LAST OFFICIAL POST OF THE YEAR

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Music throughout the weekend “In Flames”, “Aladdin”, “Trivium”, & “Lamb of God”

 

I’ll be checking my email & Facebook as usual & I’ll likely pop in with the odd post here.  My routine will be similar, but with far fewer posts here.  After Friday, December 20th, I plan to relax & enjoy the holidays.  Hang out with family & friends.  All while practicing on my acoustic guitar, still have to build strength in my individual fingers on my left hand.  The better you are on acoustic, the easier electric guitar is.

I don’t plan on straying too far from my regular food intake, just moderation around Christmas goodies.  I’m at a point where I’ve lost a significant amount of body fat & have gained noticeable muscle.  I’d like to keep that trend going.

I was going to lighten up on the exercise sooner than later, but I’ve changed my mind.  Better to keep things at full tilt for a bit longer.

Well I didn’t make it to my brother’s group’s (Room 333) show at The Exchange Friday evening.  A LOUD rock show.  My dad & I had planned on going but both of my parents weren’t feeling well.  Stayed home with Kim & watched some stuff on the DVR.

Kim struggled most of the day putting up the Christmas tree.  Pre-lit fake tree with a string of lights out on the lower half.  3 trips to a hardware store & she finally just went with a string that are a different shade of white.  I figure once the tree is covered in decorations it won’t matter.

Just need some Christmas lists from others & then we shop & probably do some baking!

We ended up watching the live action version of “Aladdin”.  We rented it from iTunes.  I think we should cancel our “Crave” streaming site, that we rarely watch, & sign up for “Disney +” ASAP.  We have “Netflix” & “Amazon Prime” I’d dump “Crave” in a heartbeat.  For the amount of time that we actually watch TV, we spend for more than we have time to watch.

Today I get to pick out the 37 layers I’ll wear to the outdoor CFL Western final with the Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

I wear shorts year ‘round if possible, I hate wearing full length pants, they drive me even further into crazyville.  I plan to come home after the game & peal down to shorts & a T-Shirt.

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE

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Music throughout the weekend “Big Wreck”, In Flames”, Of Monsters & Men”, & “Trivium”




To clarify Friday’s post, I’m not the only one who has cut out luxuries. Kim has as well. Fewer stops at Tim Horton’s, less hair colourings, etc. I’ve given up other stuff too. The Saskatchewan Roughriders season ticket was the biggest of mine, that’s why I mentioned it. I could pay $1000 a year for football tickets or under $3000 once for a guitar. The guitar will cost me roughly 2 1/4 football seasons plus tax, & I’m sure my really nice wheelchair spot will be taken.

“In the end” a guitar is forever, so is football on TV. Live football costs too much for 10 games a season + the odd playoff game. The added cost of a season ticket for me now is much too high for a professional sport with 0 interest outside of Canada.

Friday night was quiet, order in supper, practice guitar/build up my hand strength, relearn a simple song by “Pearl Jam”, & watch some TV with the wife. We don’t get out much, wheelchair accessibility isn’t all it’s cut out to be in Regina some of it is laughable at best if I was on my own.

I went to the football game & they won, it was ugly, but they won. Our field goal kicker went 1/6 it total he missed out on 14 points for us, managed to get through the end zone for 1 point. More stupid penalties. If I never hear a ‘Roughing’ or ‘________after the play’ penalty I’d be much happier. Those are just stupid. I’ll leave it at that, the last 3 or 4 home games they’ve been lucky to win. I would much prefer to see a respectable football game, over a dirty win for the Riders. At least I’ve been lucky enough to go to them since before I could remember (3 or 4 years old). I don’t know if it was because of an outdoor game in November or what the deal was? Just over 29,000 feels like an empty stadium. There had better be a better turn out for the western final in 2 weeks.

Come home from the game & mixed Brewster’s food. Kim had made a FANTASTIC meal. Barbecued chicken breasts, salad, steamed carrots, with wild rice & quinoa! Retired to the couch to binge watch some Netflix.

Sunday is hectic so far. We got up, Kim went grocery shopping, I made Brewster’s breakfast, ate my breakfast, filled the dishwasher, did some other dishes by hand, made 90% of my vegetable juice for the week, & came in here. Now I’m just waiting for Kim to return with the groceries to finish my juice & start my eggs. That’s the first hour of the day. We stayed in bed chatting until 10:30 pm. We got up & had to “bust a move”.

We managed to get all of our stuff done. We picked up my Grandparents after & headed to my parents for a family birthday supper for Kim, Rachel, & Grandpa. Sweet & sour pork on rice with peas then an ice cream cake for desert.
I think I just peed a little from excitement! RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE announced a REUNION in 2020!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOO HOO, Hello ‘90s!
https://loudwire.com/rage-against-the-machine-2020-reunion-rumors/?fbclid=IwAR0AX5KCNbycMa0MsTlYMPMvui9tRON087thRM6E92i7zMa9qsvoT7sNVbc

I’ll take “Rage Against the Machine” over “Prophets of Rage” any day of the week. There’s “Public Enemy” & “Rage Against the Machine” the mix was a good idea, the album wasn’t.
https://loudwire.com/prophets-of-rage-done-rage-against-the-machine-reunion/?fbclid=IwAR2Oy6Vs_KNRbsfIgMkIAuUTw81d-y8X6Y1nk058Ymm2xvIbTh1riAYpPYs
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PRIORITIES & EXERCISE

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5 day exercise total; 1,500 crunches, 900 leg lifts, 200 squats, 00 back flexes, 0 pushups, 800 curls, 00 tricep lifts, 200 shoulder raises. Stretching & even more YOGA.

I fell asleep to “Nothing but Thieves” the album “Broken Machine”

I exercised to “The Darkness” the album “Last of our Kind”


THIS IS WRITTEN IN REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA. SOMEHOW THE MAP LOCATION WAS MOVED?
More yoga this week than ever, gets my triceps really good that why I didn’t do any with my weights. I do weights, yoga, & other intense stretches every Tuesday & Thursday. Yes, I fall, I still have no physical balance. I use a chair, table, or wall to balance myself when doing certain yoga poses. So far when I fall I’m just strong enough to fall with a bit of grace & haven’t seriously hurt myself. My back was bugging me Monday, I rested it, put some ice on it & did my squats on Wednesday & Today.
Wake up, have breakfast, exercise, shower, eat lunch, check my computer Monday & one of the guitars I chose is “no longer available”? It wasn’t even the “Limited Edition” guitar? The 7 string Epiphone remains, the PRS I originally chose was a 2018 and more than $1000 less. I do not own a 7 string guitar or a PRS guitar, which sound very nice. Gotta pick one & hope it will happen. Yes, I book marked them so I can stare at them & call them both “My precious”!
It’s been decided 1 PRS next year. Same guitar as featured below, different year, better price! I hope there’s a 7 string around in 10 years, heck, I hope I’m still alive & relatively healthy in 10 years! Now, to start saving! Is this a mid-life crisis purchase? I hope I live to be 80 or more! If I make it to 80 or not this is my mid-life crisis purchase. I can’t drive, so it’s a very nice guitar! This is a LARGE purchase for me, a onetime deal for sure!

Kim gave me the OK for a reasonable PRS next year, so here’s hoping! Gotta start saving my pennies now! Thanks to Tim Roth at Long & McQuade for helping me in my search for the guitar I wanted!
I used to be able to play all the way through Foo Fighters’ 1997 album “The Colour and The Shape” on guitar, most of the 3rd album, all of the acoustic double album, & other songs in the mix, before cancer.



This one is available now & I’ll start saving for it ASAP. I’ll have to special order it in a burnt amber burst colour. This is a mid-life crisis purchase for me!

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/s2_custom_22_semi_hollow_2020

https://www.long-mcquade.com/22227/Guitars/Electric_Guitars/Gibson/Matt_Heafy_Les_Paul_Custom_7_String_Electric_Guitar.htm?ref=suggestive-search

This was in the running but lost out, maybe someday, if they’re still around…& if I win the lottery…..I guess I should consider playing the lottery? Less expensive also. Go big or go home, once! Matt Heafy is the singer for “Trivium” metal music is fast & difficult for me on guitar, I’ll get there eventually for now 6 strings are enough to work with. It is the same guitar he plays in this video & on tour.


My priorities are Kim, Brewster, our family & friends, etc. Kim has different priorities, I guess?
Kim’s dental bill is payed off thanks to her father for helping out, she waited a long time for that (almost 24 years). She used her birthday money towards Brewster’s Vet bill. I thought I’d use my money for other things in the future, save it for a rainy day. She insisted that I use it towards a guitar! For me this is not only a mid-life crisis purchase & a nice work dealing with the cancer situation so far. It’s also a part of getting my old life back while improving it.
Kim works at a job she likes for decent pay. I exercise daily & try to recover while living on disability checks & Canadian pension plan checks that when added together don’t amount to anything above the poverty line. We tend to live in & out of debt. This is why luxuries are usually out of the question.
My Saskatchewan Roughrider season ticket is already paid for this year, so I’ll be at the game Saturday afternoon, & the home playoff game, which is paid along with the season tickets the previous December. That right there is $1000 a year + food & beverage. $6 for a watered down pop is as equally atrocious as a $9 generic beer. I refuse to spend $9 for a beer I can buy a 12 pack for $18 at the liquor store. I rarely drink beer other than a new flavour of craft beer. I usually have a pop & some popcorn or just chew gum to keep my mouth moist at the game, my pills give me dry mouth. I can pause the game here on TV and save on the cost of food & beverage.
A plus is to be able to just watch the game. Now it’s ‘Come for all of this extra stuff, & there’s a football game too’ I’m not a kid anymore, lights & games don’t do the trick anymore. More than I want & prices went up for the new stadium a few years ago, they’re not coming down.
I never watch live TV, EVER! “Oh, the game started? Thanks Kim, I’ll start it in ½ an hour”. Everything we watch is recorded. We’ll watch it when we have time. We’re busier than usual “around here”. No commercials that way.

My priority is to get better, sooner than later! Other than that, I shouldn’t NEED anything, it’s just stuff I WANT. Big difference between NEED & WANT! This guitar purchase will be a slap on the back as if to say “Hey, you’re doing alright. You gotta keep going, there’s a long road ahead still”. One day I’d like to find an online part time mundane job to do 4 hours a day/5 days a week, so I have time to exercise still.
Well whether this is settled or not. Please buy my house & I’ll love you long time…unless you’re not into that, then the safe word is sauerkraut & we can just cuddle in our PJs, eat popcorn, & watch movies. You’re the boss though, this is just a suggestion, nothing more.

I think this would have more to do with the style of music a person listens to. Biasedly though, I didn’t even know other bands had logos.
https://loudwire.com/people-retain-rock-band-logos-most-study/

If you don’t believe in climate change, maybe this will sway you?

The Coming Flood: A Data Error Is Corrected, and Our Future Is Rewritten

System of a Down news. Drummer is less than thrilled with…..

TOOL rushed ‘Fear Inoculum’ release after a 13 year wait????????????
https://loudwire.com/danny-carey-tool-rushed-it-fear-inoculum-album/?fbclid=IwAR1r-4rgCgKrgtyIMBS3HbGwOas532BhTQZ92qDBdsernalsj26h6BC02Ig

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I WAS IN A METAL MOOD MOSTLY THIS WEEKEND

Rock & metal artists discuss Mental Health.  REALLY GREAT VIDEO of artists talking about this issue.

https://consequenceofsound.net/video/rock-metal-artists-musicians-mental-health/?fbclid=IwAR1C6yNEIUBsFc73btB230CW-OJbNlCclIdm66b9ELn1YX_-ZIZLSLNoDMg

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Trivium X 2”, “Metallica”, “Lamb of God”, “In Flames”, “Of Men & Monsters”, & “Opeth”

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

 

I spent Friday night watching the Saskatchewan Roughriders lose first place to the Calgary Stampeders in Calgary 28-30.  2 beer and a rum on the rocks, I’m a lightweight now that I drink pretty much water & nothing else.  Kim’s not a football fan & went to bed just before 9:00 pm, game started at 7:30 pm.

Saturday we spent the day mostly cleaning out our storage room, I don’t know how many bins Kim took to donate to Value Village, we have a few more items to send their way still.  I found a TON of clothes that didn’t fit & now do, donated some & have some to keep & add to my wardrobe of sport & concert T-Shirts.

Found some vinyl albums for a friend of mine.  I don’t own a record player.  So he might as well use them.  My Grandfather bought them at garage sales for $1 & let me grab a few for free.  I have a few as well.  Some good stuff I didn’t realize I had on vinyl…

I personally HATE the idea of streaming music.  I prefer to own my music.  That being said, I do stream things until I can afford to buy them on iTunes or the odd CD.  I need to cut back on streaming music, I have 10 streaming albums at the moment that I’m waiting to purchase.  If you like streaming music, go for it!  Here are a couple of albums on my list to purchase…..

Haven’t had the official word yet, but it looks like our affordable, wheelchair accessible, dream home is sold & gone.  I’m pretty bummed out about that, no silver lining here really.  I do hope the new owners can use all of the wheelchair accessible features that have been added.  Sucks for us but there’s nothing we can do.  Kim wanted it bad & I grew to want it even more.  We’ll get the official word on Tuesday though.

Saturday night we watched “Spider-man Far From Home” on blu-ray.  Kim was spooked by all of the surround sound that kicked in.

Sunday I stayed out of Kim’s way.  She cleaned, did laundry, went grocery shopping, then made supper.  I don’t think my cleaning/maintaining was quite up to par after the “Monthly Spring Cleaning Event” that took place today?  She was on a mission!  I guess my maintaining helped somewhat this was “Monthly” instead of the typical “Weekly Spring Cleaning”.

Thanksgiving Monday, we’re off to the McDonald’s house hold.  We’ll have our Thanksgiving with good friends!  Close enough to call family.  Thangs giving with our “niece” & “nephew”.  We’re “auntie” & “uncle” to a few kids.

Don’t get me wrong here.  I love dressing & gravy, potatoes & roasted fowl aren’t for me.  If I never see a baked or mashed potato again that would be fine.  A roasted bird needs to be either a pulled chicken, barbequed something, or chicken wings.  Turkey or chicken are acceptable in a bun or thinly sliced deli meat.  I’ll eat a roasted bird but it’s FAR from anything I’d consider making!

Great meal this evening & YAY no turkey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Roasted ham, smoked chicken, string bean & tomato salad, onions & cheese, marshmallow fluffy salad, etc.  I managed to stay away from the dressing, potatoes, & pie.  Potatoes can cause me to gag, and it was that way before cancer too.

 

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I’M MAKING SOME CHANGES FOR THE BETTER

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I’m not counting Monday since it was more unpacking & getting settled at home as well as just playing my guitars.

4 day exercise total; 600 leg lifts, 800 crunches, 200 squats, 200 back flexes, 130 pushups, 750 curls (10 pounds), 550 tricep extensions (7 pounds), 400 shoulder raises (7 pounds).  Stretching & yoga.

I fell asleep to “Billy Joel” his double album of Greatest Hits, followed by “Elton John” another Greatest Hits album.

I exercised to “The Agonist” the new album “Orphans”

 

 

 

I’ve made a conscious decision to change my habits in general for the better.  I plan to almost stop drinking, sell the clutter of stuff I have but don’t use, & make an effort to just feel better in general.  I’ll still drink alcohol socially, just not a little bit every weekend.  I’ll just continue to drink more water (which I put a bit of apple cider vinegar in now), eat more fruit & vegetables rather than red meat, I’ll just be EXTREMELY conscious of what I put into my body.  I’m relatively healthy when it comes to food & beverages, now I plan to kick it up a notch or 2.

All of this aside, I’ve decided I’m done having season tickets to the Saskatchewan Roughrider home games, a luxury we don’t need, save some cash for more important things.  I think I’m done going to the family cabin also, just too much work since it isn’t wheelchair accessible at all.  These 2 things are being done with a heavy heart.  I figure, I’ll be 40 years old in January & it’s time to grow up.  All part of being a better husband, father to our dog, & a better individual.  If I’m better, maybe others will follow?  Everybody I know is a VERY good person, but there’s always someone doing better than someone else.

I worry about too many things, mostly money!  Don’t have much of it, so I worry about it, every night.  Before cancer & more now that we’re a one income household.  I bring in my Canadian pension & disability, but that’s below the poverty line.  Kim works but she’s on contract.  If she’s not there she doesn’t get paid, sick or on vacation & she bought a benefits package.

Someone told me I was dealt a bad hand.  I looked at it that way & I was bitter for longer than I needed to be.  Then I realized that no one can make you happy other than yourself.  I now understand what this means…

What does this tell me?  I can lead a horse to water but I can’t make it drink the water.

I’m happy in general, but I can do better.  I worry about everything WAY TOO MUCH!!!!!!  No wonder I toss & turn so much for hours before I fall asleep.

Another reason for all of this change is that, my physio & occupational therapists told me they wanted to make me perfect.  Nobody’s perfect but I intend to try ASAP.  That’s what it should say on my tombstone!  “I tried”.  Sorry, that was deep & intense.

Now I’m torn.  I do think the Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Epiphone 7 string might still be the one.  Problem is A) I have a 6 string Les Paul knock off & similar pickups in an Epiphone Explorer.  B) I do not own a PRS, or any 7 string guitars, which mean more options for tuning.  I’m still leaning towards the Epiphone though.  I used to be a gear head, now I’m all about actual guitars.  I’m selling some of my gear at some seriously discounted prices, since most of it was purchased new in 2001!  These 2 would complete my guitar collection.  I play at home, not live like before.

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

https://www.long-mcquade.com/100345/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Paul-Reed-Smith/2018-SE-SVN—Seven—7-String-Electric-Guitar—Gray-Black.htm

I know I’ll have to save up & sell some other gear I don’t use.  I’m hoping that after Christmas & my birthday in January I’ll have a good chunk of the cash for likely the Matt Heafy Custom 7 string Epiphone Les Paul?  Matt Heafy is the singer from “Trivium”.

I now don’t think either of these are going to happen for me any time in the near future.  A few other more important & expensive priorities first.  Then MAYBE a guitar?

 

I feel like my old self, but maybe even better?  If someone needs help, I can at least listen.  If someone doesn’t want feedback, I’ll shut my yap.

 

New “In Flames” video!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

See the cost these musicians paid for these albums!  That’s why I’ll pay the small fee of $9.99 per album on iTunes or buy the odd CD.  I’m sure streaming multiple albums or songs a month isn’t hurting anyone, other than streaming site owners aka the new rich people!

https://www.kerrang.com/features/the-most-expensive-rock-and-metal-albums-of-all-time/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR0WUKF4VReNDaa9s6N7F2X9Psqmtzs16yGr6QalruKJ7l4PxJIbu7MsT-Q

Alter Bridge keeps themselves busy.  If you keep tabs on the band this is no surprise.

Good grief!  I’m still digesting “Fear Inoculum”!  Another Tool album would be great, but I’m also more than happy with their catalogue as it is.  I can hear something new with each listen!

https://loudwire.com/tool-danny-carey-timeline-motivation-next-album/?fbclid=IwAR0GpVwLZalrG6BNnwk9okTpnforQ8m1xHxSee0mw2y4QQiEUyQAm43nJY0

YAY!!!  Dave Mustaine aka Megadeth

I agree with quite a bit of this!!!!  Lamb of God should be on here twice instead of once.  I LOVE the song “Laid to Rest”!

https://www.kerrang.com/features/the-50-best-album-openers-in-metal/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR0DjDwfzHUHVJ6iLrcCw9Kly-d9KWxx-BB7YtWYdAt-fijtnQ4ZNUgeP6M

No album stuff today, I have much more to come.  I also have 3 releases to come this year.  Extreme metal album today, progressive metal next Friday & “Alter Bridge” on October 18th.

 

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VACATION or BREAK UPDATE/BIG WRECK “…but for the sun”

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Nothing but Thieves”, The Struts”, “Tool”, “In Flames”

 

I’ve been out at the family cabin since Tuesday evening.  I had 2 appointments on Tuesday afternoon.  1st with a therapist, then with a psychiatrist a few hours later, & a ½ hour since he was tied up in a meeting.

A psychiatrist gives you pills & talks very little, a therapist or psychologist will speak with you about your issues.  I’m good since my one anti-depressant has been increased as of June.  Now it’s more talking with someone about some minor issues & what the future could look like, how to go about that change.

I’m not perfect physically yet, I still can’t walk, drive, or see with both eyes.  I’m likely going to be in the market for a low exertion, part-time, online job.  Something simple like data entry?

It was good to know that I’m not crazy, as I was told at the therapist.  Just out of sorts after an ABI (Acquired Brain Injury).  Kim & I have been referred to a couples counseling therapy.  No, don’t freak out!  There’s nothing wrong with our marriage.  It’s more of ‘OK, now what?’ type of help & direction for us at this point.  I’m not physically well enough to pick up where I left off & I likely never will be exactly the same.  Things will be different, but a new normal if that makes sense?

My psychiatrist also made a very valuable point.  To paraphrase, he said ‘Recovery is a very long process.’  That should explain why this mundane brain cancer blog has lasted so long.

Our summer break/vacation was late obviously.  I don’t know exactly what we’ve been doing, but this was the week to stop & smell the roses.  The internet was the furthest thing from my mind.  Even without a mobile device, I needed a break.  This social media stuff has it’s pros & cons like everything else.

I had my appointments on Tuesday, September 10th.  We picked up Brewster from daycare & rushed to my parents’ house since my dad was in town.  I had packed the evening before & went from our vehicle to his on the drive way.  Dad picked up a few groceries & a few other items for the cabin while I waited in the car.  We then grabbed some supper from a new place, not knowing we’d be getting a 3 pound portion of poutine each????????????????  Who needs that much potato, gravy, & cheese at once?????????????????  No, neither of us came anywhere close to finishing our poutine!

Anyways, we ate some of our meal I the parking lot & headed to the cabin.  After being there for 3 nights & 3 days, I realized how much it’s not wheelchair accessible.  It’s small, my wheelchair was not touched the entire time since it was raining & cold outside the entire time.  I ended up crawling from the living room, up one full step, & down a hallway to the washroom A LOT since I drink so much water.  Having to pee a minimum of 9 times a day becomes very tiring if you have to crawl back & forth from the washroom.

Friday dad & I met Kim in Chamberlain, Saskatchewan which is about a 20 minute drive from our cabin.  Kim & I drove to her hometown about 3 ½ hours from Regina.  We stayed there Friday night & drove back yesterday (Sunday, September 15th).  Relaxing at both places, but also more effort required at both.  More physical effort at the cabin since I knew the lay of the land there.  Mental effort & aid at Kim’s parents’ since I don’t know it as well & there’s stuff I’m not able to do on my own at this point.

When we came home, we rushed around to get everything back to normal & oddly enough, that was when we both had that moment of ‘Aww, now this is relaxing’.  For me, it was just a matter of knowing how to get around here & do things the way I’m used to doing them without having to exhaust myself mentally or physically.

My mother said at the cabin that she wished it was easier for me to get around there, & Kim said the same at her parents’ house.  I get that, but nobody builds a house thinking “Hey, we should build this so a wheelchair can get around easily”.  Why would anyone do that unless already needed?  I’m guessing there are more physically capable people in the world than physically handicapped?

 

She’ll be back TS fans quit crying.  This isn’t a Nirvana/grunge take over, although TOOL could do it.  This will hurt for just a bit, you’ll be fine.  Let me explain what happened in 1991 with a band called Nirvana.  You weren’t born yet…..

https://loudwire.com/tool-fear-inoculum-no-1-billboard/?fbclid=IwAR2A0rNziV2BAi1QUNyqk49yqcCYTMT-Tui0yvnejLPDW5Th7v57cONx1IA

Even as a rock/metal fan, all this says to me is that rock is definitely not dead.  There’s a market for it.  Remember that trends of any kind come in giant waves.  Nirvana headed the grunge movement in 1991 as did Taylor Swift when she debuted.  Both came with a flood of other artists/bands.  If anything is going to make a huge movement in this scenario, there had better be many other rock/metal bands coming along VERY soon.

https://www.kerrang.com/features/why-its-important-that-tool-unseated-taylor-swift-on-the-billboard-charts/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR3H20FMfnaIn7S-hGhn6B5fZs_dtfDuUaOlh8Y0VpTNv1uJpI03RtoOO-M

I found a much cheaper & more practical guitar with 7 strings instead of the same old 6 string style.  This will also allow me different tuning of the guitar without changing the guitar.  I have 3 other 6 string electric guitars, each in a different tuning.  This will give me more variety in tuning.

http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Les-Paul/Matt-Heafy-Les-Paul-Custom-7.aspx

 

 

BIG WRECK album review of “…but for the sun”

I’ve always wanted to sit down, pick up my guitar, & casually play and sing a Big Wreck song.  Problem I that most of them are in some wacky open tuning on the guitar, which is also very difficult to play unless you’re a lead guitarist.  I’m was a pretty simple rhythm guitarist.  I didn’t get my first guitar until my 21st birthday.  Never took a lesson & as for sheet music, I’ve completely forgotten how to read it!  I was always a singer first, the guitar was for me to hind behind.  I could play 3 songs & an intro.  I taught myself some basic chords & a riff that I could play while singing, then it became somewhat overwhelming!

I went from a low bass singer in high school choir to a tenor singer in a rock band as a hobby.  Yes, I still like classical music A LOT.

Big Wreck is not a metal band, I wouldn’t even call them a hard rock band just a REALLY FANTASTIC rock band that doesn’t get the credit they deserve.  They should be a household name like U2, Ariana Grande, Pink, Pearl Jam, or Foo Fighters.  They don’t sound anything like those bands though.

Singer & lead guitarist Ian Thornley is very fast on the guitar & an excellent songwriter as well.

Their new album “…but for the sun” was released on Friday, August 30th.  Not many people outside of Canada know them, which is really sad.  They could pull off a Soundgarden cover, & vice versa.  Singer, Ian Thornley even auditioned for the rock band “Velvet Revolver” when Scott Weiland passed away.  “Velvet Revolver” already had 2 guitar players & their manager wanted to keep it that way.  Ian Thornley basically told him that he wouldn’t sing unless he had a guitar.  In a band with “Slash” two guitars should already be enough!

I’ll start with a song known all across Canada from their first album then a few songs off of the new album….

 

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120 BIRTHDAY BBQ/SUM 41

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Trivium”, “Foo Fighters”, “Iron Maiden”, “Lamb of God”, & “Billie Eilish”

 

Great weekend!  We celebrated my parents’ 120th birthday.  My parents were high school sweet hearts from grade 9 on at the same high school both my brother & I attended at separate times, he’s 7 years younger than me.  I was in grade 7 when he was in kindergarten.

Anyways, my parents got married at the age of 19 in November of 1978.  I’m not a child that was born or consummated out of wedlock aka I’m not a bastard.  I was born in January of 1980, yeah I’ll be 40 next year.  I was born the year my parents turned 21 but I have the first birthday of the year in our immediate family.  When I started going to school my parents were the youngest parents around.  When my brother was born 7 years later, they fit in with other parents, age wise.

My parents celebrated their 40th anniversary last year & their 120th birthday party this year with family & friends.  They both turn 60 this year.  Dad’s birthday was in April & Mom’s birthday is near the end of the month.

It was a backyard BBQ at their house.  My cousin, my brother, Kim, & Rachel all planned it with a list of requested guests from my parents.  Hello social media!  My brother is somewhat out of commission after intense surgery on his spine for the bone spurs on his shoulders that could have caused other serious issues.  He & Rachel were occupied with that.  He’s good, just a long recovery.  His surgery was a month or two ago.  My cousin & I helped by inviting people (40+) & making the list of supplies needed.  Kim & a team of other family members did party & food preparing.  Other family members bought the supplies.

We tried to make it as easy, relaxing, & enjoyable as possible for my parents.  My parents bought alcohol, condiments, & had (disappearing) plastic cutlery aka we couldn’t find it when needed.

All my cousin & I did was click a few computer buttons.  Everybody else made the party happen.

I didn’t sleep well Friday night with the party on Saturday!  I was awake until 2:30 am thinking I forgot something or I forgot to invite someone, then I fell asleep only to awake at 5:00 am thinking the same thing.  Back to sleep from 6:00 am until 9:00 am.  Party from 3:00 pm until we left close to 11:00 pm.  Sunday we went back to say goodbye to a few family & friends from out of town or province.

The party was a success!  Who made the party a success?  Everybody that could make it there who was invited, THANK YOU ALL!

Sunday, today, & the rest of the week is recovery for my muscles & now my lack of sleep.  I was planning on being a couch potato this week anyways.  For some reason I woke up at 5:00 am today?  Did the dishes & wrote this.  Is it nap time yet?

I’m a Canadian, living in Canada.  I couldn’t agree more with this REPEATED statement!  The gun violence in America is FAR BEYOND #$%@#@! REDICULOUS!

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-country/kacey-musgraves-gun-violence-lollapalooza-867369/?fbclid=IwAR2BXYZPm0wYrTJAImIGaAGVKElVIdSSXQ-C55rQtKY9iUmpQI3Wz46lzDk

Sounds as though “Tool” has made a ½ marathon album in playing time over the course of 7 songs!

https://loudwire.com/new-tool-album-80-minutes-seven-tracks/?fbclid=IwAR0aR68iZv0DgHamPASlMX2rIo0odqEZr_zJzNxou4ZTMwVYpdLeT7N1V3M

 

SUM 41

I know what you’re thinking, “Why review a Canadian punk band that’s so over rated?”  When was the last time you actually listened to them?  Before the release of the album “Screaming Bloody Murder”?  Well this review includes “Screaming Bloody Murder”, “13 Voices” & the newest album “Order in Decline”.  Prior to these 3 latest releases they were just a band that was around.  They did start off as more of a punk band, but their lead guitarist has always been a metal fan.  They’re not as popular as “Anthrax” by any stretch of the imagination, I would put them in that category though as a good mix of punk & metal.

This was all over Much Music in 2001.

Fair enough.  I get the generic pop/punk stereotype with that.  I wasn’t a fan then either, I’m a fan of their current stuff now though.  FYI-All of this is just my opinion.  Here are 2 songs from each of their last 3 albums in order of album release.

 

2011   Screaming Bloody Murder

 

2016   13 Voices

 

2019   Order in Decline

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres