DOWN TIME

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I fell asleep to “Foo Fighters” the album “Sonic Highways”

I exercised to “Jimmy Eat World” the album “Surviving”

 

Here’s the Canadian Red Cross website if you’d prefer to donate there for my birthday.  Donate whatever amount you like whenever you like please?

https://www.redcross.ca/

There are photos of myself & each guitar I own in the Facebook links on here.  You should know that I despise photos & videos of myself.  Also any audio of myself.  I’ve sang on a few recordings, I’ve listened to them a handful of times, all I do is find/notice mistakes either on guitar or vocals of myself.  I very seldom listen/look at to any type recordings of myself.

Kim called me on the way home from work Friday to get ready to go out to see “Little Women”.  I’m not much of a fan of period pieces, but there was nothing bad about it, I’ve never read the book.  I had to ask her this on the way though…

She didn’t remember that moment.  I guess when we were dating she just used me for my “Friends” DVDs.  Not sure why she keeps me around now?  Do you think she like…..LIKES me?

I’ll play the heck out of the new 6 string, then continue saving for a trip to where ever Kim wants to go.  Then I’ll save for the Limited Edition Epiphone Les Paul signature Matt Heafy 7 string guitar.  Less than half the price of the guitar recently ordered but it will take longer to save for…….and it’s off of the new 2020 Epiphone guitar website.  I guess all that remains are the guitars in stock at stores.  I feel sick!  There are other 7 string guitars but this was the only one I really liked.  Our “guitar savings” are spent.  Instant gut wrenching heartbreak…….as of Monday morning I find out that Long & McQuade have 9 in stock (at other stores in Canada) and can still get them in from the supplier.  I can’t afford that now, I was thinking a few years down the road.  I think a vacation with Kim & hopefully a house should happen before my final guitar purchase is made, if the funds are available?  I’m doubtful this will still be available at that time.

All 6 strings for me, but HOT DAMN that sexy PRS!  April seems so far away!  I feel like a kid in November waiting for Christmas!

https://www.long-mcquade.com/22227/Guitars/Electric_Guitars/Gibson/Matt_Heafy_Les_Paul_Custom_7_String_Electric_Guitar.htm

I watch WAY too many guitar demos of my ordered guitar & this Epiphone model!

You’ll notice there is no Matt Heafy signature 7 string Les Paul guitar listed in the link below.  The hundreds of others don’t compare for me.  It’s about getting this particular model, not just any 7 string.

https://www.epiphone.com/Guitars/Collection/Artist

The PRS is my last regular guitar, if the 7 string is available 5 years down the road that will complete my guitar purchasing.  If it’s not available I’m done now.  I’m pretty sure I’m done now. Before I was sick I figured one guitar every 4 or 5 years.  Now on one income, I’m done.  Expensive hobby.

I bought an S2 semi-hollow.  They’re really not that affordable unless you started the company!  Mine is an S2 custom 22 semi-hollow.  Same line, different model.  5th highest model out of 6.  Even the cheapest model is more than $1000 retail if it’s a true PRS made in Maryland.  There are other PRS style guitars that are cheaper made overseas.

Kim’s at work all day and doesn’t see my exercise other than walking & stairs where she has to make sure I don’t crack my noggin’ open.  I’m rather inept when it comes to any type of technology so you’ll have to open the Facebook link & scroll down for photos of me & my guitars on Facebook.  The photos were taken on Saturday, January 18, 2020.  I hope this works, my apologies in advance if it doesn’t.  The photos will only on the Facebook link, sorry.  https://www.facebook.com/A-Million-Miles-Away-Blog-1597618270456002/

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A photo of my ugly mug a few weeks shy of turning 40.  12 years after stage 4 brain cancer.  I collapsed at work on Tuesday, February 5th, 2008.  Yes, I’m wearing shorts indoors & it’s a blizzard outside.  I went to a movie in shorts Friday night while wearing shorts, a hoodie, toque, and gloves.  I went from the vehicle to the movie theater.  Yeah, it’s cold out.

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This is me holding my first guitar I received on my 21st birthday from my family.  My (Green) Les Paul made by Tradition guitars that no longer exist.  The guitar is exactly the same as when I received.  This was my main guitar for every live show I ever played.  This guitar seems to push more bass tone, yet the pickups produce a lot of high pitched feedback if you’re not conscious about it.

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This is my (black) Epiphone Explorer.  My girlfriend (now wife) bought it for me as a Christmas gift in 2002, we started dating in April of that year.  I had the pickups changed to EMG pickups for $200 after one show with it.  There’s an active EMG 60 in the neck pickup & an EMG 81 in the bridge pickup.  EMG pickups push more of the higher & mid-range tones which can also cause feedback.  Dave Grohl played a black Gibson Explorer early on in his career with “Foo Fighters”.  My reason for the cursive “F” logo of the band which I added as well as the Canadian flag.  Epiphone is the cheaper version of guitars also made by Gibson.  Same design, cheaper materials.  This has become my main guitar when playing electric guitar.  I play rock music for the most part while dipping my toe deeper into metal music.

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This is the (Brown) Fender Telecaster I received as a gift from a very good friend of mine while going through physiotherapy in 2009.  This is the guitar signed by Ian Thornley, the singer-songwriter from the Canadian rock band “Big Wreck”.  This guitar has 2 single-coil pickups instead of humbucker pickups.  It’s also semi-hollow.  The sound is more geared towards a twangy country music sound or a blues sound on the neck pickup.  I rarely play this guitar, mostly because of the sound, country & blues aren’t suited to my taste in music also the neck of the guitar just doesn’t feel comfortable in my hand?  It is a very nice looking guitar, at least I think so!  I’ve always liked the shape of a Telecaster!

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My acoustic-electric hybrid guitar made by Takamine.  This guitar is the only guitar I have purchased for myself.  I think the electronics inside the guitar fell during the photo?  All of my guitars are either hung on the wall or in a stand on the floor.  They’re more accessible so I can grab one at any time.  My acoustic is typically found in the living room.  The electric guitars are in our office by my guitar amplifier.

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The acoustic guitar on the wall is the one I bought for Kim, the same Christmas she bought me the Epiphone Explorer.  She wanted a blue acoustic guitar.  It’s a blue Washburn acoustic with Grover tuners.  The only blue acoustic I could find in 2002.  She never learned to play it.  I used it to teach a few friends & I’m using it now for the same reason.  No charge, not a wealth of knowledge in my head, just the basics!

My amplifier volume is set to 1 ½ out of 10.  I don’t turn it up in case it bothers our neighbors.  My current amplifier contains one 10” speaker but is VERY loud.  My previous amplifier, before I was sick was 100 Watts with a cabinet of four 12” speakers to put things into perspective.  We lived in a bungalow with my gear in the basement.  I don’t miss carrying my amp & speaker cabinet to the basement at 2:00 am.

All of these guitars are out of production.  I guess they’re not cool enough for others, I like them though!

I hope my ordered guitar isn’t delayed significantly.  PRS were already sold out of the more expensive models, mine wasn’t one of them, before the trade show (NAMM 2020 Jan. 16-19) this past weekend in California.

My other hobby was playing Baseball, which I’m too old to play despite my iPatch & wheelchair.  I watch CFL football & the Toronto Blue Jays faithfully.  CFL starts in the summer.  Blue Jays spring training starts in mid-February.

I find that there is just too much TV these days.  When the fall premiers started I stopped recording quite a few.  Now with the New Year premiers I cancelled the recording of a few more & even bowed out of watching “This Is Us” last week.  There are about 10 shows that I never miss but EVERYTHING is an hour long lately?!  Add streaming to that, I don’t have that kind of time!  Sure I’m at home all day but I have stuff to do & a lot of the shows I watch with Kim when she gets home around 6:00 pm from work.  When I watch 3 hours of baseball every day in the fall, time management gets tricky, especially this upcoming year since the Blue Jays might be decent!  I always find time, as soon as Kim’s home, & we watch “The Ellen Degeneres Show”, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, “Prodigal Son”, & “Criminal Minds”.

 

Guitarist “Mark Morton” from ‘Lamb of God’ has released a 5 song EP.  Not sure if they’re all cover songs but I instantly recognized 2 1990s rock songs.  One by ‘Pearl Jam’ & one by ‘The Black Crowes’ this is a tame/relaxing EP, not metal at all.  He plays guitar with a different guest vocalist on each song.

 

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Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WHAT’S UP

It doesn’t seem as though many people are reading this?  Either way, I’ll write it for me as a type of public journal.  Read it if you like.

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Music throughout the weekend. “Jimmy Eat World”, “Alter Bridge”, “Big Wreck”, “TOOL”, “Pink”.



We took Brewster to the Vet Friday afternoon, he’ll be 14 on January 31st. He started coughing, 3 or 4 smoker coughs in a row followed by a gag, that’s what it sounds like. They did some X-rays & his heart is only a bit enlarged with a serious murmur. The X-rays have been sent to a cardiologist & we should hear back either on Sunday or Monday. There’s a combo of 3 medications he’ll eventually need, likely one at the moment. Not the expensive one yet thank goodness. I wanted to make sure he wasn’t in pain, I thought it was more urgent than it actually is. We knew all of this was happening & assumed it was a right now thing. He’s getting old, & this stuff happens. We caught it in the early stages, so he’ll likely start on a cheaper medication Monday. The expensive one works out to $75/month YEESH! No price tag on his life though, as long as he’s not in pain.

He needs to put on some weight too. He’s not eating much at all unless he’s spent the day at doggy daycare. He loves wet dog food, it smells terrible. I mix some of his dry food with some wet food for him twice a day, then he’ll eat it. Straight wet food does NOT agree with his tummy.

I’ve put the house hunting on the back burner. We have to sell our place first before we can offer on another. This is a wait & see situation, no point in stressing about something until it happens. It’s not on the back burner really, I’ve just figured there’s not much point in worrying about what I can’t do anything about.  A ton of new/empty condos in Regina, lot’s of supply, not nearly as much demand.
We have 3 places in mind. One is at the top of our price range & we’d need to see, in person, how my wheelchair fits. Another is priced higher than our range, but a possibility & the 3rd is a fantasy that would likely need a pile of work

Kim tells me she’s getting me a Christmas present. I said keep the cash & use it for something more important. She was going to give me money to start saving up for a guitar, I found 2 I’d like but don’t need. A house eventually & Brewster are far more important. The $2378 + tax for 2 guitars can wait, if I started now it could still take me a few years. I need to build up muscle in my fretting hand first anyways. It’s weird, I’m a beginner that knows too much. My mind is ahead of my hands.

Life in general feels that way at the moment. Most days my mind is racing to do things here, but I’m slowed down by being in a wheelchair & vice versa on other days when I get anxious to do something but have no energy.

I’ve been relearning guitar, so I learned the first time using a simple chord book & moved onto learning tab music. It tells you what fret & string to press down to play a chord, riff, or solo in a song. I know the chords & I know many songs. I’ve been using http://www.youtube.com to learn this time & this is what I’ve learned. Every youtube individual has learned a different way. I learned in 2001, before youtube & after seeing all of these different ways to learn I’ve decided to relearn the way I need to. Relearn the 40+ songs I knew, I’m playing more by ear trying to relearn what I know & maybe I don’t do things properly but that’s how I play. As long as it sounds correct, I really don’t care what finger I’m using on which string. I am trying to use my pinky finger more than I used to though, gotta strengthen that finger!

The only thing I’ve seen on youtube about learning guitar which I somewhat agree with is ‘Buy nice gear’. All I need is a small practice amp, which I have. I bought it as a used amp from my brother, so it was reasonably priced & louder than I need. I don’t own a guitar over $1000 other than possibly the Fender signed by Ian Thornley of Big Wreck. I’ve shopped for 2 practical choices online, I don’t know if Long & McQuade sales people earn commission but if I end up buying one of the 2 someday it will be through Mr. Tim Roth of local metal heroes “Into Eternity”. Here are the links if you care to check them out?
https://www.long-mcquade.com/22227/Guitars/Electric_Guitars/Gibson/Matt_Heafy_Les_Paul_Custom_7_String_Electric_Guitar.htm?ref=suggestive-search

https://www.long-mcquade.com/100349/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Paul-Reed-Smith/2018-SE-Custom-22-Semi-Hollow-Electric-Guitar—Vintage-Sunburst.htm

A guitar can go up to $250,000, at least from what I’ve seen online? I don’t think it’s even near worth that much I doubt a guitar that much would be much different than a $3,000 guitar. If I had the cash, $2,000 would be the ultimate top price I’d even consider. I’ve played many live shows with a $600 guitar, & now I play at home. The guitars I chose are a “want” not a “need”. That’s why they are a last priority, under Brewster’s health & a house in that order.

Guitar was most of my Saturday, followed by the Roughrider game on TV in Edmonton. Yay, the Saskatchewan Roughriders won 27-24! Last game of the regular season next Saturday in Regina. My 2nd last game as a season ticket holder. There will be a home playoff game that I’ve/Kim has paid for already as of last December. (Way to go, hit the season ticket holders right at Christmas?!)

Just because I’m Canadian doesn’t mean I’m a hockey fanatic. I’m a hockey score board watcher. Saskatchewan doesn’t have a professional/NHL team. We have a junior hockey team in the Western Hockey League. The NHL heritage classic was this Saturday in Regina. An outdoor NHL game at the football stadium. If it involved either Edmonton &/or Montreal I would’ve inquired about using my season ticket seats for the game. The game is Calgary vs. Winnipeg, I’m out. I rarely watch hockey anyways. I only watch the Canadian Football League & the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team.

Today we are spending the day in the kitchen. I’ve boiled my eggs, Kim is making a lasagna for the week & when she’s done I’ll make a pitcher of vegetable juice.
TOOL almost started the studio on fire while recording the album “Fear Inoculum”
https://loudwire.com/tool-fire-studio-recording-fear-inoculum/?fbclid=IwAR26cpHXbqVrwHXPNRVuVTcjspPZGYYP2gCBTJc-RGngS7_Eq57LpBM4RuM
JIMMY EAT WORLD
Yep, they released a new album on Friday, October 18th 2019. That makes 9 albums thus far. I have 5 of them. New album out the same day as a new “Alter Bridge” which I can’t stop listening to. “Jimmy Eat World” are a pop/punk band. More emphasis on the pop part, I guess guitar based pop with a slight punk/rock tilt is more appropriate? Anyways here are a few songs from their new album “Surviving”….



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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKEND UPDATE/BURN THE PRIEST

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Foo Fighters”, “Radiohead”, “Testament”, “Tool”, & “Opeth”

 

Friday evening we caught up on some TV from the week.  We seem to be quite busy these days & not watch nearly as much TV as we used to.  With Kim being at work & me being busy at home and moving a bit slower than I’d like in a wheelchair, we watch Ellen Degeneres, another show, & one of us will watch something the doesn’t want to.  I do watch a recorded Late Show with Stephen Colbert the next day while Kim’s at work.

My tummy was a bit off Friday night, so I didn’t sleep great.  Hello couch Saturday morning & all is well!  I slept for about 2 or 3 hours on the couch after finally getting out of bed at about 6 am, slept from 8:40 am until 11:50 am or so & was ready to go.  All we had on was our “niece’s” 6th birthday party at 5 pm.

“Auntie Kim, what’s in the present?”  Nice try but Auntie Kim’s smarter than a 6 year old.  I got cuddles from our 1 ½ year old “nephew” as soon as he saw me.  Kim was only a little “jealous”.

I’m sure our “niece” had a long day.  Presents, cake, kids birthday party followed by family friends birthday party, hide & seek, & what looked like mechanical bull riding on a small bouncy toy cow.  Sort of looked like this sheep….

Always good times with the kids!

Today is a get ready for a, hopefully, busy week ahead.  My eggs & vegetable juice are done.  Now to get hyped up to cram as much exercise & guitar in.  Watch the last Blue Jays game of the year, clear off as much of the DVR as possible & get to bed at a reasonable hour tonight.

 

 

If you like vinyl, here’s a “Nirvana” reissue!

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/nirvana-mtv-unplugged-in-new-york-vinyl-reissue-891521/?fbclid=IwAR3xRr4xsfAiA6bCn6A-v5wETh4qNqDXO0rx6c0A80toEmTfCwgGUKRvLCY

The making of Alter Bridges’ new album “Walk the Sky” out October 18th

YAY!!  It’s official & done Spider-man is back in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Off the record with Alter Bridge!

Sure, rock & metal music are starting to come back.  Both genres aren’t popular enough for the stage of the Super Bowl Half-Time Show…..yet.  I’m not sure Dee Snider of 80s band “Twisted Sister” is the guy to call out the NFL at this point?

https://loudwire.com/dee-snider-hypocrisy-nfl-super-bowl-halftime-booking/

All the best to him, he’s been down this road before & it has worked out for him in the past!

https://loudwire.com/metallica-james-hetfield-rehab-addiction/?fbclid=IwAR37HYpEYKMs9tDLFvhbH1yOllXMYURvdYDbqR93WXBgFXR2tpLPT_Lp770

New “Jimmy Eat World” album out called “Surviving” on October 18th.

 

BURN THE PRIEST

This is actually “Lamb of God”.  Their first album was released under the name “Burn the Priest”, I’ve never been a fan of that album.  They did release a cover album last year under the name “Burn the Priest”.  This is an album of cover songs that cross the punk/metal influences they have…

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

 

Today’s the final day of the regular season for baseball.  Which means I’m done with the Blue Jays for the year.  There was no hope of them making the playoffs months ago.

162 games per team in a season.  With game left today, the Jays are right where I predicted they’d be 66W-95L.  I figured at the start of the year they’d finish with 65-75 wins this year.  In 2020 or more likely 2021 I figure they’ll be a contender.  Other teams are already calling them a dangerous team.  They’re the 2nd youngest team in baseball for average age of players.  They get a few decent pitchers in the offseason & keep the young guys together, they’ll be fine.  The kids are alright.

 

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Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

“PATHETIC” WEEK SO FAR/IRON MAIDEN

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I fell asleep to “RUSH” the album “Clockwork Angels”

I exercised to “Evanescence” 2011 self-titled album.

 

 

This week has already become disappointing exercise wise.  Monday was laughable at best.  Forgot to take my pills until the wee hours of the morning when I realized my error, aka I didn’t fall asleep until after I took my pills, NOT GOOD!  Wasted day!

Tuesday was more of the same although I slept, well other than the 3 times I woke up to pee. I still eat the same stuff & drink about a gallon of water a day.  I just slept in & still didn’t have any energy at all.  Despite it being a relatively quiet weekend also.

What have I learned from this?  40 isn’t that far away for me, but 36 is aka don’t fool yourself into thinking you can do the same thing you did 3 years ago, I’m getting a little older.  My whiskers will remind me until I shave!

Got up today had some energy, a minimal amount so I figured I’d just add an extra repetition or 2 to each exercise.  WOW!  “Stupid is as stupid does”-Forrest Gump.  It was hard enough to just keep my eyes open.  I was able to do some extra reps on 3 of my 4 exercises.  Could be worse, but I would like it to be better.

I am very hard on myself.  I am often my worst critic until someone tells me I’ve let something “fall through the cracks”.  I should just say “It’s on my 327 page list of things to do” or “Thanks for reminding me!”

 

New “Foo Fighters” album a possibility in 2020!!!!!!!!!!!!!  WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

https://loudwire.com/taylor-hawkins-foo-fighters-new-album-2020/?fbclid=IwAR1b-Rq2E3zh7mnQ8tT7SAjBT5ZleW3u1qc6NVb1JGIQN-U7ryhs9A96lU0

Here I come!

I couldn’t agree more whether there’s a woman performing on stage or in the audience, show some respect & self-control!  Everybody’s at the same show to have a good time, not to be harassed!

https://www.kerrang.com/features/ive-been-kissed-touched-grabbed-and-licked-at-our-own-gigs-why-sexism-in-rock-needs-to-stop/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR1kBcMHPyCs_2A-tpj-6iVML1s9hLG1OHINQH6wiXwxHPpSUuYlHLk-PRg

Favourite riffs the guys from “Alter Bridge” learned as they grew up & others from today!

https://loudwire.com/alter-bridge-mark-tremonti-myles-kennedy-favorite-riffs/?fbclid=IwAR0YF99gPW1h-MDEx77y9728q2rfHK57DelJOmV1k6y8XYIndt7R8vPdYSE

DO NOT READ SPOILERS FOR SPIDERMAN FAR FROM HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Basically Spider-man’s out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Sony wouldn’t agree to a 50/50 split, which was way more than they were getting before.  “Thanks Sony you’ve ruined another great thing!” – Me

https://screencrush.com/marvel-sony-spider-man-split/?fbclid=IwAR00aXVZLijpCv2ntfuvxLJA804CxVVhuqh31ZJerHXmSNZXlUsqNPQhjNM

I finished watching the TV series “The Newsroom” & WOW!  I don’t remember seeing awards or accolades for it.  Over the 3 season, you’d assume the minimum should have been 4 each season if not more.  How is Jeff Daniels not offered a script to EVERYTHING???????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

 

IRON MAIDEN

I was rather tardy in buying this one.  I guess it was released in 2015.  This is a group most metal fans can agree on.  Iron Maiden & Metallica.  Their latest album, which they are just kicking off the tour for, is called “The Final Frontier”, I also find it to be one of their top 5 albums out of the 16 I own, all studio albums with one double album of greatest hits.  This entire album is REALLY good!  I highly recommend it to any Iron Maiden fan!  I’ll give you a small sampling of the album…

 

2015   THE FINAL FRONTIER

The song Trivium played over the P.A. system before they took the stage that everyone there sang along to!

 

The Toronto Blue Jays are pretty much where I expected them to be.  With all of September & a couple weeks of August left in the season, they’re at 52W-75L.  I figured by the end of the year they would have 65 or 75 wins.  At this point I’m pretty close I think.  They desperately need decent pitching though, to improve next year.  Remember this is a rebuild in motion.

 

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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

Everyone is a global citizen,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKEND UPDATE/BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Finger Eleven”, “Paramore”, “Nothing But Thieves”, “Tool”, “Barenaked Ladies”, & “Slayer”

 

Our “niece” came over Friday night for a sleep over at “auntie” Kim’s & “uncle” Chris’.  They went shopping & bought the necessary stuff to make her slime glittery & cool looking for her.  While they were out shopping, I hung out with Brewster & watched the baseball game.  The kids (Toronto Blue Jays) will be fine in a couple of years, home runs everywhere.

I woke up Saturday morning & had breakfast with Kim & Hannah.  They went shopping again, for a variety of things.

I had a realization when they left & I was doing the dishes.  I become a Dad OMG!  I’m the guy that says “Hannah” in that dad disciplinary tone.  Before they went to bed Friday, Hannah & I watched some Bugs Bunny & Elmer Fudd cartoons.  It was part of that “Oh I can do this now” realization.

The thing that got me was, when she was dropped off here on Friday, her little brother, who is one & 1/2 , saw me on the couch, ran up to me & gave me a hug while smashing his forehead into my mouth.  He was fine, I was in minor pain for a few seconds.  Then he just stood there holding my hand for a while.  That was unexpected & melted me.  Later on Friday I went up to Hannah & said “What the heck?  Your brother gave me a hug, what about you?”  I got a hug & another one when they went shopping Saturday morning.  Yes, I have Saskatchewan Roughrider green finger nails at the moment & my left hand has sparkly green nail polish on the nail.  Both are very close to the 2 shades of green on my wheelchair.

So why don’t we have a child?  TONS of work in the beginning, much easier now.

Kim & I spent the rest of the day on the couch.  We watched “Avengers: Endgame”, Kim watched the show “Life in Pieces” on Netflix.  I did fixed some files on iTunes.  We went to bed early at 10:00 pm.

Today I went to see “Spiderman Far From Home” with Mitch & Rachel.  I already have my eggs boiled, my juice made, & my laundry folded.  Kim went for groceries on Saturday & has some stuff of her’s to deal with on her side of the bedroom, which I can’t get to.

DO NOT WATCH UNLESS YOU HAVE SEEN AVENGERS: ENDGAME!!!

Great movie!  I’m not giving any spoilers away though!

 

“Slayer” must be a little too scary for NASCAR.  That’s OK, sometimes they’re a bit too much for me!

https://loudwire.com/slayer-pulled-from-nascar-sponsorship/?fbclid=IwAR0V7zfJIygzxUiTkpUa2bdF4WlOqyNp2LJCKJcCKwVNuxC_TRWNXoanzLI

YAY Led Zeppelin!

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/justice-department-led-zeppelin-stairway-to-heaven-873059/?fbclid=IwAR3-_OfHfBjY5QhqFcY-nh5krVCaPWGzuFSUhrn6FggLibQhXHX8vkMlC_Q

Only in Eastern Canada, not anywhere West of Ontario!  It’s quiet in Western Canada, literally!  Frogs & crickets at night in the smaller towns.

https://loudwire.com/iconic-historic-rock-metal-festival-lineups/?fbclid=IwAR06xSHfhpMPm0JS_T2opPjJdln4HUc9qVLXK2m9-LZlTQ16GhllcD3kO6c

 

BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH

Our friends got married to one of their songs.  Honestly, that’s why I know who they are.  I only own 2 of their albums out of how many, I don’t know?  They’re a ska band.  A trio out of Toronto I believe.  Catchy for sure.  I started listening to them again a couple of months ago.

 

2004   SOUNDING A MOSAIC

 

2007   STREET GOSPELS

 

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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

You’re a Global Citizen,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/ED SHEERAN/WHO? WHAT?

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3 day exercise total; 400 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 300 squats, 200 back flexes, 250 curls 10 pounds on left arm & 7 pounds on right arm, 150 tricep lifts w/5 pound weight, 100 shoulder raises w/5 pound weight,  stretching, & yoga.

I fell asleep to “Tool” the album “Aenima”

I exercised to “Lamb of God” the album “Sturm Und Drang”

My weekend started yesterday.  Full plate for Kim & I today.  Monday the house was out of order for me to exercise.  So no exercise on Monday either.  As for next week, I have no idea what’s happening after Saturday, lots of moving parts up in the air. So HAPPY August long weekend, I’ll catch you Sunday or Monday & then maybe Friday or Sunday?

 

I feel like I’ve been slacking off this week with only 3 days of exercise.  That being said, exercise shouldn’t be all that a person should focus on & it’s been a busy week, as I expected.

Kim painted our suite & the house is very close to looking normal again.  Just waiting for the paint to dry completely for her to put the 3M hooks back up to hold photos & such.

I’m seriously thinking of doing my exercise in the morning as usual, taking a break & doing more of the same stuff in the afternoon.  Likely 50-100 more of each exercise that day?  That won’t happen for a couple of weeks but it has been rattling around in the ol’ noggin.

TONS of people say that I do a lot of exercise, true, if that’s how you want to look at it.  Lately it feels like I’ve hit a plateau & I seem to have a little more gas in the tank?  I guess I’ll see what I feel like after the next week?  I might rest for a bit & do more after an hour or two?  I’m pretty lazy so, we’ll see?

It’s summer & a break is needed.  With the long weekend coming seems like a good time to be a couch potato for a bit.  After the weekend I might continue to be a lump or get back to exercising?

 

This type of thing happens at rock/metal shows, this is how I broke my nose in 1999.  I wasn’t in a wild mosh pit.  People were very respectful & cleared a path for me to security & first aid when they saw my nose bleeding.  I was holding up a crowd surfer when another one was tossed in my direction & landed on my face.  It was really fast, no one to blame at all, accident!

The first person to see anything happen or get out of control will tell the individual with the microphone about the situation & that person typically stops the show until things calm down.  The crowd is there to have fun, not to hurt anyone!

https://loudwire.com/corey-taylor-stops-slipknot-show/?fbclid=IwAR2gSofD-m9gYE6FDNRngBXRPPgN5jEYLoWL7uR2qZszif3JG_YRjG6nMpw

Music can & does help!

https://loudwire.com/linkin-park-lyrics-save-suicidal-man/?fbclid=IwAR3OvP8B7ZoEFL3xfVN9EC2LcdGQdnocSZI3wyeQFxXgK0ZzFhLU0ZdEVYQ

New “Tool” album titled “Fear Inoculum” out August 30th.  Tool’s entire catalogue is available for streaming & other digital platforms as of Friday, August 2nd.

It’s only taken 13 years for them to release a new album.  I believe this may be the final album on their contract?  If not this album, it is definitely the other one in 13 more years.

As reported!

https://loudwire.com/tool-music-digital-streaming-services/?fbclid=IwAR2-TJF_T49vkEsDmCX_1OtA9isTcSjvjoeCGVRUrs3YM7Ow8e8bD0T7BJU

You know what this “Tool” news means?  Big Wreck & Tool released on the same day!  WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Keep holding out Mr. Bach, the 80s died for a reason.  See if you can join “Steel Panther” they missed the memo too.  LIVE IN THE NOW!

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/sebastian-bach-interview-skid-row-tour-851928/?fbclid=IwAR08edPllC6e_JeRgzH4VM6tXbct_mjOUpFzBEY2r7uxvAEUZDkFssIHFuY

38 years ago yesterday “Iron Maiden” brought metal to MTV.

https://loudwire.com/iron-maiden-introduced-metal-to-mtv-anniversary/?fbclid=IwAR31wdnXLVF8cwoHTvzD5X0NikOMB7eL1hy-tYl1barCKLcGVf5_UfW33gc

Sad that this took so long, on the upside more people to drive me around town!

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-49201019?fbclid=IwAR09xTJyNG5qjWNQo7y7DornYHuBATdUyCP8Tg8JOj0hv8PPG_Oum6KWYto

Saskatchewan Roughrider home game Thursday night!  Sadly, I’m positive that next season will be my last.  If Regina wasn’t hosting the Grey Cup next year, this would be my last year for sure.  I’ve been going to the games since my Grandfather could hold me on his lap.  I went to one game in my last ½ year during therapy for my cancer, so I missed out on those games.  It’s become a financial burden for a luxury.  One income gets spread out thinly.  We could use the extra cash for other/more important things.

I enjoy going to the games, I can watch them here, not pay $9 for a beer (which I don’t).  I can buy 4 tall cans of tastier/imported beer for the price of 2 generic beer at the game.  With this being the 3rd or 4th season at the new stadium, everything sky rocketed in price.  Food, beverages, & tickets.  Can’t afford it, it’s time to “LIVE IN THE NOW”!  Well, the Riders won, VERY entertaining game.  It finished with a score of 24W-19L final scoring play was a touchdown for the Riders with 2 minutes or less in the game.

As much as I’ll miss the atmosphere & intensity in the stadium, saving the price of season tickets alone will be better for us.  I go to the games with my parents now.  I think this is the last season for my mother?  Dad & I are going next year & calling it quits after next season.

 

 

ED SHEERAN

You know him & you’ve likely already made your decision on him.  Either way, this is my take on his latest album.  I will say that I’ve been a BIG fan of his last 3 albums.  This one didn’t seem to fit with the others though.  I like it & applaud musicians for taking a risk & going outside of their safe space.  Unfortunately this album was not to my personal liking.

This album featured numerous guest artist on almost every song.  Most of the guests were rappers, I’m not a fan of rap despite the fact that Sheeran himself sings & raps on a fair amount of his songs.

There were only 2 stand out songs for me on “No. 6 Collaborations Project”.  1 included Justin Bieber while the other included Bruno Mars & Chris Stapleton.

2 songs on a 15 song album doesn’t make it a good purchase by me.  Why did I buy it?  I preordered it because I’m an Ed Sheeran fan.  I still am, unless he proves me wrong with his next album.

 

How did the Toronto Blue Jays make out at the trade deadline?  EPIC FAIL!!  If it’s possible to give a -0%, that’s how I’d describe it.  Reporters, broadcaster, analyst, & the other 29 teams in the league all chimed in & were left shocked & speechless regarding what they traded away for so minimal in return.

5 pitchers & 1 REALLY good infielder, gone!  What did they get in return?  Prospects in the minor league system aka nothing that will make an impact for another 3-4 years, that’s how long they just made the current rebuild.  It’s Wednesday as I write this.  Who’s the starting pitcher for Thursday?  I knew before but they just traded him in a 3 player package for a minor league OF prospect who’s projected to be a bench player at some point, since he’s failed 3 times already in the major league.

I’ll paraphrase what one analyst said on air.  ‘I’m looking for a silver lining in these trades.  I can’t find one?  Anybody else on the panel have one?’  Nothing but dead air.

2 top of the 5 man starting pitching rotation were traded.  With guys brought up from the minor league system to help with injuries & fill roster spots, the Jays have have 4 starters with minimal MLB experience.  Toronto just became “Who?” ville.  Well, as a player it’s their job, as a fan, I just watch for entertainment.  In the end it’s not really a big deal for me as a fan.

Then they played last night while I was at the football game & won 11-2.  What do I know?

 

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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

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/BLACK SABBATH

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4 day exercise total; 400 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 300 squats, 200 back flexes, 400 curls, 140 tricep lifts w/5 pound weight, 140 shoulder raises w/5 pound weight,  stretching, & yoga.

I fell asleep to “Coheed and Cambria” the album “No World for Tomorrow”

I exercised to “Pearl Jam” the album “Pearl Jam”

 

Truth be told I did ALL of my exercises on Monday & Wednesday.  Went to my family cabin on Tuesday with my parents to drop off a few things.  I figured I might as well do the same thing on Wednesday.

Yesterday we spent WAY too much time trying to correct problems with what iTunes has made.  I must be their favourite person to talk to, Monday –Wednesday, I’ve called the support line 4-6 times.  Kim’s smarter than me & we’ll get it done tonight or tomorrow.  I’m not touching it today until Kim’s home.

Summer is hear & we’ll be taking a staycation next week.  I’ll check my email & Facebook, but I won’t resume these posts until Sunday, July 7th.  Kim has this Friday off work, so our staycation for me starts now!

ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS PLEASE.  YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE GAY TO SUPPORT THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY!  I’m heterosexual & I believe that every individual has the right to spend their life with whoever they love.              

 

The more I think of what I told the doctor at the appointment, the more I think of what is likely my biggest issue.  I told the doctor this at the end just before I left the office, I should have started with this.  I don’t want to be a burden to anyone, & that’s what likely causes me to get frustrated so easily.  If I want to go somewhere, someone has to take me to my destination.  If it’s something I think I can do on my own, I get frustrated that I need assistance & that individual will do it differently than I will.  I wasn’t like that before I had cancer.

I look at things now this way, “If I can’t do this on my own by now, why am I doing all of this exercise?”  I’m not about to give up on my exercise.  I want to be more independent.

I’ve really never been on this side of the fence before.  I think, I’m not positive, but a handful of people in high school would come to me if they had an issue.  Other than that I just kept my head down & tried not to stir the pot.  I had problems with other students that seemed to seek me out to verbally abuse me.  My home life is & always has been happy & upbeat.  My parents are together & have likely become closer after 40 years of marriage (41 in November).  Same with my grandparents.

There are a LOT more people who have dealt with more than I have, so I see it again as “Why can’t I get myself out of this rut?”  I’ve usually been the person willing to help others & now I need help?  Since when?  This is new territory for me, & it feels weird.

I really hated elementary & high school.  I finished high school with an 80% average or higher every year, despite my inner attitude.  All of that verbal abuse from the time I took my bicycle to school in grade 2 & I didn’t say a word about any of it to anyone.  There’s a photo of me at the after-grad party with the biggest cheesy grin on my face, because I was so happy to be set free!

 

At the moment “The Struts” & “Dead Sara” are ruling my music world!

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

Even as a concert goer, I hate cell phone cameras at any type of live show.  Put your phone away & enjoy the show.  If you’re taking a video or photo at least have the courtesy to ask if you’re blocking someone’s view of the show.  FYI, when you get home, that video will look & sound terrible.

My iPod Touch will take photos & videos.  If I’m out, it will stay here at home.  I have no issue with anybody having a cell phone.  I do wish they came with an operation manual though that said “For use in these instances….”  “Not recommended for the following situations…..”  I guess more of an etiquette guide.

With a 90% success rate, Dave Mustaine can beat his throat cancer.  He thanks his family, friends, & fans for all of the support.

https://loudwire.com/megadeth-dave-mustaine-thanks-fans-support-cancer-fight/?fbclid=IwAR0ItfS2A3ts95A1kG0KJ6uh_2UVmuG1vYKOPbbLPke5_00fa4fhhdS5HmY

Fighter planes to shoot down UFOs were called Foo Fighters & that’s where Dave Grohl got the name.  He was really into science fiction at the time.  He even made a cameo on “The X-Files”.

I’ve also become a big fan of 4 “Coheed and Cambria” albums lately.

“Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV”   2005 release

“No World for Tomorrow”   2007 release

“The Color Before the Sun”   2015 release

“The Unheavenly Creatures”   2018 release

 

BLACK SABBATH

There’s always a debate about who created the “Metal” genre & Black Sabbath is always in the discussion.  For that reason alone I’m going with Black Sabbath being the pioneers of metal music.  Some of their stuff I find too slow & bordering on boring.  I do have 13 albums with Ozzy Osbourne & other singers on different albums.  The song “Black Sabbath” is one of those boring songs to me.

I saw an interview years ago with guitarist Tony Iommi.  The day before they were about to either tour or record their first album he cut the tip of his finger off while he was working his last day at a steel factory.  He tried a TON of things on the tip of his fingers on his fretting hand but nothing worked.  He just learned how to play with no tips on his fingers.

No, I won’t put a song from all of the albums I own.  I’ll give you a small sample of Ozzy Osbourne as the lead vocalist & the 3 albums that Ronnie James Dio sang on.

 

1970   BLACK SABBATH

 

1980   HEAVEN AND HELL

 

1981   MOB RULES

 

1992   DEHUMANIZER

 

Here are some of their classic songs

Are athletes not supposed to show their emotion & act like robots with no emotion?  Why are NHL players allowed to celebrate a goal, football players are allowed to celebrate after a touchdown or field goal, basketball players celebrate a win, or soccer players run around & rip their jersey off?  How dare a baseball player celebrate ANYTHING?  Time to come out of the dark ages MLB!  This broadcaster played until the mid-1990s!

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/red-sox-broadcaster-dennis-eckersley-calls-out-marcus-stromans-antics-213647496.html

July 31st is the trade deadline for MLB.  If the rumours are true, Blue Jays might make a HUGE trade that could potentially hurt them.  Aaron Sanchez was pegged to be “The best starting pitcher in all of baseball”, that never happened though.  Marcus Stroman is arguably in the top 5 starting pitchers in the league or at least in the top 10.  There is talk that they’ll trade 1B Justin Smoak, SP Marcus Stroman, SP Aaron Sanchez & perhaps another player I can’t think of.  Justin Smoak & Aaron Sanchez would be at the top of my list to get rid of.  Every team is looking for pitching.  Why would they even consider trading a top 10 pitcher who’s not even 28, under contract for another year at just over $500,000 & his agent isn’t anything like Sanchez’s agent who is well known for wanting the most money & longest term contract he can get?  What do they expect in return for trading Marcus Stroman?  Maybe 3 top pitching prospects?  If everyone is looking for pitching, there can’t be much out there?  Even young prospects are still just a maybe in the future.

 

As good as I feel after I exercise, I do need a break from time to time.  A summer break sounds really good.  I’m kind of tired, just seems like a good idea since Kim is off work.  I know I’ll end up doing some type of exercise.  That’s just what I’m used to doing.

 

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