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My powerlifting training going well. Finally going up in deadlifting…

Yeah, my powerlifting training in the big three: deadlift, bench and squat continues. I’ve been making some pretty insane deadlift gains lately. Last week during my deadlift session, I was able to smash a 300 lb. deadlift for 2 reps to end my set with which is a new one for me. Finally, I’m on my way to do smashing 300 lb. deadlifts for reps which was the goal I wanted. 300 lb. deadlift are starting to be easy for me.

So since I was able to do 300 lb. deadlift for a double, I thought, “maybe I can be able to smash a 315 single next time”? So a week later which was this week, I had another heavy deadlift session earlier this morning. Ended my session with trying a 315 lb. single with three 45 lb. plates on each side which I never did before… a missed lift. I was only able to get it up to my knees so I had to put the bar back down but I was still proud of that lift. That was something I never did before. I missed that 315 ’cause I didn’t leave room in the tank due to doing 375 – 380 heavy sets for a few reps each.

I’ll be able to get that 315 lb. w/ three 45 lb. plates on each side another time but I think I need a de-load week next week, though. “De-load” which means lifting a light week. I need those more often ’cause it isn’t good to lift heavy week after week.

I’m proud to finally starting to get into the 300 lbs. deadlift finally. Now the next goal is to be on the road to deadlifting in the 400 lbs. or up but I’m gonna take my time to get there.

My bench and squat numbers are still okay, though but gonna try to improve those too. My bench and squat numbers are still around the 150 lb. – 160 lbs. around there.

I really want to do another powerlifting meet at some point. My subscription to the USAPL went out so I’ll have to subscribe to them again. I would like to have my first USAPL meet but wasn’t able to do it ’cause Covid stopped me. Now powerlifting meets are back, I’ll try to find one for me to do ’cause I love doing those. Haven’t done a powerlifting meet in a long time. Those are a blast to be a part of.

I’ll never give up powerlifting, no matter what anyone thinks and I know that people enjoy watching my powerlifting videos which is a part of why I keep at it. A lot of times when I’m doing my deadlifting at the gym, I get random compliments from complete strangers which is feels amazing really.

Powerlifting is an awesome sport but my only gripe is that powerlifting is kind of expensive. Other than that it’s a blast to be a part of. I support other lifters too and enjoy watching others lift.

Kev

Inspiring words by Geddy Lee, “Music is all about wanting to be better”…

Yes, Geddy Lee known as the bassist, singer and keyboardist of Rush really said that. He said that in an interview somewhere, the original quote is…

“For me, there is a lot of room for improvement and there are a lot of things I would like to be better at. Music is all about wanting to be better at it. My diet, my regime, the whole life I have on the road has always got that little bit of stress because I’m always afraid I’m going to get a cold.” – Geddy Lee

When you’re a musician or a singer, it is always about wanting to be better. No matter the skill level you’re at… whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or an advanced musician, you gotta keep pushing forward and keep getting better at what you do.

I’m always trying to improve at both my guitar playing and singing. I don’t necessarily care to become a virtuoso but I do want to become more technically advanced at guitar playing and learn to play a little more professionally. I just want to become a way better guitar player. I’m working very hard and have gotten better some, I’ll say.

Trying to become a better lead and rhythm guitarist. A lot of guitarist like to pick one of those but I like to do both. If you’re going to be a guitar player, might as well be both lead and rhythm. I do want to become a good lead guitarist like my heroes…. for example Jimmy Page, Angus Young, Joe Satriani, Hendrix, SRV, Clapton, etc….. but I’m not rushing it.

I do want to become a more technically skilled guitarist and I’m working hard to get there. If you want it, gotta practice with a metronome a lot more and I have. Understand timing and rhythm and you can play just about anything.

I want to be able to play badass and tight rock n’ roll. My goal is to be able to play more than just basic open chords and power chords. I’m tired of being that kind of guitar player and now I want to branch out and expand my skills even more. No more being stuck in a rut.

Kev

Shopping malls are Now a thing of the past??? I’m afraid so…

Back then shopping malls in America used to be a thing… back when they were huge in the 80’s and 90’s. Now in the 2000’s years and forward, shopping malls started slowly dying and now shopping malls are dead for good.

In the past, shopping malls were a thing for families and people to go have some fun for themselves and to shop for things that people need. Stuff like clothes, furniture, electronics, books, music, video games and other things. You can go to the malls for the movie theaters, get yourself something to eat in the food courts or grab yourself a little snack in the hallway like get pretzels or nachos or whatever. Go to a candy shop and get all kinds of chocolate and other types of candies. I also remember arcades used to be huge in the malls too and used to play all these old school video games at the arcades. You can take your kids to the Toy store and buy them toys and all that stuff.

Those days are over and done with. Shopping malls started dying over the years ’cause most everyone does their shopping online like amazon… that’s pretty much what killed “the mall”. Now the mall is pretty much dead for good thanks to the pandemic.

When I walked into the Wilton Mall above, I was amazed how dead it was. A pretty much empty mall. A lot of vacant businesses all over. Crazy. I felt like I was in a zombie movie or something… remember George A. Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead” where that movie was taken place in a mall? Well it felt like that almost.

Nobody goes to the mall anymore except the only time the malls pick back up is when a huge movie comes out in the theaters but now theaters are dying too. There’s no movie theater in the Wilton Mall anymore as well.

I used to go to the mall all the time ’cause admittedly I’m a shopping addict. Since there is no mall anymore, I may as well do most of my shopping online. If I want to continue to collect BluRay movies, I’ll do that on amazon, I guess.

Crazy times we’re in for sure.

Kev

Why does entertainment industry have to celebrate “Black” everything??? Why Can’t we be one???

It’s in all the streaming services, Itunes, music streaming, bookstores, etc. “Celebrate black” this and celebrate “black” that. Get rid of the word “black” and lets come together as one. If you feel the need to use the word “black’ and use a color to describe someone then you’re the real racist. Think about it right??? No reason to celebrate “black” everything.

Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy entertainment by the african/american community. I love a lot of blues music which mostly consists of dark-skinned musicians like BB King, T Bone Walker, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Robert Johnson, etc. I love all that shit. When it comes to african/american rock n’ roll, I love Hendrix and Chuck Berry. I love singers like Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey.

When it comes to the movie industry I like and admire a lot of dark-skinned talent too like Denzel Washington is one of my favorite actors and Sam L. Jackson is cool.

Why do we need to describe “black” everything when it comes to the entertainment world? Well, I think this is all part of the divide and conquer, really. Nothing to see here.

Why can’t we treat them like real “people” and real “humans” like us and not “black this” and “black that” on everything? I think you get my drift, by now and where I’m trying to get at.

I love all entertainers regardless of skin color, why do we need all this? Celebrate black music, celebrate black stories, celebrate black movies, etc. It’s everywhere…. uggghhhhh…. stop all that already. So tired of it all.

Oh and I did happen to pick up the Prince “Purple Rain” album from Itunes since it was $4.99 celebrating “black music” is why so I went ahead and bought that album and loved it. Now I see why Prince matters and that’s my very first Prince album believe it or not. I might just get into his music more.

Kev

Sometimes I gotta listen to relaxing music, I can’t listen to loud guitar music all the time…

I enjoy all sorts of music… while my main taste of music is mostly rock n’ roll and metal… sometimes I gotta listen to other stuff. Meaning stuff that are more relaxing. A lot of times I’ll listen to blues and jazz and sometimes lighter sounding music like Joni Mitchell or Bobby Vinton or any artists that sings relaxing ballads. Yeah, I dig some of that stuff believe it or not. I’m not always about listening to loud guitar playing like some may believe.

Listening to slower and relaxing music is not only relaxing, it’s also healing. It makes you feel good listening to that stuff. I’ll get into stuff like the Righteous Brothers, all the Elvis ballads, The Commodores and I’ll dig into acoustic folk and some country like Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and things like that. Like I said above, I like a lot of jazz and blues and that stuff is relaxing too.

I like listening to real music. I’m not really a fan of today’s pop music but I am a huge fan of Lana Del Rey. I think she’s amazing and I’ve been getting into her a lot more. Her music is definitely relaxing stuff for sure.

If you ever look at my music collection at home, you would find a variety. I have a bit of everything but mostly rock and metal but I do have some pop, even rap music, some country and some blues and jazz.

You can’t always listen to loud guitar playing. Gotta give your ears and mind a break so you gotta listen to some slower and relaxing music sometimes. It’s just something I gotta do.

Kev

Scored pretty big on Vinyl at the Antique Fair today!!!

Well I went to the Antique Fair at the Washington County Fairgrounds in my hometown earlier this afternoon. Scored pretty big on vinyl. Take a look at the Instagram post above to see what I got! Came home with 8 vinyl albums today. A couple of ’em were about $20, a few were about $10 and a few were about $1 – $5.

About that Robert Plant “Pictures at Eleven” album, I just looked at Plant’s discography and found out that was his debut album so it’s pretty cool. Looking forward to listening to that one ’cause I love Robert Plant’s solo music.

As far as Frampton’s “Comes Alive”, Kiss “Alive”, Janis’s “Pearl” and Deep Purple “Machine Head” goes, I already have those albums digitally so I got the vinyl versions.

The rest of the albums I don’t have yet. I’ve always loved the Carpenters so I went for a greatest hits album of theirs so I can start listening to their stuff.

I’ve always been a fan of Bobby Vinton music ’cause “Blue Velvet” is one of my favorite tunes. I’m also a fan of Joni Mitchell and trying to get into more of her stuff.

I love antique fairs but I only go for the used vinyl. I just want to start a vinyl collection of my own… new or used, it don’t matter to me, yo.

Kev

Scored a Couple of Vinyls today…

Went to Barnes & Noble earlier today and walked out with these three vinyls… look at the post above to see what I got.

I’ve always been a huge Queen fan. Never got any of their studio albums so I figure I would start getting into them. I do have a greatest hits album by Queen but that’s about it…

I already have the Judas Priest and Allman Brothers albums on digital but I wanted the vinyl versions for the better sound.

I’m gonna give these a listen this weekend.

Kev

It’s Disgusting that the music industry still dominated by pop, Rap and Country that don’t sound like country… But Rock & metal Is Still alive and well…

Well it’s nice to see that people in America are fed up about how this country is still dominated by pop, rap and country that don’t sound like country. What do I mean by country that don’t sound like country? Well today’s country don’t sound like the way country sounds like anymore. If you want good examples of what “true” country sounds like listen to stuff like Hank Williams Sr., Patsy Cline, earlier Johnny Cash, earlier Dolly Parton, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, etc. If you want music that sounds like real country you also listen to stuff like Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Reba, Randy Travis, Clint Black, Hal Ketchum, etc.

Those are country singers that sings with a real southern accent and there’s table slide guitar in the background with light acoustic playing. They have songs with a deep meaning and all that stuff.

Today’s country don’t sound like that anymore, really. It’s sounding more and more like pop music than country than anything and I’m noticing that real country fans are fed up with it all too. Examples of country artists that don’t sound like country are artists like the Rascall Flatts and Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry, blech… not my cup of tea.

As for pop and rap music, that is still dominated in the industry too and we’re fed up with it all. Lefties are such hypocrites when they campaign for women being sexualized when sexualized women is all over the pop music industry with artists such as Madonna, Cardi B, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj and Beyonce sexualizing themselves by shaking their booty, showing off their cleavages and all that crap.

Plus the songwriting in pop music is getting horrible too. They don’t make pop music like they used to anymore… I miss the old days when pop music used to be great. You want to hear great pop music listen to stuff like the Bangles, old Pat Benatar, Bananarama, Berlin, Paula Abdul, Blondie, The B52’s, earlier Stevie Wonder, earlier Elton John, Marvin Gaye, Berry White, Michael Jackson, George Michael, Prince, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Hall and Oates, etc. I can go on.

Nowadays pop music is all electronic music… stuff that you would hear in a nightclub. That dance bass thumping techno kind of stuff. We’re pretty fed up of that stuff taking over the music industry all the time.

As for rap music, that genre is getting worse too… keep in mind that I don’t hate all rap music… rap music in the 80’s and 90’s were really good stuff but there’s no good rap music anymore either.

The thing is a lot of us want rock & metal to come back to the mainstream. It’s trying. Rock music does top the Billboard charts sometimes but not as much as it used to in the old days. The Billboard charts is still dominated by pop, rap and country that don’t sound like country.

Don’t let it fool ya… rock and metal is still alive and well. There’s still plenty of rock and metal out there… it’s just that rock and metal is no longer mainstream anymore like it used to be. We all do want rock and metal back in the mainstream and those genres deserve another comeback for sure.

People are waking up about this finally ’cause of award shows like the Grammy’s and the MTV VMA’s and shit like that. All these pop stars getting themselves rich by shaking their booty, twerking and singing songs about their private parts. Uggghhh, what has the world come to?

We just want great music back. We had great music in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s but in the 2000’s… the music industry has all gone to shit. What happened? LOL…

Don’t get me wrong, I love all sorts of music even pop, rap and country (some of it) but I want a rock comeback myself. It may take a long time but I think it’ll happen. We’ll get a rock & metal comeback real soon. The genres are still alive, don’t let it all fool you.

I’m glad to finally see people discussing this, it’s awesome. Keep it going. We need kids in America listening to real music… like listen to bands that play real instruments and not listening to fake artists that lip syncs on your TV.

Kev

5 reasons why Vinyl is special!

So vinyl has made a huge comeback just recently and it’s getting even more and more popular. It’s crazy. Why is that you may ask? Well I’m about to explain 5 reasons why people love vinyl.

As you see in the post above from my Instagram, I got three vinyls dropped off yesterday. Samantha Fish, Jimi Hendrix and Motorhead. Can’t play ’em yet ’cause I need a replacement needle. Ordered that too which will be here next week.

Anyhow here are the 5 reasons why people love vinyl and why it’s special:

  • Better sound quality: Yes, people love vinyl ’cause they really do sound way better than CD and digital. You can hear all the instruments better and especially the bass. Love hearing the bass loud & clear and the drums are louder too. You can hear music better on them too.
  • You get to have the album cover and art work: In digital platforms you can’t really have the cover. We want the physical album cover with album artwork and vinyl sleeve and all that stuff ’cause it’s all cool.
  • It’s the best way to have a music library: On vinyl, you get to own the album yourself. It’s yours completely and it’s a great experience to collect all the albums you want by your favorite bands & artists. It’s about the buying and collecting experience.
  • It’s the best way to support the band & artist: Sure vinyl is more pricier but it’s the best way to support the band & artist you like. Forget online streaming, forget buying the CD, forget Itunes… get the damn album on vinyl.
  • It’s a learning experience: It really is if you think about it. Your tastes in music will improve and get better. You can learn more about your favorite band & artists just buying their albums on vinyl.

My vinyl collection is really small for now but looking to build it up. Vinyl is cool and proud to be getting into it finally.

Kev

Just bought some more music albums this weekend, a combination of both vinyl & Digital…

While NY is still under this dumb lockdown, I decided to get some more music albums and get some on vinyl since I have my own vinyl player now. I also got a few other albums digitally via Itunes as well…

Here are the list of albums I got:

  • Samantha Fish “Kill or Be Kind” (vinyl)
  • Jimi Hendrix “Are You Experienced” (vinyl)
  • Dio “Holy Diver” (vinyl)
  • Motorhead “Ace Of Spades” (vinyl)
  • Alice Cooper “Detroit Stories” (Digital, Itunes)
  • Dio “Holy Diver” (Digital, Itunes)
  • Black Sabbath “Heaven and Hell (Deluxe Edition, digital, Itunes)

Why did I get the Dio “Holy Diver” album twice??? Well I wanted to get both the vinyl and digital versions of that album so I can listen to it on vinyl at home and I can have it digitally when I’m on the go. That way I can listen to it at the gym and stuff, ya know???

I’ve always wanted to get into Ronnie James Dio music so I’m just starting to get into him. Speaking of Ronnie James Dio, I bought the Black Sabbath “Heaven and Hell (Deluxe Edition” that just came out… the Black Sabbath Dio fronted album.

As for Alice Cooper’s new album “Detroit Stories”, I wanted the vinyl for that album but amazon was totally sold out of ’em so I grabbed it from Itunes instead but I will get the vinyl version sometime down the road, though.

I’ve always liked Motorhead a lot, never really got their studio albums so I’m gonna start. “Ace of Spades” is a great record so I went with that one.

Jimi Hendrix “Are You Experienced” I already have on CD but I wanted the vinyl version for the sound quality. The same reason for the Samantha Fish album “Kill or Be Kind”, I have that album from Itunes and wanted vinyl version for better sound. Samantha’s album “Kill or Be Kind” is a sick album, I love it so much so I had to get the vinyl version as soon as possible.

I don’t have the vinyl albums yet from amazon but they will be getting dropped off tomorrow. I meant what I say when I said I was gonna start buying mostly vinyls from now on. I’ll still buy albums digitally from Itunes ’cause I gotta have music on the go and stuff, ya know???

I’ve been getting into Alice Cooper music more and more. Admittedly I’m real late getting into his music. He has always been extremely popular and he still is. I can see why ’cause he’s fucking awesome! \m/

Kev