www.youtube.com links are there for a point of reference if you don’t know what I’m talking about.

Facebook subscription https://www.facebook.com/A-Million-Miles-Away-Blog-1597618270456002/

Email subscription www.amillionmilesawayblog.com

Do you have a question about stage 4 brain cancer?  Ask if you do!

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.



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!


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!


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”!


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.


If you’re getting this through Facebook, give it a like or other reaction, or share it.  That’s the only way of promoting this site, since I’m not profiting from this in any way.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,


Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres


I’d do more but that’s a TON of links to load. Sorry if they double, I’ll try to fix them but no guarantee? My back is annoying but I increase my exercise to my “normal” total daily!

I fell asleep to 2 albums, the 2 most recent albums by “Candlebox” first “Love Stories & Other Musings” from 2012. Then the album “Disappearing in Airports” released in April of 2016. Woke up in the middle of the night to pee, gotta stop that, & put on “Chevelle” the new album “The North Corridor”

I exercised to “Portal” the album “Blood Red Tape” My brother was listening to them in his car when we were with him. I think he said they’re an independent group from Alberta?

They have 3 albums on iTunes at the moment. This is the only one I’ve purchased so far.


This is for anyone & everyone who might find this interesting! Please help me out if you don’t mind? I’ve been sharing this publically on my page, I don’t think it’s helping? Please do what you can to spread the word?

Facebook subscription


If you’re following the blog on my personal Facebook page, could you please follow it on the link above? Just for me to keep track of subscribers.

Email subscription www.amillionmilesawayblog.com

Brain cancer & ALS aren’t a competition. This is how I look at it though, in my situation. I could have survived or died because of brain cancer. I don’t know much about ALS. From what I know, it ends poorly, to put it lightly. Surviving brain cancer I can work on things, everything. You can look at that as overwhelming or just start somewhere & chip away at it as long as you can. ALS, from what I know, is more of a “OH MY GOODNESS! What’s going to go first?” Once it’s gone you can’t really do anything about it, that would be terrifying to me! Sure I felt overwhelmed & angry at first, but I’m alive, I can work on myself, mentally & physically. Eventually it COULD be fine? Sure the odds are stacked against me. Do you gamble? The odds are stacked against anyone in a casino playing any game. I’m alive, it could be worse.

I have to admit, after 2 weeks of just stretching & resting my back, it’s difficult to get back into my routine of exercise, food, blog, TV. For years that was easy, sweaty, but easy & somewhat gratifying. I had never enjoyed exercising, especially cardio! I can ride an exercise bike forever, walking with my walker seems like too much effort for very little gain to me. When I lived at my parents place the recumbent exercise bike was in the basement. I’d pop in a “Lord of the Rings” movie & pedal for 3 hours no problem, I can still bike for an hour or more.

I get that musicians want to share what influenced them by doing a cover song. I loved playing cover songs live! That meant I didn’t have to write lyrics, just remember better lyrics. Foo Fighters do this for the majority of their B Sides on singles. You get a single from the album, a live song & either a cover song or a song that was cut from the album. Here are some original songs followed by their cover song by someone else. Some are good, some are OK, some are terrible, & some are “OK, why mess with a classic?”

Almost forgot about this one!

^^All of this is just off the top of my head!

From the In Flames DVD www.amazon.ca says release on September 23rd.

Lamb of God bassist, John Campbell, interview.


This is something EVERYONE SHOULD HEAR & KNOW!!!!

The Beatles taught to a younger generation through a cartoon on Netflix!!!! You’re welcome parents!


Will Smith guest on Stephen Colbert


Who’s not watching “Stranger Things” on Netflix & why not? It’s REALLY good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


29 years ago “Def Lepard” released “Hysteria”


Roctober is coming


Email users https://www.youtube.com/user/RockItOutBlog or If you would like even more info search on Facebook Rock It Out Blog

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

Learn something from your mistakes and don’t do them again”

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


Chris “Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres


10 best rock videos of the year.



Incubus has plans for 2016. I wasn’t even aware they were still around?



Before I even look at this, you know that Nirvana’s “Nevermind” has a 99.99% chance to be number 1.



Goats singing Christmas Carols!!!!



My favourite Christmas album is either “Nat King Cole” or “Harry Connick Jr.” first of 3 Christmas albums.


Will Smith on Jimmy Fallon



Stone Sour covers “Motley Crue” & “Slayer” on 5 song EP


They lost me with “Motley Crue”.


No slag against her, I still have only heard 2 Demi Lovato songs & have no clue how she got to where she is?



I’m all in on the “Climate Change” issue. It’s December 12 in Saskatchewan, I just turned on our heater! Finally there’s a bit of snow on the ground! I missed you winter, welcome back!



Pearl Jam has confirmed 2016 tour!!!!!!!!!!!!



We had a bit of snow either Friday or Saturday morning. Now it’s almost noon on Sunday & it’s “……………melting……………”

Even as a young child this movie & Grease never did anything for me.


10 things about “Megadave” aka Megadeth aka Dave Mustaine



10 death metal vocalists you can understand. I can’t? Out of this selection I only listen to “Opeth” they do death metal & really light intricate music as well. Checking on iTunes, I found out I missed 2 or 3 of their albums? I think I’m OK though I have everything from before & this album.



I’ve checked “Baby Metal” not really my thing



Adele’s new album is HUGE breezed right through 5.000.000 copies already



If you’re getting this on Facebook, please share it?

Always check out the Rock It Out Blog on facebook or www.youtube.com/consequenceofsound

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

“Learn something from your mistakes and don’t do them again”

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


Chris “Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres


Today’s workout was brought to you by the letter “S”, as in Stevie Wonder’s Greatest Hits & “Songs in the Key of Life” on shuffle….

What are the 2 things that tell me “Scandal” is fictional? The first is that it makes politics seem interesting. The second & biggest reason is they use cell phones…………..AS TELEPHONES! Nobody is constantly looking down at their phone? They TALK TO PEOPLE!

2 episodes of the Rock It Out Blog from Monday

I have never been a fan of the ’80s hair metal movement.

Mike Portnoy (former drummer of Dream Theater) left the band to be in his new band ‘The Winery Dogs’


All he got for “Threatening to kill” someone, & drug possession was “home detention”. Maybe I should threaten to kill someone so I can stay home & do nothing. Who’s with me, & who needs a vacation? Should we binge watch something on Netflix?


Sound like Josh Homme from ‘Queens of the Stone Age’

This is from the album they’re trying to sound like. I’m guessing they became a more well known band because Dave Grohl played drums on the entire album & played drums live with them when he could? That’s how I found out about them.

“The Agonist” release this year is my favourite of the 4 they have released! LANGUAGE!

Will Smith plans to tour next year with DJ Jazzy Jeff?


The ‘Star Wars’ movie will have a character named after a ‘Beastie Boys’ album


‘Bad Boys 3’ will be released in the next 12-16 months according to Will Smith


Finger Eleven shared it….

At this point, I’d be very reluctant to travel anywhere in the USA.


New version of Paul McCartney & Micheal Jackson’s “Say, say, say” inside the link. Original below.


Rock It Out Blog listening party LANGUAGE!!!!!

I don’t have a camera for a reason. I don’t like being told to “Come on squeeze in, be in the photo, it will be fun”. Well if it will be fun I’ll completely change my mind……..NOT! I don’t like being in photos, if I had a camera & was taking photos of others, that would really come off as flat out wrong! I loathe being in photos, especially now with an eye patch. I’ve heard people say “Take off the eye patch & stand up”. Why? Much easier said than done & even if that wasn’t the case, I’d still have no desire to be photographed, just leave me out of the photo & I’ll play nice.

Songs I like, “Seether” they’re OK, I don’t really listen to them much. Does the first song remind you of another band? I think I saw them years ago at The Distrikt on their first tour? I could be wrong? I didn’t pay for these albums or download them. I got them from a guy, who knows a guy, who knows a guy, who has a cousin, who knows a guy that had them.



If you’re getting this on Facebook, please share it?

Always check out the Rock It Out Blog on facebook or www.youtube.com/consequenceofsound

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

“Learn something from your mistakes and don’t do them again”

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