Wednesday, April 24, 2013

And All These Words Elope, It's Nothing Like Your Poem

I've been a bit of an absentee blogger as of late, with much less frequent posting and way less personal posts. Was assuming no one would notice, but some of your messages tell me otherwise - you're an observant bunch.

There are many reasons for it. One being that I'm busy trying to kick ass with work. The MediaHaus (and our awesome clients) needs to take priority over this ol' site. When I find a better balance and eventually hire on an assistant to help me out, I'm certain posts will be a bit more frequent and less random.

As for subject matter, I've obviously been posting more music-related topics and less "Kris is sad because of this, and Kris is mad because of that" subjects. Yeah. I mentioned awhile back that I'm not gonna get as personal on here as I used to, and the truth is just that I haven't had a lot of bloggable activites lately due to work and health. Again, that will change. It's all about the ebb and flow.

So for those of you who have asked if I'm ok, and those who have threatened bodily harm if I don't post more - don't worry. I'm sticking to 2 per week for now for the most part, and that will likely change. And soon enough I'll have a lot more interesting subjects. Expect things to be re-vamped, re-purposed, and re-jigged.

In the meantime, I'm still here. Really.

Friday, April 19, 2013

The Closer I Get, The Further I Have To Go

For the past while, as my stomach condition appears to have worsened, I've been really concentrating on eating well. And yes, that also means I've been cooking.

Me too.

While more tests and doc visits are still to come before I can really know what's wrong and can start to get healthy, I've been cutting down and cutting out certain foods. Me & lactose (mostly) broke up in favour of the awesomeness of almond milk, and I've been trying to bring myself to say goodbye to gluten. That one is difficult. Heartbreaking even.

Breads, pasta, baked goods, beer (!) are pretty much my favourite things. So gluten-y. So delicious. So potentially bad for me. And so here is where I need your help.

Thanks, dude.
While it's easy enough to scour the ol' interwebs and find an insane amount of gluten-free, lactose-free, healthy recipes to replace my usual favourites, I'd rather hear recipes and tips from actual people. You awesome people, in fact. So for those of you who cook, or who have special dietary needs and know the best places to go, your guidance would be much appreciated.

Help me (get healthy), Obi Wan. You're my only hope.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Come Outside & Breathe In, Relax Your Arms & Let Me In

It's no secret that I'm a pretty big Deftones fan - and because of that, this post saddens me to write.

On Saturday night word got out that Chi Cheng, bassist for the Deftones, had passed away. After a car accident in 2008 left him in a "partially conscious state", his heart gave out at 3am on Saturday.

The news came to me while I was out for the night via a text from my cousin, and then the messages started pouring in. While the news is extremely sad, I'm also pleasantly surprised by all the posts and photos from people I never realized were fans - and maybe they aren't even fans of just his music.

When I met him many years ago, he immediately struck me as a kind soul. In a mere few minutes of conversation, he spoke to my friend and I as though we weren't just obsessed teenage fans begging for autographs. And as he signed his spoken-word album for my friend, he commented on the woman displayed on the cover and how beautiful she was. She was his wife at the time, and he spoke sweetly about her. No rockstar ego, no annoyance at us... he was just a nice guy.

I suppose I want to get across a certain idea about Chi - that he wasn't just a bassist, and not just a member of the Deftones. He was a poet, a Buddhist, a father, and so much more than we knew. He was a real person beyond his music. Sometimes we forget that about the musicians we adore.

Rest in peace, Chi. Your fans will never forget you.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Life Reveals What Is Dealt Through Seasons, Circle Comes Around Each Time

April 5th is a sad day in music history. Among the the many deaths that have occurred on this date, three have especially impacted the music scene with their passing. I thought it was worth a mention and a thought from one lone music fan.

Most notably for me is Layne Staley's passing. My big love for Mad Season aside, Alice in Chains have been one of my favourite bands for as long as I can remember. Without Layne the music is just not the same for me - no matter how talented and similar-sounding their current singer is, something is just missing.

And that's Layne:

The next, and most widely-popular I'm sure, is Kurt Cobain. Enough has been said about his death that there isn't much more to say. Music fans all over the world were rocked to their core when the news hit, it affected the masses greatly.

But as the saying goes... "It's better to burn out than to fade away":

And then there is Jim Marshall. The Father of Loud, the amp pioneer.

For those musicians who will be using a Marshall amp today,  be sure to turn it up to 11.

To all who have passed on April 5th, rest in peace.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Fall Off The Table & Get Swept Under

The older I get, the more I seem to care about my health, what I eat, and what I do. Sounds like a no-brainer to most people, but let's not forget my love of everything deep fried and bad for me. Those things still hold my heart, but I recognize the need to eat better and change up a few things. So I have been.

But when I received an email asking if I'd spread the word about a non-smoking campaign, I ignored it at first. That would be pretty damn hypocritical of me, right? After all, I've been smoking for many, many years.

While I haven't been a "full-time smoker" for quite a few years now (if ever, really), it's the non-full-timers that are exactly what this particular campaign is about - those damn social smokers. You know who you are. I considered myself to be a social smoker for a very long time as well. But not anymore. In fact, I haven't had a cigarette in over a month and a half.

I've been out at bars and not given in to the craving, and know now that I'm fully capable of ignoring the annoyingly insistent need to smoke. Am I saying I'll never have another cigarette for as long as I live? Nope. I can't say that without consulting my future self. But since I don't consider myself a smoker of any kind anymore, it seems like the right time to share this campaign with everyone - because if I can stop being a social smoker, anyone can.

Take a look at these videos, and tell me what you think:

Visit if you're into it.
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