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Living Colour concert review at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis MN Sunday Jan 17

I was poking around the interwebz a few weeks ago and saw that the band Living Color was playing locally at a jazz club.

Wow, I did not know they were still touring but I was stoked to say the least.

I talked to my wife and we decided this was not to be missed.

I did not know what to expect since the last time I saw them live was in the early 90s – more than 2 decades ago. Eeeeek.

I still remember being super bummed that I could not attend the first Lollapalooza as I was not old enough at the time to attend a concert by myself. I was able to see the one next year though, which was a head spinner to look back at 40,000 people outside on Harriet Island rocking out all day. I was able to see Living Color live finally though about a year later.

Fast forward through time as I am now 41 years old and not 17 years old, would one of the stage roadies wheel all the members out as they attempted to play songs that were recorded in the late 80s and early 90s?

Nope!

It was 180 degrees from that as they put on an amazing live show.

Living Color “Cult of Personality” 1988

I literally thought they were cryogenically frozen in 1993 and pulled out of cold storage a day before the show, pointed towards the stage with instructions to go kill it.

Corey’s vocals sounded like they were pulled directly off the master itsself. Vernon’s guitar playing live was actually better than the CD as he added new twists and turns yet could play with the same speed. I was curious to how old he was since he looked almost the same now as the last time I saw them live. He is 57 years old and does not look a day over his mid 30s.

Living Colour – Love Rears Its Ugly Head (live)

Doug Wimbish the bass player did not miss a chord and performed a killer bass solo. Other than Les Claypool from Primus, I have not seen a bass solo ever in a live show. And he killed it.

The drumming was on point by skin basher Will Calhoun including his drum solo.

They played most songs from “Vivid” and “Time/s Up” CDs for almost 2 hours.

Living Colour – Cult of Personality (Guitar Live 2015) 

Truly an amazing night to see them perform. It also helped that we were literally 12 feet from the stage in a club that held 250 people max.

If they are coming to your city, don’t miss them. Ticket prices may be a bit higher due to the small clubs, but treat yourself to an amazing experience.

 

Living Colour Concert 2016

 

Living Color Concert 2016

 

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Video from the show

A huge thanks to all the members for continuing to perform music for close to 25 years. Anyone who can make living from the music industry in any fashion for that length of time is worthy of mad respect.

Check out this great chat with Vernon Reid on Jamey Jasta’s podcast HERE.

Thank you to all the members for an amazing live show. Keep it up.

Mike T Nelson

Big Milestone! I got kicked out of PRI for physical therapy!

Yep, after 14 months of physical therapy I have graduated and thus was “kicked out” this past week.

I was doing PRI since Sept of last year for some knee and shoulder issues, along with coordination of my eyes back into the picture.
(PRI site https://www.posturalrestoration.com)

This past week I pasted the Hruska Adduction Lift test with a 5 on BOTH sides.

Whoo ha! PRI nuts like Dr Pat Davidson, Bill Hartman,  Mike Robertson,  Eric Cressey,  Dr Zac Cupples,  Lance Jacob Goyke, Dr Tim Sturmer,  and others will understand this.

This was after not wearing my prism glasses much and not during the test, plus it was post a week of travel in MT.

Why?

I opted to go down the PRI rabbit hole last year and figured it would be worth doing it myself. I worked with Carrie Langer at Kinetic Physical Therapy in Woodbury MN. She is awesome.

My hips have never felt better, breathing is easier, and my vision is getting closer to 3D. The mechanical changes are sticking quite well too.

Back to squatting now, did a straight bar bench press last night that went well (first time in about 3 years other than a few seminars) and started stone lifting again too.

For those wondering what the test is, see the video below.

And yes, many many things work and I still have some things to do before I will be able to see in 3D again. And that is ok. It a journey of n=1 self investigation.

If you are stuck, seek others who can help you. Do what they say but ask questions to understand. Incorporate what works and test it out.

Onward and upward.

Status update for Dec 2015 for Mike T Nelson

PRI Physical Therapy sessions are done!

I got booted out. I did my last session and went in after NOT doing my exercise the night before or in the AM on purpose – I wanted to see how much it would hold.

Passed all the tests! Whoo ha!

Now that my movement is more stable, and it feels sooooo much better, I can focus (hehe) on more VT (vision therapy).

Started doing SQAUTS and DEADLIFTS 2 days ago again – yeah!

I’ve only pulled (DL-ed) maybe once every other week at the very most for the past 14 months. And I have not done any symmetric weight squats other than a couple in the 14 month period. 2 days ago i used the SSB to run a soft test and I am about 40 lbs off my max – not too bad without any direct work. The cool part is that it FELT soooooo much better. I did not feel like crap – I just felt weak. Deloaded the entire bar and just did it without any weight for easy sets of 5. Working on my new form and must check my ego – no need to rush and build up bad habits. Plus I don’t need much load now to see a positive adaptation.

Deadlifts did only 275 x 4 for 3 sets – again, check my ego. Felt great but heavy I will take it as strength will come back with practice. First goal is to get back to over 400 on a day by day basis when I feel good with deadlifts and work my squat back up to my old PR.

Yesterday was shoulder and arms hypertrophy day with broom ball at night.

The broom ball game was awesome! I could actually SEE. I know that sounds weird, but I could see the ball in movement, my hands and broom were where I thought they would be, eye movements off the ball and back on the ball (saccades) were much much better. It felt easier. I still need work on shots on goal as most were off, but I got there late and did not do any warm ups plus it was a different rink. That will come back in time. The best part is that I felt soooooo great once I was done. Need to work on more hand / eye / random interactions more.

Goal for 2017 is to see in 3D.

Secondary goals for 2016 are to get my deadlift, squat, press (axle) and stone over bar back to pervious levels.

Rough markers are
1) SSB 275 x 1
2) Deadlift (conventional or sumo) 450 x 1
3) 250 lb stone over 50 inch bar
4) Axle clean and press 175 x 1

Working on
-better breathing during the day to reduce stress, HRV tanks with more computer / work stuff
-more consistent nutrition via better planing.
-bumping up my aerobic fitness now that my body is stable to see if that helps HRV / training freq
-should allow me to do 2 strength sessions a week
-functional neurology check up to see why my right eye won’t stay ‘on”
-start VT

 

Omega Wave Testing at PaleoFX in Austin TX

As you know, I was recently speaking at PaleoFX in Austin TX. What a great time!

While I was down there, I met Aaron and Ben from Train Adapt Evolve in Austin. Awesome dudes!

They had a full omeagewave there, so naturally I said “hook me up bro”

Here are my results below

Omegawave ScreenGrab - Nelson Mike - 2015_04_25 - 12_33_14 - Athlete Readiness

Omegawave

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Summary
It seems to match the mobile omegwave that I have and is consistent with that. I will keep testing and see what I find.
Rock on
Mike

I Am Not A Lifter

Jefferson Deadlift w Eagle Loops at 675 x 1

I went through something lately and realized that lifting is NOT a part of me.

In the past, I always thought it was a huge part of me as a person. Then I had some movement issues and the question became “are you going to keep lifting in pain just to keep what you think is your identity?”

My personal answer was …nope.

Not that I permanently stopped lifting at all. I just changed course.

I realized it was a huge part of what I chose to DO, but it was not me.

My identity was not “I am a lifter.”

It became “I am someone who loves to lift, along with a bunch of other stuff too.”

This allows me to modify lifting and do what is right for the long term health of my body, to paradoxically KEEP doing it the rest of my life.    Short term mindset shift for long term results.

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