OLDER & BUSIER THAN EVER

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Stuff I’ve learned, never the solo though.

I don’t know if this counts as a song without the solo?  2 notes & 1 chord.  Below.

Tighten this up.  Everything gets better as you play any song.

This is improving everyday!

 

KIM HAS THURSDAY & FRIDAY OFF NEXT WEEK.  JUST A POST ON WEDNESDAY NEXT WEEK!

 

450 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

750 Crunches

750 Leg lifts

300 Squats

420 Back flexes

1:35 hours of yoga over 2 days

 

Wednesday seems to be the day when I feel really tired & very soar.  Extra stretching is needed from Wednesday until the week is over.  Kim & I both were sore Wednesday morning.  She’s sore/stiff everyday, I just notice it after a few days of exercise.  Not sure if we need a new mattress or exactly what the problem is?  I figure it’s the exercise & body getting a bit older as I push myself harder?

Kim & I met at SIAST (Saskatchewan Institute of Science & Technology) in the Graphic Arts Production (GAP) program.  She was there before I was & finished a semester earlier than me.  We both got our graduation deploma & finished the GATF (Graphic Arts Technical Foundation) test/requirements.  She’s worked as a desktop designer ever since.  I went into the program to become a desktop designer as well, I changed my mind after the initial semester.

I wanted to be more hands on with the physical product & focused on the production/printing part of the process.  I learned how to operate different printing presses.  I worked as a printing press operator until I got cancer in 2008.

I never thought I’d be the type of person to be in a job that was pretty much manual labor.  That being said I’ve only had 1 desk job prior to that.

Kim’s pretty responsible at her desk.  She does actually take the time to get out of her chair & stretch a few times a day.  Up until I spent a year in a hospital bed I was fairly active as well.  I figure that we’re sore in the morning from just getting older?

I did extra stretching on Wednesday after my exercises, & Thursday before my exercises & it made the little amount of pain go away!

With baseball returning, Jimmy Kimmel live, & The Late Show with Stephen Colbert still on TV, I find myself rushing more than usual to get stuff done.  Exercise, have breakfast & lunch, check my computer, play guitar, have supper, and watch TV.  I even found myself watching baseball while struming my acoustic guitar on the couch when the string broke & there was a rain delay in the preseason game.  Kim was out for a bike ride so I pulled out the vacuum.

Lately I just don’t sleep much during the week 5:30 hours a night has been the axerage for me.  I get up & do things as quietly as possible.  Eat, exercise, tend to any dishes waiting in or out of the dishwasher, do the hand wash dishes, check my computer, practice unplugged electric guitar, or anything that won’t wake up Kim & Brewster.  I just hate having dirty dishes out, so I usually get to them first.

Met up with my aunt, uncle, & their new 1 year old puppy, Gibson.  Short visit, but Brewster & Gibson were happy and playing the entire time.  They’re about the same size.  Gibson is probably 1/2” taller.  He’s a Cocker Spaniel/Poodle cross.  Very handsome dog!

I played guitar from January 30th, 2001 – February 3rd, 2008.  I broke 2 strings on a my guitar while playing it during that time.  Now in 11 months with fairly new strings wound the same way as I used to do, I have broken 2 strings.  One on my first electric guitar a few months ago, & a string on my acoustic guitar broke this week.  I don’t even have a wammy bar on any of my guitars, & they’re tuned to a lower note?  Weird?  Hello amazon, music stores are out of stock on quite a bit of stuff during this time.

I learned Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” in standard tuning, then found out it was wrong & now I’m learning it with the strings tuned DADGad instead of standard tuning EADGbe.  No solos in this song but a TON of orchestral parts to simulate on guitar.  Little licks to play on occasion!  I never even considered trying to play Led Zeppelin before since I busy singing.

The Toronto Blue Jays were set to call Pittsburge home for this shortened baseball season.  The Canadian Federal government denied their application to play in Toronto & the Pittsburge health officials said they can’t play home games there.  They have their first ‘home’ game on Wednesday, July 29th, 2020.  The regular season starts tonight for the Jays as the visiting team in FLORIDA???  How on earth do two Florida based teams get to play any games there in a hot spot for the virus, then travel throughout the USA to play baseball???  At worst the Jays will be  playing as the home team in other teams parks, starting Wednesday, until early October.

Let me break down what has happened since Tuesday with a couple of MLB games to start Thursday evening.  The LA Dodgers signed a player who will average a paycheck of $30,416,000 every year for the next 12 years.  The Toronto Blue Jays have no home field, & a player for Washington tested positive for Covid-19, 20 minutes later from that report he has a rapid test that has negative results, he did not participate in the game.  The initial test was taken on Tuesday & the results were given Thursday afternoon.  He participated in a preseason game against Baltimore on Tuesday.  The rest of the Washington team plays Thursday evening regardless.  At the time of me writing this, the MLB season hasn’t even started & could be done soon.  I miss sports, but just shut them down for the year!  Oh yeah 54 year old Mike Tyson is going to box one exhibition match.  Good grief, he had a video game on NES in the 1980s?!?!

“Is everybody going crazy?”

 

For the weekend & next week I’ll polish up “Kashmir” then work on Metallica’s  “Master of Puppets” & Foo Fighters’ “The Pretender”.  I might as well throw Foo Fighters’ “Monkey Wrench” into the mix since I’ve been messing around with it.

Same notes as I play but I play it in different areas.

 

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

“Listen to each other” –Ellen Degeneres

RACISM

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225 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

600 Crunches

500 Leg lifts

200 Squats

2800 Back flexes

35 minutes of yoga over 1 day

 

I watched “Jimmy Kimmel Live” from Thursday July 9th, 2020.  Guest host Billy Eichner with guest Billy Porter.  For those who don’t know, Billy Porter is a gay, black celebrity.  For the record I know gay people & black people.  There’s a clip within 1:00 minute of the video I’d like to speak about.

Billy Porter is calling out the black community on their treatment of the #LGBTQ+ community.  Fair enough, I’m not black or gay so I’ve never experienced what he has.  This interview did not enrage me in any way, it inspired me to write this.

I’d like to say something on behalf of straight white people. We’re not all racist or homophobic.  Police officers are not all racist or homophobic.

Just because a person has a different skin complexion &/or sexuality does not mean they hate those that are different from them.  I’m not black, gay, transgender, queer, bisexual, or a police officer.  I will say that I’m uninformed but learning more now.

Yes I do support the #blacklivesmatter movement & the #LGBTQ+ community.  I will always support these groups.  I know my friends & family that are police officers, of a different race, & those that are gay have experienced many different things than I have.  That doesn’t make any of them bad people, nor does it make every other individual a bad person.

There are good people & bad people EVERYWHERE.  They come in all colours, shapes, sizes, professions, religions, political views, & sexual orientations.

I agree with the peaceful protesters & the change they’re protesting for.  I don’t like the fact that there’s a label for the #LGBTQ+ community, but I understand the need to be included in a community.

I will say that I’m not outgoing.  I do not think that makes me racist or homophobic.  I’m obviously approachable or I wouldn’t have friends.  I don’t care about an individual’s race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, history, etc.  What I care about is respect.  More specifically MUTUAL RESPECT.

I’ll treat anyone with respect right from the start & we’ll be friends.  Respect is a two-way street though.  Always remember the golden rule ‘Treat others as you want to be treated’.

Wear a mask & the positive tests for the virus decline.  Blatant proof it works!

Show some humanity & wear a mask please?!  Coronavirus doesn’t care about your political views, just wear a mask please?!?!!!!

 

At this point my hand & arm muscles are fine for guitar.  It’s more of a pick a song, keep practicing it & move on.  A song can take an hour or a month to learn at this point.  Depends on the song & how much I practice it.  Depends on my energy when I play as well.  The more energy I have, the more I’ll be focused on the task at hand.

I listen to metal music, but I’m just starting to play more of it.  I’m working on these 3 songs but they’ll take more time than others.

OK, this one’s not a metal song but it’s busy!!!

Playing guitar is not a destination, there is no point where you can say “I’m a perfect guitar player”, I can easily say I’m a beginner playing some more technically advanced songs than I ever would have attempted.  It’s a journey with something new around every corner.

Still waiting for this guitar ordered in January.  I emailed yesterday and despite the pandemic, it’s still scheduled for shipping at the end of August.

S2 Custom 22 Semi-Hollow Body Guitar w/Gig Bag - McCarty Sunburst

I’m back & forth on the blue colour I’d like to order.  I think this is nicer now?

S2 McCarty 594 Electric Guitar with Gigbag - Whale Blue

Still blue though.  Solid blue instead of the faded blue burst.  I have quite a while to think about it though.

YAY regular season baseball starts on Friday, July 24th for the Toronto Blue Jays……………………………..in FLORIDA?!?!?!?

 

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

“Listen to each other” –Ellen Degeneres

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/CANDLEBOX

 

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Pitiful 2 day exercise total; 200 pushups, 120 tricep pushups, 100 back flexes, 120 squats, 200 leg lifts, 100 crunches.

I fell asleep to “In Flames” the album “Come Clarity”

I exercised to “Rush” the album “Roll the Bones”

 

Tuesday I woke up with a sinus cold.  I didn’t have a cold on Wednesday, my “bones & joints” were sore, like aching, growing pains.  Took an extra strength Tylenol at bed time & woke up with no pain.  Did 4/6 exercises Thursday, no problem!  After my exercise on Thursday, I feel much better!

Arms are my exercises on Tuesdays & Thursdays.  The total is a 2 day total.  I find it more reasonable to separate the exercises to let the muscles rest for a day.

I’m not going to tell you what to do, I know most people have a job &/or kids just maybe try doing 10 crunches &/or 10 pushups each day if you have time?

If you don’t have the time or energy, that’s fine.  When I was working, exercise was very far from my mind.  I guess Kim & I went to “Curves” for woman exercise & across the parking lot I went to “The Blitz” for men immediately after work.  We didn’t go for more than 3-6 months in total.  On any day, whether we went to the gym or not, we’d flop down on separate couches & just be “exhausted”.

 

New Coheed & Cambria video.  LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

The Joyous Wolf do a spot on cover of “Mississippi Queen”

No, I’ve never heard of “The Joyous Wolf”.  All they have on iTunes is a single with this cover & another song.

 

I won’t share anymore metal music.  Here are 5 reasons people (Metal fans) hate “Lamb of God”

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

 

I’m a big fan of The Struts!!!!!!!!!!!!  They were on Jimmy Fallon this week.  If you missed it, here it is.  Muse was also on the show this week!

 

CANDLEBOX

Kim’s brother-in-law got me into them.  He doesn’t own the album “Lucy” so I avoided it as well.  They have 6 studio albums, 2 Greatest Hits compilation, & a live album.  I have 5 of 6 studio albums.  The self-titled album was their first release in 1993.  They release stuff, they’re just slow with the releases, like “Tool” just not as extreme.  Here’s a few songs from their last 2 albums….

 

2012   LOVE STORIES & OTHER MUSINGS

 

2016   DISAPPEARING IN AIRPORTS

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

 

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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

 

P.S. Kim has Monday off, so I will too.

iTUNES

This website isn’t transferring to facebook like it should? None of the suggested “fix’s” work for me, it’s not on my end, I can’t change this. I hope you’re getting the emails?

I first fell asleep to “Rage Against the Machine” their self titled album.

I woke up in the wee hours of the morning & fell back asleep to “Soundgarden” the album “Superunknown”

I exercised to “Coldplay” the latest album “A Head Full of Dreams”. This is a disco/dance/pop album. Reminds me of U2 through the ’80s & ’90s

I don’t just make friends/acquaintances. I meet really good people who become fantastic friends, & a friends of my family.

iTunes ha been deemed illegal in one country over the pond, because of it’s burning software. Now if you get a Mac desktop or laptop, they don’t come with any CD/DVD/Blu-ray drive? That seems odd & almost illegal to me. How many movies involve a mix tape or mix CD? Now it’s illegal?!! I think Apple needs to change this. If I used an Apple computer, I’d have to spend more money & purchase the 600 CDs on Apple music or iTunes. That’s ridiculous!

50+ minute mix tape in the movie as well as the movie’s soundtrack

That’s just off the top of my head!!!!

I’ve heard the name “Bad Brains” but not their music. Doesn’t matter in this situation. A member has been diagnosed with a rare disease.

http://loudwire.com/bad-brains-h-r-diagnosed-rare-neurobiological-disorder/

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver LANGUAGE!!!!

Rebel rock & metal TV performances

http://loudwire.com/10-rebellious-tv-rock-metal-performances-watch/

Somebody wants to be famous….

Have you ever heard music by “The Melvins”? Have you even heard the name “The Melvins”? Probably not unless you were or are into grunge music.

Rachel Maddow has something to say regarding Donald Trump.

I don’t want to be overly politically correct, but I also don’t want to harm anyone verbally or physically.

Econoline Crush from their 1996 album “Affliction”

On iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/affliction/id714768368

I really liked the first season of the “Netflix” series “Daredevil” here comes season 2!

http://www.nme.com/filmandtv/news/final-daredevil-trailer-arrives-ahead-of-s2-hittin/402413?utm_campaign=nme-daily-16th-mar-16-03-2016&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

The cast of Star Wars sings the Bee gees’ “Staying Alive” on Jimmy Fallon.

Singer ‘Maynard James Keenan’ of “Tool” offers brief update on the Tool album

http://loudwire.com/maynard-james-keenan-new-tool-album-cant-seem-move-forward/

I watched the new TV show ‘Crowded’ yesterday & I thought it was really good.

http://www.nbc.com/crowded/episodes

Win 2 tickets to see ‘Halestorm’ in the USA on their 2016 tour.

https://www.tunespeak.com/halestorm?p=56d8761d69702d3f750000e1#contestgroups/56d8761d69702d3f750000dc

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

Bye,

Chris “Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres