July 15

Is there anything significant about July 15?

1. 1099 – City of Jerusalem is captured and plundered by Christian forces during the First Crusade
2. 1799 – The Rosetta Stone is found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard during Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign

Really, just a quiet summer day. Hope you’re having a quiet summer – mine is calming down after a flurry of excitement last month. Lots of things going on at work, so I’m staying super busy.

I was able to get the podcast together. Rolling Stone put out a “100 greatest songs of the century – so far”, and I have a few of them, which I am sharing in today’s podcast. So listen keenly to the Black Keys, the New Pornographers, Beck, Rilo Kiley, Bob Dylan, Franz Ferdinand, Outkast, Adele, Arcade Fire, Johnny Cash, Alvvays, the Hives, and Daft Punk.

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.

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July 8

Hot enough for ya? Went through a scorcher last week – and a day when the air conditioning quit at work (92 degrees in the office by day’s end). We’re promised a respite later in the week this week, but it’s supposed to climb over 90 again on Monday and Tuesday. Take it easy out there.

When we were in New Jersey I got my sunburn for the summer – tried to hide from the sun as much as possible, but there’s nowhere to hide at the beach. My Irish white skin does not tan – after the sunburn it might lighten a bit to look tan-ish, but the skin soon peels away and the new skin is back to its natural pearlescence. Have a fun summer.

Cool down with some cool tunes in this week’s podcast, which includes cool artists like the Smithereens, the English Beat, Julian Cope, Buck Owens, Bobbie Gentry, Jim Ford, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Albert Collins, Luther Allison, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, Howlin’ Rain, Boz Scaggs, and Professor Longhair.

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.

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Post-Wedding (post)

We’re back from my son’s wedding. The wedding was great – pulled off without any hitches, even when it was moved inside due to the iffy weather. It worked out great. Again, all thanks go to John and Lisa for putting everything together – they did all the prep and all I had to do was show up.

It was a great time to catch up with family and friends, and to watch two young people express their love for one another. They wrote their own vows, and it reminded me just how good they are at writing and speaking. Kate and I had worked with Nick on his vows, so we knew them very well by the wedding, but I had not seen Lindsay’s, and her words brought me to tears it was so lovely. After the wedding we went to the Jersey Shore for a couple of fantastic days while the kids went to Hawaii for two weeks. Yesterday they went to the beach with green sand and black sand and saw humongous sea turtles. It’s incredible. They’re having an incredible time, which is what a honeymoon should be all about (Kate and I did not have a honeymoon – I went to work after we got married, and I mean later that day).

I didn’t get a podcast up last week – forgot to upload it from my computer – so I have a spare that I’ll use if there’s a problem one week. You’ll wonder why I talk about the upcoming wedding, but whatever. This week’s podcast isn’t particularly wedding-themed, but there are a couple of songs that would easily fit into a wedding that are included, so let’s listen to Black Box Recorder, the Undertones, the Yearning, Simply Red, Father John Misty, Neko Case, Holly Golightly, Courtney Barnett, the Psychedelic Furs, Love & Rockets, Peter Murphy, Beck, Roxy Music, the Breeders, and the Soundtrack of Our Lives.

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.

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My Kind of Town

I was in Chicago earlier this week. I didn’t get much of a chance to see the city, as I was mostly inside a hotel at a conference. I stayed at a hotel next to Grant Park, which was nice. I had a chance to walk around in the morning there before the conference got under way. I made my way down to the lakefront, where I walked around with about a thousand of my new closest friends who were jogging along the lakefront. Except those who were dressed for running who were walking with Starbucks cups – and they all were Starbucks cups. Obviously there are many Starbucks that are close by (and no other coffee shops) – why are there no other coffee shops around?

I did get to the Merchandise Mart, and on the way saw a number of different, cool bridges. I didn’t see the “High Fidelity” bridge, but the city seems quite proud of their diverse sets of bridges and bridge designs. It’d be worth exploring more – hope to get the chance to get back to the city.

And the soundtrack to my visit included these tunes, put together for your pleasure this week. They include Mission of Burma, Wussy, Matthew Sweet, the dB’s, Van Morrison, Ryley Walker, Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers, Michael Jackson, Major Lance, Roky Erickson, Olivia Tremor Control, the Apples in Stereo, and Camera Obscura.

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.

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Wedding Bell Blues

Well, it’s pretty much become all wedding, all the time around here. What was once an event that was far away is coming into sharper focus. Nick was up to teach Kate how to dance (they weren’t very successful, but I wasn’t around to help – I took a ballroom dance class in high school that I still remember). Nick also sent in his vows for us to look at and edit.

I’ve forgotten how good a writer he is. What we saw was a rough draft (round two , he tells us). We made some suggestions and he tightened it up so it works very well (I won’t bore you with my one quibble that stayed in – I was outvoted by the better writers 2-1 – Kate has real writing talent that she doesn’t use, but should). It’s funny and poignant and an amazing expression of love. He has real potential as a writer, too. C’mon, great writers in the family – write!

Let’s get ready for this wedding with some songs from Mission of Burma, Wussy, Matthew Sweet, the dB’s, Van Morrison, Ryley Walker, Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers, Michael Jackson, Major Lance, Roky Erickson, Olivia Tremor Control, the Apples in Stereo, and Camera Obscura.

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.

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Busy June

It’s June – we’ve made it this far in the year without getting blown up – let’s keep up the good work! This month is very busy for me. I’m heading out to Chicago for a conference on June 11, the we’re heading down to New Jersey at on June 21 for my son’s wedding. There’s a lot of excitement building up over it – don’t see why. People get married all the time, don’t they?

My son Nick and his fiance Lindsay are handling things pretty well overall – no threats of canceling the marriage as far as I can tell. It should be fun, and it’s hard not to get excited. Just 20 more days until the actual day. Lots to do before that, and to help we’ve got songs on today’s podcast from the Art of Noise, Cocteau Twins, Pet Shop Boys, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Wanda Jackson, the Everly Brothers, Tom Rush, Gram Parsons, Dave Alvin, Taj Mahal, Richie HAvens, Relatively Clean Rivers, the Allman Brothers Band, and the Fifth Dimension.

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.

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Memorial Day

Happy Decoration Day! That’s how Memorial Day started – people used to go to cemeteries and spruce up the graves of military veterans who died in combat. My wikipedia page says it started before the Civil War, but really it was the Civil War that popularized the practice, especially in the South. African-Americans claimed that they started the practice, and the North has also claimed that it started the idea. Whatever – it’s become a day to honor those brave people who died serving their country, and we shouldn’t forget that, even in the Memorial Day Sales hype, or all the barbecues that we’ll attend.

Let’s honor the dead with our podcast, which is more focused on the living, with Joni Mitchell, John Martyn, Bert Jansch, Luke WInslow-King, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Pinkshinyultrablast, the Searchers, the Bangles, Continental Drifters, Shocking Blue, Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs, Argent, and Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express.

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.

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Out of Touch

I am completely out of touch with what’s going on culturally. Never thought that I wouldn’t at least know basic stuff (what’s being watched on TV, who’s topping the music charts?). I always thought when I was a kid that I couldn’t understand how my parents couldn’t at least identify what I felt was very important stuff to know. Now that I’m older I’m at least as bad as they are. The top selling album is beerbongs & bentleys (sic) by Post Malone. Did you know that? Would you be able to identify any songs that he sings? What’s his genre, anyway? Rap, pop, dance? I heard (on purpose) a Post Malone song the other day – I still can’t answer the question. I think it’s what passes for popular music today – kinda rap, kinda pop, sorta dance-y, and totally unmemorable. Someone was trying to convince me that it’s all just pop – meaningless, fun music. Well, it’s certainly meaningless, but not fun to my ears. Hard pass.

And the top TV shows? How about the Big Bang Theory and the Good Doctor? I don’t watch either, and except that I believe that it’s a medical drama, could not tell you anything about the show the Good Doctor. Just checked – the Good Doctor looks like an updated Doogie Howser. Am I close? Don’t tell me, I don’t want to know. I do watch some TV – but I don’t think that I see any regular network TV shows.

Have we as a culture become isolated and given over everything to the young? Probably not – I think that has been happening since popular culture came into being. I paid closer attention to things when my son was younger (had to have an idea of what he was consuming), but that time has long vanished, and I’ve been able to let slip that which is unimportant, which means popular culture. It feels good, to tell you the truth.

I still listen to new music, though – just not what the kids are into, and I feature a bunch of new stuff on today’s podcast, so let’s dig into the new sounds of Liz Phair, Belly, Eleanor Friedberger, Speedy Ortiz, David Byrne, Neko Case, Shakey Graves, the Who, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan & the Band, Roy Orbison, Dwight Yoakam, the Everly Brothers, and Rockpile (ok, the last 8 songs aren’t “new” as such).

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.

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Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers. Hope your day goes well.

Enjoy some Mother’s Day with music,. How about this podcast, which today features Felt, Medium, Medium, Brazilian Girls, John Lennon, Marshall Crenshaw, Robbie Robertson, Tommy Keene, Pet Shop Boys, Bananarama, Sade, Chaka Khan, Brian Eno, John Cale, and Robert Wyatt.

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.

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Bees’ Knees

I have a bad left knee. It’s “classic” osteoarthritis says my Doctor. Great, another classic. I’ve had a couple of cortisone shots for it, and while I’ve complained that they weren’t effective, they did relieve some of the symptoms. Problem was, my knee was getting worse – walking up and down stairs got to be an absolute killer for me. In January I went to the Doctor’s to see about the next step, hyaluronic acid shots, but he also suggested that maybe I could try some physical therapy. So I hied myself on over to PT and got some exercises to strengthen the area, and voila, the pain has been disappearing.

I think that losing weight has also helped (it’s something the Doctor suggested). But the pain has been reduced remarkably, so that I feel some twinge when walking up stairs with a heavy load (laundry, say), but nothing like before. I know that this is not a permanent solution, but anything to slow the next steps, leading to the final solution – knee replacement – is appreciated. Good, old fashioned easy exercises – who knew it could work so well?

Let’s exercise to this week’s podcast, which features birds. Spring means birds, which means the Beatles, Joe Cocker, Neil Young, Galley Beggar, Richie Havens, the Guess Who, Joni Mitchell, R.E.M., Taj Mahal, Archie Bronson, the Cardigans, the Buffalo Springfield, Paul McCartney & Wings, and the Flat Five.

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.

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