1 OF 2 HOBBIES

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I fell asleep to “Rush” the album “Counterparts”

 

I exercised to “Stone Temple Pilots” the album “Core”

 

I ended up spending most of Sunday on the computer again.  If there are any double files, I give up.

I miss my hobbies.  I loved playing & singing in a rock band, something I always wanted to do after I graduated high school.  I was always a singer by default, since I could carry a tune & I didn’t own a guitar until I was 21.  Practicing my guitar now is not fun for me.  My brain knows what to do, but my left (fret board hand) refuses to listen to me.  So after maybe 10 minutes, I get more than frustrated.  Since there’s no baseball on at the moment, I should really hunker down & get 1 of my guitars & really work on it.

As with most things, I never really practiced guitar or singing.  In my head I’d say “Ah, good enough”.  I did get a bit better with each rehearsal or show.  I never really sat down & focused on singing or playing.  I guess there were a couple times I’d check out a song I liked, learn the meat & potatoes of it in 30 minutes & leave it at that.  I learned these songs pretty well though….

The guitar part sounds much more difficult than it sounds.

This along with the entire 2nd album by Foo Fighters & some of their 1st, 3rd, & 4th album.  I guess their 5th album too.  Then they were far too difficult to play & sing at the same time.  I also learned a few other songs on my own…….

I was good enough to fill in for Chris Messer’s band “Left Foot Louie” who played polkas, country, & rock as the older crowd were calling it a night.  When Chis asked me to fill in for Tyler, I had one issue.  “OK but, you have to do the leads & difficult stuff.  I can’t do that stuff.”

I practiced once with Tyler Wanner, Corey McDonald & David Kliman.  I was impressed that Tyler was impressed that I could play “Slither” by Velvet Revolver & sing it also.  How could I not be impressed?  He listened to the solo twice & knew it!  BLEW MY MIND!

Check out this documentary about hired musicians who play whatever is needed on an album or tour with big name musicians like Billy Joel, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, etc.  It’s called “Hired Guns” on Netflix.

 

I am a U2 fan.  I’m still deliberating if I should purchase their new album?  However I’m leaning further to saying yes to the dress/album.  Oh, how Kim loves her TLC.  Yet, I’ve learned nothing.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/charts-u2-seal-eighth-number-one-with-songs-of-experience-w513711

 

I never really anticipated a new “System of a Down” album

 

Lead singer, Josh Homme, of Queens of the Stone Age, kicked & injured a photographer during a recent show.

http://loudwire.com/josh-homme-kicks-photographer-face-queens-of-the-stone-age-show/

 

Will this have any effect on my issue with iTunes at the moment?

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/apple-acquires-music-recognition-app-shazam-w513797

 

Why do the Toronto Blue Jays have to wait for somebody else to make the first move?  The home run leader from last year just got traded to the N.Y. Yankees, & they’re in the same division.  The Yankees just added a 59 home run hitter to their lineup, move!  If nothing happens, say “Goodbye” to most of your ticket buyers, then sell the team that nobody will want.  They have needs not wants.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/blue-jays-dont-feel-pressured-rush-deal-weak-starting-market/

If the Blue Jays can dump Troy Tulowitzki at short stop & get Machado to join the team at short stop, I’m all in.  I wouldn’t let Josh Donaldson go if possible, he’s a late bloomer, & a good one!

http://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/machado-rumours-profound-implications-donaldson-blue-jays/

 

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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

BILLY JOEL

Sunday, February 16th 2014

 

Yeah he’s old, that doesn’t mean he’s bad though.  I just have a double album of his greatest hits, and a few other songs.  If you don’t like him that’s fine, I get it.  He’s somewhat influential though.  He did have some big hits though…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFTLKWw542g

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVKtL9VU8rQ

 

I’m pretty sure I played this song when I filled in for Tyler Wanner with Chris Messer in Minton (small town close to the USA border).  On a flat bed truck for a street party. Good times, other than it being so far away and the McDonalds drive though at 3am took us 45minutes to go through despite being the only customers there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eAQa4MOGkE

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo9t5XK0FhA

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCuMWrfXG4E

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_XgQhMPeEQ

 

How did he make these songs without pro tools?  Oh, he learned his craft, piano and voice.  As far as I know I missed one vocal note on the “Chemical Horizon” CD.  We recorded it in my parents basement in a month I think?  Some of my vocals were done in our shower, no, no water being used, that was our recording booth for a few songs.  Some blankets to stop the echo and that was all we needed to do!  We weren’t a group that would drink all night when we played, it was impossible for me to sing and play guitar after one drink.  I would hoover water on stage or chew gum when my mouth was dry!

 

“Don’t judge anyone until you’ve been in their shoes”

 

“Just because today is a terrible day doesn’t mean tomorrow won’t be the best day of your life. You’ve just got to get there”

 

“Don’t try to please everyone, it CAN’T happen”

 

“Apologize for your mistakes and learn something from them”

 

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

 

Bye,

“Hubby Boo Boo” aka “Butthead” aka Christopher

 

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