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.

5 years ago today the music world loses Chris Cornell…

Before anyone accuses me of liking a musician after his death, not true. I’ve always been a massive Chris Cornell fan for a long time. I’ve supported everything he did over the years. Everything through Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Audioslave and I’ve bought all of his solo albums too.

He was a great singer, guitar player and great writer. He’s mostly known as a rock and metal singer but one thing people seem to forget that he’s an overall singer. He can do it all… he could sing from really low notes to wicked high pitch screams. He can sing clean and he can go to a raspy voice. He can do all genres of music pretty much. I think that’s why he started a solo career so he can be able to do other stuff besides heavy rock.

He was mostly known as a singer but he’s also a guitar player himself. Some may think Kim Thayil wrote most of the Soundgarden material but it was actually Chris that wrote most Soundgarden songs on guitar. All Kim Thayil did was serve the song but yes, Kim did wrote some Soundgarden songs and Kim brought in some riffs but it was Chris that did most of the writing in the band.

Another great thing that people missed about Chris was that he was a great lyricist too. That’s another thing I respected him about was his unique lyric writing. No one else wrote lyrics like Chris and Chris helped inspired me to write lyrics of my own.

Chris was a musical genius, though and I remember I was bummed that he passed due to committing suicide. It shocked me like everyone else ’cause he didn’t seem like the suicidal type. We’re all human, remember that.

After Soundgarden emerged in the 90’s when the Grunge scene exploded, I followed Chris’s career since then. I’ve listened to Soundgarden throughout high school and bought all 3 Audioslave albums when they came out. I bought all of his solo albums.

He is still missed even today. Maybe gone but his music lives on.


When you’re a musician and music artist, you’ll never please everyone… just remember that!

Stumbled upon this good meme in FB that I agree with through a musician’s group. I agree with this too.

As a musician and singer/songwriter myself, I know from experience that it’s very hard to get people to like your music or like you as a person or as an artist. You make music and write songs, you put it out there for people. You would get nothing but either get negative criticism with people telling you that you suck or no response from people at all. Yeah, I’ve been there when I used to put out a lot of music in the past.

A lot of people also trashed me publicly as a person over the years. Yeah, I’ve had people tell me that I’m not very likeable and had people tell me that I’m such a troll or a negative person in the music scene.

All that is fine and good ’cause I can’t please everyone ya know? Last thing you wanna do is care about what people say or think about you. Just keep doing what you do. Keep playing the music and fans will come around on their own. People will either like you or not. Just be proud of the people that do support your music and proud of those who do like you as a person and just forget all the haters.

You want to make music publicly, you WILL get those critics and haters for sure. Yeah, I’ve had people bash my music and made fun of it. When I used to play live gigs, I’ve tried to play gigs at all venues as much as possible. Of course, I was rejected by a lot of venues not naming names. I only got booked for a lot of ’em ’cause other bands and musicians were asking me to open for them… but I definitely did book my own shows for sure and actually had some people come out to them.

It’s actually not a bad thing to have critics and haters ’cause they help you get more fans when they realize it or not.

No lie, I really did have people support my music when I was playing out there… I did have somewhat a loyal fanbase myself.

I know, I haven’t put out a new batch of original songs in a long while but I’m planning on getting back into that ’cause I kind of miss it and itching for some new material myself.

The thing is, it don’t matter whether or not people like your music or yourself as a person. Just make music just for you ’cause that’s what it’s here for, ya know? You don’t have to give up playing music and give up playing live just because you have so many telling you that your music sucks and so many telling you that you’re an asshole.

Ted Nugent is a perfect example of this. So many shit on that man but he doesn’t care… he just continues making music and touring heavily. Not caring what his haters thinks.

Yeah, it’s definitely hard to get people to care about you and your music but keep playing and keep writing your songs. Let the music speak on its own. If people like your music, they will tell you or they’ll show it by buying an album of yours or going to a show. Don’t take yourself serious and ignore all the bullshit and negativity.


Local music community especially the Capital Region music scene has a leftist problem… they hate conservative musicians and Trump supporters, it’s okay though!

If you’re a musician and a die-hard conservative/Trump supporting kind of person then be prepared for a lot of hate and a lot less support in the local music scene.

It’s getting harder and harder to support local bands, the local music scene nowadays ’cause most of the entire music scene has a leftist problem. It has been like that for a long time and the leftist problem in local musicians community is worse now than before.

If you’re a musician with “conservative” views or if you’re a Trump supporter or both… get ready for a lot of bullshit. A lot of musicians will refuse to add you in social media ’cause of your beliefs and even worse, if you were friends with a leftist musician chances are you’ll get “unfriended” and get “blocked” by them in social media. All because of differences of political views.

It is pretty childish and dumb really… all because musicians and promoters refusing to support each other over politics. I’ve dealt with it a long time myself and it’s okay.

I’m proud to be a die-hard conservative and I’m proud to be a die-hard MAGA supporter or as Joe Biden would put it ULTRA MAGA. I won’t change for anybody ’cause I hate leftism.

The leftism problem in the music is why I refuse to play shows and go see other band shows pretty much. I try my best to keep politics separate from music. If I like a band’s and artists music, I try to be supportive as much as possible despite political views. I don’t care about politics, if I like the music enough I’ll support them. It’s okay disagree with each other but support each other anyways, try it sometime, ya know?

That’s okay, let them do what they do ’cause all it does is just shows their true colors. Most musicians and people in the local music community are arrogant jerks anyways so fuck ’em, really.

To be honest, though, there are more conservative musicians now than you think so don’t let the leftism fool ya.


More on the Iphone 11, when will I start making videos with it again???

Yesterday, I went to Target in Wilton to look at Iphone cases. I picked up the cheap $9.99 Iphone 11 case for now but will buy an even better one that protects the Iphone sometime in the future. I also picked up wireless bluetooth earbuds which I like a lot. I prefer wireless earbuds now than the wired ones ’cause the wired ones can get quite annoying with the cord dangling and now I don’t have to worry about that anymore.

The question is when will I start making videos for Instagram again? I’m gonna start soon but I plan on buying a Tripod that would fit good with the Iphone 11 and I should buy a ringlight too so I can improve lighting. I plan on making videos again where I’m just live performing acoustic songs covers and originals and will play electric guitar stuff too. I’m also planning on filming videos of myself speaking on different topics and will start filming lifting videos at the gym again for sure. All this stuff will be coming back.

I’m still very new to Iphone and still learning how to use it. I’m real late getting into the Iphone bandwagon at 45 years old. Never had one until now but now I think having an actual cell phone will be pretty useful. I figure it’s finally time… in case family & friends need me for anything, they can call and text. If I meet new friends and meet hot women out there, now I can start giving them my cell number.

Feels good to finally have one.


In defense of Bon Jovi, sometimes singers have their bad nights, ya know? Who cares?

Yup. Here comes all the pro singers that think that know it all.

So Jon Bon Jovi had a few bad nights of his singing at his concerts. So what? It happens with all singers, ya know? You can’t win them all. I just laugh at these singers coming out going over every detail about how Jon Bon’s vocals are a bit off.

And fans who actually saw Bon Jovi live disappointed in him.

Telling Bon Jovi to take a break or worse even quit? You freaking serious?

Not only that all singers sometimes have their bad nights… they also “age”. As they get older, they sometimes lose their voice so they don’t have the strong voice like they used to have.

People criticizing Jon Bon’s vocals is nothing new and wish they would all stop.

That’s the beauty of live performing. You either have it or you don’t. A lot of times bands & artists are on “fire” but I’m sure they can’t win every single show night after night. Touring can be grueling so that’s another part of how singers “lose it” sometimes.

Why are so many criticizing Jon Bon when so many singers lip sync and so many bands nowadays mime to a backing track? At least Jon Bon’s live performances were done for real, that’s one thing his critics won’t admit.

I’m no Bon Jovi fan by any means ’cause I’ve never bought a single album of his but I do respect his legacy and actually dig “some” Bon Jovi songs… I just feel that all these attacks are just unfair.

I hope Bon Jovi himself looks at all these critics and proves everyone wrong that he still does have that “fire” in him and those telling him to “quit” or “take a break” will regret it.

On top of that, whether singers sing great or not at concerts, who cares? Just enjoy the show!


The Iphone 11 is really nice… maybe it is a good idea for Apple to get rid of the Ipod Touch since they’re both pretty much the same anyway? Right?

Well I got my first Iphone set up and it’s ready to go. The Iphone 11… this Iphone is actually really nice. After looking at this Iphone, I’m now thinking that maybe it is a good idea that Apple gets rid of the Ipod Touch ’cause both the Ipod Touch and the Iphone are pretty much the same thing anyway. It’s just that the Ipod Touch is just an exact copy of the Iphone except it’s without cellular service, ya know? The Ipod Touch was for those who didn’t want an Iphone but yeah, it’s actually a good idea to get rid of the Ipod Touch ’cause why continue to pay a lot of money to keep making the Ipod when you can put your Itunes library on everything else?

Makes total sense of why Apple did that so now I agree with it, now that I think about it.

The Iphone 11 is awesome. The screen is kind of huge, kind of like a mini Ipad so maybe I won’t be needing a new Ipad after all, haha. On this Iphone, I got the latest IOS and got my Itunes library on it so it’s all good. I got cellular service on this now so now I can call people on the phone and text people everywhere I go.

I won’t have my phone turned on everywhere I go, though… there will be times where I’ll have the phone turned off like at the gym and in the movie theaters. Things like that.

Anyhow, I’m not gonna start taking my phone out and about just yet ’cause I need a really good and strong case for it first. I plan to go to Target tomorrow to see if I can find Iphone 11 cases and I’ll need a few Iphone accessories like earbuds and things like that.

I’m gonna take good care of this thing and be careful with it ’cause I don’t want to destroy this one.

It’s exciting to have an Iphone finally. I’ve been meaning to get one for a long time anyway and finally got one. If I meet new people like meet new friends when I’m out and about, I can get their phone numbers from him/her much easier.

I prefer to talk to people by text than by voice, though. I’ve never been a great voice talker, I prefer to talk to people in writing.

Now I got to find a way to be able to connect my guitar into this Iphone for Garageband and I also plan on buying the Amplitube Guitar app in the future too. It’s probably easy just need those Irig guitar things and the right connector.

I’m still pretty new to the Iphone bandwagon so I got a lot to learn. Just got to get used to it now.


Just got my very first Iphone, the Iphone 11… pretty exciting really…

Well today I just got my very first Iphone 11 dropped off here. I gotta have somebody teach me how to set it up and all that stuff ’cause I know nothing about the Iphone.

I’m late getting into the Iphone bandwagon. Now real soon this weekend, I’ll be able to contact friends and family members with it w/ either by voice or text messaging. I have text messaging now so that’s exciting.

Now I don’t plan to use the Iphone to load it up with all kinds of contacts like a lot of people do out there ’cause I’m a low key guy and like to keep to myself. So I’m only going to be contacting people on the Iphone with people of my choosing. I’m not gonna have all kinds of random people on it, ya know?

The main reason why I got the Iphone is so I can have something to listen to music and podcasts with since they discontinued the Ipod Touch. I also got it to make music with ’cause I’m gonna put garageband on it. I’m also gonna use it for social media too like FB and Instagram to take pics and videos with.

I’ll take very good care of it though ’cause one thing that’s amazing to me with people having these Iphone things is that not a lot of people out there take very good care of them. They break ’em all the time and they just go right out and buy another one right away. That’s not gonna be me.

I don’t think I’m gonna bring my Iphone to the weight room with me anymore unless I’m gonna film a lifting video and that’s about it ’cause it’s rude to sit there talking on the Iphone, texting and scrolling through social media during the gym, ya know? When I bring my new Iphone to the gym, I’m just gonna turn it off and put it away.

I’m stoked to have one, finally. Just gotta set it up.


“The Batman” original score soundtrack is really good stuff but the best track is the last track that ends the movie…

So I’ve finally gotten around to listening to “The Batman” original score soundtrack. I hardly ever buy soundtracks much but I bought this soundtrack to “The Batman” movie ’cause I liked the score.

Really liked the whole score. Michael Giacchino is a great composer and I’ve never heard of him before. He’s definitely very classical influenced… ’cause I’m sure all the music for the movie was written on piano first before the score.

“The Batman” soundtrack is over 2 hrs worth of music but I’ve listened through the whole thing. I would have to say though that the best track on the album is the final track “Sonata In Darkness”. Which you can hear some of that in the rolling credits at the end of the movie. This track is just piano playing and that’s it. No orchestration and no other instruments, just one person playing a piano and it’s very classical piano inspired. Kind of reminds me of stuff like Beethoven and Mozart.

That final track “Sonata In Darkness” is beautiful stuff, though. This score also has a gangster movie and film noir kind of feeling, ya know?

The ending of “The Batman” was very powerful and the credits needed a very powerful score and this piano playing fit that perfectly.

“The Batman” is an amazing and mind-blowing movie itself, though. Definitely the best Batman movie ever made and I definitely plan on re-watching it on HBO MAX this weekend.


Is it safe and healthy to be 6% bodyfat and under? No definitely not… Greg Doucette here is right on the money!

I love that we have Greg Doucette calling out Scooby’s bullshit finally. This video is pretty good stuff.

The Scooby1961 fitness channel I used to follow but stopped being a fan years ago. Greg Doucette is kind of a weirdo himself but at least he’s smart and knows what he’s talking about.

Greg is so right that it isn’t healthy to be obesed and it’s not healthy to be 6% or lower bodyfat either. In fact, being 6% bodyfat or lower is very dangerous. It’s fine to be 6% bodyfat if you’re competing for a bodybuilding competition but do it only for that. It’s definitely not healthy being under 6%. If you live with bodyfat that low all year round, it’s asking for future heart disease, mood changing problems, dealing with hunger issues, you start to have problems with your lifting and all kinds of problems.

Doing a little research bodyfat that is considered dangerously low is 14% or lower. The right percentage a bodybuilder should be in is 14 – 23 % which I’m somewhere around there. I haven’t checked my bodyfat percentage yet but I’m gonna check it next time I go to the gym but I predict it’s still somewhere between 14 – 23 %. That’s where you want to be and that’s perfect.

I want to lose bodyfat still but not gonna go super crazy, just to get rid of a little flab but I’m not that bad. I still have visible muscles and visible abs still.

This video by Greg Doucette is kind of old but still worth watching and worth sharing on here. Enjoy.


RIP the Ipod Touch, it was fun while it lasted…

Well, this is a real bummer ’cause I really liked the Ipod Touch. Apple was really onto something for this ’cause it was like a portable walkman or something. I’ve been using the Ipod Touch for a long time. I used the old Ipod Touch Generation 4 for a long time but since that Generation was getting so old and unusable, I had to upgrade to the Ipod Touch Generation 6.

So now I’ve had the Ipod Touch Generation 6 for a few years now but the only problem is, I broke my Ipod Touch 6 at the gym by accident. What happened was, I was doing heavy dumbbell chest presses on the floor. I forgot my Ipod Touch was on the floor near where I was lifting and when I was done doing a set, I accidently slammed a dumbbell on it so now it doesn’t work anymore.

I could take it to an Apple Store in Albany and have it repaired ’cause the damage wasn’t that bad. I’m sure it needed a few things replaced so instead of going to an hour long trip to an Apple Store and spending extra money on repairs on it, I was gonna save up for the Ipod Touch Generation 7.

Now stores are no longer gonna sell ’em. Apple is getting rid of the Ipod Touch and no longer gonna keep making them. For now you can only get an Ipod Touch “while supplies last”. You can only get what’s leftover and that’s it.

So now I’m like, fuck it. Fuck the Ipod. I’m gonna finally get an Iphone since you can put your Itunes library on that too. Yeah, I’m gonna get an Iphone that way I can have a cell phone, text messaging, social media, etc. like everyone else. I used to avoid getting an Apple Iphone like the plague but I’m gonna join the Iphone bandwagon finally.

I need something to listen to music with ’cause I can’t live without music, ya know?

So this is the death of the Ipod Touch. It’s a shame ’cause I liked the gadget. Steve Jobs is rolling in his grave, he would not want the Ipod Touch to die… that was his creation to begin with.