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

I fell asleep to “The Struts” the only 2 albums they have out “Everybody Wants” & “Young & Dangerous”.

I exercised to “Kelly Clarkson” the album “All I Ever Wanted”



One thing that I’d like to explain clearly.  There was body shaming going around Kelly Clarkson.  I said that “I’ll never see her so it doesn’t matter” what I meant was, I’ll never see her live & if she’s happy & feels healthy, who cares.  Weight or no weight she still sounds the same.

I did get a little more information from my mother about the day I passed out at work & was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer.

Mom was home sick with the flu, Kim, dad, & Mitch were all at work.  It was morning of Tuesday, February 5th.  Time of day is questionable.  I was taken to the Pasqua hospital, Kim came into the back of the Ambulance with me.  They took me to the wrong hospital, I was then taken to the General hospital.  My parents, brother, Sherry & James were all there before us.  I guess my mom was a wreck.  She kept asking if I was there yet.  They kept telling her that I wasn’t.  She then mentioned that her son mass bleeding in his brain.  They told her I was on the way there.

Once I was at the right hospital the surgeon was tied up finishing a lengthy surgery.  I had to wait a bit to have 2 of my 3 brain surgeries.  My brother had to restrain my mother so the doctors could do their job.  He had to tell her that while pulling her back.   I blacked out in the Ambulance before it left the parking lot at work.  So this part of it I don’t remember at all.

I was unconscious for a week in an induced coma & 3 weeks in an un-induced coma.  I was in the ICU that entire time.

My mother wanted to stay once I was in the ICU, she wanted to have someone familiar for me to wake up to.  One of the nurses finally told her to just go home, since I wasn’t going to wake up that day.

The next day, I assume, I had my 3rd brain surgery.  Every night until I woke up, someone was sitting with me in case I woke up after being told I had a 5-15% chance of waking up at all.  Mom, dad, Mitch, & Kim I believe all took turns sitting with me in case I woke up.

I did wake up in the ICU.  I think Kim was just outside of the ICU?  I vaguely remember waking up.  There were a handful of empty beds in the ICU & the nurse brought whoever was there in to see me & knew I wanted to get out of that room.  I was moved to the Pasqua Hospital for recovery & low intensive physiotherapy.  I stayed there for a little more than a year.  Celebrated my 29th birthday in January of 2009 in the auditorium there, with roughly 75 friends & family.  Mom made a TON of chili for everyone, Grandma made 2 big cakes vanilla & chocolate, & a cooler full of pop.  I haven’t walked on my own since the morning of Tuesday, February 5th, 2008.  Ah well, at least I can work on it! This story might never have been told, by me at least.  I don’t remember it well as I get further away from that date.  “In the end it doesn’t even matter.”  I’m here but I don’t remember much of 2008, I was asleep for most of that year.  “You gotta sink before you swim” I guess?

All of this talk of surviving cancer tells me I’m not done here yet!  There’s something else I need to do.


Yep, I planned Valentine’s Day supper for Kim.  A Reservation at her favourite restaurant, & my parents could take Brewster for the evening.  Brewster has serious anxiety issues & can’t be left alone.

On Wednesday she came home from work & decided she’d rather stay in.  Easier to hear me, I have a fairly quiet voice.  Kim came home with Dairy Queen for supper & some DQ ice cream for both of us. We just watched TV & cuddled on the couch.  So, another quiet evening at home.

She also bought me some beer, she knows me all too well!  I don’t drink during the week though.  I’ll try some of the craft beer from “Rebellion Brewing Co.” later on today!

A teaser for the upcoming “Big Wreck” album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Valentine’s Day!!!!



I think most of Saskatchewan has heard of the one album I have.  4 guys from Saskatoon did very well for themselves & have around 11 albums in the iTunes store.  My parents had this album, & I’ve had it for a little while too.  I bought mine on iTunes though.  If you live in Saskatchewan you have at least heard a tune or 2 from this album…




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I fell asleep to “Diemonds” the album “Never Wanna Die”, followed by “The Northern Pikes” the album “Snow in June”, & finally “Phillip Phillips” the album “Behind the Light”

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The extent of my week has been rather focused on my sciatic nerve.  I saw the chiropractor the other day and a message therapist Thursday evening.  It’s not perfect but it’s MUCH better than it was!  My chiropractor got the muscle to move quite a bit & at my message therapy appointment Thursday, she could tell.

It’s not perfect but more of a “Hope this can tide you over until the cortisone shot”?  It is really nice to have such little pain in my leg for the time being!  It still could be 5 weeks or so until an appointment can be made for my MRI.


“There’s no such thing as a stupid question”.  I’ve heard that many times over my 37 years & it’s always been true.  Never be afraid to ask anyone anything.  Obviously I need help from time to time.  Here’s an example; we were out for dinner a few weeks ago.  I had to use the washroom before we left the restaurant.  I asked where it was & I was on my way.  I got to the washroom & because I am still quite weak, the door felt as though it was 100lbs.  A waitress was walking by so I asked if she could help me with the door.  No problem!  Sure she’s half the size of me, but much stronger than I.

When I was discharged from the WRC, I could barely lift one of our dinner plates, now I lift 2 or 3 at a time when I’m emptying the dishwasher.  Things are getting back to “normal”.  The only thing is that “normal” looks a bit different than it used to.  There’s no point in me getting frustrated or angry about my situation.  What good will that do anyone?

After so much time with certain doctors I realized something.  I’m living on borrowed time.  These doctors deal with everybody’s medical issues every day, for the 15 minutes I’m there I might as well keep things light & not so serious.  When I show up we don’t need to be so serious & wonder what the next pill is I should ween off, let’s have some fun & forget about my cancer for a bit!  Can you imagine how a doctor of any kind can get stressed, let alone a doctor dealing with a cancer patient can get?!  I’m alive!  Don’t be so serious all of the time.  I’ll be serious when I ask for help with something & once it’s done, I shall return to being a nut job!  (Stick with my strength)


Article with “The Pretty Reckless”



Regina musician, Andy Shauf, on James Corden



Well they were stars in the………………………………………….1980s most of them



I had issues with 3 movies I had bought from iTunes, so I called their help number & it was FANTASTIC!  I called the line for those with disabilities since I’m unable to get to the hardware needed & the assistance was great!


I came across this trailer, & I’m ready to “Geek Out”


New Chris Cornell song


I can’t find it on iTunes but apparently it’s on a movie soundtrack of the same name?


Tickets here $60 festival kickoff in Burlington, Ontario with “The Offspring” & “Live” Saturday, June 10th.


Yep, I’ve preformed this “Offspring” tune.


Pentatonix put a 6 song EP up for preorder today & this comes with the preorder


Check out these 25 musical guests on SNL over the years!



Songs I’ve played live.  I was never the head honcho in any band.  The 3 bands I was in were always 4 equal partners.  I just happened to be the singer.




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,


“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres


I fell asleep to “The Northern Pikes” the album “Snow in June” from 1990 originally from Saskatoon. Before that it was “Stone Sour” the album “House of Gold & Bones Part 2”

I exercised to ”Foo Fighters” the self titled debut album that Dave Grohl did by himself. Band was not assembled yet aka nobody said “FOO FIGHTERS UNITE”!

Perfect, it’s my dad’s/George’s birthday today.

Exercise total for the week; 15 minutes of Yoga, 120 squats, 160 leg lifts, 5100 crunches. My abs are in the best shape ever, I still have a layer of fat over them though. We/I need to do more cardio. It hurts until I get through the first 75-100 crunches, then it’s fine.

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I’ll tell you now, Monday’s post will be later than usual. Apparently baseball fans in Boston have Monday off? Day game that is on TV here at 10:30 am. Weekend Update on Sunday might be later in the day also.

I have 4 box sets. 2 of them are 3 CDs, 1 is a 3 CD set, 1 DVD & a book, 1 has 4 CDs, 4 Vinyl albums & numerous DVDs full of individual interviews. Led Zeppelin, Simon & Garfunkel, Nirvana, & Alter Bridge in order. While I was in the WRC & able to go out, Kim grabbed a 3 CD anthology by Lamb of God. When I discovered Opeth I bought a 4 CD set for $40, sweet deal!

Thursday’s episode of Netflix & Chill

Jimmy Fallon from Thursday night.

Son buys new self driving Tesla. Take’s his mother for a drive. HILARIOUS!!

Muse have bright new bass guitar!


Echosmith’s family photo for siblings day


I did not enjoy this movie. Everyone else did though. Kim bought it, it’s right beside me.


Best metal albums of 2016 so far. These are my 2 below!


Mark Tremonti demoing amplifier

Batman vs. Superman. I would love to see this very soon!

Chevelle must be done recording their new album? They’re packing up to play a show?

Duh? Of course their will be a sequel. The first one was vulgar, hilarious, & action packed!! Oh, it also made a TON of money!



Avengers vs. Presidents on Jimmy Kimmel


Chris Cornell of Soundgarden does a song for the HBO series “Vinyl”


Sorry, can’t embed this for you?


4 “Avatar” sequels ahead


Nah, he can keep the autographed “Hello Kitty” guitar


Grunge bands?


She is transgender, I’d play there if I was too! Just to make a stand! I hate that this is still an issue. Especially in such a progressive continent?!?!


I don’t usually listen to the lyrics but this Muse album lyrics are quite redundant, good thing the music is great!


I have 2 songs that changed my life. Both are below.


This gets me also. Why is race an issue? It’s a sweeping stereo type! LANGUAGE IN THE SONG INSIDE THE LINK!!!!!


Kongos preorder on iTunes now. First single when preordered


I’ll catch you on Sunday! Baseball tonight 4 game series in Boston for the Jays!!!!!!!!!

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


Chris “Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres


I fell asleep to “In Flames” the album “Siren Charms” first I listen to most of an 18 song “Greatest Hits” by “INXS”

I woke up early & listened to “The Northern Pikes” the album “Snow in June”

I exercised to ”Our Lady Peace” 9 albums on shuffle, 8 of them are on CD!

No, not baseball, but I do try to watch as many Blue Jays games as possible. Not much of football either. NHL is what this short paragraph will be about.

If I want to watch a fight, as a Canadian I can watch boxing, UFC, MMA, or NHL. If I want to watch hockey, I’m lucky if there’s a European game on whatever network. I’ve been to 1 NHL exhibition/preseason game. When did people cheer the loudest? When a fight would occur. Sure they cheered for a goal, all 3 or 4 of them. The crowd made it very apparent that they came to see two guys, on ice, try to beat the snot out of each other. Nobody seemed to care about the score, that’s why I don’t watch this thing called “hockey”. A broken bone will heal, the score of a hockey game will never change. This suspension of a mere 20 games was upheld by the NHL Wednesday afternoon. I still say “Goodbye…………………FOREVER!!!! You cross checked an official you moron!”

NFL vs. CFL, apples & oranges. CFL “Longer, Wider, Faster” I had a T-Shirt back in the day that said that about the CFL. Playing field in the CFL 110 yards long by 65 yards wide, end zones are 20 yards deep. NFL playing field is 100 yards long by 53.5 yards wide, end zone are 10 yards. An NFL game is scheduled for a minimum of 4 hours, a CFL game is scheduled for 3 hours. Both leagues can use the same ball. CFL footballs are normally larger around. 3 downs in Canada, not 4 like the NFL. CFL goal posts are at the end zone line, NFL goal posts are even with the back of the end zone.

I’ve never gotten into NFL though many Canadians are. The CFL has become rather boring, could be because the home town Saskatchewan Roughriders have been terrible the last 2 seasons.

Cancer wise, nothing new. Right now my body is trying to be more of a normal/healthy body. Kind of like going through a different type of puberty? The first puberty was great, let’s do something like that again!………………..NOT! That or I’m just getting old?

I couldn’t even name a song by “Kesha”. I have seen her interviewed a few times on “Conan”, but that’s it.

Awesome, I liked the 5 song EP “Stone Temple Pilots” released with “Chester Bennington” of “Linkin Park”


I’d enter this contest, but I’m really turned off by the “singer” for “Children of Bodom” who are opening as the 2nd of 3 bands in total. I like these 2 songs but that’s it.

Sing or do death metal growls? Don’t do both at the same time, it’s not all that & a bag of chips. Figure it out & “call me maybe”

“Big Wreck” shared it! This album instantly reminds me of “Dire Straits”

Is this more proof that Kanye West has a large ego? LANGUAGE!!!! Inside the link. In the www.youtube.com video below I would have just said “NO!” for the reaction!


Movie sequels you may not have known were coming in 2016? “Angels & Demons” & “The DaVinci Code” were released in the wrong order of the books & paled in comparison to the books!

Win tickets to see “Pearl Jam”. I’ve seen them twice, I’m good but they’re really good live!!!!


Ah, “Slayer” for me the prescription reads “Take 1 album a day only”.


Want to collect vinyl albums aka records?


There’s still a 99% chance I wont listen to a reissue of any band. Especially “Metallica”


I’m a big fan of music documentarys or just documentarys in general!


Stephen Colbert mocks failed Presidential candidates


Who with Geddy Lee of “Rush”? Song inside the link! Catchy tune!


Geddy Lee also played bass on this song by “I Mother Earth”

“Chris Stapleton” skit on Jimmy Kimmel


42 years ago “Kiss” released their debut album.


Sorry, I don’t know much about Kiss, & their debut album isn’t on iTunes. I couldn’t tell you what’s on that album.

I saw a photo on Facebook, Dave Grohl will be performing on the Oscars. Sunday, February 28th!!!!!!!!

Metallica announce details for the deluxe re-issues of “Kill ’em All” & “Ride the Lightning”

http://www.revolvermag.com/news/metallica-announce-details-of-deluxe-kill-em-all-ride-the-lightning-reissues.html TONS OF BONUS STUFF FOR FANS!!!

Carpool karaoke with Sia.


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


Chris “Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres


Friday evening we sat on our butts & watched disc 2 of season 6 of “Boy Meets World”

I got all 7 seasons on DVD for Christmas, it’s kind of a high school crush thing for me. Kim got mad at me recently. She came home from work I told her I had watched episodes that day. Now I know not to do that. Saturday, Kim had a hair appointment. Brewster & I spent the day at my parents place. Dad & I watched the first 2 “Hobbit” movies on his HD projector in the basement on his 84” screen. “Hobbit” movies, popcorn & coke, good times! Kim came over to my parents so the 4 of us could have some tasty tourtier for supper.

Sunday I plan to avoid the Super Bowl at all costs. I don’t watch NFL football at all, too long for me. Canadian Football League aka CFL is my football. I watch the CFL & MLB baseball. Both are scheduled as 3 hour games, NFL is scheduled for 4 hours a game + all of the hype before & after the game. Too much for me. Even if a CFL game goes into overtime it feels too long for me. Toronto Blue Jays baseball, I can watch forever. Last season I watched an entire 19 inning game, a regular game is 9 innings. There’s no such thing as a tie game in baseball, they just play until someone wins. I very rarely watch the NHL. Yeah, a Canadian who doesn’t watch hockey, that’s me. I check out the standings once in a while. I cheer for the Montreal Canadians, the Edmonton Oilers and anyone playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Even people in Toronto are disappointed with their hockey team & the attendance is dropping steadily from what I hear on “Prime Time Sports with Bob McCowen”.

“Chevelle” are in the studio!!!!

Ian Fletcher Thornley on instagram


I didn’t think there were 80 best hard rock/metal albums from the 80s? Definitely not 80 for me!


“Deftones” release track list for upcoming release


Elton John & Ben Stiller on a talk show by coincidence


“Red Hot Chili Peppers”. I’ve pretty much stopped listening to them “Californication” & “By the Way” are the only to albums now on my iTunes. The rest isn’t much to my liking.


Weird? If the artist is having a tantrum over free advertising, I guess he can sue if he likes? Could have just asked for royaties?


“Coen Brothers” new star


I still have to figure out who has my DVD of the movie “Fargo”

“Walk off the Earth” shared it….

Anticipated hard rock & metal releases for 2016!


“Tool”, “Alter Bridge”, “Tremonti”, & many more…..

“Mmm beer….”-Homer Simpson


Anything or everything from the first 3 albums, for me.


Metallica’s The Night Before The Super Bowl concert


Just watched Saturday Night Live. The musical guest was “The 1975” instantly reminded me of “INXS” who I really like so I pre-ordered their 2nd release on iTunes.

Then I figured since I’m on iTunes I might as well grab “The Northern Pikes” album “Snow in June”

Top 10 songs heard at sporting events. They won’t have the 3 songs you always hear at the home town Saskatchewan Roughriders games


If the Riders are about to win by a large margin you’ll fear this song. Haven’t heard this song at the stadium the last few years. The Saskatchewan Roughriders are terrible lately, & that’s an overstatement!

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


Chris “Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres