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“You don’t have to be positive all of the time, having feelings doesn’t make you a negative person”…

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Over the years of my life, people always complained of the way I am especially online. People often complained about my online ranting. When I have certain opinions on things and if I disagreed with others, people would be unhappy with that. I’ve always been accused of being a negative person… always having an attitude and being argumentative with people.

Maybe all that is true, admittedly but ya know what? There is nothing wrong with that. It’s all about being human and being true to yourself. That’s how I’ve always been really. I’m a human being with real feelings and I was never afraid to express it all.

People always expect me to be positive 24/7 and they want me to be positive all the time but they seem to get disappointed when I’m not positive all the time. That’s okay ’cause life would be boring as fuck if I was positive 24/7.

I’m allowed to have differences of opinion and I’m allowed to disagree with people. I’ve always been about being honest with myself but nope, I’ve always been the big bad Brock like how people treated me online.

I’ve been called an internet troll and people thought I was posting things for “shock factor” as a way to get a reaction out of things. Nope. It’s just me being real. If something’s on my mind, I’m gonna say it. I try to be positive most of the time but I speak for myself, ya know?

I’ve always been honest and real but unfortunately, that’s not gonna make everybody happy. People don’t get it yet that I’m a human being with real feelings but that’s okay. I’m not changing for anyone and you shouldn’t either. Nothing wrong with being yourself. If you’re pissing people off then you must be doing something right.

Kev

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Writing hard rock songs on electric guitar, I believe I can do it!!!

I have always wanted to write hard rock songs on an electric guitar and I will very soon. For right now, I’m just still trying to hone my rhythm guitar and lead guitar chops. To play hard rock or even metal requires knowing your timing and being good at playing along with a metronome or a click track. I am studying trying to come up with my own guitar rock riffs which is what I’m doing.

When writing guitar rock songs, they don’t have to be super complicated. Ya know, I’m not gonna be playing Dream Theater-like or Iron Maiden-like guitar playing styles or anything. When I write guitar rock songs, they’re just gonna be very simple. I’m not gonna be a neo-classical or shred type of player. I love that type of music but I don’t think I’ll ever be that type of player ’cause all I want to do is write some in your face and tight-ass rock n’roll, ya know what I mean? I just want to do the best I can in writing some great guitar rock riffs that can get you head-banging or bopping your head up and down and I believe I can make music like that. Write energetic songs that get people moving.

When I wrote original songs on acoustic in the past, I wrote songs like that. For my live acoustic solo shows, I did my best to put on a new experience for the audience. Something they’ve never saw before. Too many acoustic performers just play folk songs and bluegrass type of stuff. That’s how people saw the acoustic guitar but not me. I’ve always loved to rock on the acoustic. I’ve always played the acoustic like an electric guitar and I continue to play acoustic like that. Now I want to see if I can play like that on an electric guitar and my rhythm style hasn’t changed really.

When writing metal songs and hard rock stuff, most of those guys just use power chords, scales and intervals for riffs. It don’t have to be super complicated. Most of my past acoustic songs were originally meant to be electric hard rock songs anyways.

When I start writing hard rock songs, I’m gonna do my best to put bass and drums behind them so they can be full band. I’ve always wanted to write full band music for years and I really wanna make that happen.

When I start writing full band rock songs and start putting them out for people to hear, I would probably give it a band name kind of like a Foo Fighters kind of thing. Remember when Dave Grohl started the Foo Fighters, that started out as a project that was made by himself  and then the project developed into a full time band. I’ll come up with a band name for that project and start promoting that music under that name instead of my solo name.

I want to do a hard rock album or a demo very soon. It’s a dream of mine and it’s on the bucket list. I believe I can make a badass rock n’ roll album that rock n’ roll fans would dig.

I’ve listened to hard rock and metal music all my life… and I want to write original hard rock music inspired by my favorite bands that I’ve listened to over the years. I mostly want to write original hard rock music inspired by Led Zep, Nirvana, Sabbath, Metallica, Kiss, etc.

Could I actually form a real band of my own someday? I want to do that too. Never say never on that, though. I’d love to form a rock n’ roll band!

Kev

I love music, can’t live without it…

I purchased some music from the Itunes store this week. Haven’t bought albums in a long while so I figure I’ll get some. Wanted to catch up on some newer albums that I’ve been wanting to get like the new Dream Theater album “Distance Over Time” which is a pretty sick album. I love Dream Theater… they’re one of my favorite bands and I’m trying to collect all their albums. I’ve been interested in the new Sammy Hagar and the Circle album too… their record “Space Between” rocks. Listened to Hagar’s “Space Between” album at the gym and that’s a sick album and Sammy’s still got it. I’ve been wanting to get Trey Anastasio’s new album “Ghosts of the Forest” for a long while and finally got it. That too is a really great record. As for Queensryche “The Verdict”, I’ve been getting into those guys more and more and trying to get more of their stuff so I picked up their new album which is also really good.

As for Larkin Poe, I think I found my new obsession. Larkin Poe is a great new artist that I discovered through Guitar World magazine so I decided to check them out for myself. Larkin Poe is a female duo who plays a mix of country, blues and rock n’ roll. One girl plays the guitar and sings, the other girl plays slide guitar.

As for Beck “Mellow Gold”, like the instagram post says, I used to have that album when I was young back in high school but lost the album so I re-bought it digitally. It was priced at $5.99 on Itunes so I decided to get it. I listened to that album at the gym and I still remember every song on that record. It’s a great record for sure. I love Beck. Have been a huge Beck fan for a long time and still trying to collect all his music as well. Beck is a talented songwriter.

I’ll probably get some more albums from Itunes in a few weeks ’cause there is still more I want to get. Some people may find it questionable that I buy a lot of albums but I can’t help myself, ya know? I love music. Can’t live without it and gotta be around music all the time. I’ve always loved to support bands and artists. That’s who I’ve always been. Yeah, the music industry maybe very liberal with their politics but I don’t care about their political views really… it’s the music I care about. If the artist is good, I’ll support them. That’s how it goes.

Kev

Now I have a new Ipod Touch, I’m gonna use it to get back into podcast listening too…

Over the weekend, I’ve started listening to podcasts on my new Ipod Touch. I’m not gonna listen to so many podcasts but there’s only a couple of them I’m gonna listen to. The only three I’m going to be listening to are: Talk Is Jericho (I’ve listened to Chris Jericho’s podcast a lot in the past, now I’m going to get back into listening to him again), 83 Weeks (a wrestling podcast with Eric Bischoff and Conrad Thompson) and Eddie Trunk (the famous radio/TV personality now has his own podcast and listened to a few episodes of his over the weekend, good stuff).

I like listening to podcasts but I’m only going to be listening to those for wrestling and music. They have interesting interviews with wrestlers and music stars, that’s why I listen to them.

Podcasts are pretty cool but I won’t go too crazy over them. I listen to Jericho’s podcast ’cause I’ve been a fan of his for a long time and I’ve been a fan of Eric Bischoff too. As for Eddie Trunk, I’ll be listening to his podcast for some more rock & metal knowledge. I listened to three of Eddie’s interviews with Phil Collen of Def Leppard, Klaus Meine of the Scorpions and Lita Ford.

I’ve always thought about starting my own podcast ’cause honestly, I really don’t have a bad speaking voice at all. I actually like my speaking voice and I wouldn’t be a bad radio talk show host at all but starting my own podcast would be a lot of work and a lot of money, I think. On top of that, I wouldn’t know who to interview for it so I probably won’t start a podcast. I will continue to do videoblogs to speak my mind on so how about that?

There’s a lot of wrestlers and wrestling personalities that have their own podcasts but I’m only going to be listening to Jericho’s show and Bischoff’s “83 Weeks”. I like Bischoff’s “83 Weeks” ’cause it has a lot of WCW history knowledge on it. I’ve only listened to one episode of “83 Weeks” but I plan on listening to a lot more. I’ve seen a lot of old WCW on the WWE Network and I want to learn about WCW as much as possible. WCW was pretty historic stuff.

I love podcast listening. Way better than talk radio.

Kev

Just bought a new Ipod Touch like I said I would… it’s the Generation 6 32 GB…

So yesterday, I picked up a new Ipod Touch. For a long while, I’ve been saying that I’ve been wanting buy a new one and finally got one. So far, it’s working really good and so far, I really like it a lot. I brought it to the gym with me yesterday evening to listen to it while working out and it sounds good.

This Ipod Touch is definitely way better than the old one. It’s a lot faster. The camera on it is definitely 10 x’s better. Best of all, the Ipod touch came with Garageband and Imovie. I’m glad I get to use Garageband on my new Ipod so if I have a song idea when I’m out and about, I can record the melody on it with my voice. That’s what I’ll probably use it for. Plus to record guitar riffs on it too, maybe.

As far as the camera on it goes, I’m very impressed with the camera. It’s definitely more clearer. I’m not just gonna be listening to music with the new Ipod touch. I’m also gonna use it as a camera too so I can take pics/video for social media and to make videoblogs with. I’ll take pics & video with my new Ipod Touch from now on.

It’s a very impressive gadget and I’m happy with it. I’m going to have to learn how to use the Ipod Touch Gen. 6 ’cause it’s pretty complicated right now but I’ll figure it all out, though. Getting the hang of things.

A lot of people want to criticize Apple products but I don’t know why. I love Apple so I don’t get all the hate. I used to hate Apple myself and wanted nothing to do with Apple products in the past but since I got my first Ipad, I’ve had a change of heart.

Speaking of the Ipad, I’m planning on buying a new one too but not right away though. I’m going to get a new Ipad sometime next year, I think.

Kev

Thinking about making an electric guitar rock demo… probably will…

For a long while now, I’ve been wanting to write original electric guitar rock songs. I’ve been playing the electric guitar more and more which I feel really good about. Ya know, I’ve been playing acoustic for so long that I just grew tired of it and I figure it’s finally time to get into electric guitar playing full time. I’ll never give up acoustic guitar, of course. I just want to focus on electric more.

I’ve wrote original songs on the acoustic for years but now I want to see if I’m able to write original songs on the electric guitar. If I were to start recording songs on the electric guitar, it would just be my and my electric. There will be no drums and bass behind them for now. It’s just going to be a demo.

I want to see if I can write much heavier rock songs. Write a bunch of riffs, put them together, write lyrics for them and all that stuff. Yeah, the songs will be more of a heavier rock side. I’ll probably use the Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal to write the songs with. I’m thinking the songs will be a mix of metal, grunge/alternative rock kind of stuff.

I’ve grown pretty bored of the acoustic finally and feel it’s finally time to rock. I’ve been learning more cover songs on the electric guitar too. I love the electric guitar and want to keep at it.

Maybe if I feel the upcoming electric rock songs will be good enough, I’ll find a bass player and a drummer so they can be full band songs. Would be cool.

Kev

Just ripped most of my CD collection into my Itunes library, now I have a pretty massive Itunes library…

Earlier this week, I spent a lot of time ripping most of my CD collection onto my Itunes library so now my Itunes library is pretty massive. Yeah, my CD collection is pretty huge as you can see. Why is my CD collection big? Well, I’ve collected CD’s throughout my life pretty much. Before the age of Itunes and digital music, I was going to record stores all the time when CD’s used to be a “thing”. Now that there are no record stores anymore, I buy a lot of albums from Itunes now.

I still do buy albums on physical CD when I can, though. I buy albums on CD from F.Y.E. and Barnes & Noble sometimes when I see an album that I think I might like. I used to buy CD’s from Best Buy sometimes as well but now Best Buy don’t sell CD’s anymore which sucks.

Looking at my Itunes library, I’m surprised at how many albums that I have by my favorite artists. I have 17 albums by David Bowie, I have 15 albums by Neil Young, 8 albums by U2, have 5 albums by Tom Petty, 7 albums by Radiohead, 7 albums by Opeth, have most albums by Metallica (except for “St. Anger” and “And Justice For All”), 7 albums by Megadeth, 12 albums by Kiss, 8 albums by Dream Theater,  7 albums by the Beatles and I can go on and on.

Kind of crazy! Yeah, I’m a huge fan of all those bands and artists I’ve talked about above and I’m trying to collect their entire discography. As far as Neil Young goes, I don’t agree with his politics but he’s still an amazing musician and incredible singer/songwriter. I’ve been a huge Neil Young fan for years and still am. There are still more Neil Young albums I want to get.

I have almost every Metallica album but I’m missing “St. Anger” and “And Justice For All”. I used to own those two albums on CD but don’t have them anymore and lost them somewhere. Looks like I’ll have to re-buy them and get them on Itunes so I can complete Metallica’s discography.

Only Led Zeppelin album I don’t own is “In Through The Outdoor” but I’ll get that from Itunes sometime.

I love Radiohead as you can see. Always did for a long time, I only need two albums of theirs and then I’ll get their entire discography too. Just “Hail to the Thief” and their latest record “A Moon Shaped Pool”. I’m trying to collect all Megadeth albums, all Kiss albums, all Opeth albums and all of U2 albums. The Beatles as well.

Yeah, I still love U2. Everybody hates them but I don’t care. U2 is still a great band and I love them still. Don’t care what anyone thinks.

I won’t collect every album of every band & artist out there, just the ones that I love. I just love buying music and supporting artists, ya know? That’s always been a huge part of me and it’s who I am: a music lover. There are some people out there who like to criticize and judge me for my music addiction but I don’t give a shit. I love listening to music. Have always been a music lover ever since I was a child.

A lot of people want to hate on Itunes but I don’t know why. Itunes is pretty cool in my opinion. You just gotta know how to use it in order to like it more.

The reason I ripped most of my CD collection onto my Itunes is ’cause I’m getting a new Ipod Touch pretty soon. Probably next week. Gonna go to Best Buy next week and pick up the Ipod Touch Gen. 6 (32 GB) and can’t wait.

Kev