Dieting in the 21st Century

Well, after some occasional snow this week (none of which stayed around here, but in Northern New Hampshire – geez), looks like spring might actually be happening. Looks like a pretty solid week of spring in the forecast – let’s hope.

I’ve been on a diet lately, as well as ramping up the exercise,and I’ve lost somewhere between 15 and 20 pounds. I may be plateauing a little now, but hope to lose more as time goes on. It hasn’t been too hard – I first discovered that my weight started ballooning again after my dog died. Apparently, the long walks I took with my dog were good for me, too, so I started to walk every morning – a little longer than the normal morning walk, and the same as my weekend walk. I’ve added more exercise as well – nothing too strenuous, but it’s helped bring down the weight.

The other part of losing weight has been to cut down on alcohol. That’s been pretty easy, too. I’m not a big drinker (waits for my wife to disagree), but it was regular. It’s now very occasional, and that’s helped, too. I remember Bill Burr talking about losing weight because he got puffy in the face from drinking, so he cut down on drinking and I’ve followed suit. Oh, I’ll still drink, not just as much as before.

Losing weight wasn’t some big New Year’s resolution, but just a general “let’s get a little bit healthier” decision I made. I have no true goals, so I won’t get frustrated if I don’t lose x amount of weight. I just want to feel better, and so far, so good.

Music to lose weight to? Maybe, but really, just a great listen. So take some time to hear The Beatles, John Martyn, Crowded House, Traffic, Tom Waits, Pulp, the Liminanas, Guided by Voices, Tina Charles, Dr. Buzzard & the Original Savannah Band, David Bowie, Hot Chocolate, Orkestra Akokan, Bruce Cloud, Joe Bataan, and David Byrne.

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

Well, it’s tax time again – seems like it happens every year around this time. We’ve been pretty lucky, in that we are delayed in the due date by the 15th being on the weekend (today if you’re reading this when I post), and having a delay due to Patriots Day (thank you Massachusetts). Every year for a long time we’ve owed money, so the due date is important to us (government isn’t getting paid early, but if I were getting a refund, my taxes would have been done as early as possible – give me back my money, government). I guess that I prefer to owe money rather than have paid too much in, but it still hurts when I have to send a check for a largish amount to satisfy the deficit-ridden government (who won’t waste the money on programs I want to see the money go to).

Over the years I’ve lost things to reduce what I owe to the government – no more dependents and the mortgage interest gone, but the property taxes still help reduce what I owe. Don’t take this as complaining, though. I’m happy to pay me share in to keep the government afloat, even if I don’t agree with how they spend my money once I give it to them. I don’t share my spending habits with them, either. I’ve become less and less a consumer of economic goods as I get older, although when I do spend it’s kind of large (new car last year). Hope everyone’s had a good tax season.

Let’s celebrate the tax days with my new podcast. Included is a trip to the country and we look around one more time with Anna Domino, Ashiko, Gus Gus, Big Country, Talking Heads, Allen Toussaint, Them, Mary Weiss, Johnny Adams, Alejandro Escovedo, Family, Pink Floyd, and Traffic.

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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Time and Tide

Sunrise is at 6:14 this morning – so the day is lengthening – almanac says that the actual length of day is 13 hours and 4 minutes (more than half of day), with an additional 2 minutes and 53 seconds of daylight tomorrow. We need the temperatures to follow suit for it to become real spring here. The last of the snow has lingered as the dirt and salt have kept the ice/snow mounds viable.

Now that my lawn (such as it is) is becoming more visible, I see how much damage the snow plows have done to the lawn. Oh, I don’t have someone plow my driveway, I’m talking the city guys who plow up the edge of my lawn, and then the corner where they pile all of the snow. One of the consequences of March snow storms is that the ground has started to thaw, so it’s easy for the plows to dig up lawn. I’m not sure why they feel the need to plow my lawn as well as the street, but they do. Most of the people in my little cul-de-sac have that problem, and so we grumble every spring about having to fix that part of the lawn. Who knows, maybe it is time to think about moving to a place that does not have snow plows. To a place where temperatures in the 50’s is considered cold. Something to think about.

Let’s do some exploring in today’s podcast. We’re starting out in Brazil today (it’s always warm there, isn’t it?), with Tom Ze, Caetano Veloso, Supercordas, Os Mutantes, Tracey Thorn, I Think You’re Awesome, Alison Moyet, Eli Paperboy Reed, the James Hunter Six, Barrence Whitfield & the Savages, the Bamboos, Ike & Tina Turner, the Raveonettes, 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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Easter Bunnies

This’ll be quick, as I am in Massachusetts to celebrate Easter with my son and his fiance (June 23 wedding). My sister-in-law and brother-in-law will be down, too. Should have fun.

For Easter, it’s a hodge-podge of great music, with James Brown, Joe Jackson, Malo, Wilson Pickett, Beach House, Cat Power, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Joss Stone, Barrence Whitfield, LCD Soundsystem, Daft Punk, Gorillaz, the Breeders, and the Raveonettes.

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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Jazz Time

Time for another jazz podcast. Today’s selections include a lot of great jazz guitarists – I love jazz guitar, and Julian Lage is another young jazz guitarist who may become a great jazz guitarist soon. He’s really put out some great albums already, and we get to listen to one of his tunes to lead off the show.

Lots of great follow-up, too, so listen to Julian Lage, Wes Montgomery, Courtney Pine, Grant Green, Bennie Green, Sonny Clark, Duke Ellington, Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band, Clifford Brown, and Monty Alexander.

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 delayed

Well, last night left us with a sprinkle of snow on the car and ground, just because… Spring came in on Tuesday, but that hasn’t happened here. The March storms that dumped about 2 feet of snow are still covering the ground, and any thaw just ended up as the snow plow ripping up parts of my lawn (thank you, city plow guys). One year the city actually felt bad enough that they did a little work on the corner of my lawn, but just once, and not even in the worst year of ripping up my lawn.

The higher temperatures this week will melt the snow and the ground will soften until we hit what is affectionately known as mud season. We have an especially treacherous path to the house, and none of our “fixes” sem to work that well. We’ll have to remember to take of our shoes when we come in so as not to track the mud throughout the house. Welcome, spring.

In honor of spring, I have a spring-themed podcast, so listen to Donald Fagen, Pentangle, the Go-Betweens, the Lemon Drops, Big Star, Ray Charles, Earl King, Paul Weller, Chris Isaak, John Hiatt, Los Lobos, the Dells, the Ramones, and the Rolling Stones.

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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Freezing

I’m a little late this morning, but we just got back from Boston where we saw our son. The story this weekend is that it is very, very cold, making walking outside not a fun experience. We like to spend time walking around in various parts of Boston and environs, but we didn’t do a lot of that.

Of course, the other story is the 20+ inches of snow that dropped earlier in the week. I sad that we might get hit with March storms, and boy was I right. My snow blower also broke, so I was shoveling by hand. That wasn’t too much fun, either. Let’s hope that it’s going to get warmer and that we’ll have a real spring. Isn’t baseball season just around the corner?

Today’s podcast is a grab bag of really good songs, so listen to Mavis Staples, the Groundhogs, Kate Tucker, the Del Fuegos, Willie Alexander, the November Group, Irma Thomas, Chuck Jackson, Richie Barrett, the Clovers, Marvin Gaye, Junior Parker, Simon & Garfunkel, Rod Stewart, the Golden Palominos, & the Tom Robinson 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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Top Ten

On Facebook this past week I was asked to write a post a day for ten days on the top 10 favorite albums that made an impact. I went quickly from “ten – you want that many?” to “Ten – only ten?” There have been a ton that have made an impact on me over the years, so sometimes that means not ten favorites, but ones that changed my perspective on music. That shifts the focus a little. So you’ll see some picks that aren’t on my real top ten (like Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters), but it had a top ten impact on me (introducing me to jazz). It’s been a fun thought experiment. I’m halfway through as of right now. Today’s pick will be…wait and see. I don’t have ten picked out – I’m handling it day by day.

Today’s podcast has no music from the first five albums I picked (Maybe that will be a conceit of mine later), but there’s still a lot of great music from Madonna, Susan Tedeschi, the Handsome Family, Arthur Brown, Aretha Franklin, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Van Morrison, Charlie, Etta James, Nick Lowe, Peter Gabriel, the Go-Betweens, Paul Kelly, and the Bears.

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?

The snow has melted in my yard – only a couple of dirty snow remnants remain. Looks like we may get early spring, although there’e a hint of snow mid-week that could cover my yard for a couple of days. It’s too early for spring, so we probably won’t see many buds or the lawn return to green (from mud) until… the next real snow storm. It’s always, “Look! There are some buds!” followed by “Look! 6 inches of snow killing all the buds.” Oh, spring in New England – how joyous.

To celebrate the early good weather I’ve put together a spring-worthy podcast, with Martin Newell, Franz Ferdinand, the Rolling Stones, Anna Burch, the Liminanas, the James Hunter Six, Nino Ferrer, Soul Coughing, Big Star, the Beatles, Tim Buckley, Fred Neil, and Nick Drake.

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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Ills of the World

Lots of bad things going on in the world. It has ever been thus, but seems to have moved to the forefront here in the United States due to governmental incompetence. Systems are beginning to fail and we have no plan to deal with that. Let’s engage in petty squabbling and screw people over(like the dreamers) because we can’t address the issues.

Let’s take a little break from this, though. One of my goals in putting together my podcasts is to find a way to relieve the stress in this world – take an hour out of your busy day worrying about what’s happening out there and focus inward. It’s helpful to me, anyway.

So, relieve the stress today with Ron Wood, Neil Young, Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, Otis Redding, Alvvays, Atomic Rooster, Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, Del Shannon, Samantha Fish, Anna Burch, Haley Bonar, All We Are, P.J. Harvey, and Shakespear’s Sister.

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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