Why Does Press 1 Bother You So Much?

I really don’t care which tribal label you give yourself, whether you’re republican, democrat, libertarian, socialist, green, communist, or team Renzo. I don’t care if you’re black, white, red, or yellow. I don’t care if you’re a man, woman, SIS (I don’t even understand what that means), gender fluid, trans, gay, straight, bi, or still confused where you fit in. I don’t care if you’re  a vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, or carnivore. I don’t care if you’re Christian, Catholic, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, or Atheist. I don’t care if you like rock, country, blues, disco, jazz, classical, electronic, R&B, or even opera for that matter. I don’t care if you like the Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, or White Sox, Go Pirates. I don’t care if you like baseball, basketball, football, hockey, or soccer. Merry Christmas, happy holidays; who really cares, someone is wishing you well why do you care how they say it. On, and on, and on. Sorry if I excluded your tribe. 

While I agree far too many are looking for reasons to be offended, far to many are also going out of their way to intentionally be offensive.

I think that wherever you fit in we all have the same goals and that’s to be happy, healthy, and loved. If everyone put it a little effort it would really be quite easy. Let me be me while you be you. 

Be Kind

If everyone would just be kind to others this trip would be way easy. 


But I Thank………..

I don’t necessarily believe in the concept of God as this supreme being that has created everything and has predetermined our existence, however I find myself thanking him (or her) every day. I do believe that most of the stories written in the Bible are true, however in the cases where God is speaking to some of the cast I feel there is another explanation. Don’t ask me what that explanation is as I don’t know the answers, all I have is more questions.



Hero is defined as 1. A person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities. 2. A person who is greatly admired. 3. A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life. 4. A person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal.

I think most Americans agree that members of the United States military are heroes, they go into a foreign land and risk their lives for the interest of the United States. That said, to our enemies they are no heroes, they’re villains destroying their homeland. I also believe that the majority of Americans consider law enforcement to be heroes, however there’s a large portion of people who consider the police to be bullies or worse. I think we can all agree that firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics are heroes. To kids growing up their favorite athlete can be a hero, to a young boy his father, and to a young girl her mom. The list goes on.

There really is no clear cut criteria, it’s all subjective, a hero to you may not be a hero to me and vise versa.

Courage – the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.

There are lots of ways to look at this as well. It takes courage to go fight a war, go into a burning building while everyone else is running out, apprehend an armed criminal, get into a cage and fight another man, go to school on your first day when you don’t know anyone, fight cancer, tell you mom you did something you weren’t supposed to, admit to yourself your family and friends that you are gay, etc, etc..

Just because you may disagree with what others perceive as courage doesn’t diminish their perception of it. To compare someone who’s fighting cancer, to someone who lost a leg in war, to a transgender person is not fair. The phrase apples to oranges come to mind.

So did what Bruce Jenner did take courage? Yes

Is Caitlin Jenner a hero? To the others who are going through the same struggle, Yes.

I personally do not see Bruce/Caitlyn as a hero, but I do think he/she showed courage. Either way none of this affects my life so I move on.

Why are so many of you so angry over this? Keep scrolling, change the channel, whatever. Why must everything fit within your realm of what should be. We all need to accept the fact that we are all different, with our on views, needs, and beliefs.

And stop bring God into everything it’s irrelevant to the conversation, and from what I understand about Jesus he would be not only tolerant of all this, but helpful and supportive.


Mr/Ms Perfect

I’ve been a musician for a long time. I know my limitations, I’m not a great bass player, guitar player, or singer. I’m aware of what I do well and where I’m weak. I know when I have a good performance and a bad performance. By the way a good performance doesn’t mean I played every note perfectly, if it did I never had a good performance in my life. Being critical of every note is completely ridiculous. If thats how you listen to music you’re cheating yourself of enjoying the experience. Nobody plays every note perfect, and I do mean nobody. Musicians at the highest levels are not perfect 100%.

Another thing, although I like most music there is good and not so good in every genre. There is music I really like that most people I know think sucks. In my opinion (for what it’s worth). No music sucks. You may disagree with how it’s created, the way it sounds, whatever, that doesn’t make it suck.

Anyway back to my original point. I’m not the greatest musician, I make lots of mistakes, I have to read charts to play songs I’ve been playing forever. When I sing I go off key at times, hell sometimes I can’t even get back on. I have good nights and bad nights. But the most important thing is I get out there and do it. I put my fears and insecurities and social anxiety aside and give it my all every time I step out on that stage. Whether it’s the smallest bar with my cover band or a big stage with my original band, you get 100% of my heart and soul in every performance.

Think about that next time you say someone sucks. Especially those of you who have never put yourself out there for all to be critical of. So if you can’t even play the guitar you probably shouldn’t be talking about how much someone else sucks at it…

Just something to think about..



The Audition

Here’s your sides learn them well

Stand in line prepare the sell

Just one chance the pitch to make

Nerves kick in is this the break


Look around is he the one

Stand on ground reach for the sun

Name gets called walk to the door

Give your best to get the score


Walking home review the pitch

Coulda woulda shoulda ain’t that a bitch

View the sky dreaming big

Phone rings, got the gig….


Just some more thoughts…

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There is a ton of great new music out there, you just need to go and find it. Don’t just listen to what the record companies and radio stations are trying to jam down your throats..

The fact that “Tips” are now called “Hacks” irritates me.

I don’t understand why it’s suddenly cool for the younger generations to like Tony Bennett. Yes he’s a great singer, I know.. But really….

If you keep mentioning K____ W____ every time he does something: he wins…

The Odd Couple was the best sitcom ever.

If you’re going to ignore me on social media, ignore everything, don’t suddenly appear when you disagree with me.

Slaughtered Grace. (I’m lucky to now be a part of it).

I have the best daughter in the world.

And the best, most beautiful girlfriend.


Just Some Thoughts

There’s a few hot headlines in the news, hmmmm, where do I start?

OK the king of Jordan. 2 days ago he was a violent Christian hating Muslim extremist. Now he leads a bombing mission of a terrorist group of which a couple of days ago you all had him a part of, and now he’s your hero. That doesn’t surprise me much because a good number of the Christians I know come out with some of the most extreme shit I’ve ever heard. Calling the terrorist animals then saying what we should do to them, well if we did some of the stuff I hear on a daily basis, we would then be the terrorist, there would be no difference between us and them. Yeah I understand there’s a time to fight, but there’s also a right way to do it.

I didn’t see the entire Obama speech so I can’t really comment on it. I did see the cut up edited version that everyone else is commenting on, but I would really need to see it unedited to know what he said and the context of it to have an opinion either way. I would suggest everyone do the same rather than just jump on it for the sake of hating the President. I’m really not a fan of Barack Obama, but I don’t see a lot of what being thrown around. I can honestly say I personally am much better off today then I was before he took office.

Bobbi Kristina Brown found face down in bathtub. Whether you care about her or not is irrelevant. This is a sad story. The girl is 21 years old, her life is just beginning and there’s a chance it may be ending. So if you don’t care about her there’s really no reason to go online and spew poison about her, her mother and her father. If you don’t care, ignore it and move on to the next story.

Plus size model featured in SI swimsuit issue. This shouldn’t be news, it should be part of the norm. She’s a beautiful woman just like the rest of the SI models, she’s a model just like the rest of the SI models, and she’s airbrushed just like the rest of the SI models. They all have beauty, and they all have flaws. Just like the rest of us.

The horse is dead, you can stop beating on it. I don’t really care that footballs were less inflated then they should’ve been.

No professional athlete “sucks”. Next time you want to tell me how much a pro sucks, start off by telling me about your pro career.

No professional musician sucks. There’s plenty I don’t like, but it doesn’t suck. Yeah there’s a lot of music thats sounds like something else, big deal. If you don’t like it, change the channel.

The movie Cake isn’t about cake. I was disappointed.

Anderson Silva tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. Moral of this story, don’t talk shit about others for getting caught just because you didn’t get caught yet. Now you just look like a giant jackass.

I guess I’ll call it now. I’ll spew some more drivel later.


Meaningless Drivel

2 years ago I braved the freezing cold weather on the lower east side, working over nights, outside, on, and under the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges, and various locations around Chinatown. I was working with a talented cast and crew to make a short film, The Chase. Well I just found out that tomorrow at the premier for The Zombie Chronicles 2 – The Infected, The Chase will also be viewed for the first time. I cannot wait.

Moving on, I haven’t watched a UFC event in quite a while. As I sat down to write this gibberish I tend to spew from time to time I noticed that a live event from the UK was about to start, and much to my surprise an acquaintance of mine who I train with from time to time is in the opening fight. So far he won the first 2 rounds, round 3 is in progress now. So far it’s looking pretty good.
Ok it’s going to the cards, should be 30-27 across the board, however the fight is in the UK and his opponent is from the UK so you never know what will happen. WOW split decision, how in God’s name (ha-ha) (read my blog God) did one of the judges see Matt losing that fight. Crazy.

Anyway, today is the day I’m getting back on track. My training, lifting, cardio, and martial arts have been horrible as of late. My body fat has gone up; muscle and endurance have gone down. Time to turn it back around, get back to the level I belong, and maybe even start to compete again. Part of this turn back around will be to start blogging about diet and fitness again; I haven’t been on topic for a long time now. I’ve come up with some really good new vegan recipes over the past few months and I will be sharing them as well.

Wow, that was a nice head kick; I can’t believe that dude got through the first round.

I need to sell my Line 6 guitar amp, anyone interested message me for details.

Damn this is a good fight.

Stay tuned my friends.


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