WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT 2020?

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I’m not leaving yet for the year.  I’m not sure when I’ll stop until the New Year, as far as posting on this website goes?  I know that after my exercises on the morning of Friday, December 18th I will finally take the rest of the month of from exercising.  I might get bored & do some exercise for fun though?

I get serious anxiety playing guitar on camera, yet these people who are physical handicapped without arms, hands, or legs are just fine on camera & are GREAT on their instruments!

Kim spent the weekend dealing with our Christmas tree & the bogus lights that were changed last year & again this year.  It looks like Christmas around here, still doesn’t feel like it yet.  I don’t know how much it will feel like Christmas this year without significant amounts of family members around?  

Our movie shelf is gone.  All of the DVDs & Blu-rays fit into 4 large Tupperware bins.  We’re keeping 2 & the other 2 are movies we’ll sell or donate once everyone we can think of has picked through them.

We got some ideas from the interior designers that were here a few weeks ago.  We’ll start with paint & lighting, they’ll help us along the way with a few ideas.

Everyone is so divided on EVERYTHING that it really doesn’t even remotely feel like the holidays.  Politics, climate change, Covid, racism, etc.  With us all physically distancing it feels even worse.  Now people have to disagree & argue over zoom.  Not the same as being in person & having an emotional resolve.  Everything seems to feel fake, like we’re just going through the motions until there’s a vaccine. 

We have one month left in 2020, why not try to make it GREAT!?  Be VERY safe & abide by all of the local restrictions, but make this an incredible month!  The more you put into it, the more you get out of it.  I’m going to keep exercising, eating healthy, & practicing guitar.  There’s no reason for me to give up now & I don’t think anyone else has a reason to give up either.  Even Donald Trump hasn’t given up & he’s one with proof that he should.  I’ve never seen someone work so hard to keep a job they don’t want to do?

I’ve been saying since January that this will be my year, & it will!  I might not be able to walk, I’m getting much closer to physically being able to play guitar like I did before cancer, & I’m not the big jerk I was right out of the hospital in July of 2012, I hope.  I feel much better physically & mentally.  If I’m claiming 2020 as my year, there’s no reason you can’t do the same or at least make December a fantastic month.  It’s only as good as you make it.  If you want it to slip through your hands or make it great, that’s up to you.

I know people are dying because of this virus, are you still alive?  Keep fighting even if you are sick!  You’ve got this & everybody else will hopefully be doing the same thing!

SMART KID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sure I still have a long list of things to accomplish & improve upon.  I will know every time I look in the mirror that I busted my butt this year.  I’ve never been able to say that before, I’m not a confident person.  I can finally say with certainty that I did what I set out to do this year.  I can actually think to myself in reflection “Hey that wasn’t bad at all.  Nice work, keep going.”

Its December 1st you have a month to do what you want with it.  I had to gather myself & get my butt in gear multiple times this past year.  I’m not going to tell you what to do, but there’s no shame in asking for help or pausing briefly to sort things out.  I need to work on being a better husband, nephew, son, son-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, cousin, friend, human, ‘uncle’, & whatever else I am to someone.  I also need to rectify the effects of cancer on me more than I did this year.  I’m not ashamed to tell myself “I can do better”.  I always expect more from myself.

I did it!  Kim kept telling me I’d find another guitar I want & I try not to disappoint her.  I’m not going to tie up our funds, saving for it & it’s nowhere near the price I’ve paid in the past.  At least she thinks this one is pretty from the photo.

I’ve converted the price, tax, shipping & the duty to ship it here and it’s very comparable to buying an Epiphone guitar.  Epiphones aren’t this nice looking.

There’s no rush for the pretty red guitar.  Hopefully I’ll order the PRS S2 McCarty 594 in the spring…

…followed by the purchase of the amplifier & footswitch…

https://www.long-mcquade.com/154076/Guitars/Guitar-Amps/Boss/Katana-50-MkII-Combo-Amplifier.htm

https://www.long-mcquade.com/12567/Guitars/Guitar_Effects/Boss/FS-6_-_Dual_Footswitch.htm

…and then the more affordable/pretty red guitar.  I was going to return to buying CDs, but it’s just not worth it.  Lots of streaming music, some iTunes & 3 local bands on CD.  As for selfish material objects, I choose guitars.  I only wish it hadn’t taken me 40 years to figure it out?  Live & learn I guess. 

I drink water 99% of the time, I don’t eat junk, I don’t purchase much music anymore, I don’t purchase movies since we’re selling ½ of ours, we don’t go out for meals or drinks, we don’t travel at all, I’m cutting back on concert going as to who & where, etc.  I like guitars, I play guitar, and I still like guitars, maybe not as much as he likes beer, but pretty close.

I didn’t forget about prioritizing things long before the red Les Paul is purchased.  Kim, Brewster, renovations, house (I hope), this families go fund me page, etc. 

If I wanted to, I could order the red guitar & buy the amplifier in the spring.  The PRS S2 McCarty 594 takes priority over my other stuff.   

I’m going to do the same amount of exercise this week.  The next 2 weeks I’ll do roughly ½ the amount of exercise, then stretching & some yoga until the New Year.  This website isn’t done for the year yet, I’ll be back on Friday as usual.

I figured that since I’m in drop D tuning working on “Stone Temple Pilots”.  I might as well learn some other stuff I like in drop D tuning since Monday was an accomplishment day on about 5 songs.

Yes, the video for the song below was released in 2002 & immediately banned from TV.  Here’s the song with the album artwork instead.

I just continue to play the following song, also in drop D tuning because it’s fun to play.

Swedish melodic death metal band “In Flames” released the ballad from their 2019 album ‘I, The Mask’.   GREAT ALBUM!

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris          

“Spread Love”-Ellen Degeneres

PLEASE EDUCATE YOURSELF

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Educate yourselves https://www.who.int/

I made the mistake of watching American & Canadian news this weekend.  I’m better off just going to website above for Covid info.  Both types of news told me a bit about Covid, whatever Trump did, & on the Canadian news a little bit of Canadian politics.

I’m a little disappointed in the lack of humanity in some individuals.  When this global pandemic started everyone, for the most part, was doing what they were told.  Stay inside, practice public distancing, if you choose to have a gathering keep it under 10 people, & wear a mask in public.  In March we were doing well by following these 4 simple rules & the curve was flattening.

Then summer hit and a LOT of people just decided that it was non-sense and couldn’t handle living with 4 additional rules.  Summer is over, so use the fall & winter weather as an excuse for living like we all did in March.

With the fall coming & schools reopening this isn’t going to get any better since flu season comes along with the season change as well.  Maybe the people avoiding the rules haven’t experienced the downside of the pandemic personally?  Well, I hope they don’t have to find out the hard way, but not following those 4 simple rules increases the odds of finding out the hard way.

This has never been an “I’m going to stick it to the man & disobey the rules” situation.  There is no individual to blame for this or for anyone to “stick it to”.  It’s a potentially lethal virus.  That has a better chance of making you & others sick by not following 4 simple rules.

If you want to politicize it, call it a hoax, a conspiracy, or anything else you have the right to do so.  Just know that you’re really letting everybody else down & they’re likely disappointed in you & your lack of humanity.  Celebrities were saying things such as “This will bring the best out of people” & for the most part they were right, but there’s always a few people that “…let you down”

I’ve pretty much been in quarantine for almost 7 years here.  When it started for me in December of 2013 I was grumpy, angry, & depressed.  Somewhere along the way I just gave up on the idea of leaving this building & figured “This is it, this is my life.  I guess I had better figure out how to deal with it.”  I assume many people aren’t there yet.  The sooner everyone figures that out, in a temporary situation, the sooner everyone can return to a “new normal”.  If you’re not a part of the solution, you’re likely a part of the problem.

I REALLY hope we can find a buyer for our condo.  Apparently the board has decided that visitor dogs are not allowed anymore.  We moved here for 3 reasons.  A) It’s a nice desirable area with pretty much every store within a 5 minute drive.  B) It is/was pet friendly.  C)  It was being built when we bought it.  Our suite is made to be wheelchair accessible.

Why do we want to move?  We need more space.  Our storage locker in the underground parking is full.  Kim’s bike was stolen because there is nothing to lock it too & there’s no way it would fit in our storage unit or our suite.  So all of that & the fact that were at least 20 years younger than most people here, & now the condo board is trying to change the pet agenda.  If someone didn’t want to be around pets, why would they move to a pet friendly building?  Kim’s going to board meeting coming up to vote on the pet issue.  

I was watching Blue Jays baseball over the weekend & while I was watching the games I always get my acoustic guitar to play while watching TV.  Out of nowhere I started to figure this out.  I don’t remember it all so I looked up the guitar tab.

I figured I used to play it so I might as well relearn it.  I also decided to continue learning this Trivium song instead of something completely new to me…

I didn’t give up on this song, but it will take more time to learn new techniques I’ve never tried or used before.  It’s also mostly a solo all the way through…

I become more certain about this amplifier purchase later next year as I research it…

…and this is version 1 which is no longer available.  I’m looking at version 2 with a few more bells & whistles for $330.  A solid state amplifier that sounds like a $1500 tube amplifier that has to be at a minimum ½ volume to sound good.  This will never be turned to 50 Watts in a condo.  Only in a house, I don’t need to cause any extra drama/gossip in this building.

https://www.long-mcquade.com/154076/Guitars/Guitar-Amps/Boss/Katana-50-MkII-Combo-Amplifier.htm

https://www.long-mcquade.com/12567/Guitars/Guitar_Effects/Boss/FS-6_-_Dual_Footswitch.htm

I’ve always liked the sound of a tube amplifier but I could never justify/afford the price tag & maintenance involved.   

Enjoy your music it might dry up?  This is why I don’t like streaming music.  I’ve bought 2 CDs this year & plan to purchase 3-5 more, while buying some stuff on iTunes as well.  The bands I want to hear but don’t listen to often, I will stream!  Unfortunately for me, I am streaming more than I want to while saving money for other purchases.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris          

“Listen to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

HOW ABOUT REGION FREE EVERYTHING?

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I fell asleep to “Stone Temple Pilots (2018), “Tremonti” the album “A Dying Machine”, & finally “Trivium” the album “The Sin & the Sentence”

I exercised to “Gin Blossoms” 2 albums on shuffle.

You might recognize this Gin Blossoms song, it’s from a movie that was released in the 1990s

 

 

YAY!……..NOT.  It’s tick season.  I found one roaming my hair on Monday.  I assume I got it from my wife or dog who were North visiting her parents in a small town.  Just beware!

My finger is still quite tender but looks better.  2 very small bruises on the inside of my finger.  My ring finger & pinky are tender & useless.

I went to the vehicle on Friday to say goodbye to Kim & Brewster.  As I came back inside, a lady asked me if I was alone or had any assistance.  I replied “No, I’m alone, I’m OK.  My parents live in town if I need them.”

Don’t get me wrong I missed them like crazy!  It was nice to have some alone time though.  I’m rarely alone other than when Kim is at work.  I’m OK if I’m home by myself.  I’m able to do quite a bit here.  I can stand up to get something from the upper cupboards or in the pantry, I just have to hold on to the counter or doorway to reach those things.  If Kim calls & says she’ll be a bit late, I’m fine, Brewster not so much.  He knows what time she should be home by, & anxiously stares at the door within a ½ hour.

 

REGION FREE

 

I really do not like that if you’re not in the right place you can’t watch certain things.  I’ll find a www.youtube.com video & it works fine for me.  So I copy the link & put it on my blog, only to find that even I can’t view it on my blog?  Ridiculous & not needed.  If you’re able to watch something on one site, why not on another site?

Because I live in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada even www.rollingstone.com limits me from viewing some of their videos.  Odd since I subscribed to the magazine when I lived at my parents’ house, & it was delivered there no problem.

I bought a concert DVD of “In Flames” called “Sounds from the Heart of Gothenburg”.  I ordered it on www.amazon.ca.  The blu-ray had region restrictions & said it would only play on blu-ray players made in Europe, the DVD had no such warning.  I waited for about a month, it came from Germany.  As soon as I got it I tried to play it in our blu-ray player, it was regionally restricted for European made players.  I don’t understand why it is regionally restricted?  Luckily my dad had 3 region free DVD players at his house & gave me one.  Their vocals are all in English but the stage banter is all Swedish with English sub-titles.  Wouldn’t they sell more blu-rays or DVDs if it wasn’t only available for European players?  I know have a DVD player just for that one DVD, weird………….I know?

There are multiple iTunes, basically one for every country.  I didn’t even realize that until I flipped mine to see if a certain album was available in the USA.  It was but the USA iTunes didn’t recognize 25% of the songs I had on my Canadian iTunes.  “Well that’s dumb!” I said to myself & immediately switched back & all of a sudden all of my music was back.

Why not have a region free iTunes?  More exposure for the artists & more money for Apple?  This regional stuff makes 0% sense to me.  It’s on the internet, why limit certain things?  It doesn’t have to be from a certain region for me to like it.

What gets me are the Dominican Republic, Cuban, & Mexican players who have played baseball in North America for years & can’t speak a word of English in an interview & always have a translator with them.  Before you get all pissy, let me explain.

Keep using your country’s language with others that know it like your wife, children, other players, other family members, etc.  When you’re on TV doing an interview, learn some English and use it.  “In the end” they’re making multi million dollars a year, I guess paying a translator is a small drop in the bucket for them.

 

I’ve heard a report that there will be no downloads or CDs, or any other way other than streaming music or buying vinyl records.  Much like a new “Tool” album, I’ll believe it when it happens!  If I have to pay $10 a month, do I get reimbursed for the months I don’t stream a new album?  I prefer to just own my music (as we’ve always been able to) & pay for it once either on iTunes or CD.  This is something I’d hate to see happen.

So, is rock dead?  NO!  The music industry is royally messed up!  Rock & metal musicians are just giving into whatever’s going on & don’t care.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/owning-music-buying-vinyl-cds-downloads-streaming-w521504

I’ll have a hard time streaming/renting music, if they have the option to download music I’m in, if not I’m going to purchase vinyl.  I’ve spoken to a few people at Apple, they’ve told me they’ve heard nothing about this, that or they’re lying to me.  I prefer to believe them

Yes, I spend more than $120 a year on music.  If you’re content with streaming music good for you, you have to realize or at least acknowledge that your favourite new musician might not be able to release new music on a regular basis.  So if they’re in a venue near you playing live, buy a T-Shirt or some kind of merchandise, fragrance, alcohol, etc.  They’re not making money on album streaming or even much on downloads.  If you’re not going to pay them for recording music, then you should consider buying other products with their name slapped on it.

Then you might realize something, “Why is my most hated band from the ‘70s so rich?  When my new favourite band of this current decade can’t afford a producer to record new material?”

Yes I used Napster & Torrent files.  Napster’s software was a mess.  Torrents were much better, probably due to newer technology being used.  When I was sick but able to leave the WRC for a few hours, I realized that I was part of the problem with the music industry & started purchasing CDs again.  When they dropped in price I used iTunes.

Let me get this straight.  I can sit here & pay $10/month for music that I don’t actually own, but I can’t pay & download it in the comfort of my home?  That makes no sense at all?

 

10 best Tool songs according to Loud Wire

http://loudwire.com/best-tool-songs/

 

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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

ROAD RAGE

I fell asleep to “Lamb of God” the album “Sturm und Drang” the entire album, then a small portion of “Stitched Up Heart” the album “Never Alone”

SORRY LANGUAGE IT’S LIVE!!!!

I exercised to “The Pretty Reckless” both albums on shuffle

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Sure, there are people out there driving differently than you. I’ve been told not to waste my time & energy & I always ask myself first “Will this matter in 20 years?”. The answer is NO! 99.99% of the time, so it’s quite rare that I get angry about stuff.

If I’m a passenger in someone’s vehicle, why are you ranting & raving to me about the so called idiot driving near us? I can’t fix it? Talk to them tell them how you’d like them to drive. What’s the point of getting angry at me & why do I need to hear it? Are you willing to take driving suggestions from them? If not, your passengers don’t need to hear you having a hissy fit over someone that cut you off, drives too fast or too slow, etc. What the heck did I do & why are you complaining to me? I CAN’T FIX IT!!! FIGURE IT OUT, I DON’T NEED /WANT TO HEAR IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Meisha Tate on Conan

http://www.rollingstone.com/sports/news/miesha-tate-takes-jab-at-ronda-rousey-on-conan-20160622

I’m sure the members of Led Zeppelin have a few million to share in a result of a loss in the court battle?

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/what-happens-if-led-zeppelin-loses-the-stairway-to-heaven-trial-20160622

Stephen Colbert on the NRA & gun control in general

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/watch-stephen-colbert-blast-senate-over-rejected-gun-bills-20160622

10 songs Led Zeppelin ripped off. I like Led Zeppelin, I just came across this, like everything on this site. It’s a good thing Led Zeppelin made these bands famous, or else I would never have heard of them?

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/led-zeppelins-10-boldest-rip-offs-20160622

Consequence of Sound review of Red Hot Chili Peppers new album “The Getaway”

10 best Red Hot Chili Peppers music videos

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/readers-poll-the-10-best-red-hot-chili-peppers-music-videos-20160622

This is my favourite by far. The link was freezing on me. You should be able to play each one if it’s working for you?

New artist from one of you followers. I like it, but it’s one of those things I’d buy & never listen to?

Sorry, only available at live shows. He’s from Chicago.

I guess if you purchase a physical CD of “The North Corridor” by Chevelle on July 8th it should be signed by the group.

REALLY? Two unheard songs purchased on eBay on analog tape.

http://loudwire.com/two-unreleased-songs-claimed-to-be-from-nirvana-surface-online/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVfThyzToWg

This explains the Copyright law facing www.youtube.com

http://loudwire.com/pearl-jam-linkin-park-trent-reznor-more-call-for-reform-digital-millennium-copyright-act/

Article with lead guitarist Mark Morton from Lamb of God!

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/interviews/lamb_of_gods_mark_morton_im_a_blues_guitar_player_100_i_just_happen_to_be_in_a_metal_band.html

Big Wreck is writing & I think recording? Either way it’s great news!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At this point I really don’t care what Maynard’s up to until Tool releases a new album or announces their retirement.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-trailer-for-maynard-james-keenans-upcoming-memoir-20160622

Live again LANGUAGE Dave Grohl, “Learn to Fly” acoustic

Consequence of Sound’s “Netflix & Chill” segment

I’ve given up on this show. The first 2 seasons were really good, third season was very underwhelming, watched the first episode of the 4th season & packed it in on the “Orange is the New Black”

Remember this site is only my interpretation of things. I urge you to “dig” deep & find something you like. It’s a very subjective thing, the arts. This is on an album titled “Dig”

The verdict on Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” trial is in.

http://loudwire.com/led-zeppelin-not-guilty-stairway-to-heaven-trial/

New Rob Zombie video LANGUAGE & WHO KNOWS WHAT ELSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://loudwire.com/rob-zombie-medication-for-the-melancholy-video/

More Dave Grohl in the news, he reveals that he was high while preforming with Taylor Swift. Challenged to smoke up by Paul McCartney!

http://loudwire.com/dave-grohl-funny-story-duetting-taylor-swift-while-high-paul-mccartney-party/

LAGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Halestorm has been writing their next album & will also release another EP cover songs.

http://loudwire.com/halestorm-start-writing-next-album-plan-another-covers-ep/

Batman vs. Superman Ultimate Edition release date…………………?………………….maybe July 19th ?

http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Batman-V-Superman-Ultimate-Edition-Blu-ray-DVD-Released-120987.html

Fall Out Boy feat. Missy Elliott “Ghostbusters” theme song

Ah, our neighbours South of us in Canada. This might work? Nothing else has.

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/10-powerful-moments-from-the-congressional-gun-sit-in-20160623

I thought I heard that 92% of the Americans polled for some type of gun control?

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-godawful-bill-at-the-center-of-the-gun-sit-in-20160623

Jimmy Fallon was FANTASTIC yesterday!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/watch-macklemore-elle-fanning-play-catchphrase-on-fallon-20160623

This kid was on the show as well.

A new Chevelle song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Album out July 8th

http://loudwire.com/chevelle-pete-loeffler-the-north-corridor-album-young-wicked-song-premiere/

Song inside the link^^^!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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

Bye,

Chris “Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres