Origins of Heavy Metal – Blue Cheer

An argument that may never cease among fans, historians and journalists alike. What were the true origins of heavy metal music? Few would disagree that Black Sabbath defined heavy metal for everything that would come after it. I firmly believe that the very roots of heavy metal began with Blue Cheer, Sir Lord Baltimore, Vanilla […]

Formatting Matters

There’s a scene in Footloose that had me thinking of writing fundamentals. It was fitting given that lately I’ve been driven to review my own work with a sharper eye. John Lithgow’s  character Reverend Shaw Moore is typing away at a sermon before a conversation with Lori Singer (Ariel Moore). Towards the end of the scene […]

Alice in Chains – Dirt

Much like a few other Seattle “grunge” era bands, Alice in Chains albums could be referred to as metal. (With the exception of the acoustic EP’s Sap, Jar of Flies and the Unplugged album). Dirt represented a rawness of emotion. Themes of anger, depression and addiction run well together. “Them Bones” blasts off the start […]

Hip-Hop Evolution on Netflix

(Image from Netflix) Netflix recently released a new set of episodes of Banger Films informative and entertaining award-winning series Hip-Hop Evolution. The series takes viewers on an educational trip through one of the most important counter-culture movements in history. Hip-Hop’s beginnings, transitions, trials and tribulations are well described and discussed. Over time I have come to […]

Cranberry Hibiscus Tea

In Canada, Bulk Barn has it for reasonable price. Bring a reusable container. Put it in a large tea ball or whatever you can get for loose-leaf teas. Fill up a juice jug with water. Let cold-steep at least two hours. Then enjoy. It’s like cranberry juice or fruit punch without the additives. With more studies suggesting […]

Monty Python at 50

“And now for something completely different.” John Cleese’s iconic phrase sums up Monty Python to near perfection. Fifty years later, the shoe still fits. A long-time friend and his dad introduced me to the sheer insanity of the Pythons when I was in my mid-teens. They kept VHS recordings of Monty Python’s Flying Circus around. […]