Thursday, January 12, 2017

Something, Somewhere, Somehow

Not that I want to brag or anything… But….

Yes, I do.

Thanks to a combined effort orchestrated by my exceptional Mom and Wife, in February, I will get to experience something that has Incredible sentimental value to me…

Here's why:

I was just a boy when I received the news that my Father had passed away from a heart attack. Of the memories that I have, I remember once when Dad was playing his twelve-string Gibson; he told me about how Garth Brooks was one of his favourite new country singers. I do not really recall which song it was, but he played (what he told me was) a Garth tune next. I thought it was pretty good. Dad was a very talented singer, he just played the guitar and sang. The only other song I remember Dad singing was about a dog in a window. haha

As memory serves, the next time I heard Garth Brooks music was at Dad’s funeral. If Tomorrow Never Comes, and The Dance. It was years before I could listen to those two songs again. Truth-be-told, I still have problems with those two today.

I think that It speaks to the power of music, not necessarily just Garth Brooks, any artist really. Well written music, vocals, especially when well delivered. Song has the power to move you back in the timeline. Good or bad, you can be transferred somewhere else for a short period of time. Tell me I am wrong… Tell me that you do not have at least one song that somehow brings you somewhere and makes you feel something special to you.

Fast Forward to 2016…

I actually had no idea that Garth Brooks had made any sort of a comeback in recent years. Not a damn clue until I was listening to something on SiriusXM, and heard a commercial for the “Garth Channel” on 55. It was a couple days after listening to that on-and-off that I learned he had released the new album called Gunslinger in November 2016. Certainly had no idea that he was named CMA artist of the year 2016.

I understand Keith Urban did come close, Garth even voted for him.

Bloody cave I live in.

After dabbling in country music the last few months, I was reminded about the greats and classic country artists. a few that come to mind.

George Strait; I got a Car.
Merle Haggard; Mama Tried.
Randy Travis; Three Wooden Crosses.

Story Songs.

If you listen to those songs, they will tell you a story. It’s funny that I really did not pay much attention to music in general until recently. It is even funnier that I am leaning toward music from a simpler era. I find it much more peaceful than some of the laboured music you hear today. Don’t get me wrong, I put on hit’s1 in my truck once and a while and listen to top 40 also, but it feels like the art of music may be getting lost in the complexities of todays world.

Back to Brooks… I look forward to the concert, and equally look forward to introducing my Son to the good ol’ music. I’m also glad that my lovely wife is going to accompany me!

Great Christmas Present.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016


There are tons of people who make New Year Resolutions. In fact, I would be bold to say: If you have not made one this go around, than you probably have at least once before. I have been told (more than) once, that goals are necessary and beneficial to a happy and successful life. Bullshit?

Unfortunately, most resolutions don’t stick. I imagine that gyms and most fitness clubs love this time of year, they probably make a killing of memberships that never get used.

In May this year, 2016 - I finally managed to quit smoking. I told myself at the time it was part of a three-part plan. Quit Smoking, Eat Better, and get Fitter. (is fitter a real word?) Quitting smoking was especially challenging, the time frame I chose sucked! it was on day three of my quit that Ft. McMurray, Alberta seriously went up in flames. I spend a lot of time in McMurray both before, during, and after the beast rolled through. Talk about testing your will power. One could argue that although I was not smoking cigarettes, I was getting plenty of wildfire smoke….

Where was I going with this? ….Oh yeah…

With the smoking habit in the can, part one of my three-part plan is complete. Two and three can start any time… I guess… Maybe next year!

My 2016 2017 New Year Resolutions:

resolution |ˌrezəˈlo͞oSH(ə)n|
1.) a firm decision to do or not to do something: he kept his resolution not to eat cake everyday | a New Year’s resolution.

1) The year two thousand and seventeen will bring the introduction of the “Solitary Diet”. Have you never heard of it? It is like the Atkins, or Mediterranean diets. Except for one little difference: It is not like them at all. I will write all about the solitary diet later… Hopefully, I guess that will depend on how number two goes…

2) I will make a more serious and educated attempt at writing and publishing here at least once a year month week. (Haha yeah right) I started this “blog” in 2006, had I not deleted it, and rebuilt it several times. I may have something to show for it.

When I started online publishing, blogging was the new buzz. A work colleague introduced me to this platform, I was rather amused and inspired by the short stories he was publishing. but alas it seems as though it was just a fad, an on and off again relationship if you will. I miss it somewhat. Perhaps I can make another reasonable go at it.

3) Valdamere Putin needs to get a run for his money. I want to get buff, take off my shirt and ride a horse. Not only am I going to do the above mentioned, I will tweet about it!!

4) There is a four, but it is none of your business. (that’s rude) I’m sorry, I did not mean it. but I am still not going to tell you. (Maybe in my 2018 publication)

Christmas is over, Boxing day is wrapped up, and as you are reading this, I am probably rolling down a mountain as a result of my failed attempt at skiing. (I’ve never done it before, maybe I’m amazing) It is an adventure I am taking with my family, and regardless of my skill level… Hanging out with them, I am sure I am having a great time. I’m sure they are not giving me a hard time cause I suck!

Happy New year!