All posts by Kev Brock

I'm a musician, singer/songwriter, blogger, writer, poet, bodybuilder, movie lover, music lover, video gamer, history/political buff, conservative/republican, etc. I like to do a lot of things.

Shutdown of America will have a huge negative affect on the movie and music industry… it’s already having an affect on both…

Should the American people feel sorry for musicians and movie industry people being out of work due to the shutdown of America? Many won’t but you should. This shutdown of the country will have a huge negative affect on both the movie and music industry whether you want to see it or not.

Pretty much all bands & artists were forced to either cancel or postpone their tours. Now many famous bands & artists are stuck at home instead of going out there rockin’ out for people like they were supposed to do. If you think this is a good thing, this shutdown is gonna make them lose a lot of money ’cause of it.

Now that bands & musicians are stuck at home, they have plenty of time to work on new music and many of them already have started work on their next records. Many bands & artists as you all know doing live streams at their homes either doing live performances or Q&A sessions with their fans. They’re just trying to keep themselves and their fans occupied during these tough times. Trying to find ways to entertain themselves and other people.

The shutdown of America will have a negative affect on the record label industry for sure, I’m sure bands & artists have plenty of finished recorded albums but record labels are probably closed and CD manufacturers are probably closed. Even if the album is ready to release, there will be no record stores open to sell them yet (Yes, there are still record stores in America that sells new records especially FYE). If you want to buy new music, your best option is online either through Itunes, Amazon or listen to streaming services like Apple Music or Spotify. I’m sure new records will continue to get released online through the month of April during this shut down… if you want to buy CD or vinyl at the store that will have to wait a while sadly. Record stores in America are gonna lose money ’cause of this as well.

As for the movie industry, it’s very much dead right now due to this shutdown. Many actors and actresses are stuck at their homes and even a lot of them are trying to provide entertainment for themselves and for their fans. That’s why you’re starting to see many celebrities and actors doing more Q&A’s ’cause even the actors are bored themselves and they want something to do while out of work.

I’m sure many movies that were being made currently are all on hold for now… including TV shows being made… everything on hold in the movie/TV industry. That means the film crew will be stuck at home too… like directors, producers, etc. I’m sure all the movie studios like Warner Bros., Paramount, Disney, etc. are all shut down as well. Movie theaters closed all across America so that’s gonna hurt the box office badly with April releases of films. It’s also gonna hurt the BluRays/DVD market with retail stores being closed everywhere. If you want to watch movies during this covid-19 pandemic, your best bet is to either rent/buy online or through online streaming services.

When all of this is all over, though, it’s going to be kind of difficult for both the music and movie industry to get back on track like they were before.

If the economy is gonna be destroyed over covid-19 then that also means the death of the music and movie industry so hopefully that doesn’t happen. If you like to listen to music and watch movies, people won’t admit that they create all this stuff for us. They should think before trashing the entertainment industry like they always do.

Kev

Will be doing a live-stream 10 song David Bowie tribute real soon…

Yeah, I’m planning a live stream show for the internets real soon myself but I thought it would be fun if I did a 10 song tribute show to David Bowie. Since he’s one of my favorite artists and singer/songwriters and since I know more Bowie cover tunes than other cover tunes, I thought I might as well do some kind of tribute show for him. I know about 6 Bowie songs that I sing and play guitar on but I’m going to learn a few more Bowie songs that I never played before. In the Bowie tribute show, I’m gonna be doing his biggest hits and his obscure songs. I just want to perform my favorite Bowie songs.

I’m going to try to find a way to make it live stream at FB, twitter, instagram and youtube all at the same time. I’m sure there’s a way to livestream at multiple social media outlets, I would probably need a special app for that and I’m looking into that.

Bowie is my favorite artist and I’ve always wanted to do a tribute show for him anyways as I think it would be fun.

What songs will I be doing by him? I’m not going to say but there will be some surprises.

This week I’m going to spend all week practicing these Bowie songs and work on the other ones I want to learn. Hopefully this show will happen in a week or two.

I’m probably gonna make the show happen in the afternoon since more people are stuck at home and out of work.

It’s gonna be fun and can’t wait to do this… and no I’m not gonna be doing a “donating” pay-pal kind of thing like some acoustic musicians have been doing nowadays. I don’t care about money when playing music ’cause that’s not what I do this for at all.

I’ll be doing more than one live-stream show… I’ll be doing the Bowie tribute first and the second live stream show will be various cover songs. Stay tuned.

Kev

How I’m doing in this time of the coronapacolypse… yes, it will be all over real fast…

Well NY State is in lockdown. It has been for a while now and will probably be on for a long while, hopefully not. I’m predicting this virus called the Corona Virus aka “covid-19” will disappear real quick and everything will get back to normal.

As for how I’m doing in this awful lockdown which is unnecessary and pointless, huge waste of time… I’m doing good but at the same time already getting sick of this boredom. I don’t believe in this “stay at home” campaign and not buying into this “social distancing” nonsense but since NY is in a lockdown may as well sit home and do nothing. A lot of businesses are closed out there in NY State and all gyms are closed. I can’t go shopping anywhere, can’t go to the movies, can’t go out to eat anywhere and can’t go to the gym. Fucking crazy and bullshit if you ask me. So here at home I stay, bored out of my mind.

I hear ya, though ’cause I’m sure everyone else is bored to death staying at home. That’s why internet traffic has skyrocketed lately. Everybody’s online now ’cause they’re bored. It’s why musicians are streaming live concerts at their homes and why celebrities are doing Q & A sessions with their fans via live streaming.

While everyone is stuck at home… we’re trying our best to find things to do to keep ourselves entertained and try our best to entertain others during these trying times. Even though this “covid19” virus is not serious at all, we’re getting massive drops everywhere in the world… yes, I’ll admit that times are tough but what you are all seeing is nothing but government control. Many people don’t think so but the government can control your lives easily… they can control every aspect of your life and they can keep you indoors whenever they wanted. This is what’s going on. If you don’t think they have that power, I wanna know what drugs you’re using? The government shutting down the country, shutting down the economy and shutting down our freedoms. It seems like we’re under house arrest by the government and that’s exactly what this is.

I try my best to tell everyone to calm down, chill and relax. I try my best to tell everyone that this virus is not that serious. There are more recoveries of covid19 than death. The death rates are so low and there are more recoveries. Look at all the stats for proof on that… but each time I show the stats and numbers, people refuse to believe them. They’ll never accept the truth that the death rate is so low everywhere.

They all want to believe that “covid19” is a death sentence when it isn’t. People have survived from it and recovering. Why aren’t the media talking about that? Instead they want to talk about the high number of cases instead of the recoveries and no mention of the low death numbers. They’re all getting brainwashed by Fake New Media like usual. They’re just doing whatever it takes to keep people in panic.

Whenever I show people the low death numbers, they get so mad. Why? Is it because they can’t take the truth that this virus isn’t that serious? They can’t take the truth that the media is lying to you?

Really this virus is not that serious at all… cases of covid19 is dropping massively in China and I think they stopped the tests so that’s a good sign to come. This thing will disappear real quickly and I predict things will get back to normal in the beginning of April… maybe a little later than that but hopefully not too late. This coronapacolypse won’t last throughout the summer that’s for sure.

I understand that people are scared but I’m not gonna live in fear of this. I’m gonna remain calm and strong but somehow that upsets people. When they see that I’m calm and strong, it seems they hate that so much. They would say whatever they can to get me all “panicky” and that’s what they try to do. Trying to get me take the virus more seriously. Well, I’m not going to ’cause living in fear is not good for the mind and soul. You’re just letting the media win by living in “panic” and I’m not going to let them manipulate me ’cause that’s what they’re paid to do.

There was no reason for this shut down of America. It wasn’t all because of the covid19 virus at all… I’m not buying the hype. It was all for political power and gain, nothing more. Just Democrats and Media using covid-19 as a way to bring down Trump and that’s all I see it as. They see it as another Trump take-down. Democrats also see it as a way to destroy the country’s economy.

And also, this is just the swamp going berserk because of all them powerful CEO’s stepping down. Why would all those CEO’s step down before all this started? Those CEO’s including Bill Gates stepping down? What are they hiding about the coronavirus? They are hiding something, that’s for sure.

This is scary stuff though and I’ve never seen anything like it. This is what Democrats destroying America looks like and if you don’t think they have the power to destroy America just like that, I wanna know what planet you’re on? Of course, all of this is political.

Sure, Trump maybe all for this “social distancing” and shutting down the country ’cause of covid-19 but that’s the president’s job. He have to take it seriously ’cause that’s what presidents do. Sooner or later, though, Trump will one day realize this virus isn’t that serious and soon he’ll start to request that America should get back open. Just watch, I know my prediction will be right. Once we get back to normal, our economy will be even stronger than ever before.

Hope you all are doing okay out there. I’m sure am. Yeah, times are tough right now, I’ll admit it but we’ll get back to normal real quick. I’m just doing whatever during these tough times to make the best of it. All I’ve been doing is playing my guitar, listening to podcasts, playing video games, read books and watch streaming services at night. That’s my way of trying to defeat boredom.

Anyhow, hope you enjoy my pic above. I’m trying out for a new look. Going for the mustache look and I’m digging it a lot so I’ll keep it. The mustache look reminds me of the Allman Brothers and Grateful Dead, lol. I’ll keep it I think ’cause the mustache look makes me look a lot older. I’m fine with that.

Hope you all are doing well for the most part. It’s all going to be okay.

Kev

Why live streaming with musicians is becoming a thing… I might do a live stream as well…

So a lot of bands & musicians whether local or national has been doing live streams like crazy on the internet. They’ve been doing live stream acoustic shows at their homes through FB, instagram, twitter, etc. Why has free live stream performances by bands and artists exploded all of a sudden?

Well for one, since a lot of tours and concerts have been cancelled, many musicians are stuck at home now. Yup, ’cause of covid-19 and being quarantined. Many taking part in social distancing and all that shit.

The thing is now that musicians are holed up at home, they got nothing to do and many of them are just bored to death and they want to keep making & playing music. Many bands & artists decided to start writing songs for their next record during this quarantine and many of them are doing their concerts live on the internet instead which is a good idea.

Another reason for the live streaming is that bands & music artists just want to play music for their fans as a way to help get them through covid-19. Music is a healer and they want to help get rid of “stress” through these difficult times we’re in. Since a lot of music fans are holed up at home and many of us are bored, bands & music artists just want to continue to entertain us via live on the internet.

I’m glad “live stream” is finally a thing, though and I’m gonna join the bandwagon real soon. I’d like to do a live stream show of me doing cover songs ’cause I don’t have a new batch of originals yet. So my live stream would be cover songs only. I’m planning on doing a live streaming for two nights, both shows being a 10 – 12 song set which would probably be about an hour or so.

I’ve written down a list of all the cover songs I wanna do and came up with some great ideas. I think it’s important that I should do a bunch of cover songs that people know well and love. I’m going to be doing everything from old stuff to new stuff. Mostly hit songs you hear on the radio and stuff. I’ll be doing everything from oldies to classic rock to metal. All of it on acoustic. I think it’ll be fun. People will be surprised of the cover songs I’m about to pick.

This could happen in a few weeks. I need time to rehearse songs and might learn a few more.

Kev

So gyms are closed… don’t worry about losing muscle and strength for a few weeks…

 

So a lot of gyms all across America are closing left & right and before you know it, all gyms will be closed. If your gym is closed, I’m sure you all are freakin’ out about it… you’re probably like, “Oh no, I’m going to lose all my muscle and strength. Lose all my hard work and gains!”.

Um, no you won’t. A lot of gyms out there are only going to be closed for a few weeks and you won’t lose muscle in a few weeks. If you’re not working out, yes, your muscle will start to atrophy but that’s not gonna happen right away.

Not too long ago when I took a month off to heal a leg injury, I came back from the gym and didn’t really lose any strength at all. I’ve noticed that. I didn’t lose my bench press, deadlift and squat numbers at all. I was still doing 40 lb. dumbbell arm curls too. So I would assume that it takes a few months for muscle to start to atrophy.

Years of hard work, you won’t lose even if you take a little break from it.

It’s funny, ya know. I took a little break from the gym not too long ago to heal a leg injury but looks like I’ve got to take a little break from working out again due to all the gym closures.

Anyhow, if you still feel the need to work out, you can do a bunch of body weight workouts at home like all the workouts Arnold just posted on his instagram for example. You just gotta be creative and think. Do bodyworkouts, do yoga and all kinds of stretching. Lots of possibilities. If you don’t have access to a gym, you can workout anywhere.

I’m not gonna lie that I’m pretty bummed about gym closings too but what are ya gonna do, ya know? It’s only for a few weeks, I hope. When gyms get back open, I’m gonna get back to training real hard all Summer long.

Also, think of as gyms closing down as an opportunity to rest and heal. Your body and cns probably needs a little break and if you have injuries, it’s a good opportunity to heal all injuries too ’cause I know you’re probably hiding a few minor injuries, lol.

You don’t always need a gym to workout in. If you need your cardio, forget all those cardio machines in the gym… you can go for a walk outside and ride your bike. Walking outside and riding bike is not cancelled so go for it.

Kev

How I could keep getting chest gains and not lose my bench press numbers… a plan…

I usually don’t brag about my own body but I like what I see here. My chest looking pretty good and I’m finally starting to get that bodybuilder look that I want thanks to all that bench pressing that I’ve been doing ever since I started powerlifting.

Since Covid-19 aka the Chinese Virus shut down a lot of gyms in America especially NY State, I’m out of the gym for a couple of weeks. Now I gotta find ways to keep those chest gains and hopefully get even more. I got a couple of plans… do pushups, of course. I’ll do regular pushups and knuckle pushups. Do as many as I can for a couple of sets. If I want to do even heavier pushups, I’ll do pushups with a bookbag strapped on my back and load it up with heavy books if I want to do heavy 3 – 5 sets ’cause that’ll work. I won’t lose those heavy bench press gains that way. I’ll figure out a way to do chest dips somehow too.

I don’t have my dumbbell collection anymore ’cause I sold it in a yardsale but I’ll figure out ways to work out at home still.

I’ll figure out a way to keep gains on every other body part too. For squats, since I don’t have my own squat rack, I can still do bodyweight squats with heavy backpack. I’ll figure out a way to workout calves and hamstrings. Will figure out a way to do back workouts by doing pull ups somewhere.

I’ll figure out all of this stuff by educating myself through google. If your gym is closed then don’t worry about it… you can workout at home. You can workout anywhere. Be creative and think differently.

Kev

Wrestlemania 36 is still happening but it’s being moved to the Performance Center with no audience…

Yes… Vince McMahon aka the chairman/owner of WWE was late on making a decision for this year’s Wrestlemania which will be the 36th one. Originally, the event was going to be taken place at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL but due to COVID-19, Vince decided to move Wrestlemania to the Performance Center in Orlando, FL but the show is gonna have no fans in attendance. The first Wrestlemania in history with no freakin’ audience!

In the beginning, fans were wondering if Vince is ever gonna cancel Wrestlemania due to the Chinese Virus outbreak and many even wanted him to cancel it like everyone else is cancelling events like crazy. For a while Vince wouldn’t do it. Then it was said that if Vince doesn’t cancel Wrestlemania, the city Tampa would have cancelled it themselves and I believe that’s when Vince finally decided to make a decision to move the show to the Performance Center in Orlando.

People wanted Vince to cancel Wrestlemania but you can’t cancel the biggest show ever in the world of sports and entertainment. You can’t do it. Really, one thing that wrestling haters out there will never admit is that Wrestlemania is the biggest event ever. I’m pretty sure Vince thought long and hard on whether or not to cancel ’cause keep in mind, it’s a very difficult decision to make. I’m sure it was driving him crazy which is why it took so long for him to finally respond.

Even though Wrestlemania 36 will be in a smaller venue with no live crowd, I’m still gonna watch Wrestlemania since I watch it every year. The headlining main event for ‘mania this year is Brock Lesnar vs. Drew McIntyre and it’s a shame they won’t be performing that match in front of 80,000 people or over. Instead, they’re going to do that match with no fans. All the fans will be watching at home either through the WWE Network or on PPV.

I’m still looking forward to Wrestlemania this year. It might be boring watching it this year since no live crowd to cheer and boo them on ’cause that’s what made Wrestlemania special over the years, the crowd reaction. It’s going to be weird seeing a WM without an audience but I’m watching anyways.

I’m happy Wrestlemania is still happening, though.

Kev