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So, after months of reading (been working A LOT of overtime lately), I’ve finally finished Corey Taylor’s Seven Deadly Sins: Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good. I’ve gotta say, even after being a fan of Corey’s music for years, I’m stilled awed by his talent…musically and, now, as an author.

He takes on everyone in this book: God, religious fanatics, politicians, bad musicians, etc., in trying to undo the millinia of brainwashing making us believe natural human behavior is a sin. And while I disagree with some of his musings (a diatribe near the end of the book against Republicans deregulating industries while they’re in power is, in my opinion, misguided), he makes you rethink what “sins” really are.

He uses personal experiences- some good, some bad- and his ability to overcome them to prove his point. And while I’ve been leery of the validity of “deadly sins” for years, I now have more ammo in my arsenal while discussing the matter.

If you’re a deeply religious person who is closed-minded to anything athiest related, move along. You won’t find a safe harbor for your beliefs here. If you’re like me, however, and have a thirst to strengthen your knowledge base, no matter the source, you should read this book.

Nothing he wrote shook my faith. For years, I’ve held the belief that since man is fallible and man transcribed the Bible (or whichever religious faith you ascribe to), there’s a good chance much was omitted from the final version, or much was written down incorrectly, so all we really have to go by are our gut feelings and life experiences. I still believe in a Creator. I just don’t believe he wants us to live our lives sheltered from life.

So Corey, I commend your effort to open the minds of the masses. I’ll do my part to help you get your message across.

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If there’s one thing I love, it’s music. It’s one of the few things that binds all races. Each genre of music may have its roots in a particular culture, but they are not confined to just that culture.

Hip-hop has its roots in the African culture, yet one of the most famous rappers is white (Eminem). There are also successful latin rappers, and in a predominately male genre, female rappers.

Speaking of female artists, very rarely is there one that grabs my attention with their vocals in the rock/metal genre. Only a few come to mind at the moment.

1. The first has to be Janis Joplin. She paved the way and set the standard for all future female rockers.

2. Pat Benatar. Not only can she rock, but she has a beautiful ballad voice.

3. Amy Lee (Evanescence). For someone whose only training was singing in a church choir when she was young, she has an amazing range. The only drawback, and this is by no means meant to demean her ability, is that the music is what gives her voice a rock sound.

4. Lacey Mosley (Flyleaf). Lacey proved she has metal in her blood with the release of the single “I’m So Sick”. With that one song she proved that not only can she showcase a melodic voice, but a metal voice that could, if developed, rival Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour).

5. And my most recent discovery: Lzzy Hale from Halestorm. Her voice reminds me of the old school ladies (Joplin & Benetar). She has such an amazing vocal range, I get chills when listening to her.

The best way I can describe Lzzy’s voice for those unfamiliar with her is she sounds like a female Brent Smith. Anyone familiar with Shinedown knows the amazing range Brent has. Remember their cover of “Simple Man”? He showcased his range there, while offering up his metal chops on songs like “Devour” and “Sound Of Madness”. Lzzy does the same on the adult-themed “I Get Off”.

If you call yourself a rock/metal fan yet haven’t had the pleasure of hearing Lzzy’s voice, what are you waiting for? Get off your butt and check out Halestorm.

*The 5 ladies I listed are by no means my definitive ‘ladies of rock’ list. If you have any to add, please feel free to do so.*