Family, Life, Music, Three Things



On the day before Thanksgiving my family and I did our traditional “half day of work so that means we go to a movie matinee” event. We saw Justice League, a film that we were all pretty excited for despite the kind of average/negative reviews on the internet. And guess what? All four of us really enjoyed the film. It’s no life changer that’s for sure, but we enjoyed a lot of the moments, the characters (especially Flash and Wonder Woman), and the overall story. It got me thinking about the internet these days and how, even though it still has great moments, mostly a place where people come to have opinions, fight with others, and yell about things. It has become one giant drama filled clique, with people coming and going from conversations and every day a new topic for us all to post our opinions on. And I think that is very tiring. What can be changed? What can we each individually do to disrupt this trend? My plan is to be kinder, to think before I post, or to post less or maybe not at all. All in all, these things that we feel like we need to yell about on the internet are not all that important in the great grand scheme of things.



About two months ago it just *clicked* in my head that a big reason why I didn’t feel that great and that I wasn’t all too happy mentally may have something to do with how much I eat. I have always understood that what you eat can affect you, but I never thought about how much you eat affecting you. I’m of the mindset that I wanna eat what I wanna eat….and you know what sometimes I just really want Taco Bell. And that’s cool. I just can’t eat Taco Bell more than once a week, and if I do have Taco Bell I should be getting one maybe two things from the menu.

The LOSE IT app has really helped me. I got the free edition and I don’t ever plan on buying into the system. I use it to track my day to day weight and count my calories. This has worked well for me, as it has given me a better understanding of what I eat and how much I eat. Knowing these two things has increased my mindfulness when it comes to all this stuff. It has worked for me. I’ve lost 10 pounds and overall I just feel better and more alert.


Click on the link above for our 2017 HOLIDAY playlist. You’ll find a lot of the same stuff we put on there every year, but that’s because we love it! My all time favorite is still THE VENTURES CHRISTMAS ALBUM, which you can listen to below!

Enjoy and Happy Holidays to all.



Nine years after Foo Fighters released 2002’s rather empty One by One, I find myself walking home from work listening to their seventh album with many of the same thoughts racing through my head.  The passage of time is always unkind to rock bands, but the Foo Fighters case is interesting.  They’re still making some great music.  Tunes like “Bridge Burning” and “White Limo” have that Dave Grohl magic in them, the same one that I discovered back in 1995 with their first album.  He somehow manages to meld melody and screaming in with his voice over a nice crunchy bed of guitars and a solid rhythm.  The result is a winning formula for the band that they’ve clung to since the early days.

I’m not knocking the band for clinging to this formula.  It’s what has given them some amazing and memorable songs (“The Pretender” and “One by One” are always in my head) over the last decade.  When the band branches out into new territory (most of 2007’s Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace and the mundane acoustic half of In Your Honor) they often fall flat on their face and sound like a late 70’s rock cover band trying to write something and break out.  It just doesn’t work.  My point: stick to the formula Mr. Grohl.  You follow it damn well.

But please, please, please consider the following advice:

The Foo Fighters should be releasing EPs instead of full albums.  Every single album from 2002 onwards gives the listener so much hope over the first few songs which is usually crushed at around track 5 or 6.  I blame it on age.  Rock has always been the movement of youth, full of emotion and energy.  As I get older, I myself have started to realize that what was once there at age 24 isn’t there at 30.  That’s not a bad thing.  I still have loads of emotion and energy, but it’s different and it’s almost always not out in full force like it was back in the day.  That’s why I’m saying that the band should be releasing EPs instead of albums.  They’ve still got their moments of rock in them (see tracks 1-5 on Wasting Light) but after that it’s just a horribly sad affair.  Song after song comes on and I just end up feeling so sorry for the boys.  It’s like they’re trying to shove the idea that “yes Justin, we still rock so hard” down my throat.  I didn’t need convincing.  The first five tracks on the album reminded me just why I’m into this type of music in the first place.  They’re pounding, melodic, and relentless.  The production is spot on and the quality of the recording is beautiful (long story short: it was recorded in Grohl’s garage on an analog machine.  You’ll hear this brief bit of information in every review/interview about the album).  OK, time to stop right there.  You have five really solid tracks.  Put it together, put it out, tour, and move “on to the next one”.