WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/ DEVIN TOWNSEND/DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT

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4 day exercise total; 400 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 300 squats, 200 back flexes, 500 curls 10 pounds on left arm & 7 pounds on right arm, 300 tricep lifts w/5 pound weight, 200 shoulder raises w/5 pound weight,  stretching, & yoga.

I fell asleep to “Sum 41” the new album “Order in Decline”

I got up too early to turn on the music today.  Last night I also listened to “Live” the 25th anniversary edition of “Throwing Copper”

 

I had my 2nd appointment with my psychiatrist.  I think my pills are helping, quite a bit!  Just waiting for a referral to a psychologist or therapist to talk to.

Honestly it’s little things that drive me nuts, I don’t talk about them, & eventually I just blow up on whoever, despite them not doing anything.  Mainly technology.  It feels like “Here’s a bunch of new stuff for you, we built it, and you figure it out”.  At least IKEA gives you a page of instructions.  Fix the old stuff that doesn’t work, then move on to newer stuff we apparently “need”.  “In the meantime” “I need to keep my head together”!  The increase in 1 of my anti-depressant pills has helped, but I think I should talk with someone.

In other news our A/C seems to be fixed.  I’m always warm & I wear shorts year ‘round.  If I’m in pants I’m headed to or leaving a wedding or funeral!  Apple pointed me in the right direction & I figured things out from there, 7 CDs to reload & iTunes should be fixed!

 

Justin Bieber is a BIG fan of Tool!  AWESOME!

What do I think about this?  I don’t care, listen to whatever you like.  As for his wife’s opinion, she probably doesn’t get Maynard’s humour if she’s not a fan of Tool, A Perfect Circle, or Puscifer.  She blew it a bit out of proportion.  Appropriately, Maynard didn’t reply.

In all fairness to Tool, it’s about quality, not quantity!

https://loudwire.com/13-amazing-things-took-less-time-new-tool-album/?fbclid=IwAR0TNSWJqsocVh7NAXSVpeqMfyc9DErzs307fkkiZpR6aCy5oOaLPjctqto

4 of my anticipated albums this year are on this list!

https://www.kerrang.com/features/13-albums-to-still-be-excited-about-in-2019/?fbclid=IwAR1dxnNiBFE79udMh3E2PTdderVy9ngqo2McbRr2NSZsdMZv0XVk2yLLZuE

Bands & musicians after the old age app is applied!

https://www.kerrang.com/features/we-put-a-bunch-of-bands-through-the-old-age-filter-on-faceapp/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR3KcNHE23gITofbbMP9aaaOlYkEl6UCl-bv-9gxFrmC9CmNkZmyxk0Au1k

I guess people miss “Mudvayne” fair enough I miss “System of a Down”

https://loudwire.com/mudvayne-reunion-brbr-deng-meme/?fbclid=IwAR0GdcK8LJBL98lY2kv1csuFX2qiskRgx9Y_lbwt3aVvNZb3l4gVm7vmUC0

Fans of “The Offspring” get ready for a new album.  For me they’re there, I don’t mind them, & I don’t hate them.  I’ve never felt compelled to buy an album of theirs.  I have performed one song of theirs.

https://loudwire.com/the-offspring-new-album-done/?fbclid=IwAR1M_uZxeWGTXi2cyd8hKnG22R0yUZBxPDwuzoPcHBbUykmB5VLASBPY-UA

YAY new video from “The Struts”!  Great band!

I’m not a “Guns n’ Roses” fan, but this is really funny.  Even I know that “…the grass is green & the girls are pretty…” in Paradise City!

https://thehardtimes.net/culture/report-majority-of-millennials-cant-even-find-paradise-city-on-a-map/?fbclid=IwAR2Et0BrYaC4Zx0i0s38cCuDtCaoBEfONKqKDBjHicRuVrzxp1U_lf-CHGI

What I do like about 1987 is “Testament’s” first album, “U2” released “The Joshua Tree”…………………….oh yeah, my brother was born that year!

New video from the upcoming album by “The Agonist”

I do enjoy “Iron Maiden”.  You’d probably be hard pressed to find a metal fan who doesn’t like them.  The singer has an incredible vocal range!

https://loudwire.com/iron-maiden-2019-legacy-of-the-beast-setlist-video/?fbclid=IwAR2EDmH3oGM4HG8dumZGwL9HB7fIaJDol4AQQpnLF6RLmzrnDnsHyrIb2M4

 

DEVIN TOWNSEND/DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT

I have talked about him before, this time I’d like to focus on “Devin Townsend Project” specifically the album “Epicloud”.  Devin Townsend has made too many albums to count.  Including the little that I know of, about 12 Devin Townsend Project albums, at least 3 “Strapping Young Lad” albums, & a handful of solo albums.  Yes he’s an odd, but refreshing, character in the world of metal!

He also produced the 2nd “Lamb of God” album “As The Palaces Burn”  this does not include the first album “Lamb of God” released under the name “Burn the Priest” a terrible album in my opinion.

Devin Townsend is Canadian & resides in British Columbia.

 

2012   EPICLOUD

 

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Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY/ANTHRAX

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Music throughout the weekend.  “U2”, “Muse”, “Odds”,

 

Friday I stayed up late to watch the Blue Jays win their first game after a 5 game losing streak.  They also made me look like a genius though.  Socrates Brito was cut Friday afternoon & Jonathan Davis was called up from AA to play center field.

Of course we watched some shows we both like first, “The Ellen Degeneres Show” & “World of Dance”.  “World of Dance” is recorded for Kim, if I never see it again I’d be fine & not have to bite my tongue.  We both love “The Ellen Degeneres Show”.  I record it in the afternoon & we watch it as soon as Kim gets home.  Kim’s been working overtime this past week.  Brewster lays down & stares at the door waiting for her, usually he waits for her around 4:00 pm.  Friday he was waiting & whining at 1:00 pm?

Saturday I spent WAY too much time online looking for ear buds.  Almost everything requires Bluetooth or only available online.  Having an iPod classic that still works is not great all of the time!  I fall asleep to my iPod & I’ve ruined my 2 recent pairs of ear buds.  The “Bose” ear buds I got for Christmas 2017 lasted 6 months & Kim’s Apple ear buds have no to little audio in the left ear bud.  Before that I used “Senhieser” ear buds from 2013 until 2017.

Every type of ear buds from Best Buy are only available online or the ones in store are $100 – $350.  I found some cheaper ones at London Drugs, but Kim had left to get groceries by that time.  Kim went out grocery shopping while I watched the baseball game.  She came home, made supper, & I handled the dishwasher & the hand wash dishes, that’s quite common here.

Today we (Mitch, Rachel, Kim & I) made brunch.  My parents & grandparents came here for brunch.  Mini quiches, banana bread, toast, fruit, yogurt parfaits with granola & fruit, & coffee.  I’m going to take care of the dishes, since Kim did the shopping & cooking despite my offering to help.

Kim has to grab 2 or 3 things & I’ll hard boil the eggs for the week & I’ve already made my vegetable juice for the week.  It felt weird putting away the bread.  There’s usually no bread in our house.

 

Alter Bridge are done recording their 6th studio album of 14 songs.  Mixing shortly!  Facebook status is as follows…

“Tracking for AB 6 is now 100% finished!  Mixing starts very soon.  Can’t wait to share these songs with all of you”

A new Big Wreck should be out soon I hope!  So far they’ve released 2 singles only.  I was hoping that Friday’s single would be a preorder on iTunes.  I get pretty anxious waiting for an album to be released when I get a single or preorder for it.

 

ANTHRAX

One of the big 4 in metal.  Anthrax, Metallica, Megadeth, & Slayer.  Anthrax seems to be the best mix of punk & metal of the 4.  The other 3 lean more towards the metal side of things.  I have 15 of their albums, a friend of mine had them & he’s a big fan of them, & 80s metal in general.  I’m not going to give you a song from each album.  I’ll give you 3 earlier songs & 3 songs from recent albums.

 

 

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

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

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKEND UPDATE/NO-CONCERT UPDATE

NOTHING UNTIL FRIDAY.  WE’LL CARRY ON AS USUAL AFTER THAT.

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Matthew Good Band”, “U2”, “The Struts”, “Big Wreck”, & “Lamb of God”

 

We went to my parents’ place on Thursday for my father’s 60th birthday.  His birthday was on Monday, but this was the most convenient time to celebrate.  Bitter sweet since my friend’s father died this week.

We had a “Chili’s” restaurant in Regina, now it’s called “Rotisserie”.  Think KFC without any grease, WAY better!  1 bucket of BBQ ribs, garlic potato wedges, ceaser salad, McCain deep & delicious chocolate, a 2L of iced tea (sweet tea), & 1 bucket of chicken.

Friday my in-laws got into town in the afternoon.  We went to Sherry & James’ place in the afternoon to hang out & have supper there, BBQ hamburgers.  We came home fairly late, but Brewster had a great time running around in their backyard.  My cold is finally starting to fade away.

Saturday everyone was here for make your own pizza supper.  I ended up sleeping until 11 am, got up, showered, got dressed, & had my lunch.  Realized the dishwasher was full of clean dishes.  Emptied the dishwasher made my veggie juice for the week & 1 of many teas w/ lemon & honey.

My in-laws drove home Sunday in the late morning.  I said goodbye to them Saturday night in case I slept in, & of course I slept in.  I got up, did all of my morning crap.  Had lunch, boiled some eggs & we went to our friends’ place for our “nephews” first birthday.

It took the little guy a while to fully embrace the 1st birthday party cupcake, but he ended up doing the right way eventually……….it was EVERYWHERE!  A couple of wash clothes later & he was ready to go!

We came home & Kim watched “American Idol” aka a talent contest ruled by 3 celebrities who offer very few if any constructive criticism to help the contestants.  I’d rather not watch it, but I want to spend time with my wife.

Today should be a lazy day of TV, a little bit of laundry, & not much else.

 

On April 19th, 1980 “Blondie’s” ‘Call me’ hit number 1 on the Billboard charts

https://www.hotpress.com/music/day-1980-blondies-call-goes-no-1-22771369?fbclid=IwAR0lu8ly9xY1uFBDlFCGykrhA4clMV2OToJCBsJSK9VYUs9X28qlZ8MrQuw

10 songs written & recorded for Alter Bridge, 4 more left to go.  ABVI on the way.

https://loudwire.com/alter-bridge-2019-album-progress/?fbclid=IwAR04m9GEkIo_KuIto6csu4suSgjznu5TY4iha26TyJa1Kd7GVop7Rk8yvXw  Follow up to “The Last Hero” album.

Mueller report sends Trump’s polling number to record low for 2019.

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/poll-mueller-report-sinks-trumps-approval-rating-825079/?fbclid=IwAR1fi4VcP0GSbLVLncJDqg77XpvvSCW_4YQUJEdZkjleNwvi6b5ElRDFeG8

 

I know that most of you aren’t into metal.  Don’t worry it doesn’t bite & “Uncle” Chris will always hold your hand through it.  I’m going to do a metal group followed by a non-metal group.  Just so you don’t feel overloaded with metal music.

INTO ETERNITY CONCERT, THAT I DIDN’T GO TO.

An underground metal band based in Regina.  This group made me dip my toe into metal music with their 3rd album “Buried in Oblivion”.  I believe the first album was recently put on iTunes.  They just released their 6th album last year after a decade of the odd show here & there.  They tour all over the world & they’ve gone on tour with some big name metal acts like “Megadeth” & “Dream Theater”.  I have the “Gigantour” DVD when they toured with “Megadeth”.  “Into Eternity” & “Opeth” are easily the 2 heaviest bands I listen to, they can also sing you a lullaby though.  I didn’t go to this concert.  My brother was going to take me, but he’s waiting for surgery.  He has bone spurs on his shoulders, it’s hard for him to turn his neck, lift things, & his arms go numb sometimes.  He gets migraines if he doesn’t lay down every 45 minutes.  I figured he likely shouldn’t lift my chair or go to a concert.

I’d love to see them but not at the expense of my brother’s health.  Cheap tickets, $15 for an advanced tickets.  I’ll keep this brief for you.

 

2000   INTO ETERNITY

 

2002   DEAD OR DREAMING

 

2004   BURIED IN OBLIVION

 

2006   THE SCATTERING OF ASHES

 

2008   THE INCURABLE TRAGEDY

 

2018   THE SIRENS

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

SERIOUS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH/LIMBLIFTER

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I fell asleep to “U2” the album “Zooropa”

I exercised to “Dead Sara” the album “Dead Sara”

 

I made a joke or at least tried to on Sunday’s post?  I’m far less doom & gloom than I am most of the time.  The fact that I made an effort to make a joke is just how I am most of the time.  Example; I give blood for a blood test & I usually say “Kim….would you please hold my hand?”  Just as they’re ready to take blood for the test.

I take all of this cancer & depression talk very seriously.  When I make a joke is just to keep the mood light, not disown it!  If I didn’t, it likely would be doom & gloom more often.  Being able to admit my issues with my brain was the feeling of a HUGE weight being lifted off of my shoulder.  I know there’s a long way to go probably but I don’t want to be all doom & gloom through it.  That would likely add to the problem.

In complete transparency.  How incredible is Kim!?  No wonder Brewster picked her to be the first person he ever willingly went to when we bought him.  There’s one of the things Brewster & I have in common.  We both picked Kim.  “You chose a really good mommy little guy!”  That’s what I tell Brewster every day!  Yes I talk to my dog, but it’s a very one sided conversation.

I take my mental health very seriously.  I also look at it as another obstacle to overcome.  Is my mental health tied to my cancer?  I don’t know, but I don’t want it to be?  They say in baseball that usually a player that can’t do well on one side of the ball will fail on the other side of the ball.  I don’t agree with that & I’m proof that it’s not usual.  I couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn when I played.  On the infield I was a vacuum & wanted every ball to be hit in my direction!  So I don’t tie my mentality to cancer, at least that’s how I see things?

I NEVER want to play the cancer card.  That seems just wrong & a poor excuse for my behavior!

Kim got a hold of my doctor on Tuesday.  He said he’ll get it all done for me & refer me to a professional which I can’t seem to remember the name or place of at the moment.  So the ball has started rolling.  This whole thing is me not liking myself & that I hurt others with my words.  Not cool!  I don’t want to verbally/emotionally hurt anyone anymore!

If you’ve been reading this all along, you know I want just dig in & get started yesterday.  I just have to remain patient.

 

I think Apple just put the final nail in their own coffin?  Apples iTunes service, as of April 1st, will not allow any 3rd party music at all!  You have a CD to add to iTunes or anything from a friend?  Not going to play on any Apple software.  You have to get it from the streaming store on Apple Music or the iTunes store.  No this isn’t an April fool’s joke.  This has been coming for about 6 months or more.  If my classic iPod wasn’t still working fine, I’d jump ship download a reasonable free player & order CDs.

I can’t see this mess lasting for long?  Gotta say I miss Steve Jobs!  Smarter than those he left behind at Apple, who was one of the leading tech companies, have been struggling since his passing.

April fool’s day!  He’s not running for president & Tom Brady isn’t retiring.

https://www.kerrang.com/the-news/dave-grohl-announces-2020-presidential-bid/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR1aDilLjQktCVYIVjmQbb4_-Z2VfNwTeXIMj0P9GK5f9pGu1qB_uNPy9Ms

He wrote the song “Run” about running away from the president who shall not be named.

Alter Bridge’s 6th album is in the recording process.  Drums have finished being recorded.  I hope the wait “…won’t be long…”

 

 

LIMBLIFTER

“Limblifter” came out of the ashes of “The Age of Electric”.  One of the people that would fix the presses, The Print Doctor, is actually a brother to the drummer & guitarist/singer of the group.  I think they’re based in British Columbia now, but I’m not positive of that, take it with a grain of salt?  Last time I saw them was before I had cancer, probably 2006?  I have 2 of their 3 albums one of them is on CD….

 

1996   LIMBLIFTER

 

2000   BELLACLAVA

I only own those 2 albums but they have 3 I believe.  I might get their final album “I/O” that’s what they were touring for on their last tour before I went into the hospital.

 

I don’t want this to come off as funny.  FINALLY AFTER 2 SEASONS “SUPERMAN” IS GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I’ve been waiting for this move since early – middle of 2017.

https://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/mlb/jays-trade-kevin-pillar-to-giants-1.5081250?fbclid=IwAR2-QPoGgJSvC3ubn7giF6HhTCCW-3kSnc5PxFmYHo-sQVumYzoMnHoPiNY

 

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“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

REASON FOR THIS BLOG/MARK MORTON

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I fell asleep to “Pretty Vicious” singles & a 4 song EP

I exercised to “Foo Fighters” the album “There is Nothing Left to Lose”

LANGUAGE!!!!!

Sorry this is a bit late today.  I had a routine doctor appointment.  I had some blood work for him to look over & I needed some refills on my pills.  My doctor comes into the room & asks “Hi, what do for you today?”  My instant reply “Not much, we just came to see what’s new & how you’re doing?”

This website was started for 2 reasons.  The first reason was to incorporate my left hand.  Hasn’t helped, my left hand is, to this day, very shaky!  Can’t even play guitar & I try for 15 minutes a week, my hand just won’t do what my brain tells it to do.

The second reason is to keep everyone up to date on my cancer recovery, which I guess is still an ongoing process.  I’m cancer free now for over 10 years, yet I’m left in a wheelchair, with an iPatch, no drivers’ license, & slow reflexes in my arms.

So I’ve beaten brain cancer.  Now I’m trying to repair what it left me with.  The exercising is to get me walking again & regain my sense of balance.  My left eye can’t be helped, it’s a nerve issue that has to fix itself.  The specialist I saw in Saskatoon in 2013 said she could do 30 surgeries on it but there’s a strong possibility that nothing would change.  It’s not just a lazy eye, it has to do with the nerve.

You know those advertisements on TV for a new pill that will fix one thing but has a possibility of 30+ side effects.  That’s just weird!  I’m on pills & the side effect is dry mouth.  That’s why I drink so much water.  Even black coffee dries me out, solution, water & nothing but during the week.  Even on St. Patrick’s day, I had 1 beer & 2 or 3 liters of water.

 

Look at that.  50 people die in a Mosque in New Zealand.  The first thing I heard after the shooting is that the government will be changing the gun laws!  The shooter bought 4 guns LEGALLY.  Kudos to the New Zealand government.  Hopefully other countries will follow?

 

I’m more than ready for a Big Wreck preorder or release date!

 

 

MARK MORTON

I’m a longtime fan of “Lamb of God”, so when one of their guitarists releases a solo album with guest vocalists on each song, of course I’ll buy it!  What I kind of don’t really care about, is how this guy, who made a documentary called “A Headbanger’s Journey” calls this a rock album?  Not sure how he figured that as a genres to put this album in, but what do I know?  I don’t think any straight up rock fan would search for this album?  I was a rock music fan & nothing else.  I would never have bothered seeking this album out!  I’d call this a metal album with a few rock songs on it.

So, here are some notable songs from the album….

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 1ST 2019 “ANESTHETIC” BY MARK MORTON

 

Thursday, March 28th 2019!  Toronto Blue Jays opening day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

EXERCISE WEEKLY TOTAL/IN FLAMES ALBUM REVIEW

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

I exercised to “Chromeo” two albums on shuffle.

5 day exercise total; 400 pushups, 600 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 200 tricep lifts, 450  squats, 300 back flexes.

The exercise is horrible until I get my butt in gear & get it done & out of the way, then I feel good & feel I’ve accomplished something.  It’s not something physical I can really show anyone though.

EX: My mother didn’t really understand what my job was.  I told her I was a printing press operator, she still didn’t fully understand.  I took her the first sheet of paper you set up & see how far off the colour is, & how far I needed to get the metal plates to move so it all lined up.  Then I took her a final sheet of paper from the same job once it was done & explained what I had to do to get it that way.

I worked at a console to the press.  I could manipulate each of the 4 or 5 colours from there to move them or allow the right amount of colour to a certain area.  Once I was done a job, I had something tangible/physical/material to look at & think to myself “Hey, I helped make that.”

I can’t really show what I do now.  I’m pretty tired for the rest of the day, I sit on the couch & watch some TV until I feel the motivation to shower or until I just can’t stand being sweaty & smelly.  I certainly don’t want to do anymore exercise other than some walking when Kim gets home to help me.

My cousin’s in town!  Went to my parents’ place on Tuesday afternoon.  A game, Chinese food for supper (wasn’t even oily), some TV, & left with my belated birthday gift…………..wait for it……………………oatmeal chocolate chip cookies & the blu-rays I lent to my cousins.  My mom & cousin baked them on Monday for me.  My grandmother’s “recipe”.  “Add a little more of this & an extra dash of this until the dough feels right”- Grandma.  My grandparents met each other while she was working as a baker at a bakery & he was delivering from the bakery.

I had a HORRIBLE day on Thursday.  A pity party for one, I just sobbed for a while & asked myself “When will this cancer crap all end?”  I’m tired & stressed & Kim is too.  It feels like a continual pile of bull**** being dumped on us that we can’t get out of, so we never take an extended break from what we do.  I exercise & she busts her butt working while also taking an evening class that’s once a week immediately after work.

I’m glad I survived cancer, but I’m INCREDIBLY sick of the nonsense & crap that comes with it after in my & Kim’s situation.  I exercise 5 days a week & when the f*** does that help.  I’m not going to chase a dream that’s unrealistic for the rest of my life.  To say this is getting old is an understatement!  I want the pill that Robin Williams wanted, called “F*** it all”.  I’m not about to give up, but I’ll never be whatever the hell “normal” is!  If it’s coming, it’s really f***ing slow.  I was EXTREMELY frustrated!  This is nobody’s fault, but I always feel like it’s mine, ALWAYS!

I think God & Satan got together & said “Hey, let’s mess with the guy who has manic depression.  It’ll be fun!”  I have a better idea, how about you don’t?

 

10 bands that influenced me & made me want to sing & play guitar.  U2, Barenaked Ladies, I Mother Earth, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Big Wreck, The Watchmen, Matthew Good Band, Tool, Led Zeppelin, & Queen.  Many more!

Yes I’m well aware that is 11 bands but I had to get Led Zeppelin in there.

I could never play fast, some of these are guitar influences, and the others are voice influences.

 

IN FLAMES REVIEW OF “I, THE MASK”

FANTASTIC album somewhat of a return to the earlier albums.  Still hardcore fans say it’s more of a rock album & complain about this album.  I think they want “In Flames” to just make duplicates of “The Jester Race”, not going to happen!  That album was released in 1997, I think it’s time the complaining fans jump ship if that’s what they want?

I didn’t get into “In Flames” until I saw them live in 2006?  The final tour for the traveling metal 3-4 hour extravaganza “Sounds of the Underground” tour in Saskatoon.

Yes, their last 2 releases were quite tame “Siren Charms” 2014 & “Battles” 2016 were pretty mellow as far as metal albums go, I really like “Siren Charms” though.

This new album “I, The Mask” is great from the Swedish melodic death metal group.  The first half is more like their old stuff & the second half is mellower.  Here are a few of my favourite songs from the album….

 

FRIDAY MARCH 1ST 2019 RELEASE “I, THE MASK” BY IN FLAMES

 

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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