Archive for March, 2013

Injuries are meant to happen when you’re doing something useful!

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Twice in the last 2 months I’ve injured myself – 1 broken toe on my left foot, and now a badly bruised big toe on my right foot (don’t think it’s broken, but is very bruised). Both of these injuries have been the result of my terrible clumsiness, rather than anything exercise related. This is incredibly frustrating to  me, as I can’t bear not being able to run these days. I changed my whole style of running so that I wouldn’t get injured while doing it, and now I just seem to be constantly out of action because of unrelated injuries!

I’ve also been having ongoing issues with my back (ironically, largely caused by breaking my foot in 2009 which caused my gait to change – yes, that was clumsiness too), which causes a lot of pain. I’m working out in the gym quite a lot to improve core strength, but it’s amazing how involved your feet and legs are in any sort of exercise. Well, I guess I shouldn’t complain, I live in a beautiful part of the world, I am generally healthy and I have good friends around me. I can’t wait until I’m fit again though. Meanwhile, maybe I should really just stay in bed – it’s dangerous out there!

A world in Living Colour

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

I’m quite excited, the funk/metal crossover band Living Colour are touring again, and performing the complete Vivid album. Although it’s 25 years since the album came out, it still sounds fresh today, and it’s hard to overstate how influential that album was when it came out. They were true pioneers of the funk metal sound along with Faith No More and Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Even cooler, one of my heroes of the bass guitar, Doug Wimbish, is playing with LC on this tour. Although he didn’t join LC until their third album “Stain” (another great album), Doug’s playing has graced many classic albums, and his wild virtuoso playing is a real pleasure to behold! Doug is also a really nice guy, I recently had the opportunity of meeting him when he was demonstrating a new product at MacWorld recently – and I got to play with his bass.

He plays Spector basses – a brand I bassed (‘scuse the pun) my own custom bass guitar on.

Doug Wimbish of Living Colour

Doug Wimbish demonstrating Eventide Pedals at MacWorld 2013

I’m going to be able to see them twice on this tour, the first time is tonight, so I’m looking forward to that. If you get the chance, check them out!