Prez Day

Happy President’s Day. Let’s…buy a car? Other than we need a day off in the winter, is there a true reason for President’s Day? We celebrated Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays back in the day – don’t know if either was a real holiday ( school vacation generally fell around Washington’s “real” birthday – February 22). Now President’s day does generally fall at the beginning of the February school vacation – need a car? Don’t know how the whole automobile sale on President’s Day started – just a ploy to show the dealers’ Red, White & Blue stuff to move vehicles during a slow winter period? Probably. I don’t think that I’ve ever gotten a car during one of these sales events, and am not sure that the deal anyone will get is better during this sale than at other times. But…tell ’em George sent ya.

To celebrate the extra day off, listen to today’s President’s Day Sale podcast (and save big!) with Link Wray, Dr. John, Little Feat, Shelby Lynne, the Monkees, the Turtles, the Box Tops, the Lovin’ Spoonful, the Rascals, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, the Four Tops, the Lazy Lies, Oliver Kennan, Toro Y Moi, and Pedro the Lion.

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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Kiss

It’s coming on Valentine’s Day. Hmm, it’s been around a long time, and not just as a Hallmark day. Started out, naturally, as a Saint’s Day (or 2 or 3 – lots of Valentinus were running around back in the day). Like most old saints, they were killed for their religious devotion, and not because they espoused romantic love (although one was arrested for marrying soldiers to women – the only good soldier is an unmarried one, in the good old days).

So the day was celebrated in honor of St. Valentine, and in the 14th Century it began taking on a romantic association that continues on to this day ( he said, compressing almost 700 years into a sentence). Hallmark just latched onto it in the spirit of Capitalism.

Anyway, with that in mind, I put together a setlist of songs that all feature kissing in a romantic setting. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day by practicing what you hear today, which includes Prince, Tin Tin, Brian Ferry, Ike & Tina Turner, Bill Withers, Hot Chocolate, the Manhattans, Joni Mitchell, Alison Moyet, the Everly Brothers, Dwight Yoakam, Syl Johnson, the Replacements, Siouxsie & the Banshees, and Tom Jones.

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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Travel Envy

My son and his wife are vacationing in Costa Rica. We’ve been getting pictures of the beautiful resort they’re staying in and photos of the wildlife they’ve seen (an ocelot, sloths, snakes, etc.). We visited Costa Rica back in 2015, and we were very impressed (even me, who hates it when it gets too hot. It was in the ’80s but felt great in the dead of winter). We’d love to go back – we’ve even thought of retiring down there.

So we’re very envious of Nick and Lindsay this week – they were in the cloud forest and then will be heading onto Tamarindo, where we stayed when we went to Costa Rica. I suggest that everyone go there – it was fairly easy to fly down there. One caution – the roads get very bad very quickly down there. We tried a road that we couldn’t navigate in our little Toyota – a 4×4 is recommended, although the streets can get very narrow, so it can be hard to get from one end of a street to another, even when there aren’t cows walking down the street.

To celebrate not being in the cold weather, let’s listen to some great music on my podcast, which features Joni Mitchell, Sharon Van Etten, Julia Holter, the Kitchens of Distinction, the Breeders, Bram Tchaikovsky, His Name is Alive, Colourbox, Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Genesis, Little Feat, the Band, and Leon Russell.

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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Jazzy February

Hey, you know how I threaten to post on occasional Wednesdays? This is occasional Wednesday – February 6, 2019. Got some jazz tunes for y’all to listen to today.

So take some time and tap your feet to Dave Pike, Peggy Lee, Alphonse Mouzon, Art Tatum & Ben Webster, Elvin Jones, Art Farmer, Fred Hersch, Larry Coryell, Bill Evans, Michel Legrand, Bobby Watson, and Eddie Lockjaw Davis with Shirly Scott.

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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Super Duper Bowl

The Super Bowl is today. Here’s what will happen: one team will win, and the fans will be happy. One team will lose, and the fans of that team will think that they were robbed. There will be a bad call by the referees. This may be used as the reason that the team lost (it’s not true – no one sequence affects the game that much). The game will probably be close.

My team, the Patriots, are one of the teams. I have followed football since the late 1960s, and for many of those years, the Patriots stunk. They had 3 winning seasons from the late 1960s through 1981. I remember going to Boston one Sunday and asking a friend why he wasn’t watching the Patriots play. Simple, he said, an NFL team is blacked out when the team doesn’t sell out the stadium, so he never sees the Patriots home games. Oh. Since then they’ve actually been decent (leaving aside the 1-15 and 2-14 seasons), and they’ve been remarkable since 2001 (Belichick era). Long-time fans have had their ups and downs, is what I’m saying.

Anyway, I think my team will win. I sometimes think the coaches are a little bit better than they are – they don’t hoard as many plays and schemes as we think they do, but they game plan better than almost anyone. Should be a fun game to watch – go Pats.

So I didn’t put in a “root, root, root for the home team” song in this week’s podcast, not sure any of the songs are uplifting enough to use as preparation for the game (for the players – for us, the fans, yes). So let’s get ready for the game with the Move, the Beatles, the Doors, John Mayall, General Public, Winter Hours, Chameleons, Neil Young, Kelly Willis, Shelby Lynne, Tift Merritt, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Beck, Gilberto Gil, and Jorge Ben.

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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Every week

Another Sunday, another post. 52 a year (just once a week – I’m not huge on social media) for going on 5 years. Not always a lot to talk about. This week, we’ll get the government back up and going (for three weeks – 3, just 3). I guess I’ll find out how pressing the issue was we had at work by how soon I’ll be contacted to talk about it. It’s pretty minor, so I won’t hear anything for a while (maybe more than 3 weeks – that’s how minor it is). Let’s see if we can keep the government open this time. We don’t need a wall.

So join me today in welcoming the opening of the government with Traffic, Neil Young, Shemekia Copeland, John Mayall, Paul Butterfield’s Blues Band, Otis Rush, Tracey Thorn, Beth Orton, Hooverphonic, John Lennon, Spinal Tap, Nilsson, and the Monkees.

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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Snowmageddon – Snowpocalypse

The snowpocalypse scheduled for this weekend has once again (sort of) fizzled out, and instead of snow all day we’re getting freezing rain. Bring on the snow, I say. Much easier to deal with snow than frozen rain. Ugh – lots of work ahead of me shoveling and swearing today and tomorrow morning.

To get ready for the work, I’ll be listening to music, and on today’s podcast includes Kevin Morby, Magazine, the Bats, Black Grape, Wire, Television, the Velvet Underground, John Cale, Ray Charles, Graham Parker, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Who, Poco, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and the Allman Brothers Band.

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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Cold

It’s cold. Usually the cold doesn’t affect me, but lately, I’m starting to feel it. Maybe it’s time to start taking the “Move South” movement my wife’s on seriously. In past years I’ve shrugged off bad weather; maybe it’s a temporary thing. Let’s hope so, as we won’t be moving south anytime soon. Ooh, look, it’s going to warm up a bit this week- problem solved.

We can start thinking about warm weather with today’s podcast – the first set is by bands from the south, so let’s toss on a sweater anad hear R.E.M., Dreams So Real, the Connells, Matthew Sweet, Eugene McGuinness, Sharon Jones, Kings Go Forth, La Sera, Norah Jones, Dr. John, the Black Keys, Gotye, Barrence Whitfield & the Savages, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and the Dandy Warhols.

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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Resolutions

How’s your January going? Are you keeping up on your New Year’s resolutions? January seems to be the month of broken resolutions. How long does it take you to give up on your list? Have you kept up on your list past the first weekend? Good intentions and all, but generally nearly impossible to keep up with.

That’s why I don’t keep a list, although there are always some things I do to try to improve myself. My batting average isn’t bad right now on January 6, but the year is young. Let’s all try to keep the good things going this year (or at least until MLK Day).

My quest for the perfect podcast continues, but today’s is a goodie. Let’s break some resolutions together while listening to Translator, the Plimsouls, the Three O’Clock, Van Morrison, Junior Parker, Sonny Biy Williamson II, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Walter Horton, Nancy Wilson, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Labelle, Fleetwood Mac, the Moody Blues, and Tony Joe White.

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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2019 to move

Hey, thought I’d welcome everybody into 2019 with some rocking tunes from 2018. I’ve peppered the podcast with tunes that I’ve enjoyed from 2018. It’s not a best of, just a bunch of songs that fit together from last year. 

Let’s enjoy the start of a new year (one which involves me shoveling) with Tracy Thorn, Franz Ferdinand, David Byrne, the James Hunter Six, Holly Golightly, the Vryll Society, Belly, Father John Misty, Essex Green, Neko Case, the English Beat, Blood Orange, Tracyanne & Danny, and Elvis Costello.

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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