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.

Just bought myself a new and used acoustic guitar yesterday, it’s a Samick “Greg Bennett” acoustic and it’s great…

I know I haven’t been posting much on here but I just wanted to say that I’ve bought a new and used acoustic guitar off of my one of my female cousins. As the insta post says, she paid $250 for it and asked for $125. She sold it to me cheap since she’s an important family member of mine, ya know?

I made the post public that I bought a “Samick” Greg Bennett guitar and a few other guitar players in FB replied and said I made a great choice ’cause Samick guitars are real good and underrated brand. Their acoustics sound really good. Nice loud and clear sound, just how I like it so the Samick guitar is a keeper for sure.

Just another guitar to add to my small collection. I’m proud of the purchase. To be honest, I’m not a big guitar collector but I’m looking to buy a few more for a little variety. I’d love to buy another electric guitar at some point too. I have two other electrics, a full hollow body and a solid body. It’s good to add another guitar to your collection once in a blue moon. Sometimes I like to buy a new guitar ’cause I get sick of playing the same one, ya know?

Kev

So I’ve just seen “Top Gun: Maverick” finally and thought it was really good, loved it…

So “Top Gun: Maverick” is finally here. It has been in the theater for a long while now but I haven’t gotten to it until now. Finally, I just got around to seeing it in the theater ’cause I wanted to get my chance to see it in theater before it stopped playing. I know it’s gonna be in theater for a while longer since it’s making real big money right now.

I’m a huge “Top Gun” fan. Love the first movie so much and the second one is just as good. Actually, “Top Gun: Maverick” is even better than the first.

All the positive reviews and the buzzing of this film is not for nothing ’cause the film is actually very good. Even though the second one is new and going different directions, it still has the feeling of the first one as a way to keep the fans happy. I think it was perfect all around. Good acting, good writing and good directing. What I was most impressed with was how all the flying was done for “real”. The flying scenes were a blast to watch, more fun than the first one. It was very realistic, crazy… and best of all the movie doesn’t take itself serious. For once, a movie with no left-wing politics and no woke bullshit. I think that’s one reason the film is such a hit ’cause it pretty much stays away from political bullshit and doesn’t ram any propaganda of any kind down your throats.

This was indeed Tom Cruise’s best movie in a long while. His acting was really good in this one too. People hated on Tom Cruise for years and people are just starting to come around on the guy and just realizing that man is talented after all which is nice to see really.

Since “Top Gun: Maverick” is making mad money, I read the cast and crew are already talking about making a third one so it could end up being a trilogy? Probably.

I’m glad I went and saw it finally. You should definitely go see it if you haven’t yet.

Kev

Happy 76th birthday, Sylvester Stallone… thanks for the movies…

A happy birthday to this guy today. Most celebrities suck but there’s a few good ones left and Sly is one of them. I’ve watched his movies ever since I was a kid and still am a die-hard fan of him. Check my instagram post for proof on that. 🙂

He’s one of the very few actors that I respect so much.

Kev

Why Dave Mustaine was “right” to go off on Judas Priest sound checking during Megadeth concert…

I’m seeing a lot of people bashing and hating Dave Mustaine for this. Calling him all kinds of nasty names like diva, asshole, egomaniac, etc. blah blah blah, you get the deal…

…. but to be honest, I’m on Dave’s side with this move. I think what he did here was pretty fair and he was in the right.

I mean… think about it right. How would you feel if you had a band playing a festival and then some other band sound checking interrupting your performance? You would feel pretty pissed too would ya?

On top of that, the reason Dave stopped the show and waited for the other band to stop soundchecking is ’cause Megadeth is very complex and challenging music to play. With the music Megadeth plays requires focus and concentration. It would be distracting to play a song while another band playing… it could cause Megadeth to mess up guitar parts, it would be hard to hear yourself sing, etc. You see what I mean? I can’t blame Dave for being pissed and kudos for him for having the balls to call them out. They travelled all the way there, rehearsed hard for the show and did all that hard work so they don’t deserve to get interrupted like that.

So with all said and done, I’m siding with Dave on this one. As far as Dave’s temper and language goes, that’s just Dave. Just Dave being Dave. He’s a metal guy, of course, he’s gonna have that type of personality ’cause that’s how a lot of metal dudes are, ya know? He’s always been the same Dave since the 80’s.

And I can’t wait for the new Megadeth album, by the way.

Kev

So the State Police is finally on the move in search of Jaliek Rainwalker… yes, FINALLY!!!

After years of silence from the local news media and silence from law enforcement… there is finally some new developments in the “Jaliek Rainwalker” case.

A tip got called in at the New York State Police, the police won’t say who the person who sent in the tip was and they won’t say what the tip is but it is good enough to prompt a search at a baseball field in South Troy. State Police were they all day this week.

Of course, they found nothing but I’m so happy and glad that there is finally some action.

https://wnyt.com/uncategorized/new-leads-in-2007-disappearance-of-jaliek-rainwalker/

This latest update on Jaliek Rainwalker blew up all over the local news. It was on every local news outlet if you want to search yourself.

Yeah, we all know Stephen Kerr is guilty and probably killed him. The best part is that even the State Police is totally focused on Kerr ’cause even they say that everything points to him.

This is a pretty good reminder, though that this Jaliek Rainwalker case isn’t going away until Jaliek is found and all those responsible are locked up. I think Stephen Kerr acted alone on the murder of Jaliek and other people are covering up for him.

While I’m glad the search is back on, I still have a hunch that Jaliek was concealed at 11 Hill St. home, probably hidden in the walls of the basement or under concrete like some try to tell us.

I’ve been following this case since it happened in 2007 and I’m still on it. Still following today, I’ve never given up on Jaliek myself and never will.

This kid deserves justice, ya know? 14 and a half years is too long. Time to finally get something going and it’s finally happening.

Many are unhappy with the police’s work on this case but I totally believe in them and fully support them. I think they will do a good job and they will nail Stephen and Jocelyn at some point.

Kev

Ghislane Maxwell didn’t kill herself, too soon to say???

Looks like they’re gonna make Ghislane Maxwell the next “murder to look like a suicide” victim. It happened with Jeffrey Epstein… put on suicide watch and then they took him off 12 days before he hung himself. Same thing will happen with Ghislane? Calling it like everyone else.

She’ll be sent to prison on the 28th… already she’s gonna have all kinds of problems in prison and then she suddenly dies.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-06-25/ghislaine-maxwell-placed-on-suicide-watch-in-jail-lawyer-says?utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_content=business&utm_source=twitter&cmpid=socialflow-twitter-business&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR2QeXzeMdnRwsuEDfdRyOgjoHCCEknLk8cOjOm3_MujmUIbh0Pe8Pj0DXg

I don’t care about these sick people as they deserve to die these predators but you can’t help but think that someone behind Epstein’s death and the same will happen to Ghislane soon, just watch. No surprise, though, it’s coming for Ghislane too.

I bet the Clintons are behind it all ’cause the Epstein island stuff will indeed expose the Clintons for sure.

Kev

Excited for the new upcoming Ozzy album, his new song, “Patient Number 9” w/ Jeff Beck is pretty great…

I really dig the new Ozzy tune a lot that just dropped this week. On the song, he collaborates with Jeff Beck on guitar. It’s definitely Jeff Beck ’cause when you hear Jeff play, you know it’s him. Jeff’s got his own style in guitar playing and he plays like no one else.

“Patient Number 9” is actually a pretty great song, digging it a lot and I’m not that crazy about Ozzy’s newer music but I’m actually excited for his new one. This song here is mostly a ballad but it’s got some rock riffs in it too.

Ozzy’s upcoming new album is an all star kind of album where he collaborates with all kinds of guitar greats including Eric Clapton which is interesting really. Some of you are like, huh? Eric Clapton? Well Ozzy collaborating with artists out of the norm is nothing new, he just works with whoever he wants.

What I’m most excited about with his new album is that he reunites with two of his guitarists from his past on the album: Tony Iommi and Zakk and I can’t wait to hear those songs.

I’m feeling that Ozzy’s next album will be totally different. He’s always re-inventing himself but I’m sure his next album will include heavy rockers and headbanging songs like always.

I respect Ozzy even more now ’cause despite his health problems, he continues to make music through it all. Nothing is stopping him. He just loves making music. I don’t think it’s about the money for him at all.

Can’t wait for the new album. I’m getting it for sure. Probably gonna get it on both vinyl and digital.

Kev

“Indiana Jones 5” may be the final movie that Harrison Ford and John Williams will both do… understandably so, though…

John Williams just said that he’s done scoring music for films. Once he’s finished the music for “Indiana Jones 5”, that’s it. He’s done. He said that Harrison Ford is also retiring and calling it quits after Indy 5. Nothing is really official as of this point but both of these guys are already talking about calling it quits.

https://www.gamesradar.com/john-williams-retirement-indiana-jones-5-harrison-ford/

It’s understandable so ’cause both men are getting old and getting tired. John’s been scoring for films since the 50’s. He’s scored films for so many iconic movies and did a lot of films with Steven Spielberg especially. John is definitely the master and the king of film scoring. What I love about John’s composing style is that he’s able to make scores that sticks to your head. His scores are so catchy and memorable likes “Jaws”, “Superman”, “ET”, “Star Wars”… his scores are so memorable that you can even sing along to them.

As far as Harrison retirement goes… not only that he’s aging… I think I remember Harrison suffering two injuries on two different films. He broke his leg filming “Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens” and then he injured his shoulder on “Indy 5”. After having those major injuries, that must be when he said, “I can’t do this anymore, after Indy 5, I’m done”. I don’t think Harrison can do his own stunts anymore in action sequences.

Harrison had a great career run, though as I’ve always been a massive fan of his.

I think Indy 5 would be a perfect last movie for them to go out with. Go out on a high note, ya know?

Harrison was able to bring back all of his iconic characters to the big screen for one last time. He brought back Han Solo, Rick Deckard “Blade Runner: 2049” and now Indy for one final film. Harrison is a talented actor. Always has been. I’ve watched his films throughout the years of my life and he’s done every genre pretty much.

Well deserved retirement for both men. I’m all for it. Can’t wait for “Indy 5” and I’m sure we’ll get our first teaser trailer this summer and a title reveal too.

Kev

Why music award show events in local music are pretty dumb… it’s just a desperate pat on the back kind of thing and nothing more…

These local music award shows just keep coming, there’s been a few other ones that happened. I don’t want to name names and not gonna drop any names but I really believe that local music awards for local music is pretty dumb. Why?

All it is just that local bands/musicians and things like that are just desperate for a pat on the back. Just massive ego stroking and nothing more. Musicians really care for awards, really?

Not me. I don’t care about awards ’cause that’s not what I play music for. Even if I got nominated or won anything, I won’t even attend the shows ’cause I wouldn’t accept anything. These music awards in the Albany region music scene just keeps coming and it’s funny to me.

Each time these music awards happen, all I see is nothing but “conflict of interest” with all of them. All I see are nothing but their own people getting nominated and winning stuff… for example, their musician friends and groups of people that started the award shows like their sponsors and promoters, things like that. Completely snubbing real talent that are out there in the Capital Region. That shouldn’t be happening and they should be ashamed of themselves.

Anybody can start an award show… just put up a bunch of money to rent a venue, order the awards from a company and there you go.

There’s no such thing as being a “rock star” as a local musician and no such thing as being a “legend” either and I’m sick of seeing all of this. The rock star attitude in this area continues to be a problem.

Some of you may think I’m just jealous but there’s nothing to be jealous about. I don’t play music for awards. I’m into it for the music alone and for the love of playing guitar. That’s it really. If I ever did get something, I would totally reject everything.

Sure, they do local music awards as a way to support the scene and show support for bands and artists, I get that but you don’t need awards to show support. To show support of the scene, all you gotta do is go to a show, listen to their music online or buy an album. An award is pretty worthless, in my opinion.

I don’t support any of these award shows going on lately and not sure why it’s still happening. I won’t attend any of them. I’ve been trashing these local music awards since the start and still stand by it that these award shows are terrible.

Kev

Jaliek Rainwalker had his very first vendor at Whipple City Festival in Greenwich this year…

For this year’s Whipple City Fest in Greenwich, N.Y. we did a vendor for the missing “Jaliek Rainwalker”. The case is still in open investigation even to this day. No he hasn’t been found yet but we’re hoping that there will finally be a resolve soon.

We did a thing in town over the weekend for Jaliek to help bring awareness peacefully and advocate for missing Jaliek which the case is still in active investigation for almost 15 years now.

If you want to learn more about the case, hit google and there’s plenty of blogs and podcasts about it too. It’s disturbing, sad and scary all the same time.

While the Kerr family has given up and moved on with their lives, we have never given up on Jaliek. We won’t stop shouting his name and won’t stop advocating for him until it’s all over. Jaliek still needs to be found and put it in his proper resting place and those responsible needs to be locked up.

Everybody knows that Stephen Kerr the adoptive dad probably killed him and I believe that as well but we’re doing everything we can to find hard proof. We need the evidence and that’s the goal in order to lock him up finally and hopefully one day. The sooner the better, though.

We’re working very closely with law enforcement… we’re in contact with the NYSP, the local police, in contact with the College of St. Rose “Cold Case Center” and all that stuff. This case is a pretty big deal. We’re working very hard and we won’t stop. Case is still being investigated very low key and behind the scenes. Can’t talk about the details and info for now.

We’re trying everything we can. We know the adoptive parents did it and don’t get me started on “innocent until proven” guilty crap. There’s not a shred of evidence of their innocence either as they’ve been asked a number of times to prove their innocence but they still haven’t.

I care about this case ’cause it happened in my hometown for the most part and I’m just a regular guy wanting answers like everyone else.

We’re not stopping no matter what anyone says or thinks or how mad people get.

Yeah, advocating for missing persons and children can be tough, difficult and admittedly “overwhelming” ’cause you gotta deal with a somewhat corrupt investigation… gotta deal with all kinds of untrustworthy people and you’re gonna meet some weirdos too. Of course, when all you want to do is advocate and show support, you’ll have to deal with some acting like you’re “trouble makers” instead which is frustrating but we’re not stopping.

Jaliek deserves his justice, ya know? Those responsible needs to be locked up ’cause I’m feeling that more than one person was involved. I feel Stephen Kerr didn’t do this alone, others were definitely involved for sure and someone/some people definitely knows everything. We all hate Stephen Kerr and we all want that monster off the streets. It’s tough but trying everything we can.

It may seem like a difficult case but it is solvable and winnable. Again, we’re not stopping until it’s all over.

Kev