Day 2139: Music Monday!

Last week Rachael and I went to see Frank Turner up in Atlanta. I also wanted to write about my new song, that’ll be next week, then I wanted to write about Achievement Hunter: The Musical too, that’ll be the week after, and with the new NSP album coming out this Friday, I think I have the next month all booked up.

So, Rachael and I saw Frank Turner, and he was awesome. He did 2 sets, the first one was based on his latest album, No Man’s Land, which is songs about famous women from the past, and is a fascinating listen on it’s own, and he spoke about each of the songs in turn, and gave background to what he was playing. It was an inspiring show, and was wonderful to listen to. That set was him on his own, with just his guitar, and I found it very inspiring. Here is a picture from that set.

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Then, he played a set with The Sleeping Souls, his backing band, and it was full of songs that told a story or two across a bunch of albums about his relationships. It was a really cool set, and made me appreciate his music even more. He rounded the show out with a few of his most famous songs, and he played a few songs that I was very much hoping to hear. Below is the setlist, and we had a wonderful time.

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Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2138: Extra Life was class wasn't it?

I still think that my favourite segment was the Hail Clayton time, and the news that Achievement Hunter: The Musical is finished was great.

Rachael and I watched the musical today, and it was a blast, so much fun. I highly recommend checking it out, it should be out tomorrow.

I eventually decided to sleep, as I couldn’t make it through the Ready Set Show section, but I enjoyed so much that I saw yesterday. I was enthralled by most of what was going on, Blaine was just great in everything I saw, and that was encouraging. I didn’t really get a lot of the Coldy with Voldy segment, but it was still good. I think AH vs Facilities 2 was fun, but my attention was split, then Team Nice Dynamite looked like an absolute riot.

I put out another song today, I worked with two people, a singer, and a lyricist, and we had to follow a defined song structure. The song can be found on my soundcloud here!

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2137: For The Kids, and Not For The Kids

Today has been wild.

Extra Life has been awesome so far.

I also watched AEW Full Gear. Which by the end of it was a very not for the kids.

Everything has been good. I’m going to write way more tomorrow, and throughout the week. I’ve tried my best to be attentive to what was on the screen and what they were doing in Extra Life. I really enjoyed the Whose Line section, and then there were some other great things, but the thing that made me laugh the most was the Hail Clayton section, with Clayton Blaine just tormenting Chris for the whole time, I couldn’t stop laughing and laughed the loudest.

It’s been a good day! Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2136: Dumb little laughs

Last night, I was helping Rachael find her phone, it was just misplaced so I gave it a call. Once we found it, I hung up, as is normal, then I used the function on my phone that let’s me send a message if a call wasn’t answered. This was a dumb little thing that made me laugh. I feel like this is the first step to dad-hood, and I know I do silly things like that all the time. I’m not going to stop, they’re fun, why not enjoy the day, and have a laugh. I know there’s a time and place for things like that kind of stuff. At home, obviously is one of them.

So, aside from that, I went to the gym, tried to do some squats and some lunges and now my lower back is sore, but tomorrow is a day for rest, what with it being Extra Life and all, so that’s good. I’m looking forward to it all, there’s so much going on to be excited about. We’ve got our food stuff and day planned, it should be a fun!

Then, I’m hoping to finish the song I’m working on over the weekend, and I’m really happy with the drafts I’ve heard so far. It’s fun, I’ll talk about it fully soon, once it’s done.

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2135: Stuff

On Tuesday, Rachael and I went to see Frank Turner up in Atlanta, it was awesome, but I’ll talk about show 2416 on Monday.

Though right now, I don’t have much to share. It’s been an interesting time just doing nothing, but I have been playing quite a bit of guitar. That’s not a really big surprise, I like it a lot, and I found inspiration from seeing Frank Turner the other day.

I don’t know how to write lyrics though, and that was what I really enjoy about Frank Turner’s music, how everything plays together. I have been working on just playing, and getting chord transitions down, and understanding how things play together. Altogether I’ve been really wanting to focus on learning the theory and some songs, and that’s really helped me. Actually I’ll have a new song out in a few days, and maybe some more music out in the future too, and I spoke all about it.

When? Well I recorded a podcast with Spencer earlier in the week, and we talked about music, writing stuff, I’ve been reading The Organized Mind, and it’s been helping me think about thinking, so we talked about that too. Then we talked about the trip Rachael and I took to Texas, and it was a great chat. You can check it out here!

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2134: Wrestling Wednesday!

Oh my god.

So, NXT has been excellent recently, especially now that they’re getting more attention, and being treated like a proper third brand. I said I would stop talking like that about what’s going on, and try to maintain the element of theatre that wrestling deserves.

The womens story line, especially after a great womens tag team title match was a really awesome set up for whats to come. Rhea Ripley, as one of my favourite wrestlers at the moment, and the fact she’s captain of the first womens War Games match is all very exciting, pairing her up on a team with the faster stronger shiniest wizard Tegan Nox and the Captain of Team Kick as well as Candice makes me believe in the domination of the horsewomen stable may soon come to an end. I’m looking forward to seeing where it’s all going.

I really enjoyed the match between Kieth Lee, Matt Riddle and the Undisputed Era, and I can’t wait to see more. It’s a shame that Lee and Riddle lost, but it’s altogether unsurprising, the Undisputed Era are excellent right now, and look like they’ll be very tough to beat, except for Adam Cole, though that’s a whole other issue, I just want to see Ciampa vs Cole, and I hope to see Gargano vs Balor.

Then, I also watched a bit of New Japan, Bushi vs Will Ospreay was excellent, I really enjoyed it, the bit where Ospreay got the black spray from Bushi and used it against him was innovative and the whole match flowed really well. I was very excited for the return of Hiromu Takahashi, and I can’t wait to see their match at Wrestle Kingdom.

The last match I want to talk about is the match that I was hope we’d get a few months ago at Royal Quest, Ishii vs Kenta, which ended up with Kenta legitimately concussed and the match was marred because of it. This affair was hard hitting, tough to watch in spots, and a terrifying match that had heavier shots that I’ve seen in a while, though I’ve not been watching any matches with Suzuki in them. I wasn’t too surprised that Kenta won, he’s being despicable, and it only makes sense that he can overcome Ishii. I was surprised by how similar in size the two of them were, being about the same height, something I hadn’t even thought about until they faced off at Power Struggle.

It’s been a wild week, this weekend is AEW Full Gear and I’m thinking about watching it, it should be excellent.

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2133: Adventures in Texas

Over the weekend, we went to Houston Texas for a friend's wedding and caught up with Andres/Xcalante and Hannah. 

We flew in on Friday and got picked up from the airport by Andres and got to adventuring. We headed to the hotel and dropped our stuff off and set on our way to pick up Hannah. There was a lot of excellent chatting going on, just general catching up and seeing how things are going on. Side note, Houston is massive. 

We went to a local games store to play some games, and we had fun. We played a few things, the one that stands out the most was dungeon mayhem, which was an absolute blast, I played the pesky rogue followed by the druid and it was wonderful. 

Then, we went to Waffle House. It might not seem like much, but Andres had never been to a Waffle House before, and so we feasted. It was an excellent time, everyone enjoyed their food and we had good chats. 

On Saturday we went to the zoo. When in a new city for a limited amount of time, going to the zoo is the activity for us I guess. Whatever, we had a good time. We saw lots of cool animals, some fighty elephants, lots of snakes and some jumpy monkeys. 

Then, once done we got ready for the wedding, which was in the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, amongst the dinosaur bones and fossils. The service part was short, sweet, and happy. The food was good, the company was good and we had a lovely time, it was a great celebration. 

Sunday was more time with Andres and Hannah, as we went to Truth Barbeque, where everyone got lots of food, I got a little bit of Mac and cheese, and then I had the biggest slice of cake. I made sure to finish that slice of cake, but that was a mistake, as I had fries for dinner because I couldn't really handle anything else, and then I didn't eat until dinner on Monday because I felt rather ill because it was so much cake. It was delicious though. 

Then we flew back on what was the smoothest flight I think I've ever been on, and I think I'm now on the verge of Atlanta airport being the airport I've flown the most from and to. 

Have an excellent day! You're all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2132: Music Monday!

There’s a new Pvris EP out and it’s a good fun release. I had a really good listen to it today and I really liked it. It’s kind of more of the same, but the expected evolution of the bands sound is present, and it’s a really enjoyable listen for me as it’s fresh music that is familiar.

Then, when we were in Texas yesterday, there was blues on in the place we ate, which was awesome. It inspired me to pick up the guitar and play. It started off with some BB King and it was just fascinating to listen to. I’m familiar with quite a bit of blues, but I can always listen to more. I found myself intrigued to see if I could write any music in the style, so far, not so much, but it’s definitely formed a basis for my initial approach to guitar, so I have some bluesy chops. I want to explore that more, but I would like to do that with more of a band situation.

I’ve been recording some more music, last week I talked about the Game of Bands song that’s going on at the moment, and it’s exciting, I’m really looking forward to getting it finished. Just waiting on the lyrics to come through right now.

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2129: Learnings from Inktober

It’s now November, and while I usually type up the beginning of the month with what’s to come, I want to spend today’s journal reflecting on the whole of Octobers ink drawing challenge.

I did it last year, and I did it again this year, and this year I didn’t find it massively tough to think about what to draw each day, however, it was a challenge to get my ideas out of my hands and onto the page. There was one day where I scrapped my initial idea, when I thought of a better idea, and wasn’t happy with the original thing I’d come up with. That day was the Husky prompt, and I switched from trying to draw a fluffy dog, to taking inspiration from the Husky Raid videos that were based in Destiny.

Overall, I don’t feel like I particularly improved in my drawing, and I knew I was working with a relatively limited palette of colours, but I enjoyed the challenge. I certainly enjoyed trying to visualise things, and I know I’m not a good artist, as I don’t draw frequently, but I just wanted to do simple things and try to get a bit better.

I will post the final ones on here on Sunday, and get that all rounded out. I had a good time drawing each day, some days I picked it up earlier than others, and I think I should have tried to start each day in the morning rather than leaving it until the end of the day. That goes for other things like writing music too, and I’ve certainly noticed that it needs some discipline to get stuff really made progress on.

Anyway, that’s all for today, have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2128: 2019 Progress Report, October Edition

October has been an alright month, still waiting for paperwork, so It’s been tenuous.

I had a few goals for the year, and I guess I’m making progress on a few of them.

I have been writing more I think. I’ve definitely felt like I’ve been writing quite a bit, and i't’s not been terrible.

Nobel Laureates hasn’t been particularly inspiring for me, but that’s alright, I know some more stuff than when I started the year.

The job, obviously, is still up in the air, who knows when that’ll get sorted.

Books, well, I’ve definitely been reading.

I’ve been writing and recording more music, I should have a new song out in about 2 weeks, which should be good fun, and I’m also working on another project.

And then fitness stuff. I have about 62km left to run on my running goal, but the weather has taken a turn, so cycling is now becoming difficult to get out and do. All is good, I’m looking forward to completing the running goal, as that’s more fun for me at the moment, and when I do run, I’m also at the gym, and can do weights, which is making me feel better than cycling alone is.

That’s it for this month, a relatively low key month, all told. Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2127: Wrestling Wednesday!

Well, NXT was certainly a spectacle last week.

The triple threat match between Roderick Strong, Keith Lee and Dominick Dijakovic was a wonderful show, and it was a lot of fun. Dastardly Roderick Strong won out after being a sneaky boy and capitalising on the big moves that were being pulled off. I really enjoyed it, and I’m interested to see what’s going on and what will happen next.

Then there was the ending, with Finn Balor turning on Johnny Gargano, something I didn’t see happening, but he’s in the business for himself, so I’m looking forward to seeing whats going on, I hope that the way things are set up are that Ciampa goes against Cole, then Gargano goes against Balor, and the winner of each faces each other.

There’s so much that can go on, it’s really interesting, and I’m very invested. I can’t wait to see what happens next, but I’m expecting it all to be good.

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2125: Music Monday!

This last week there’s been a bit of music that has come out. I really want to check out the new Pvris release, but haven’t found the time.

While browsing instagram I saw that Dirk Verburen of Megadeth, formerly of Soilwork was on a track by Articulus. I thought, yeah I’ll check it out, I’m sure it’ll be good. That assumption was correct, in fact, it’s very good, really enjoyable, excellent riffs, and great music in general. It’s only one track but it’s killer.

Then, there’s also other stuff going on, like the full Nascentum album came out, and it’s excellent from start to finish, and if you’re into that style of music it’s great so check it out.

As I said the other day, Baroness were on That Pedal Show and it was a great show, very interesting, and I found inspiration from it. I also spent a bunch of time listening to their newest album Gold and Grey and finding cool new things about the album out.

While running I find myself listening to either Soilwork or Killswitch Engage, but I think I need some new things to find some energy through. Both are fast paced and consistent, but I think there’s a lot of familiarity that also assists with listening to either.

Anyway, that’s it for today. Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2123: Halloween Party!

Today we are off to a Halloween party, our costumes are sorted, not sure when we’ll get pictures if any, but I’m looking forward to it.

It’s been a scattered day already, I ran 10km at the gym and did a bit of weights too, and played some guitar, thought of some ideas for the upcoming game of bands round, which should be easy in theory. However easy in theory it should be, it’s going to be important to put some spin onto it to make it sound unique and interesting. More on that soon!

Travel is coming up soon, and there are things to prepare! So todays journal will have to be short! Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2122: Inspired?

It’s been a relatively creative week for me. I have ideas, and it’s fun, I know what’s going on, and I feel like I’ve been able to express myself well this week.

I have been feeling a little out of sorts of what to do, I’m incredibly ready to have something to do daily, but I am able to play a lot of guitar at the moment, which is wonderful. I have a bunch of ideas, and I’m really looking forward to planning some stuff out, and seeing what becomes of it.

This weekend, Rachael and I are going to Atlanta for a party, and I’m looking forward to it, going to meet a bunch of new people.

Today a video came out, That Pedal Show did an episode with Gina Gleason and John Baizley from Baroness, and it inspired me. I was really interested in seeing what they had to say, how they talked about playing guitar, and what they feel about the categorisation of their music. It was a fascinating interview, and I really liked how they talked about playing guitar, and it kind of prompted me into thinking about guitar a little in a different way, and how to use it sonically to fill out the sound using two guitars, that are complementing one another, while things are clearly missing. They manage this by using pedals and hoping that the synth like and reverb pedals fill in the gaps in the sound.

I am sitting here now as I write it listening to more Baroness, just trying to understand how they construct their songs. One thing I thought was worth talking about was how they reference their own music throughout Gold and Grey, they talked about how the bridge for one song might introduce a melody for a following songs chorus, and how the whole album essentially plays off this kind of writing and cohesive idea. It gave me even greater appreciation for the album, which has easily become my most listened to of the year.

One other thing that was discussed was how both their voices fit so well together, and that was just a neat brief chat, which was a cool thing to just hear.

Anyway, have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2121: Stuff!

There’s been a lot going on this week. I’ve been creatively expressing myself through some music, I’ve created a lot, though yet to do anything really with it. I’ve also sorted out todays podcast and put a video out. I’ll get to all of that throughout this, but I’ve been wanting to do more with my time, and had a stark reminder that we don’t have enough so often.

On day 2087 I wrote about the video project that I was working on, that was a while ago, over a month now, and I decided, kind of in fitting with the time of year, that I should put that little video out. The journal was about using the cameras as characters on their own following a subject, and titled them The Observer, Old Reliable and The Servant. I think I conveyed that well in the video, which you can find here. It’s only a minute or so long, but I was also trying to capture the essence of loneliness and how I feel some days around here. Fittingly I called the whole thing isolation, and have tweeted and instagrammed out the caption: ‘isolation. being alone. a short project. incomplete, but finished.’ I’d be appreciative if you checked it out!

Then, I have a podcast out today that I recorded with Andres a few weeks ago, which was really enjoyable, it ended up being an hour long ramble about everything that’s going on, and how my perception of the world is different from his, and how that’s okay, and why we can be the way we are about so many things. I thought it was a chat that at that point in time I really needed to have, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We covered both music and just life in general, as well as touching on creativity and how I journeyed to access what I feel is my creativity. You can check the podcast out here!

I feel like there is more I need to say today, but I don’t know how to express it best. Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2120: Wrestling Wednesday!

Another week, another load of stuff to think and write about.

I watched a bunch this week. AEW Dark was interesting and entertaining throughout, the only match I want to comment on is the opener, the bad boy Joey Janella vs Brandon Cutler, which was good. After last weeks match against Kenny Omega, I’m starting to understand and enjoy more of Joey Janella, having only seen him at Fight for the Fallen, where there wasn’t really enough going on, and it was a set up for All Out, then the All Out match, where there was a lot going on. I enjoyed the match, I look forward to seeing more.

I watched all of NXT, which was great, a lot of good matches and enjoyable stuff. I just want to see Rhea Ripley tear through everyone, we know that she can, I saw her tear through everyone at the NXT UK tapings, and it should be excellent. Though I also am excited that captain of Team Kick is back, and hopefully she gets some good matches soon. It was a shame she lost to Bianca last week. Keith Lee vs Dijakovic was enjoyable, I want to see Keith Lee do well, he’s excellent, and I’m really looking forward to this weeks triple threat. The Undisputed era are being dastardly and can’t be trusted. Ciampa looked great in his return, I look forward to seeing who he’s against next and hope that he can win more, and challenge Cole for the title. I don’t know where Finn Balor is going to fit in in all of this.

Then, I watched the bits of King of Pro Wrestling that I wanted to see. Sanada vs Okada was crazy, a long match, with Okada winning, and continuing to be on top in New Japan. I also intently paid attention to Will Ospreay vs El Phantasmo which was a stunning match. Back and forth throughout, and just an incredibly decent match for the junior heavyweight championship. It’s probably the match of the whole thing I’m writing today that I’d recommend checking out.

Have an excellent day! There’s a lot to look forward to! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-