President’s Day

Have you heard that here in the U.S. tomorrow is a holiday? I heard someone say earlier in the week that there would be a delay of stuff until Tuesday because of the Monday holiday, and I was confused. “What holiday?” I wondered. “Surely President’s Day is on the 24th and not the 17th.”

But it’s not. It’s this Monday. How did I start losing holidays? Last year I had to work President’s Day (huge application was due at the end of the week, and we had to get everything together – hundreds of pages of stuff, with a good result).  I think that it may be because I try not to think about the Presidency anymore.

This week we’ve got lots of great music, with Melody Gardot, Al Jarreau, Brittany Howard, the Roots, Eddie Floyd, Otis Redding, Billy Preston, Lou Ann Barton, Samantha Fish, Shemekia Copeland, Dani Wilde, Christine Perfect, the Rezillos, and Aztec Camera.

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.



New Normal

Argh – had a rough week. Personally, things were a little messed up, partially due to the weather. Weather in winter can always alter a person’s week. Canceled meetings, bad weather (but still made it into work, albeit with an extra 30 minutes added to the commute). Nationally it was a weird week, too. There’s a new normal that Im not sure that I can get used to. Let’s do better, everyone.

Today’s podcast is not going to celebrate the upcoming Valentine’s Day. Hope that you weren’t waiting for that. Instead, there are great songs that are bluesy, psychedelic, and just plain tuneful. So relax and listen to Chicken Shack, Buddy Guy, Roscoe Gordon, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, the Dukes of Stratusphear, the Black Hollies, the Soft Boys, Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, the Smiths, the Cure, Paul Weller, My Morning Jacket, Luna, and the Connells.

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.



Jazzbo

Oops – I’ve been sitting on this for a while. It’s my jazz podcast of music that came out last year. Since a couple of the artists are no longer on earth, it’s not all music recorded in 2019, but it’s all things that were not released earlier. The Coltrane piece was recorded for a film that only used some of the pieces (?), while the Art Pepper cut was recorded for a small label – I think the cut I play is an alternate take of something not released.

Anyway, enjoy the music of Snarky Puppy, Jamie Saft, Nicholas Payton, John Coltrane, George Coleman, Jimmy Cobb, Michael Dease, Art Pepper, and the James Carter Organ Trio.

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.

3 Things

Three things today: It’s Groundhog Day. Let’s hope for a Short winter. Super Bowl Sunday! My team’s taking a break this year. I think the Chiefs will win but have heard persuasive arguments that the 49ers will win. Should be a good game (which means that it probably won’t be a good game).

Finally, we babysat our grandson Friday night and Saturday morning. We hadn’t seen him in three weeks (so long ago). When they’re small, they change a lot in three weeks. He’ll be two months old on February 10, and when we saw him Friday night he was much more alert and was really smiling sometimes. I like happy babies. When he was crying I told him how I understand what a hard life he was leading. Didn’t help, but maybe my argument will be more persuasive when he begins to understand words.

Today’s podcast starts out with teenagers, then we get into a deck of cards, with the Who, Wussy, the Flamin’ Groovies, Little Feat, the Golden Palominos, Chaka Kahn, Neko Case, Slaid Cleaves, Ray Charles, Blur, the Specials, O.V. Wight, Dave Edmunds, the Searchers, and Marshall Crenshaw.

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.

All of Our Yesterdays

Had a dream last night…wait, come back. I’m not going to tell you about my dream, which was very lame. The point is, I was back in my old hometown of Madawaska, Maine. I lived there for the first six years of my life (10%). I obviously don’t remember a lot about the first 2-3 years, but I was given pretty free reign during the day when I was a little older and I had a good memory of the town’s layout, where our house was in terms of the town, and if pressed I could have drawn a map of the town that was pretty accurate. I only returned once after we moved, so I didn’t have a lot of contemporary images to help me.

It’s strange how I remember so much about those first years. In the internet age, I can look at Google Maps and see that my memory was excellent – I did remember the layout of the town pretty accurately (it’s not like the town has a lot of odd streets or anything).

Actually, I’ve always been good with directions and orienting myself in surroundings. There are places that I’ve visited one time and I can give accurate directions there. My wife (and sadly, my son) do not have that gene, so I am in charge of getting places. So it goes.

On today’s podcast, we start out palely with Procol Harum, the Dukes of Stratusphear, the Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, Erykah Badu, the Rings, Janis Joplin, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, Eddie Floyd, Sam & Dave, the Emotions, Terence Trent D’Arby, the Beatles, and the Love Language.

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.

Snowbirds?

New round of shoveling this morning. As usual, when we get a good amount of snow, Kate talks about moving south when we retire. I’m not sure that I want to exchange the occasional shoveling for hot misery in the summer that accompanies a move down south.

I suppose that we could become snowbirds – south in the winter and back up here in the summer. Not sure I’m ready for that, either. It’ll be a discussion – perhaps I’ll push off my retirement even longer than I was planning.

Smile and the world smiles with you. Let’s see if that works with the new podcast, which features these smiling artists: the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Crosby/Nash, Hall & Oates, Traffic, the Undisputed Truth, Wet Willie, Jim James, Sly & the Family Stone, the O’Jays, and Richard Thompson.

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.

Grandchild mania

Summer returned to New England yesterday to visit briefly and to remind everyone that it will return later this year. Temperatures were in the upper 60’s most of the day and the sun, the actual sun, was shining brightly.

Kate and I went down to visit Owen, and we took him out in the stroller. “See Owen, it’s not always cold outside. We’ll have tons of fun this summer,” we said to him while walking around.

The forecast is currently saying that we’re getting 10 inches of snow next Saturday, but we won’t think about that until later. It was summer today, and we enjoyed it.

Today’s podcast is a mixture of tunes, a couple of which remind me of summer (but many are just songs). Listen in on this mostly fine day with Hot Tuna, Randy Newman, Ten Years After, Joni Mitchell, the Be Good Tanyas, Aztec Camera, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, Corey Harris, Traffic, Yo La Tengo, Gogol Bordello, and Erykah Badu.

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.



Winter Daze


Winter is here in New Hampshire. We got nailed with snow last week, and the city made a decision not to plow my road until late in the morning on Tuesday. Ruined my whole day, as not everyone gets the day before New Year’s off. C’mon Somersworth, do better than that.

I live in a cul de sac, so I know that we will be close to the last people plowed out, but it’s ridiculous that they can’t do something, even a quick swipe so people can get out of the neighborhood. We have some larger streets next to ours. It’s frustrating.

Today’s podcast has a true or false start before heading into what I hope is a somewhat hopeful message for 2020. Let’s all work together this year to improve things. We can start by listening to Linda Ronstadt, Jane Siberry, June Tabor, Camera Obscura, World Party, Fistful of Mercy, Elvis Costello, Dave & Ansell Collins, Third World, Toots & the Maytals, Bob Marley, David Bowie, Roxy Music, and Talk Talk.

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.



Happy New Year

I must say, overall 2019 was a good year for me: new knee with little complications, a new grandson who’s healthy, and family and friends doing well. There’s a lot to be thankful for. Let’s hope it continues in 2020.

This week’s podcast is a year-end round-up of some of my favorite new music (with leftovers that might pop up later). Let’s listen to Lizzo, Sharon Van Etten, Toro y Moi, Ladytron, Yola, Ibibio Sound Machine, Marvin Gaye, Seratones, Lower Dens, Miles Davis, Samantha Fish, Beck, the Black Keys, the New Pornographers, and Sleeper. to help ring in the new year.

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.

Merry Christmas


Hope everyone has a great Christmas season.

Today’s podcast isn’t Christmas-y (there’s still time, though), but great tunes abound, with XTC, Lizzo, Beck, AC Reed, Santana. Tinariwin, Squeeze, World Party, Prince, the Who, Bonnie Raitt, Mose Allison, 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.