Pretend Vacation

Shh – I’m pretending that this isn’t the last day of my vacation – it’s Sunday, after all. Had a good time – went up to Rockland, ME for a couple of days, and communed with nature. More next week.

It’s Sunday (again), so I do have music for y’all, with John Lennon, Fats Domino, the Guess Who, Dusty Springfield, Bobby Charles, Charlie Rich, Levon Helm, Jonathan Richman, the Selector, Bad Manners, Paul Weller, Isobel Campbell, and Anna Burch.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

Vacation

I’m taking a vacation – finally. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a full week off. We may go somewhere as well for a couple of days – weird in this new world. It’s not a great time for me to be out at work – I’ve been doing tons of stuff to make sure that missing work will be minimal. I’ve got four closings that I’m working on – 2 that don’t really need me at this point, one that will be later in the year, and one more immediate one that is hopefully on a good course without my input for a week.

Of course, music will be highlighted during vacation, so let’s start the week off with music by Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Jarvis Cocker, Caribou, Tune-Yards, TV on the Radio, Tamaryn, Asobi Seksu, Dum Dum Girls, Lydia Loveless, Doris Duke, and Irma Thomas.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

Football’s back, baby

I keep reminding myself not to get excited about the return of football. Sports has been a welcome distraction in this time of staying home all the time. But while I’ve enjoyed the NBA bubble success, the same can’t be said about baseball.

I know part of it is due to the team for whom I root is a disaster this year (not even Mookie would have saved it, but I fell that it was part of the plan), but I’ve gotten less interested in baseball overall. Used to be my favorite sport. How will football look this year, and will the joy of seeing men hit each other bring the enjoyment that it used to bring?

I’ll give it the old college try (wait, many of them aren’t playing), well, we’ll see how it goes today. Whether football catches back on with me, or I drift away and think of all the negatives about football, which ends my fandom, will be seen.

It’s a big brunch Sunday here, so as we’re making food let’s listen to the new podcast, which features Lydia Loveless, Sam Phillips, the Paladins, NRBQ, the Jaggerz, Ben Folds Five, Cake, Beck, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Steve Earle, Dwight Yoakam, Joy of Cooking, Eddie Floyd, the Cardigans, and Katrina & the Waves.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

1970 Soul

Part 2 of 1970’s best music. We’re focusing on soul music in this one. We had new bands (the Jackson Five, old artists breaking away from bands (Diana Ross), and other stars stepping up (Stevie Wonder, etc.). It was just a very fertile time.

So let’s get groovy and listen to these artists in Part 2: the Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder, Charles Wright, Chairmen of the Board, Sly & the Family Stone, Ike & Tina Turner, the Temptations, B.B. King, the Five Stairsteps, the Delfonics, Dionne Warwick, Freda Payne, Tyrone Davis, Brook Benton, and Diana Ross.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

Labored Day

A Federal holiday since 1894, Labor Day celebrates the American Labor movement, which includes unions (trade unionists fought to get a day set aside for laborers). Really, it’s the end of summer celebration. Schools are starting back up, and it’s about the time that we see a change in weather (in the more northern climes, anyway.). So as the 4th of July is seen as the beginning of summer (school’s out), Labor Day ends it.

I hope everyone’s made it thorough the pandemic summer with their health intact, and we have to be sure that we continue to be vigilant. Sumer was supposed to be a weakening of the pandemic, but it’s kept up. Let’s hope flu season isn’t flu and COVID season.

Let’s get the party going with this week’s podcast, whcih starts out political and goes on from there, with David Bowie, Elvis Costello, the Smithereens, Crowded House, Sam Phillips, Shelby Lynne, the Bamboos, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, the Heavy, Gregg Allman, Wet Willie, and the North Mississippi All-Stars.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

1970 Rock

1970 was a great year for music. The post-Woodstock hangover hadn’t quite hit yet – most of this music was probably recorded during 1969, before the hangover, or even in 1970, when the realization that it was the end of an era hadn’t occurred. When I think back on that time (let’s see, how many years ago was that? Yikes – too many), most of my listening was based on AM radio. I was buying singles (45’s – remember those?) and maybe some albums, but mostly based on music heard on AM radio.

Still, even on AM radio music was varied – bubblegum pop, rock, soul, country – all the genres were still played on a regular basis, so I heard a wide swath of music. In putting together this podcast, I found that there was too much to choose from, so I split the 1970 podcast into 3 different podcasts (and there may be a 4th – there was that much fantastic music). First up, solid rock (FM edition). The other two I’ve done are soul and AM pop music. Even then, I left off music that is great, and I may return by year’s end.

Today let’s listen to these all-time artists: Van Morrison, George Harrison, the Doors, The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Derek & the Dominoes, Delaney & Bonnie, the Band, Three Dog Night, Argent, and Rod Stewart.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

Bad Times – Have Fun

The world can be a terrible place. Shootings, hurricanes, the pandemic – bad. So my mantra for today is enjoy yourself and have fun – we’ll get back to the bad things later.

Enjoy yourself with these tunes from these artists in this week’s podcast: Squeeze, Crowded House, the Go-Betweens, Crosby/Nash, Neil Young, Crazy Horse, Faces, the J. Geils Band, the Allman Brothers Band, Jimi Hendrix, Funkadelic, Frankie Rose, Wild Nothing, and the Pains at Being Pure at Heart.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

Lazy Summer

One thing that’s seemed normal to me this summer is the laziness that seems to spread over late summer. Is it the numerous hot days that lead to this, or is there some other effect that causes my torpor? I start putting off tasks I should take care of. Wasn’t sure it would be this way in COVID times, but it’s happening again.

I’m not helped by Kate having me take her to places and otherwise taking my time, even though she’s assigned me some of these tasks. That’s COVID-related in part, as she can’t be as social as she usually is in the summer.

So I’ll just take it easy today and try to organize the things I have to do. Since I can’t have a real vacation, maybe I’ll take some time off work and get those things done.

And when I do start doing these tasks, I’ll be listening to music from folks like Courtney Barnett, Black Grape, Lydia Loveless, Nicole Atkins, My Morning Jacket, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey, the New Pornographers, Jenny Lewis, Neko Case, Elvis Costello, Irma Thomas, the Neville Brothers, and Bobby Blue Bland.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

Post Office

Weather broke so the weekend’s not too hot. It’s temporary, though – we’ll be back in the high 80’s by the middle of the week. I’ll take the brief respite.

Not sure what we can do – pressure the politicians to do something- but let’s save the Post Office. It really is important. They’re the only organization that delivers mail to everyone. Every single household in the United States, on a daily basis (well, not on Sundays). No other company does that. UPS even uses the post office to deliver some packages.

I’ve seen some people say that as a Capitalist society we should have some private company take over and have them deliver mail. One of the first things this company would do is stop delivering mail on a regular basis to rural areas. Not cool. Postage would also increase, and thee’d be different rates depending on where one sends mail. Bad system.

The USPS receives no money from the government, so they’re already operating independently, as a private company would do. The pre-funding of benefits, that no other company has to do, is why they have a deficit.

We should also buy stamps and send out mail. In this pandemic, let’s return to simpler times where we write and actual letter and say hello to people.

Weather broke so the weekend’s not too hot. It’s temporary, though – we’ll be back in the high 80’s by the middle of the week. I’ll take the brief respite.

Not sure what we can do – pressure the politicians to do something- but let’s save the Post Office. It really is important. They’re the only organization that delivers mail to everyone. Every single household in the United States, on a daily basis (well, not on Sundays). No other company does that. UPS even uses the post office to deliver some packages.

I’ve seen some people say that as a Capitalist society we should have some private company take over and have them deliver mail. One of the first things this company would do is stop delivering mail on a regular basis to rural areas. Not cool. Postage would also increase, and thee’d be different rates depending on where one sends mail. Bad system.

The USPS receives no money from the government, so they’re already operating independently, as a private company would do. The pre-funding of benefits, that no other company has to do, is why they have a deficit.

We should also buy stamps and send out mail. In this pandemic, let’s return to simpler times where we write and actual letter and say hello to people.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

Owen

It’s another Owen weekend – too busy to do much, as he wants to help, but really, what does an 8-month baby know about writing? Probably as much as me.

So, to hold off the baby from taking over the writing, we’ll soothe him with music from The Ramones, Liz Phair, Elvis Costello, Hole, Roxy Music, Syd Straw, the Merry-Go-Round, Samantha Fish, Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones, the dB’s, George Harrison, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.