Happy Easter

Holidays have become times for visiting family, and we’ll be heading off to visit my son and his wife. So I’m going to post this early, as my Sunday will be busy with an Easter egg hunt and whatnot.

Have a happy Easter! And why not start with music from Echo & the Bunnymen, Canned Heat, Chris Isaak, Joan Armatrading, Christine & the Queens, the English Beat, Elvis Costello, Lou Reed, Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators, Syl Johnson, Saun & Starr, James Carr, Paul Simon, and Van Morrison.

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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Tax Day

Tax Day is coming up – hope everyone has filed. I do my taxes fairly early, and since I usually pay in, I file at the last possible minute. I try to make sure that I don’t pay in  a lot, but why let the government have your money for free? Sure, getting money back is always fun, but it just means that you put extra money in that was held for you without you getting any interest on the account. 

Because of Patriot’s Day (no, Massachusetts isn’t celebrating the football team), we get an extra day to file taxes. That won’t happen again for a few years, as the 15th will be on a Wednesday next year, which will be the week before Patriot’s Day in 2020. Tax Day being close to when the Revolutionary War started is…something.

Let’s avoid taxes by listening to music (or preparing your taxes, or shipping them off) with Gene Clark, the Lovin’ Spoonful, Stephen Stills, Spirit, Paul Weller, the Action, Ocean Colour Scene, the Charlatans, David Byrne, Fleetwood Mac, the Chills, Split Enz, the Go-Betweens, Little Feat, and the Kinks.

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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Old Man


I generally don’t feel like I’m getting old. Sure, with arthritis in the left knee I can have a slight limp after I sit for a while, but overall I still feel good. But, a week ago I went off to fetch something down the hill at my house, and it was still very slippery, so I took a fall. An old man fall. I landed on my left elbow, which sent pain through my shoulder. The pain only lasted a day or so, then went away as most pain does for me.

Yesterday I was doing some work in the basement, slinging boxes around and cleaning up, when I wrenched my left shoulder again, and the pain returned. Not the slight pain I feel sometimes when I aggravate an old injury, but the full pain came right back, and now it hurts whenever I move my arm, which I do on a regular basis. I wasn’t aware how much I moved my left arm, and even trying to limit how much I use it, it moves a lot.

I don’t think the pain means that there is anything structurally wrong – it’s just a slight pull, so I won’t be checking in with the doctor, who’d only tell me to take the Advil that I’m already taking (if there is any relief, it’s slight). It’ll be fine, it’s just that I wonder if these nagging little injuries that I shrugged off when younger is a sign of the body not healing as quickly as it used to. Welcome to old age (former) young man.

Let’s rely on the healing power of music. The tunes I chose for today do have healing properties, with Cassandra Wilson, Little Milton, Led Zeppelin, Diana Ross, Morcheeba, Hooverphonic, Letters to Cleo, Veruca Salt, Luscious Jackson, the Breeders, Earl KIng with Roomful of Blues, and Van Morrison.

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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April She WIll Come

We’re getting ready to close the first quarter of 2019 – went by quickly, didn’t it? Is it that as we get older time speeds up (isn’t that part of Einstein’s theory)? The second quarter of the year I generally designate as spring. April showers bring May flowers and such. The second quarter actually includes the first day of summer (June 20), so it’s not a perfect analogy, but in these parts, we usually wait until July 4 to really start having summer.

So, there you have it – Q1 is winter, Q2 is spring, Q3 is summer, and Q4 is fall (oh, I know Q4 is fall and the start of winter, but let’s be optimistic and keep things simple). Agreed? Ok, next item on the agenda….


This week’s podcast fits into the start of spring with Faces, Traffic, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the Tubes, Richard Thompson, the Tom Robinson Band, Julia Jacklin, Sharon Van Etten, St. Vincent, the Staple Singers, the Soul Stirrers, Naomi Shelton, and the Como Mamas.

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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Spring?

Well, I didn’t expect my St. Patrick’s Day thoughts to be such a hot take. I get it – some people like St. Paddy’s Day. Like many celebrations, it does signify the beginning of Spring, which is March 20.

I was a little surprised to read that there is some actual opposition to the day – I guess the whole public drunkenness thing upsets more people than I would have thought. It’s just a minor personal thing for this part-Irish Patrick-named guy.

It is spring – today temperatures should be in the 50’s (and sunny!), a welcome change. We’re going for a nice walk in nature today – you should, too. And please, why not bring some music with you? Let’s celebrate spring with the Bangles, Jerry Harrison, Talk Talk, Yola, World Party, the Beau Brummels, the Beach Boys, Suzanne Vega, Xenoula, Vetiver, Martha & the Vandellas, Jackie Wilson, the Flamingos, and Sam Cooke.

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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St. Paddy’s Day

I hate St. Patrick’s Day. We’re not all Irish today, and never did I need an excuse to drink way more than I should have (those days are over now anyway).

So, on my name day, this is just an excuse for bad behavior. Local bars open early to serve beer, many before drunken parades. Stop! Let’s bring the dignity back to this day and… I don’t know. Just forget about, really. Let St. Patrick rest in peace.

So there will be no Irish music played today. Instead, listen to these great songs by non-Irish people like John Mayall, Bobby Blue Bland, David Bromberg, the Blow Monkeys, the Beat, Bob Mould, Ladytron, the Knife, Hercules & Love Affair, Jimi Hendrix, the Jeff Beck Group, and the Yardbirds. Fidelity’s a bit off on my voice today – I’ll have to check that out, but no one’s there to hear me anyway.

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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Mad at all time

So the recent articles I’ve read have told me that I’m not mad at Daylight Savings Time, but really I’m mad at Standard Time. Who told me that I was mad? I’ve gotten used to going to work in the dark and coming home at night in the dark – it’s become a ritual of winter. How much does that change if we stay in Daylight Savings Time?

The push is on to stay on Daylight Savings Time and dump Standard Time, as if that will solve all of our problems. But what of the children who’ll have to get the bus in the dark during the winter? Some people will get mad at that. And I’m sure there are traditionalists who’ll be mad that we’re “changing time” to suit our own needs.

I say let’s do away with time altogether. Let’s just make up our own times depending on how we feel. Sure, meetings will be difficult, and plane schedules might get messed up (standardizing times came about originally in part because of train schedules – some towns along a route were on different time zones, some off a half hour or forty-five minutes from the starting point, making it difficult to put togethr a coherent schedule ).

Time is arbitrary ( an argument I’ll be making later as I turn 60 this year). I know that I am actually a very organized person who is good at ordering my life in timely segments, but let’s do away with that and live free, away from the slavery of the convention of time.

Today’s podcast, like most, is about an hour long. Not very free form, but a convention I’ll follow. Listen keenly to John Mayall, Bobby Blue Bland, David Bromberg, the Blow Monkeys, the Beat, Bob Mould, Ladytron, the Knife, Hercules & Love Affair, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff BEck, and the Yardbirds.

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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Goes in like a…?

There’s an old saying (dates back to the 19th Century, apparently) that says March goes in like a lion and out like a lamb to predict the weather for the month. I suppose it’s conditional: “if March goes in like a lion…” March 1 was pretty mild – what’s the “March creeps in like a house cat” equivalent? “Dashes out like a mouse?” Friday was pretty mild, and yesterday’s predicted snow didn’t happen, so the old saw doesn’t work this year. Usually, a mild winter like we’ve had means a rough March – we’ll have to wait and see.

In like a lion describes this week’s podcast. Got some great new music to be played to go with a killer run of classic tunes, so plug into the music which includes Yola, Steve Earle, Maria McKee, the Supreme Beings of Leisure, the War on Drugs, Future Islands, Van Morrison, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, the Teardrop Explodes, Icicle Works, the Wonder Stuff, and the Mighty Lemon Drops.

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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Sunday Morning

Sunrise is 6:30, so technically I got up after sunrise. The clouds are thick this morning, and there was a slight dusting overnight, so I am not seeing the sun itself. My car has fairy dust sprinkled on it, and should easily be cleaned off before I go anywhere.

It’s already above freezing, so any precipitation should change to rain, which is predicted for the day – all day and into the night. It won’t be too bad, though, and since there rae tasks to do today (shopping and what not), I’ll be out in it.

Outside my window, a dog is walking its human. It’s an extremely large dog with a mind of its own, and the small woman behind the dog does her best to keep him on task, but there were days (especially when it was a large puppy) that the dog set the pace. It would sit down if it did not want to walk someplace, and no amount of tugging or speaking to it would make the dog move. It was kind of funny, but only because the dog could not be sweeter. All dogs should be so sweet. The dog loves me, and even though I try to keep my distance when I pass it, it insists on coming over to say hi.

Let’s have some music to go with the winter interlude, which this week includes Stephen Stills, Poco, Chicago, the Byrds, the Rascals, China Moses, Al Green, Isobel Campbell, Grinderman, Mark Lanegan, Black Mountain, Faces, Free, and Mott the Hoople.

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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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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