Month: October 2011

A Day in the Life of Ken David Stewart Breaks 1000


A Day in the Life Breaks 1000
As some of you know I post blogs on several different web sites such as WordPress, Type Pad, Blogster and Blogger.com. I can also be found on Twitter, Facebook, My Space, kendavidstewart.com and kendavidstewart.org. I also get links from Stumble Upon. I have regularly been writing blogs for approximately seven months now. Today my Blogger.com blog broke one thousand views. I consider this to be a significant number as my blog is entitled A Day in the Life of Ken David Stewart. I find it rather odd that anybody would find what I write interesting enough to spend a minute or two reading. I just hope that I have given something of value to people even if it’s only entertainment. Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised as I read a lot of other people’s blogs and usually go away educated, enlightened, inspired or entertained. Reading other people’s blogs sure beats watching most television shows.
Blogging gives people a forum to share and to establish community with people all over the world. This is one of the wonders of the technical age that we presently live in.

What’s Been Happening?


What’s Been Happening?
Well, I’ve been kind of down in the dumps the last couple of weeks. Fall has now arrived in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. This means the dog park season is just about over. I have taken my two dogs to the dog park the last couple of days but it is getting pretty cold out there. The wind has been high and there’s no houses or buildings to break the wind. This often means it won’t be too long until snow is back with us. My dogs need their exercise and it’s about the only thing that keeps me sane. On days when we don’t get to the dog park the dogs drive me up the wall. They now feel that they are fully entitled to their daily trip to the dog park. During the winter this is going to be tough.
Last week my mountain bike got stolen. This always brings me down. It’s a funny thing. I have owned several bikes in my life that none of them has ever broken down. They have all been stolen before this could happen. Having a bike has always meant something to me. I wish that the thieves would have had a bit of a conscience. A bike can be a very personal thing as well as a means of transportation. For me it is also one of my main sources of exercise. I’ve even been known to ride my bike in the wintertime. Well, I’ve already checked out my local bike shop. I already see the bike that I want as a replacement. The problem now is getting the money for it. I’m not one who believes in buying cheap bikes. Cheap bikes are not worth it in the long run. A good bike will give the writer a lot more enjoyment.
I have been listening to a lot of music during the last two weeks. I have discovered some new artists. When grunge was popular in the 90s the only band that I was really familiar with was Nirvana. Yes, I had heard of bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains. It has only been recently that I have been giving a serious listen to Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains. I have been especially enjoying to songs by Soundgarden, Spoonman and Rusty Cage. Alice in chains has impressed me with their songs Rooster and No Excuses. As for Pearl Jam, I would have to go with their song called Alive.
On the sporting front I have started watching hockey again. This is because Winnipeg has gotten their professional hockey team back. The Winnipeg Jets are back for the first time in fifteen years. The fans in Winnipeg have missed their Winnipeg Jets so much that it does not bother them that they have lost their first three games.

Suzi Quatro


Suzi Quatro
During the seventies I listened to a lot of music. Some of the artists I have forgotten about. One of these was Suzi Quatro. I forget how but she somehow came to mind again. I listened to some of her old albums and found a few of her later releases. Suzi had limited commercial success in the United States but was hot in England for awhile in the seventies. Suzi Quatro was the forerunner of artists such as Joan Jet and Chrissie Hinde. From what I have read Suzi Quatro is still active and is performing concerts.

Playing Tabs and Riffs


Playing Tabs and Riffs
This afternoon after practicing some pentatonic scales on guitar I decided to try playing the main riffs from Spoonman by Soundgarden and Money For Nothing by Dire Straits. It never ceases to amaze me that what appears to fairly easy to play when you have the tablature in front of you is very hard to get right. I find that I have to go over the riffs very slowly and practice them over and over trying to get them to sound right. It also requires real concentration when listening to the recorded versions of the songs. There’s a lot more to it than meets the eye.

Lady Gaga


Lady Gaga
Hats off to Lady Gaga. I highly commend the stand she has taken on bullying. When a very popular artists such as Lady Gaga says that bullying is not cool hopefully young people will listen. Young people often bully their victims because they think it is fun. I don’t think they have any idea of the damage that they are doing to their victims. No kid should be afraid to go to school because they are scared of bullies. Let’s hope that lady Gaga’s campaign succeeds. Ironically, many people who turned out to be stars were not that popular in high school. Names like Bruce Springsteen, Ozzy Osbourne, Elvis Presley and Janis Joplin come to mind. I hope that more popular artists will join Lady Gaga in proclaiming that bullying is uncool.

Stephen King


Full Dark No Stars
On the weekend I have been listening to the audio book version of Stephen King’s latest collection of short stories called Full Dark No Stars. I enjoy most everything that Stephen King writes but I will now have to rank FDNS right in there with my all time favorites. My two favorite Stephen King novels are Under the Dome and The Dark Half.