MENTAL HEALTH (ALMOST)/ALTER BRIDGE ROCK OR METAL?

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I fell asleep to “Coheed and Cambria” the album “IV”

I exercised to “Big Sugar” the album “Heated”

 

Monday was supposed to be my first appointment with a psychiatrist.  I wrote down the date & time while on the phone, June 10th at 11:20 am.  Kim missed half a day off work for it (if she’s not at work, she doesn’t get paid).  We got up around 7:30 am.  Kim hit the shower, while I did ¼ of my exercises.  Dropped off Brewster at Kim’s sister’s place (he has anxiety issues in a bad way.  We’ve had a noise complaint once shortly after we moved here).

Drop off Brewster & head off to my appointment.  We go in up to the front desk.  Kim says “Appointment for Chris_______”.  The lady checks her computer and asks “Christopher?” “Yes” replies Kim.  “He doesn’t have an appointment here until this date with that doctor”. What a waste of Kim’s morning.  Either I screwed up the date (which we both think is highly unlikely) or they messed something up.  Either way it’s money from Kim’s paycheck we can’t get back & the future date is going to be a gong show of a day for us, already too much on the go.  If only I could drive?  Unfortunately my iPatch, slow reflexes, & legs that don’t fully work, prevent me from doing so.  I keep asking, & I get the same response “Nah, not this time” Hahahahaha!

Nobody said I should see a professional about my frustration or knee jerk reactions.  I started to notice that people around me were just waiting to see when the time bomb would go off.  Well after 2 explosions, 8 or 9 years apart.  That’s far too many for me.  So later on I’ll be seeing someone this month.

My cousin wanted to exercise with me on Monday.  I spent the rest of my day at my parents’ place.  So I counted out loud for us.  I think I broke here, even though she’s in her early 30s.  “OK, we’ll start with 150 crunches.”  We get to 50 & she needs to take a short rest.  I told her “If anything starts to hurt, just stop”.  I do 150 crunches with no break.  I’d do more but I need to be careful regarding my back.  We finished the crunches & moved on to leg lifts.  I do 200 in a half crunch with my legs down, then alternate between the 2 legs up & down. I do 100 at a time & take a break in between sets.  I think she kept up with me or we did 4 sets of 50?  Then she asks me “Are we done?”  I replied “Nope, 100 back flexes to go.  I rest after 50 for a bit & then do another 50”, she kept up with me.  She looks at me & says “You do this 3 days a week after 150 squats?”  “Yes I do.  Then Tuesdays & Thursdays are stretching, yoga, & weights for about an hour to an hour & a half.”  I’m guessing she thinks I’m a little insane.

In other news, our air conditioner is now working!  As of Thursday last week the plumber needed to order a valve from Texas to fix it, so it was going to take roughly 8 weeks to have it installed here.  They found one here!  They put it in on Monday, & “so far so good”.  The building manager said we should keep the portable air conditioner for a week in case our air conditioner breaks down.  When Kim & I got home Monday night it was like a meat locker in here +18 Celcius.  We went to bed about an hour later & it was at +20.  It got a bit warmer since we changed the thermostat to +22.

If all of this is true & you use iTunes, don’t expect a single to come along with a preorder date.  The members of “Tool” prefer fans to listen to the entire album.  That is the reason for previous releases not being sold on iTunes or streaming sites until now.

I read recently that streaming music sites are not what they used to be as far as popularity goes.  I have one thought as to why this is happening.  I think a streaming site would make the music from it very disposable?  I could be way off base here, but that’s my guess.  I was buying CDs still in 2012 when I finished my physiotherapy.  1 CD a month.  Then I started to use iTunes & I still do $10 for a complete album, SWEET!  Kim put me on a monthly allowance to iTunes of $50 a month.  Now that I know what I want to purchase, I’ve scaled it down to $20 a month.  Saving money & listening more intently to the album in question.

The beauty & downfall of Napster was that you owned the music & didn’t pay anything for it.  With a streaming music site you pay a monthly fee to borrow the music.  You don’t own it & it can be taken away by the site at any moment & that would be legal.

I’ve got 2 albums on preorder.  Sum 41 in late July & The Agonist in September.  Tool members are saying August 30th, I’ll believe Tool when I have it or an unlikely preorder.

Are you all sick of hearing “Let it go” yet?  I don’t if there will be another song your kids will sing for a long time, but “Frozen 2” is coming.

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-news/frozen-2-princess-elsa-must-save-arendelle-in-new-trailer-846743/?fbclid=IwAR0oZx-3LzztWrECrSvh0SJr2haSsWm9fPvWeJjdsvvZfD_5hDmMy6jkDXs

If any of it sounds like “post-OK Computer” I’m out.  I love “The Bends” & “OK Computer”, “Pablo Honey” was a decent first release.  After those 3 albums, Radiohead lost me.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/radiohead-leaked-ok-computer-material-minidisc-hack-846664/?fbclid=IwAR2yxgc3NZxEI-RUtpgKq2V6a9hwUHt1qXD50DH-DjgET2CjkTpcsPEFYXQ

 

 

 

ALTER BRIDGE

I don’t know what category these guys fit into?  The singer, Myles Kennedy, has the best voice I have ever heard.  He sings & never really had the desire to learn how to do death metal vocals.  The other 3 members are from the original line-up of “Creed”, drummer, bassist, & lead guitar.  Myles Kennedy didn’t tell them he played guitar until he was caught playing his guitar in his room on the first tour.  Even the lead guitarist, Mark Tremonti, says that Myles is better than him on guitar technically.

Don’t let the “Creed” connection worry you.  It’s like comparing apples to oranges.  Two completely different bands.

 

ALTER BRIDGE

 

2004   ONE DAY REMAINS

 

2007   BLACKBIRD

 

2010   ABIII

 

2013   FORTRESS

 

2016   THE LAST HERO

 

There will be a new studio album release in September or a bit later, this year for sure!  I also have 4 live albums & 3 concert blu-rays.  1 of the blu-rays & a live album is with a symphony orchestra.  That was actually their most recent release.

 

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

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

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MENTAL HEALTH (ALMOST)/ALTER BRIDGE ROCK OR METAL?

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I fell asleep to “Coheed and Cambria” the album “IV”

I exercised to “Big Sugar” the album “Heated”

 

Monday was supposed to be my first appointment with a psychiatrist.  I wrote down the date & time while on the phone, June 10th at 11:20 am.  Kim missed half a day off work for it (if she’s not at work, she doesn’t get paid).  We got up around 7:30 am.  Kim hit the shower, while I did ¼ of my exercises.  Dropped off Brewster at Kim’s sister’s place (he has anxiety issues in a bad way.  We’ve had a noise complaint once shortly after we moved here).

Drop off Brewster & head off to my appointment.  We go in up to the front desk.  Kim says “Appointment for Chris_______”.  The lady checks her computer and asks “Christopher?” “Yes” replies Kim.  “He doesn’t have an appointment here until this date with that doctor”. What a waste of Kim’s morning.  Either I screwed up the date (which we both think is highly unlikely) or they messed something up.  Either way it’s money from Kim’s paycheck we can’t get back & the future date is going to be a gong show of a day for us, already too much on the go.  If only I could drive?  Unfortunately my iPatch, slow reflexes, & legs that don’t fully work, prevent me from doing so.  I keep asking, & I get the same response “Nah, not this time” Hahahahaha!

Nobody said I should see a professional about my frustration or knee jerk reactions.  I started to notice that people around me were just waiting to see when the time bomb would go off.  Well after 2 explosions, 8 or 9 years apart.  That’s far too many for me.  So later on I’ll be seeing someone this month.

My cousin wanted to exercise with me on Monday.  I spent the rest of my day at my parents’ place.  So I counted out loud for us.  I think I broke here, even though she’s in her early 30s.  “OK, we’ll start with 150 crunches.”  We get to 50 & she needs to take a short rest.  I told her “If anything starts to hurt, just stop”.  I do 150 crunches with no break.  I’d do more but I need to be careful regarding my back.  We finished the crunches & moved on to leg lifts.  I do 200 in a half crunch with my legs down, then alternate between the 2 legs up & down. I do 100 at a time & take a break in between sets.  I think she kept up with me or we did 4 sets of 50?  Then she asks me “Are we done?”  I replied “Nope, 100 back flexes to go.  I rest after 50 for a bit & then do another 50”, she kept up with me.  She looks at me & says “You do this 3 days a week after 150 squats?”  “Yes I do.  Then Tuesdays & Thursdays are stretching, yoga, & weights for about an hour to an hour & a half.”  I’m guessing she thinks I’m a little insane.

In other news, our air conditioner is now working!  As of Thursday last week the plumber needed to order a valve from Texas to fix it, so it was going to take roughly 8 weeks to have it installed here.  They found one here!  They put it in on Monday, & “so far so good”.  The building manager said we should keep the portable air conditioner for a week in case our air conditioner breaks down.  When Kim & I got home Monday night it was like a meat locker in here +18 Celcius.  We went to bed about an hour later & it was at +20.  It got a bit warmer since we changed the thermostat to +22.

If all of this is true & you use iTunes, don’t expect a single to come along with a preorder date.  The members of “Tool” prefer fans to listen to the entire album.  That is the reason for previous releases not being sold on iTunes or streaming sites until now.

I read recently that streaming music sites are not what they used to be as far as popularity goes.  I have one thought as to why this is happening.  I think a streaming site would make the music from it very disposable?  I could be way off base here, but that’s my guess.  I was buying CDs still in 2012 when I finished my physiotherapy.  1 CD a month.  Then I started to use iTunes & I still do $10 for a complete album, SWEET!  Kim put me on a monthly allowance to iTunes of $50 a month.  Now that I know what I want to purchase, I’ve scaled it down to $20 a month.  Saving money & listening more intently to the album in question.

The beauty & downfall of Napster was that you owned the music & didn’t pay anything for it.  With a streaming music site you pay a monthly fee to borrow the music.  You don’t own it & it can be taken away by the site at any moment & that would be legal.

I’ve got 2 albums on preorder.  Sum 41 in late July & The Agonist in September.  Tool members are saying August 30th, I’ll believe Tool when I have it or an unlikely preorder.

Are you all sick of hearing “Let it go” yet?  I don’t if there will be another song your kids will sing for a long time, but “Frozen 2” is coming.

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-news/frozen-2-princess-elsa-must-save-arendelle-in-new-trailer-846743/?fbclid=IwAR0oZx-3LzztWrECrSvh0SJr2haSsWm9fPvWeJjdsvvZfD_5hDmMy6jkDXs

If any of it sounds like “post-OK Computer” I’m out.  I love “The Bends” & “OK Computer”, “Pablo Honey” was a decent first release.  After those 3 albums, Radiohead lost me.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/radiohead-leaked-ok-computer-material-minidisc-hack-846664/?fbclid=IwAR2yxgc3NZxEI-RUtpgKq2V6a9hwUHt1qXD50DH-DjgET2CjkTpcsPEFYXQ

 

 

 

ALTER BRIDGE

I don’t know what category these guys fit into?  The singer, Myles Kennedy, has the best voice I have ever heard.  He sings & never really had the desire to learn how to do death metal vocals.  The other 3 members are from the original line-up of “Creed”, drummer, bassist, & lead guitar.  Myles Kennedy didn’t tell them he played guitar until he was caught playing his guitar in his room on the first tour.  Even the lead guitarist, Mark Tremonti, says that Myles is better than him on guitar technically.

Don’t let the “Creed” connection worry you.  It’s like comparing apples to oranges.  Two completely different bands.

 

ALTER BRIDGE

 

2004   ONE DAY REMAINS

 

2007   BLACKBIRD

 

2010   ABIII

 

2013   FORTRESS

 

2016   THE LAST HERO

 

There will be a new studio album release in September or a bit later, this year for sure!  I also have 4 live albums & 3 concert blu-rays.  1 of the blu-rays & a live album is with a symphony orchestra.  That was actually their most recent release.

 

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

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

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/ANDY McKEE

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4 day exercise total; 400 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 300 squats, 200 back flexes, curls, yoga, & stretching.

I fell asleep to “Wide Mouth Mason” the album “Where I Started”

I exercised to “Paramore” the album “After Laughter”

 

What do I do after my exercises?  I keep myself busy.  I exercise from 1 hour or 1 & ½ hours.  Eat my breakfast, shower.  Do whatever needs to be done here, have lunch, check my email & other stuff.  Then hit the couch around 2:00 pm to watch some TV.  I do that, but I always feel like I’m “Chasing Yesterday”.  It’s a Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds album title.

Now that I have dumbbells, I keep them by my feet & randomly pick them up to do more curls with my left/weaker arm which still shakes uncontrollably.  I don’t even use heavy weights.  Only 10 pound weights for curls, I do 100 on my left arm & 80 with my right arm.  There is a visual difference between the 2 arms.

I also work on my tricep muscles with a 5 pound weight.  The exercise with your elbow pointing up & the weight behind your head with one arm.  Then during the day I’ll pick up a weight & do some exercise on my left arm while watching some TV.

Working with the weights seems to be a better workout than the pushups & tricep lifts I used to do.  Different muscles though.  At least my uncontrollable left arm seems to be stronger after 2 days of weights.  The yoga & stretching help quite a bit too.  I’m glad I brought the yoga back into the routine!

Yes we went back to the “Toyota” dealership Thursday after Kim finished work.  She got a 5 year lease on a new Toyota RAV 4.  It should be here in a month.  I felt & still feel sick to my stomach the further we drove away from the dealership.  “YAY let’s make car payments for the rest of our lives & never own a car!”  Might as well move into an apartment.  All I can hear in my head is “We can’t afford that” on repeat.  Happy wife = tightly wound ball of stress husband.  5 year lease & we should buy it at that time.

She deals with the money, while I worry about EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I’m still ready to throw up violently.  She says this way is better for us.  I said “OK, if you say so?”

Toyota’s “….got me firmly by the short & curlies…..”

Kim is much more responsible with money than I am.  If she can make it work, & she can, I shouldn’t stress out as much as I do.

Please don’t ask?  I can’t tell you how much the payments are other than, more than our 2014 fully loaded Hyundai Santa Fe.  We need a new vehicle why?  Our Santa Fe is still under 38,000 km.

 

 

Slash confirms new Guns n’ Roses music on the way

https://loudwire.com/slash-new-guns-n-roses-music-absolutely-happening/?fbclid=IwAR2Rww2cugLpVf_12TzFpTy0EN9R1NMd2HMeOEQ6JarRTdk09rD-BzHwsCg

25th Anniversary of “Throwing Copper” by Live.  Unheard song from that recording process.

https://loudwire.com/live-hold-me-up-throwing-copper-outtake/?fbclid=IwAR0RscPO_yVUeAVdypLnLoJujzzfv6I34-u2OrNS8DynFF7xfScCkhUMJag

Moby cancels tour.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/moby-cancels-uk-book-tour-natalie-portman-841775/?fbclid=IwAR31hDKoXNRIs0gQo3bCws5HnUtvC1W27m89WCoxsXGHOdgkrCF8Dh7hhec

I watched a little CNN on Wednesday.  Nancy Pelosi wants to wait until she can put together an iron clad case.  She should jump right in after hearing Robert Mueller’s statement earlier this week.

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/democratic-candidates-impeachment-mueller-statement-841690/?fbclid=IwAR26mJVLMa31ls4SMgKDfHqyd9CXWP7kZbUGRxkUAeOXQVBPApDGLtaYvFE

How will “Lamb of God” have the time to record a new album if they just finished playing on Slayer’s farewell tour & now playing a festival in Copenhagen?  Still so many releases to come, Megadeth, Lamb of God, Anthrax, Highly Suspect, Pearl Jam & 4 albums that I know are recorded from other groups but not released yet.  I hope the anniversary albums don’t count as a new release?  The one album I do have on preorder, & I’ve had it on preorder since March, is a new Sum 41 set for release July 19th.  Their last 2 albums are impressive, very good hard rock albums!

I’ve known this for a while.  Alter Bridge are having a listening party at the end of September for their new album.

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/upcoming_releases/alter_bridge_is_mixing_the_new_album_as_we_speak.html?fbclid=IwAR0Bsx3VLmpxrjWZ39Wa3HYiZdg7_fhuMtjSMk-y9fQ3t4IaZqc83n1keTk

I LOVE the fact that more bands are not allowing cell phones into their concerts!  I wonder what a concert in the 1980s was like?  Probably fun & relaxing….wait….that’s the same all of the time for me!

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/judas-priest-rob-halford-kick-cell-phone-842433/?fbclid=IwAR0Zoqzcq5lPo1JQGzM8KswFfynxgHeuqKOeHfl5jIlVuof1nqr5kI56p2s

 

ANDY McKEE

I can’t tell you much about him.  I never bothered to look into his information.  He’s American, plays acoustic guitar by finger picking through the majority if not all of his songs.  I don’t believe there’s any singing involved.  I have one album of his & it’s all instrumental.  He has 4 albums, 2 EPs, a few singles, & a collaboration with 2 or 3 others on a full album, so says iTunes.

 

2009   DREAMCATCHER

 

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

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

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

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/THE DAMNED THINGS

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4 day exercise total; 000 pushups, 200 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 0 tricep lifts, 300  squats, 200 back flexes.  Yoga & stretching for just over an hour on Tuesday & Thursday.  No arm stuff this week, those muscles are incredibly sore.

I fell asleep to “Pink” the album “Hurts 2B Human”

I exercised to “Metallica” the album “Master of Puppets”

 

Please know that I wasn’t an angry monster this entire time?  I bawled a lot while in the WRC, my frustration & anger got to the point where I’d send any random person that didn’t agree with me a nasty email or private message.  The frustration, anger, & stress took over again in late April.  As for now I’m feeling better by just admitting publically that it’s all on me.  I can’t wait to see a professional & start dealing with my issues, & having so many people not tip-toe around me in case I blow up.  I was never that person before & I REALLY don’t want to be that person again, EVER!

I may exercise quite a bit, so the physical side of cancer can easily be worked on.  The mental side I’ll have to have assistance with.

I had a routine Cancer Clinic appointment late Wednesday morning.  Different Doctor that has never seen me before.  My doctor is away until this summer.  No cancer & nobody called me fat!

The doctor asked what I did for exercise since it came up.  I told him part of my workout schedule & he just stopped me & said “Well now I feel bad”.  I told him it wasn’t that big of a deal, I don’t have a job, therefor I have all the time in the world to exercise.

He went on to say that many people who get cancer often wonder “Why me”?  I did that for quite a while until I realized & wrote this before, “Why not me”?  I’d rather be on the inside of the story than on the outside looking in & wondering/worrying if things will workout?

 

22 years ago on May 20th 1997, Foo Fighters released “The Colour & the Shape”.  The next, 3rd, album “There is Nothing Left to Lose” inspired me to pick up a guitar & teach myself how to play it.

https://loudwire.com/foo-fighters-the-colour-and-the-shape-anniversary/?fbclid=IwAR0zS1Ibfx3BMN8fuWD-k1V6kZ6Npg9ZHNWNL9mArHTmdhE8uagit05dLSg

What will be coming out this year & is already recorded!  Alter Bridge, Big Wreck, Chevelle, Sum 41, & Tool, so they say.  Here are the tracks these bands have released from their new albums.

Why is Hollywood continuing to feed us reboots?  It wasn’t a musical before for a reason!

https://ew.com/theater/2019/05/17/back-to-the-future-musical-2020-premiere-date/?fbclid=IwAR3nwwbRkIEb2gbLTDgp4w3YEoyQZ4-IoMhXsddh_7hoHKK2dHSTprNkOKg

We don’t have enough time for me to describe my feelings towards Spotify.

https://smartmusicbusiness.com/order-form-28185599?fbclid=IwAR0GdUhRRn_ncA7S9C1p7x87ISz1TsvSMwWuiGHM0BJ2VDcDlC8Wya1VSo4

23 years ago Tuesday, May 21st.  Soundgarden released the album “Down on the Upside”

What does a heckler get out of messing with a person that has a microphone?  Nothing!  Only that now EVERYONE knows who the heckler is!

The best of “Lamb of God”?  I already have all of their albums?

https://music.amazon.com/playlists/B07HXQS7YY?ref=dm_sh_d735-c32a-141a-de91-8b77e&fbclid=IwAR0eK_IW3JGrKaBnC8tIWTUmZEBn_TV5OpH6GuGM6myEhztVm1n-4ChplQg

Long article/interview with Ozzy Osbourne

https://www.kerrang.com/features/ozzy-osbourne-its-like-a-heavyweight-fight-every-night-for-me-i-want-to-go-out-and-knock-the-crowd-out/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR38URyu1zPhkZJbuPDeIvTPzGqu888MsDOcYFv3C9uYjqRca9TYOFYZ6g4

 

THE DAMNED THINGS

This group is more of a side project for the 5 musicians that are already in different bands.  Guitarist Scott Ian from “Anthrax”, the 2 lesser known members of “Fall Out Boy”, the 2nd guitarist & drummer.  A singer & bassist that don’t ring a bell for me.  They released their 2nd album at the end of April.  WOW sophomore slump.  The first album was great, nothing like the 2nd album at all.  I don’t like calling out a band on a bad album.  I preordered it so that’s on me.  Neither of their albums are really metal, they’re more of a hard rock vibe to them.  I’ll give 2 songs from each album.  Maybe the 2nd album will grow on me?

 

2010   IRONICLAST

 

2019   HIGH CRIMES

 

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

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

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

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/MENTAL HEALTH/THE AGONIST

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5 day exercise total; 200 pushups, 600 leg lifts, 450 crunches, 150 tricep lifts, 450  squats, 300 back flexes.  Yoga & stretching for just over an hour on Thursday.  Today, YAY no water pressure.  Kim walked out the door for work & the water pressure died within 10 minutes.

I fell asleep to “Big Wreck” the 20th anniversary of “In Loving Memory of…”

I exercised to “Foo Fighters” the album “The Colour & the Shape”

NO POST UNTIL MONDAY.  LONG WEEKEND, SEE YOU THEN!

 

When I do my exercises I always try to at least hit my goals, if not exceed them.  By the time Thursday rolls around, I’m very tired.  My muscles on top of my shoulders are sorer this week than last week.  I’m not doing arms next week, 2 days of stretching & yoga next week.  I felt fine, started with my tricep lifts on Tuesday & almost cried in pain, I finished doing 150 of them, then my 200 pushups.  Pushups were fine.  Maybe yoga, stretching, & 200 pushups next week?  I am SO ready for the weekend.  My shoulders are killing me!  I took a muscle relaxant in hope of getting rid of this pain.  I have to make sure I can take certain medications with my regular pills.

All of these pills make me feel old.  I’m going to see a psychiatrist for my depression, not a psychologist.  A psychiatrist will chat briefly & prescribe medication.  I don’t think more pills are what I need.  As much as I don’t like talking about my mood or emotions, that’s probably what I need.  The first thing I’ll tell the doctor is that I would like to not have more pills.  The pills don’t seem to be helping much, if at all.

 

There’s supposed to be a TON of new albums out this year, yet only 7, 4 albums I had no clue about, have been released & I know of 3 that are in the mixing process.  Where is the new “Chevelle”, “Lamb of God”, “Anthrax”, or “Megadeth”?  “Tool”, “Big Wreck”, & “Alter Bridge” are done recording & now mixing.  I’ve got 2 standalone singles from “Big Wreck”.  I hope there is a bit of time between the releases.  I like to give each album a concentrated listen or usually 5 good listens to it before saying anything about it.  I had no clue about “Pink”, “The Damned Things”, “Sum 41” or “Devin Townsend” so those were pleasant surprises!  “Sum 41” won’t be released until mid-July.  Right now “Pink” & “In Flames” are my favourite releases of the year so far.

The 3 in mixing at the moment are the 3 albums I’m really anxious to hear, “Tool”, “Big Wreck”, & “Alter Bridge”.

I know all of this exercise is beneficial.  Right now I’ve got a “…beefy arm & a wing-a-ling….” Beefy on the right arm & wing-a-ling for my left arm.

I use my right arm mostly, my left arm shakes quite a bit.  If I go to fill my water bottle & get a glass of juice.  The water bottle has a lid so I carry that with my left hand, the shaky one.  The glass of juice will be in my right hand.

Did everyone catch the series finale of “The Big Bang Theory”?

 

THE AGONIST

A metal group from the province of Québec, Canada.  I own all of their 5 albums.  I bought their first album on CD when it was released in 2007.  They’re fronted by a female, in 2007 & now.  I think the original singer was replaced for the 4th & 5th album, I know she was replaced but I’m not sure when?  Both were capable of doing death metal vocals & singing.

I saw them on Much Music on the show “Loud” that I recorded since it was on at 3:00 am or some ridiculous time.  They’ve released 5 albums in total, the first 3 are no longer available on iTunes?

 

2007   ONLY ONCE IMAGINED

 

2009   LULLABIES OF THE DORMANT MIND

 

2012   PRISONERS

 

2015   EYES OF PROVIDENCE

 

2016   FIVE

 

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Chris

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/OBADIAH PARKER

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5 day exercise total; 200 pushups, 600 leg lifts, 450 crunches, 150 tricep lifts, 450  squats, 300 back flexes.  Yoga & stretching for just over an hour on Thursday.

Let me “Break it down” for you!

3 days of 200 leg lifts, 150 crunches, 150 squats, & 100 back flexes. 1 day of 200 pushups, & 150 tricep lifts.  Then Thursdays are yoga & stretching for a little more than an hour.

I fell asleep to “Puscifer” the album “V is for vagina”

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

 

Apparently I won’t be seeing the doctor that tells me to “lose some weight” is not there anymore.  Our brother-in-law works on the servers for the cancer clinic at the Pasqua hospital.  It’s a long story that I haven’t heard as to why that doctor is not there.  I’ll be seeing a new doctor who’s been given my case.

Kim tells me that the reason I’ve had to continue with appointments is that it was because my previous doctor wanted me there.  More info for the story of how the chemo, radiation, & medication helped keep me alive.  I guess this is a double edged sword in some way.

It would be great if they got all of the info regarding what worked to keep me alive & help other patients & doctors with the entire story.  On the other hand I won’t have to deal with someone body shaming me once a year.

The body shaming didn’t bother me at all, I just found it odd & rude.  That was the only doctor that said that to me.  I graduated high school at 185 lbs.  When I went into the hospital I was 265 lbs.  I probably weighed 270 or 280 when I was released & kept eating garbage.  Right now I’m 230 lbs.  If I lose 20 lbs that would be great, any more than that, I’ll look like a bag of bones.

I’m 6’1” with a big frame.  That is the same thing for most of my relatives on my mother’s side of the family.  The majority of my T-Shirts fit me & I feel healthier since doing daily exercise & eating healthier.  I don’t really care how much I weigh as long as I feel good.  Losing 20 more pounds is more of a bonus than a necessity.

 

Trivium’s guess for the release of a new Tool album was WAY off!

https://loudwire.com/trivium-predicted-tool-exact-new-album-release-date/?fbclid=IwAR0NX367cofiVEnNG3u0nBwhl5SmbQsdZZhRGuQcvuYLTnR1BPXu6SM7YjE

I miss “Pantera” too.  I was late to the game.  They were all alive when I got into them through Corey McDonald in SIAST.  They were in different bands at the time though.

I don’t know if rock music needs/wants to be saved?  It’s there, just harder to find.

http://the-radical.com/2019/the-struts-interview/?fbclid=IwAR2ZOpSg2MF5SGFqUj1j_iOKxXhAGSyh1e-plcCQ8cqsbRIGAlhIMJ2s9Zc

REALLY?????????????????????????

https://thehardtimes.net/music/benefit-concert-to-save-guitar-center-features-97-dudes-playing-sweet-child-o-mine/?fbclid=IwAR2ek2mWT9aeE8W80hGsX6EUaN6sYwyB96plGvM0uyeWBH0nFx2WPlZw0Ao

At every home “Saskatchewan Roughriders” game, I hear the song below.  It’s from 1987.  LIVE IN THE NOW PLEASE!

Sorry, Guns n’ Roses aren’t for me.

When you live in Regina, Saskatchewan & have only been to 3 music festivals over 20 years ago.  Not being able to see a festival sucks but it’s the norm in the middle of nowhere.  You’ll be OK Miami.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/ultra-music-festival-leaves-miami-833255/?fbclid=IwAR1_vDkhUu7rR8rKgmGQ-rCwQUqITFcGt62gSMmwko9G30l3pebVjoRYZg4

Today “Big Wreck” released only another single.  I was hoping it would be a preorder as well, it wasn’t.  I’m pretty sure they’re busy with the 2nd guitarist’s cancer though.  We’ve got 2 singles from the new album this new one first then the first single below it.  Much heavier than I’ve heard from them!

 

OBADIAH PARKER

Right at the beginning I’ll admit that I know nothing about him.  Acoustic guitar player & singer.  I can tell you after a brief google check that he’s American.  His name is Matt Weddle, Obadiah Parker is his stage name.  I own 3 EPs, 5 songs each.  They’re all cover well known songs.  He has 2 original albums on iTunes, I haven’t heard them yet.  He does have a band but it is very rare to hear them on the EPs……

 

2008   THE TIP JAR VOL.  1

 

2014   THE TIP JAR VOL. 2

 

2016   THE TIP JAR VOL. 3

This EP is very tough to find any videos from.  He does cover this song though…

How long are the Toronto Blue Jays going to continue this “Socrates Brito” experiment going?  He’s one of the worst hitters on bad team.  If a player’s batting average is 0.077, they’re very lucky to be on any roster.  An average of 0.250 is just OK.  Are they keeping him there because he can catch a fly ball?

For me he’s just a guy taking up space when there are 2 minor league players knocking on the door to play right field.  Heck they have 2 capable right fielders now.  Brito plays maybe once a week.  They’re going to trade 2 of their top pitchers, but keep Brito?  I don’t think you’d get anything in return if they traded Brito.  I say just cut him & move on.

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

BLINK & YOU’LL MISS IT/LAMB OF GOD

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I fell asleep to “In Flames” the album “I, the Mask”

I exercised to “Pink” the album “Hurts 2B Human”, followed by “Pentatonix” their only original album which is self-titled.

 

This is a bit late.  I had a routine CT scan early this morning, nothing’s wrong, just time for a routine cancer checkup later on, probably in June.  They’ll need the CT scan results.

I’ll turn 40 next year, I’m not scared of 40 at all.  I don’t think it’s anything to worry about.  Why wasn’t I terribly scared of 19, or any other birthday?  “Ooooh you’re 40 that’s another step towards being old & closer to death!!!!!!!!!”  Every birthday is a step closer to death, heck every second is a step closer to death.  So why do we celebrate birthdays?  We’re here, so we should be happy that we are still here!

I survived cancer.  What does this tell me?  I’m not done whatever I’m supposed to do, & I need to continue celebrating my birthdays.  Life is short enough as it is, better have fun since we’re here for a short time.  Look at the calendar, it says 2019 that’s over 2000 years & the Earth is older than 2019 years!  Make your time here fun.  We are but a blip in the Grand Scheme of things!

Yesterday was a day to celebrate!  Wedding anniversary.  BEST. DAY.  OF.  MY LIFE!!!!  It’s a birthday for two people that decided to get married.  She REALLY took the wedding vows seriously!  Even one of my doctors at the cancer clinic called her “The best wife I have ever seen”.  I was 6 days past my 28th birthday when I went into the hospital.  For 4 ½ years Kim was there with me 24/7.  She stayed with me, she’d take me to my therapy sessions, have lunch at the food court in the Wascana Rehabilitation Program, sleep on whatever shady looking cot they could find, set up my IV for me at the cabin, drive me everywhere, etc.  Kim truly is “The nurse who loves me”.

Sure it was rough time, but with Kim it was much better with her than it would have been on my own.  I wouldn’t be here without her.

 

13 years & new Tool music has been heard?  When I can purchase new Tool music, I’ll believe it.

https://consequenceofsound.net/2019/05/finally-tool-debut-first-new-music-in-over-a-decade/?fbclid=IwAR0yVpFx1pimf0SVN_tl2hqbQbxwcSZJfwFnJrU1H–iB2J90wDGHDmJx48

It was our 14th wedding anniversary yesterday.  It was also 23 years ago that Pantera released their album “The Great Southern Trendkill”

https://loudwire.com/pantera-the-great-southern-trendkill-album-anniversary/?fbclid=IwAR3ssCpelXMT4W691ZR1apmxN7Msz4w3vCDibr54Ysym2pNyCju-vJXEW9E

 

LAMB OF GOD

If you don’t like them that’s fine, metal isn’t for everyone.  If you’re hung up on awards, they’ve won around 5 or 6 Grammy Awards.  Yes they’re my favourite metal band.  5 guys from Richmond, Virginia.  Very misleading name though.  Their original name was “Burn the Priest” for their first release & a recent cover album.  The first album from “Burn the Priest” I can’t stand.  They’re not rich from being musicians, iTunes was already a thing.  As the vocalist said “I get to scream at people, travel the world, & sell T-Shirts!”  He had an alcohol addiction & dealt with it.  He’s been sober for around 8 years.  They have 7 studio albums as “Lamb of God”.  I’ll give you a couple of song from 3 full albums & a song from their 5 song EP.  The following is a part of the reason Kim & I don’t play our music around each other.

 

I would just assume there’s LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

2004   ASHES OF THE WAKE   (My favourite album by them)

 

2006   SACRAMENT   (The album that made me dig deeper into their catalogue)

 

2015   VII: STURM UND DRANG

 

2016   THE DUKE EP

The Duke is about a fan of the band who became a friend of the vocalist.  The fan had cancer & unfortunately died.  They made this EP after his passing.

With this band I can start with their 2nd album as “Lamb of God”- present, “As the Palaces Burn”.  All killer, no filler!  All the way to “Sturm und Drang”, The EP “The Duke”, & The cover album they released under the name “Burn the Priest”

 

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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