What we can learn from Arnold

One of the precepts of successful bodybuilding is to stress the muscles enough by lifting heavy weights to tear down the muscle tissue

One of the precepts of successful bodybuilding is to stress the muscles enough by lifting heavy weights to tear down the muscle tissue, thus inducing the body to rebuild the tissue, bigger and stronger than it was before. But the real secret is to give the body enough nutrition, time and sleep to accomplish this. You can work your ass off in the gym, but if you don’t give your body what it needs to recuperate, you’re wasting your time, and you might even lose muscle mass and strength.

There’s also the psychological element involved – if your brain gets burned out you won’t make any progress, either. It’s called overtraining.

The same thing can happen to you when you play too much. I know, because i’ve played 7 nights a week for months at a time and found myself playing worse instead of better. My technique was still intact, but my brain didn’t seem to be functioning at its usual capacity, like – well, what it was, was I seemed to have lost some of my creativity and originality. I was playing the same old things, and boring myself to death with them. The simple fix was to take a few nights off and then I came back better than ever. No big deal. So that might be something to keep in mind if you play a whole lot of gigs.

Mystery Christmas album

Every year around this time I hear talk about a heretofore unreleased Christmas album by Chet

Every year around this time I hear talk about a heretofore unreleased Christmas album by a famous thumbpicker that was found in the dungeon of an S/M mistress on Music Row called “Chet’s Nuts Roasting On An Open Fire”. Try to say that 6 times. Might be just an unsubstantiated rumor, so don’t Tweet it.

The Beast From the Back of the Bus

“The Beast From the Back of the Bus” is on special right now for a mere 99¢

The Beast From the Back of the Bus My ebook “The Beast From the Back of the Bus” is on special right now at Amazon for a mere 99¢ until after Christmas or so. Hell, you can’t even buy a beer for 99¢. It’s about some of the the stuff that happened to me when I was on the road playing steel guitar for 20 years with Jimmy Dickens, Stonewall Jackson and, mainly, Faron Young. The tours, the buses, truck stops, bars, stars, hotels and strange people I encountered. It’s a murder mystery, and since I wasn’t directly involved in any actual murders, that anyone living knows about, I had to make a lot of stuff up. But it’s interesting and has a lot of cool behind-the-scenes music business stuff in it. If you’ve ever worked the road you might think, “Oh, yeah, that happened to me”, and if you’ve never been on a music bus headed from Nashville to Seattle for the first gig on a West Coast tour, you might be glad you stayed in your home town and and got a day job and just played the VFW on the weekends. And if you just like mysteries you might still like it. You don’t even need a Kindle or an iPad to read it; you can read it on a computer with the FREE Kindle Reading App. Get the “Beast” from Amazon, and don’t be shy about writing a review.