Lionel gave all Edith’s belongings to her sister and found a nice, quiet apartment block a short distance from the university. On many days the professor would not even take the bus. He would walk to work if it was not raining out. He rented a two bedroom apartment mostly because he had accumulated lots of stuff over the years. What he liked most about his new apartment was the hardwood floors and the rather old fashioned, historical feel of the place. Many of the things that Lionel owned blended in well with the general ambiance of the apartment.
Lionel loved music. He grew up listening to the early recordings of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Eventually he came to prefer The Rolling Stones especially their early albums, Aftermath, Out of Our Heads and December’s Children. Lionel especially liked the exotic, eclectic flavor that Brian Jones brought to these recordings.
When he was in grade eleven Lionel discovered the music of Led Zeppelin. He listened to Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin III and Led Zeppelin IV until he almost wore out these records. There were other artists that Lionel was also a fan of such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young and The Guess Who. Now that he was in his sixties Lionel found that he really enjoyed the heavy metal, straight ahead rock and roll music of Motorhead. The professor had spent a lot of time finding space in his new apartment and eventually organizing his vast collection of LPs, CDs and cassette tapes. Lionel even found a few old eight tracks in his collection.
The professor had to use a good portion of his second bedroom for his bookcases and boxes and stacks of books. Lionel had enjoyed reading books by Stephen King since his own days as a university student. His favorite works included The Dark Half , The Tommy Knockers and a collection of King’s short stories called Nightmares and Dreamscapes. Recently Lionel had read and enjoyed one of Stephen King’s new releases called 22-11-63. This novel centered around the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Lionel was very grateful for all the book cases that his son had built for him. Eric was a carpenter and possessed many skills that Lionel lacked.
The other author that Lionel loved was J.R.R. Tolkien. He had read The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings several times and also owned the DVD trilogy pack of Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King.
In this episode of What’s Up/ Ken David Stewart reviews two recent box sets by Motorhead.
As Drake pulled up a chair in Rick’s office the mental health supervisor just stared at his guest. The man seated in front of him was not what Rick expected. Rick was thinking of what his teachers used to look like and Drake did not fit the picture. Drake was carrying a very large black executive style Day Timer that appeared in sharp contrast to what he was wearing. Drake was wearing an unbuttoned blue denim shirt that covered a Motorhead tee shirt. These went well with Drake’s faded Wrangler blue jeans.
“Nice office you got here,” said Drake removing his mirrored aviator sunglasses.
“You must be the school teacher that I talked to on the phone. Actually our mutual friend, Harvey Stein, called me yesterday to tell me about you and what you might be interested in,” said Rick, still recovering from the impact of Drake’s surprising appearance.
“Yeah, he recommended that we get together for a coffee,” replied Drake.
“So, you are, or were a school teacher I understand. “
“Actually, I don’t know what I am right now. I think I’m going through a mid life identity crisis. Dr. Stein thinks that I probably shouldn’t go back to teaching in a traditional school setting.”
“Why’s that?” asked Rick getting up to talk to a resident who was staring through the window to Rick’s office. “Sorry, I’ll be right back. I need to find out what Charlie wants.”
“Who’s the cool dude in your office, Rick? I like his ponytail,” said Charlie.
“He’s a guest and we’re kind of busy right now. Do you think that you could leave us alone for about twenty minutes?”
“Yeah, sure Boss. I was just wondering if our cheques arrived yet?”
“Not yet Charlie. I’ll let you know when they do?”
“I hope it’s soon. I’m down to my last cigarette.”
“Don’t worry. It shouldn’t be long now Charlie.”
“It’s cheque day today and the residents will be getting their allowance. They come to ask me every ten minutes when they’ll get their allowance,” Rick explained.
Ken David Stewart reviews the dvd Lemmy which features Motorhead front man, Lemmy Kilmister. Ken also talks about two Motorhead live DVDS.
The World is Yours by Motorhead
The World is Yours is the most recent album by Motorhead. This band has never sat back on its laurels and put out a record that they didn’t believe in. Their most current CD release is no exception. The musical skills of this band have kept progressing over the years. The World Is Yours is a hard rocking album. Lemmy and the boys have refused to compromise their principles or change their music over the years. In my opinion this is why they have maintained such a loyal following. The songs on this album are all inspired by Lemmy’s philosophy of life and Lemmy doesn’t really care whether you agree with him or not. Lemmy’s attitude is that the world is a pretty awful place most of the time but that isn’t going to prevent him from getting his kicks and making the most of it.
Lemmy DVD Ultimate Badass Edition
This two DVD set is a must for any fan of Motorhead. Motorhead frontman and bass player Lemmy Kilmister is the featured star of this video. Although Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee are stars in their own right, Lemmy is the legend and the icon of Motorhead.
Motorhead are one of the few bands that are still around after thirty years and who refuse to change with the times. With Motorhead what you see is what you get and what you get is great. I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Motorhead play a concert in my home town of Winnipeg this year. The show was excellent and Motorhead did not disappoint. Shortly after the concert I purchased the “Lemmy” Ultimate Badass Edition DVD. This DVD set is both entertaining and informative. My favorite part was the interaction between Lemmy and his son. Special guests such as Dave Grohl and Metallica also appear on these DVDs. As much as I enjoyed this video I must say that I liked the previously released British documentary Live Fast Die Old more. The reason for this was that the British documentary also highlighted the darkness in Lemmy’s life.