12/2/2019-MUSIC-Day 1 (for WWJ)-Recording Tracks for Between Worlds Cover CD

-Last Saturday (11/30) I entered SILVER CITY STUDIOS to start recording on four tracks for a new covers CD by the band BETWEEN WORLDS. I officially became their bassist last month. I can’t name the tracks as of yet, but we did get the drums, scratch rhythm guitars and bass down for three of the four tracks. All of the tracks on this CD are rock/hard rock/metal songs with some deeper cuts thrown in. This is being produced by studio owner Robert Capezzano and Between Worlds manager Blaine Wiggins (CEO of MY FISH RECORDS-of whom Between Worlds is signed to). By the way-for those who are wondering-I’ll put down how I joined the band in a later entry…

-Save for the time I was in Emmett Van Slyke’s home studio in November 2017 to lay down the tracks for the CAROLINE BLUE song “My Fingers,” I haven’t been in a recording studio since 2012 (I think…). Both Robert and Blaine were very easy to work with and a great set of ears to guide us towards the desired outcome. I got a great sound out of just my bass alone (and no Rob-I’m not selling it-HA!). I’ve heard that a few times now and it might be time to have that five-string Yamaha bass be used for recording only. I also have to say this was my first time recording under pinkish lights πŸ™‚ – and it wasn’t just me that had that (I knew what you guys were thinking πŸ™‚ ).

-Joining me in the studio were guitarist Roy Coston and drummer Mike Merrifield-all of us being in the band Four Large Men back in the 1990s. The last time we recorded together was probably around 1995-6 but things just fell into place like 20 plus years hadn’t gone by. Rob even said Mike and I, at one point (and while doing separate takes on a track), made a mistake at the exact same place. As Mike told Rob, we’ve done a few gigs together πŸ™‚ Not to say that there were a lot of mistakes mind you… If anything, I’m the rusty one in the ring, per se, since venturing into the acting world. Having said that, this was a great environment and great people to work with so no pressure \m/

-I’ll be heading out there again in the coming weeks (and as schedules permit) to crank out the remaining bass tracks with Mike. It would be great to also be around when Roy, guitarist Scott “Rif” Miller, and guitarist/synth/keyboardist Justin Zych lay down stuff (yes-this band has THREE guitar players). Of course, if possible, I want to be there when vocalist Ronny Munroe (Metal Church/Trans-Siberian Orchestra) lays down stuff-and hopefully I’ll be able to partake in doing some backing vocals as well…

-Things are off to a great start as I continue to plug away at knocking the rust off and getting my shite together πŸ™‚

Pics can be seen on my Musician Page via the link below

WWJ MUSICIAN PAGE on FACEBOOK

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11/18/2019-PETS- New Member of the Family-“Five-Paw!”

-It’s been a long time coming but there’s a new member of our family. Meet “Five-Paw!” 😊😼 I just got back from the vet. He’s had his shots and is currently in a warm separate room so that Scruffy can get used to him…hopefully…🀞 The vet says he’s around 10 years old and has only one tooth remaining-but his mouth is doing fine and he never seemed to have a problem with the food we gave him outside so…He tested negative for everything so far. Wish us continued good luck so he can stay!

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11/10/2019-R.I.P. – My Dad (Robert W. Johnson)

-For years I absolutely dreaded this day, as well as two more (at least) like it to go. Of course, I know that, at some point, both my Mom and Dad-as well as my baby boy cat Scruffy-will pass but that always seemed to be off in the distance, that there would be enough time to do so many things…That is now but one of many beliefs that have been strained, if not shattered, with the passing of my Dad…

-I’m not going to mention much of his background here. Dad was pretty private and didn’t even want an obituary but I made that decision because it was for me. I didn’t want him to just fade away without something out there. The same is with my Mom (even more so) but I will also do the same when that time comes. I guess this means that “WAYNE-THE BOOK” (probably not the name) might actually happen… It would probably be a memoir-unless I somehow become famous enough and/or have a large enough audience willing to buy a WWJ biography…or maybe it will all just end up here on my personal site. I don’t know but I digress…

-As seen in his obituary, my Dad was a member of The United States Navy in the 1950s and served when the Korean War was happening. He was on several ships and was on a tour in the Far East when he met, and eventually married, my Mom-who is from Taiwan. It may seem alien today, but back then a marriage between a Caucasian and an Asian wasn’t looked upon too favorably by many. They loved each other so much though, and while my parents had it hard, they got through it all and eventually had me-although there were times when I almost didn’t make it. Several times…

-My Dad was an engineer after the Navy with General Electric. Sometime before he retired the branch here (Syracuse, NY) was taken over by Lockheed Martin. His job had him traveling to many places including The Marshall Islands, where we lived for a number of years. While I have some memories of times before Kwaj (the main island was called Kwajalein-basically a 3 by 5-mile island), my strongest earliest memories were from my time here. The Marshall Islands are 2,100 miles southeast of the Hawaiian Islands. One of my favorite childhood memories was getting hooked on Star Wars at this time. In order to go to The United States (as well as back to Kwaj), you had to stop at Hawaii (usually Oahu) and sometimes we’d stay for a week or two. There was a theater there that played Star Wars for years and every time we were on that island I’d beg my Dad to see it and he would do so every time-so I got to see the original Star Wars movie multiple times on the big screen.

-Eventually, we settled in Central New York. My Dad was a proud member of the NRA Golden Eagles and The American Legion-as well as several other organizations. He loved his country and was very patriotic but even more so, he loved me and Mom. His main priority-right to the end-was to protect us and make sure we were taken care of. Growing up, he never forced me to do things-letting me make my own choices (mostly πŸ™‚ ) and helping me to correct course (and sometimes totally overhaul things) when needed. He was always so supportive of me in what I wanted to do-even when, perhaps, at times when he shouldn’t have been…

-He was also a man of few words, for the most part. Anyone who knows me knows how driven I can be and how, at times, I can’t see the forest for the trees so to speak. Just ask my exes πŸ™‚ But I did begin to finally recognize this a couple of years ago and we talked more and more as time went on. In addition, we also watch movies together, whether at home or in the theater. The last movie we watched together was “Avengers Endgame.” I’m so glad for all of that-although, of course, I wish there was so much more…

-I won’t be saying so much here at this time but I will recall a few great memories. Dad loved to read and he has a book collection that makes mine look sparse. I was so glad I got him into reading books by David Baldacci. Great stuff and highly recommended. Another one was that my Dad was a big fan of Johnny Carson and many years ago I bought him, for Christmas, a multi DVD set of Johnny Carson shows. He would play that over and over. One that I specifically remember was an interview with a musician who sang his favorite song “I Remember You” by Slim Whitman. I actually brought a small boom box to his room and a CD of Slim’s that he’d just ordered. Ironically, it wasn’t until the last week when I realized the song before “I Remember You”, which was the second song, was a song called “That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine” which hit me really hard. I searched YouTube for it, but they have an older version up that isn’t the same. Perhaps I’ll upload it myself one day and share it here in the future… You can check out the lyrics HERE. Below is that clip from the Johnny Carson Show, complete with Slim singing “I Remember You.”

-Dad was from the generation where you don’t go to the doctor unless you really have to-and maybe not even then. Even as far back as around June/July when he was starting to have issues (at least that I started noticing-maybe a little earlier than that), he still insisted that he be the one who drives me to the airport so I could get the rental car for filming on JOHNNY Z– even though it was obvious something was off. Dad is very strong so whatever was happening, he’d just grin and bear it; saying he’d be fine-and I’d believe him. Even when things got worse, he would say not to worry. I’ll never know if he knew how serious things were and didn’t want me and Mom to worry-especially my Mother. By the time I basically forced him to go to the emergency room via an ambulance (he chose St. Joesph’s), he looked a little defeated. Maybe he knew what was to come…

-Dad was at St. Joesph’s for a little over a month, with one overnight stay at a nursing home which was a disaster… Lots of ups and downs throughout all of this. I missed one day (I can’t even remember why) but otherwise I was there to visit him all the other days-many times twice per day. The majority of the people I encountered there were wonderful, caring people. Having said that, there were some people/events/situations that still don’t sit well with me. There were even times when I felt like I was in a bad drama movie… I was able to talk to Dad a lot and consider each day that I could a blessing. I was able to say goodbye, that I loved him, say what he meant to me and more-all numerous times. All of which (as stated before) I consider a blessing cause some don’t get to do that… There was still so, so much more though… One of my core beliefs is “where there’s life, there’s hope.” With all that has happened during this time, this is now one of those beliefs that I mentioned earlier that is strained if not shattered. Everything has now changed. Everything…

-One of the reasons I wanted to be there so much and would’ve been there all day every day if I could was that if the worst happened, I’d be there and he wouldn’t pass alone. I didn’t believe it would happen (I still had faith-no matter what anyone said), but Dad always taught me to do my best in being prepared for the worst-and it came… On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at 8:15 PM, my Dad passed away and I was there at his side, holding his hand and feeling totally crushed. The anguish inside…

-There’s a lyric line from the Butch Walker song “Father’s Day” that’s been running in my head for weeks…

“You don’t become a man, until you lose your Dad…”

-I guess it’s time for me to (finally) grow up now…You’ve done so much for me and Mom… Goodbye, my Silver-Haired Daddy…You are forever with us in our hearts and I now hope there is an afterlife so that we can all meet once again. I love you & miss you so much Dad. So very, very much…

RWJ OBITUARY-KRUEGER FUNERAL HOME

RWJ OBITUARY-THE GRAND HAVEN TRIBUNE

RWJ OBITUARY-THE POST STANDARD

As per his obituaries, if you’d like, in lieu of flowers please make a donation in his name to The US Navy Memorial…

THE UNITED STATES NAVY MEMORIAL

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10/31/2019-ACTING-“Tales of Dracula” on What’s Goin’ On Binghamton 2019 Halloween Special

Tonight on WHAT’S GOIN ON BINGHAMTON-via THE HORROR OF IT ALL– for their 2019 Halloween Special, will be the full showing of the film TALES OF DRACULA by WOLFBAIN PRODUCTIONS. Afterward will be BTS interviews with director Joe DeMuro, actor Tom Delillo (The Wolf Man), Makeup Artist Ron Chamberlain and Actor Wayne W. Johnson (Dracula).

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10/13/2019-INTERVIEWS- The Sacrificial Terror Podcast on “House Shark”

-Back on September 8, 2019, Director Ron Bonk and I (Wayne W Johnson) did an interview with the SACRIFICIAL TERROR PODCAST w/ Sam Iam Mason, Rheanon Nicole (Zombie Barbie) and Lance Wagner) pertaining to the horror/comedy film HOUSE SHARK. Lots of behind the scenes info about the film including talks about actors Trey Harrison, Michael Merchant & Wes Reid (Jonathan Straiton) and that Non-Native guy who played Darth Squanto πŸ™‚ In addition, films NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE and JOHNNY Z were also touched upon plus how I broke the House Shark (!) as well as why makeup artists, as soon as they find out I’m involved in a film, double their rates (HA!) πŸ˜€ Big thanks to Sam/Rheanon/Lance for the opportunity to do this-I had a lot of fun πŸ™‚ Check it out!

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10/2/2019-INTERVIEWS- WWJ Chillin’ With The Rick in Oneida, NY

-Last night I did a lengthy interview (episode #20) with Rick Smith for his show CHILLIN WITH THE RICK and before I got home it was already up on Facebook πŸ™‚ Coming to YouTube as well…A number of topics including my early years, acting, music, CAROLINE BLUE and much more plus A LOT of cheesy jokes (Hey-it’s me! :)). There’s even a post there explaining why I have all those different FB pages πŸ™‚ Thanks again Rick – he’s already telling me what he wants to happen in a second interview πŸ™‚

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9/30/2019-HEALTH-Update on Biopsy: It’s Not Cancer But…

-For those who may or may not know, On Tuesday, August 27, I had a biopsy to determine if what was detected via chest x-ray and two cat scans- which was enlargement of multiple lymph nodes-was the worst-case scenario; this being having lymphoma-a slow type of cancer. It was also the same night KISS was playing in Syracuse and-for those who don’t know-yes, I did make it to the concert and had a great time πŸ™‚ When I got out of the biopsy, I had the scar as well as a large swelling around it. The swelling is almost gone now. I was also concerned that, since two tubes were down my throat at the same time (one was the breathing tube and the other with a camera so the doctor could look at both the inside and outside of my lungs), that there was a possibility of damage to my vocal cords. I’m happy to report that I have the high and mid ranges back (I never lost (fully or partially) my low range). Staying power isn’t what it was but I can recover some of that (maybe more) with vocal exercise-which I’m back to doing (and was doing for over a decade now). The good news is that I don’t have cancer, but…

-The doctor did tell me that I do have something-and that is called Sarcoidosis. Now, I’m by no means an expert of this but I will try to explain a few things from my research. Please feel free to correct/add to the info if you’d like… Of course, the first search I had to hit a site where they were talking about what happens if it’s chronic and, if really bad, one can have a life expectancy of maybe ten years tops. Great huh? I don’t even know if that’s really accurate but that didn’t set the tone very well obviously. I kept on pushing on though…

-Sarcoidosis is, well, taken from WebMD.com…

Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that affects multiple organs in the body, but mostly the lungs and lymph glands. In people with sarcoidosis, abnormal masses or nodules (called granulomas) consisting of inflamed tissues form in certain organs of the body.

-It would seem that mine is located, at this time, in the lungs and lymph nodes. A friend of mine also had it in the kidneys and they were only working around 40%. Other places can be the eyes, skin, joints and basically every organ you have. With the lungs, the granulomas, if they become fully formed, can cause scarring-which is when the damage really gets bad there. There are also other multiple symptoms-some common for all and some linked to where it’s located. Obviously, I have some of them and they are the following…

-The first symptom I have is fatigue. This is an autoimmune disease. That means my immune system is trying to fight this and it’s not working-yet keeps trying anyway. As a result, I tend to get tired and worn out faster. So it’s not all just aging (HA!) πŸ™‚ Some of those pics of me sleeping on the JOHNNY Z set and a few others…perhaps it was tied into this (although there were also other things that were probably involved-heat wave, lack of sleep and more). This is currently my number one challenge with all this cause I’m getting hit by so many things at this time that I’m really getting worn down at times…

-The second symptom I have is shortness of breath (at times)-which ties in with the lungs. It’s much better than how I was last year-especially during various fight scenes so this isn’t too bad, but it did get to me once while outside on the set of “Babysitter Massacre: Heavy Metal” earlier this year. It sucks but I just have to pace myself better and am working on it. I also have to again say it’s WAY better than it was last year.

-A third symptom is a persistent dry cough. Like the shortness of breath, it’s nowhere near as bad as it was last year. Hell, at times, I had a few people say all the coughing last year sounded like I had walking pneumonia (!). While I still have this almost daily, it happens about one time per day-on average-and ends real quick. Last year I was even having trouble sleeping due to all the coughing. It doesn’t do that anymore so that’s one less reason out of the mix…

-A fourth symptom is brain fog. Specifically-being harder to focus and have mental clarity. Usually comes along with the fatigue-and sometimes may just be a product of said fatigue. When they both hit, I really can’t do too much but chill and/or try to catch up on sleep. While I can power out of it at times, it gets a little harder to do as I get older…

-A fifth interesting symptom that I was told about (and confirmed by my friend who has it) is that it can amplify feelings of anxiety (which I really don’t have so not really bad) and depression (THAT’s the bad one). So for those who read my 2018 YEAR IN REVIEW…was parts of that being amplified by this? I’ll never really know…

-I really haven’t experienced any others as of yet per se and hopefully won’t. A few friends have messaged me telling me of their experiences with Sarcoidosis. I was told that there are many cases where it went into remission after awhile-maybe a year or more-and stayed that way. Having said that, there’s no cure for this and no type of on-going treatment. If it gets bad what is usually given is a type of steroid (just what I needed…to get bigger right? πŸ™‚ ) but that’s a temporary thing. I have an appointment with a pulmonary specialist in the coming months so time will tell. Hopefully, I’ll be one of the lucky ones where it decreases, not increases…

-One other interesting thing is that there’s no known cause for Sarcoidosis. They don’t really know how it happens. It was first detected when I had my chest x-ray but if I didn’t have that…I’ll never know how I got it or, even more importantly, how long I’ve had it. I know I was having shortness of breath problems during a fight scene on a beach for a movie (that will basically, IMO, never see the light of day due to the unreal amount of BS surrounding it) back in 2015. Was Sarcoidosis a factor in that or was it just me not being in P90X shape anymore (which totally sucks and needs to be worked on…)? I’ll never know that either…

-FYI…if you don’t see me posting as much and/or not responding as much, I’ve become the caretaker for my parents this year so that takes priority over all else. Thank you for your understanding…

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