISS THE GREATEST COME BACK IN SPORTS HISTORY!!!  WE’VE GOT THEM RIGHT WHERE WE WANT THEM!!!”  It didn’t work ¾ of the crowd was gone & the score didn’t change, ah well.

Sorry, today has been a lot of cleaning/organizing after I boiled the eggs, Kim went shopping, then I made my vegetable juice.  Kim started cleaning, while I’ve been organizing our boxes of CDs into smaller boxes, & putting them in alphabetical order, like I kept them on our CD shelf.  Fair enough, I brought most of the roughly 600 CDs here with me.  I finished the “C” portion, & I’m done for today.  I got that far in 2 hours.

 

New Alter Bridge song with preorder.  Full release October 18th.

This seems to be the current trend, & it really needs to stop.  Pick any movie or TV show.  Some people have too much free time & rip it to shreds by pointing out plot holes.  Especially if it’s a work of fiction!  This is a work of fiction but the writer for Rolling Stone magazine chose to pick it apart instead of enjoying the movie as it is.

I like comic book movies, then someone will pop up & rip it apart by pointing out the plot holes?  It’s a COMIC BOOK MOVIE.  Sit back, relax, & enjoy a fictitious superhero movie.  Shh…superheroes aren’t real!

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-features/can-a-beatles-fan-believe-in-yesterday-rob-sheffield-853956/?fbclid=IwAR3-KHWwITm_mP0Nr8TEZVI-hbDcupaYuqagAKTYmqc5bS0IkaTLeP8xYY8

We saw “Yesterday” in the theater on Tuesday, July 2nd.  It was/is  FANTASTIC!

New Big Wreck video, no preorder or release date yet.

Delayed Saskatchewan Roughriders game because of lightning?  They announced it over the public address system.  Odd, in the long forgotten Taylor Field of 4 seasons ago the crowd went inside when the power went out.  Baseball just started doing this too.  Baseball used to just carry on until there was too much rain coming down that effected the players not being able to see the ball!  All of these changes in sports are for nothing!  If people (mostly millennials) aren’t watching a sport, shaving 15 minutes off of a game will do nothing, especially if they’re not watching the sport already.

If Chris Adler leaves “Lamb of God” I’ll likely have a personal moment of silence.

We spent Wednesday afternoon with my brother, at his place as he’s recovering from surgery done on his spine last week.  Show off, he’s doing well & now another person is walking before meJ.  This happens all of the time, my friends kids are always walking before meJ!

Why?  Because opening a bottle with your hands is too easy I guess?

24 years ago Thursday, July 4th, Dave Grohl released the first Foo Fighters album!

https://loudwire.com/foo-fighters-self-titled-album-anniversary/?fbclid=IwAR3hY5JtjPEN1nfbouZxn0zqAwEbhonFttfR-ZrwO2r8h5d6dEO4_s8kkuI

We rented “Captain Marvel” even though I plan to buy it & “Shazam” the day “Shazam” is released.  Good movie, but not as good as other Marvel movies.

 

CORROSSION OF CONFORMITY

Sort of metal & sort of rock.  I think you’d call them “stoner metal”.  One of the subgenres of metal that I don’t like using.  For me it’s just metal.  I have 8 of their albums, there are more, I only listen to 5 of them though.  I don’t plan on purchasing any future releases of theirs.  I got into them by a suggestion of a friend.  I think he’s done with them now also.  The 5 albums I like by them tend to get more air time here than I first thought.

 

1991   BLIND

 

1994   DELIVERANCE

 

1996   WISEBLOOD

 

2000   AMERICA’S VOLUME DEALER

 

2005   IN THE ARMS OF GOD

 

 

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

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

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

MENTAL HEALTH/EXERCISE TOTAL/EVERGREY

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5 day exercise total; 600 leg lifts, 450 crunches, 450 squats, 300 back flexes, 400 curls, 140 tricep lifts w/5 pound weight, 140 shoulder raises w/5 pound weight,  stretching, & yoga.

Including the above exercises, here’s what I’ve done so far this year.  1275 curls, 7240 pushups, 15600 leg lifts, 10100 crunches, 4140 tricep lifts (the old way), 10280 squats, 7100 back flexes, 3900 tricep extensions w/weights, & 140 shoulder raises.

I fell asleep to “Eve 6” the album “Horrorscope”

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

I exercised in silence at 6:00 am, busy day!

2 things I’ll be changing next week.  No tricep lifts without weights.  Also 200 pushups a week.  Everything else will stay as it is, for now.

The weights I use aren’t incredibly heavy.  For curls I use a 10 pound weight.  For the other weight exercises I use a 5 pound weight.  I always do more repetitions with my left arm since it’s the weaker arm.  I try not to eat breakfast before I exercise, but on occasion I wake up hungry, so I have my 2 hardboiled eggs & half of a glass of my vegetable juice.  Breakfast is the same every day.  Lunch is as well turkey deli meat in a lettuce wrap, or a piece of fish.  3-5 liters of water throughout the day.

Now when I do my exercises on Tuesdays & Thursdays, it takes me at least 1 ½ hour to 2 hours.  I do a LOT of stretching, & a LOT of weight work.  I do yoga for 30-45 minutes, 30 minutes minimum.  There are many yoga poses I can’t do at the moment.  There’s only 3 poses I can do.  I hold them for as long as possible though.

Life has been busy this week.  I really have to plan a time to do my exercises or do 2 days of exercise in one.  I guess that’s a good thing though.  Getting back to reality & changing up my routine, instead of just exercising & sitting on my butt.

Today was my first appointment with a psychiatrist.  Two of my pill prescriptions changed, & I’ll be referred to a therapist.  I told them my life story basically.  I have a future appointment of course & they’ll see how I’m doing with the prescription changes over the phone likely before my next appointment.

No word on our new vehicle, so I’m guessing by Wednesday we might hear something.  It’s also pouring rain here, yesterday & today.  Seems like a weekend to stay indoors.  I hear that even Swift Current, about 2 hours west of Regina flooded “yesterday”.

 

Lamb of God talk about gear theft & new album.

Can everybody please just stop with the Nickleback sucks comments already?  They’re more than likely someone’s favourite band!  They have over 16,000,000 followers on Facebook.  I’m not a fan, but I do enjoy 2 of their albums.  If you really can’t stand them, turn off your radio, don’t stream or download their music.  If you’re in a restaurant or bar, wait 5 minutes & you might hear something you like?  Get over it, I have to get over other bands too.  Nickleback are going to continue making music until they want to stop, & they’ve made a career doing that.  Have you?  Well until you can outsell the amount of albums they’ve sold, calm down & take a deep breath.  Nothing is going to change just for you!

https://thehardtimes.net/music/man-who-admitted-to-kinda-liking-one-nickelback-song-15-years-ago-still-nicknamed-nickelback/?fbclid=IwAR3k6pCp-rzyyUWNwoNgSx4iBgQDmkN0YvEp86P6ecKXKsJFDonp5DVyL6c

Article/interview with singer Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge regarding the new album.

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/upcoming_releases/myles_kennedy_says_new_alter_bridge_album_is_kind_of_the_answer_to_ab_iii.html?fbclid=IwAR0SbDP_8NUyWn-emP1vlJJjfKFRQM2Q_3HAFbnJLMqQW9bhZeHi9KZYpps

I think I also saw that the iTunes pre-order would be on June 28th, a week from today!

 

EVERGREY

Another prog-metal band.  Or progressive metal band, much like “Dream Theater” if they made songs that averaged 4:30 minutes instead of an average of 6:30 minutes.  I have 4 of their many album from iTunes.  I like them quite a bit on the rare occasion that I listen to them, great band though.  I assume they’re American, but I’ve never bothered to look them up.  I’ll just give you a sampling of the 4 albums I have.

“Recreation Day”, “The Inner Circle”, “Glorious Collision”, & “Hymns for the Broken”.  Released in that order.  The songs will also follow the order of release.

 

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

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

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKEND UPDATE/CLASSIC BANDS PART 1

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Music from this weekend!  “Greta Van Fleet”, “Nothing But Thieves”, “Live”, “A Perfect Circle”, “Coheed and Cambria”, & “Halestorm”

 

Really quiet here.  I realized on Friday I had some other TV shows recorded on our PVR.  I watched them & one episode of “Making a Murderer” before Kim got home.  She had many TV shows to watch on the PVR, of course we watched “The Elle Degeneres Show” first, as usual.

Saturday I moved from our bed to our couch & kitchen.  Cereal, yogurt & rum, TV (not all at the same time) later on.  Then 4 episodes of “Making a Murderer”.  Kim is sort of watching it too.

Today, Kim got up & went for coffee with Jolene.  The 4 of us met each other in SIAST.  Corey & Jolene were engaged a week or 2 before us & married roughly 4 months after us.  Really good people, great friends, & awesome parents to our “niece” & “nephew”.

Went over to our friends’ place this afternoon, Chris & Laurie’s for an afternoon visit, also really good people, friends, & they also have 2 cool kids.

Now it’s get ready for the week time.

 

Review of “Greta Van Fleet” & “The Struts”.  The Struts’ 2nd album is not actually out until October 26th.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-album-reviews/review-greta-van-fleet-and-the-struts-revel-in-the-reliable-power-of-classic-rock-744694/?fbclid=IwAR2d0fAsBkSXiD6DMsjBNZxp7WFJMQ82unrTIHr-srjMV0Gl3MTVWlCIt84

 

No Blink 182 reunion happening.

http://loudwire.com/travis-barker-cleared-return-blink-182-tom-delonge-no-reunion/?fbclid=IwAR1buhg05jStev7Ar4VxXFdCuGN6h7JGeqs3f37K8C8joqjMFdS_XYhK-B0

 

How 20 bands got their name.

https://www.kerrang.com/features/20-of-our-favorite-band-name-origins/?fbclid=IwAR0HrsF35sR1C9Q3VT_6KYd9nhvvPgsrU1NFb4fM3aPX2TpuOJooSgo-LH0

 

CLASSIC BANDS   PART 1

These are the masterpieces.  Great bands that I like from before my time!

“Queen”

 

“Led Zeppelin”

That’s why ‘Physical Graffiti’ is my favourite LZ album

 

“The Beatles”

I saw ‘Our Lady Peace’ cover this, & now ‘The White’ album is my favourite ‘Beatles’ album!

 

“Stevie Wonder”

Stevie Wonder’s ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ is easily my favourite Stevie Wonder album.  I should just add this song to it…

 

“The Police”

 

“Pink Floyd”

 

“The Jackson 5”

 

“Alice Cooper”

 

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Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKEND UPDATE/NO DOUBT

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Music throughout the weekend. “In Flames”, “The Struts”, “Dead Sara”, “Stone Sour”, “Devin Townsend Project”, “Foo Fighters”

 

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

Thursday evening we did nothing but watch TV.  So far we’ve mostly been binge watching “The Fosters” on Netflix.  If you liked “Parenthood” or like “This is us”, “The Fosters” are probably right up your alley!  We’re somewhere in the 2nd season of 5.  There are 20-22 episodes each season with roughly 50 minute episodes.

Friday we went to my parents’ place to celebrate my mom’s birthday which was actually on August 25th.  BBQ burgers, hot dogs, & corn on the cob & birthday cake for dessert.

I don’t think we could be any lazier if we tried on Saturday!  Ordered in supper & watched Netflix.  I also slept until 11:30 am, after going to bed around midnight.

Labour Day Classic in Regina on Sunday & we won.  I had never tried to eat an entire 2 foot long hot dog, but there’s a first for everything.  Finished my hot dog before 3:00 minutes into the first quarter of the game.  Washed it down with an overpriced beer.  Yes, the Roughriders won 31-23.  Quite the entertaining game right down to the last minute & a half.

Came home after the game, had supper & watched a couple of episodes of “The Fosters”.  Yes, I still had room for supper after the 2 foot long hot dog.

Another lazy day on Monday.  Ordered in supper again & watched some more Netflix.

My new wheelchair should be here today.  I was going to hit the road with my dad, that’s not happening due to circumstances out of our control.  Keep that voice in good shape Mr. Grohl!

 

Concert video & album out on Friday September 7th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

4 Song EP from Nothing but Thieves out October 29th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

New Muse album out November 9th!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Donald J. Trump is the definition of “Money Can’t Buy You Love”

 

NO DOUBT

Remember when “ska” was all the rage in the ‘90s?  I thought the entire thing was a nice change to the grunge music.  There were many ska groups to follow.  I only followed No Doubt’s career though.  I didn’t have the desire to follow the entire ska scene.  I have 4 of their 6 albums.  There are 2 before their breakout album “Tragic Kingdom” but I don’t have them.  I think my brother has 1, but I’m not sure?  There was a period a few years ago when I listened to No Doubt & nothing else.  Things always change though.

 

1995   TRAGIC KINGDOM

 

2000    RETURN OF SATURN

 

2001    ROCK STEADY

 

2012    PUSH & SHOVE

 

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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