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  1. I'd say quite a bit, but only to an extent. My first and greatest love (at the risk of repetition - go Rabs and Fester!) was AC/DC, especially TNT to Powerage but up to Flick of the Switch....so to me Rock was Guitar/Bass/Drums/Vocals with pentatonic based solos and overdriven guitars and big rhythm section. so....that meant some other bands I generally liked (Motorhead, early Iron Maiden, Skynyrd and many Aussie pub/hard rock bands), others it depended more on the album (Led Zep, GnR, Metallica, Neil Young, ZZ Top, KISS, Floyd, Sabbath, TRex...) and some almost depended on the song (Doors, Rainbow, Nick Cave, Thorogood, Jimi, Beefheart, Ted and many others)...but all in some basic relation to AC/DC'ness. Then grunge came along and that also hit the spot, probably more at the album song level but definitely in live concert - interesting take on hard rock - love it! Nowadays, I mainly listen to live recordings of the above, and many more, rather than albums - I think that's much more so since I started playing live myself starting at 43 yo. But I also listen to heaps of classical, jazz and middle eastern/Maghreb/West Asian instrumental stuff - mainly as background music rather than caring about who composed it or how it is played - its nice to listen passively. The songs I write would be maybe be considered grunge'ish...definitely influenced by Dinosaur Jr, Pearl Jam and so on, but they still have just a hint of AC/DC about them and lend themselves to our lead stunt guitarist often delving into the pentatonic despite his shredding leanings and capability 😁...so the inner 12 year old dies hard I guess.
  2. My guess is 2021 and it will complete the trilogy being titled Songs of Irrelevance
  3. C'mon Chris, you are better than that. Breathe out and delete man.
  4. I use still wool (light gauge) on mine - worked a treat, but that ol guitar of mine is for go, not show
  5. Hey John sorry to hear that - my cousin had what sounds the same - he's about 61 and his fingers were curling back toward his palms and he thought it was something that ran in his family (the other side of - not in mine). He recently had an operation which seems to have worked wonders but I'm not sure if temporary or permanent fix. hoping Philip 'Tman' is ok with the fires in Calif after the devastation of the previous time
  6. Great advice all round there guys. 'Plan A' for me right now is to work at what I do til 55 and then do a mix of meaningful work (lowly paid or unpaid) for those less fortunate - so Ian Henry, in my mind to actually move from irrelevant to relevance! . Not sure if I'll still be playing music then, but will pursue other artistic and intellectual hobbies and become an enthusiastic supporter and advisor of my kids in their early careers. No pensions for me Butch but our superannuation system here sees employers and employees pay into a retirement funding system...and yeah Larsongs, it'll need to be much more. and Digger old mate, you seem to have done a great job and given you've actually done things you didn't think you could in the earlier thread, I'd say you've made a very good fist of retiring even younger than I'm planning, so credit to ya!
  7. The R word has been back in my thoughts post turning 50 and I recalled all the great insight here a few years back so exhumed this thread: Lots of great advice from many members, and some sadness in reading and knowing where members have since passed or later encountered issues including devastating fires and such. For the others, I hope it has worked out for the very best! its hard to work on planning in these uncertain times, but I guess failure to plan still means planning to fail, so I need to get on with it!
  8. Author, photographer, guitarist and all round top bloke! good for you Bence!
  9. I have been 'crunching numbers' recently as I fantasise about early retirement in a few years time, and have come to the conclusion that things are pretty f'kd in that respect for the vast majority of people who would like to have a prosperous retirement... ...ok, so be it, but it makes me wonder if we'll see 'location arbitrage' become a real 'thing' post Covid ....people moving to far less expensive areas within rich nations, but also moving to way cheaper countries with decent lifestyles (Thailand, Croatia, Ecuador....) to live on investments held in wealthy countries(US, UK, Germany, Oz...) - I suspect this could be a big trend potentially.
  10. Well, I'd like to think you've made some young designer's day... " Hi mum, guess what? Someone bought one!....yeah, I told the guys it would happen eventually. I just knew it!" ...and that is a nice thing to have done.
  11. Thanks Pip and, having re-read my post, just as well cos I meant to say 9 XXXX sounded right but I seemed to end up saying the opposite
  12. We all want and need to live somewhere, so where do you call home and why? For me, I have lived in several cities when I was young and always seemed to choose inner suburbs about 10 mins to the CBD cos there was easy access to the 'action' without being in the thick of it when I wanted a bit of peace. At 40 I moved to a country village with a pub and a shop and I suppose about 40 or so houses and really have no desire ever to live in the city again, though I visit big cities for work regularly (when there's not a pandemic) and still get a buzz from the downtown vibe, but I could never get the hang of the idea of suburban living (but accept millions can't be wrong). what about you guys?
  13. I seem to recall that it does...but at the money you'd want to be sure.... Pippy - how about a special guest appearance!
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