Thanksgiving

On this Thanksgiving week, Sly Stone says:

Oh, Sunday morning, I forgot my prayer
I should have been happy, I still be there
Something could have come and taken me away
But the mainman felt Sly should be here another day

That’s why I got to be thankful, yeah, yeah
I gotta be thoughtful
Hey, hey, hey, oh, thankful, thank you, oh oh oh oh
You gotta be thoughtful

From my ankle to the top of my head
I’ve taken my chances, hah, I could have been dead
I started climbing from the bottom, oh yeah
All the way to the top, uh-huh, uh-huh
Before I knew it, I was up there
You believe it or not

Thankful…thoughfful
Thankful…thoughfful

Oh, something gets me, hah, put my head on tight
Because I know in the future, everything’ll be all right
Until then, now I will kick back and let the light shine
Remember all yours coulda been all mine

And that’s why you ought to be thankful
Hah, hah, you ought to be thoughtful
Well well well, hey, thankful
Ow-ho-ho, thoughtful

Middle of stream, hah, I had to change my stroke, ha ha
I say I put it on the good foot, and it ain’t no joke
They said I was dyin’, I didn’t want to go
And I kept on feelin’ I had to live some more

I had somethin’ to tell y’all
To be thankful, well well, ha
You oughta be thoughfful
Thankful…thoughtful

Still rectifying, yeah, and straightening things out
I know what a good feelin’ you’re never in doubt
Sometimes I’m by myself, feelin’ alone
I just look around and check it out and then it’s all gone

I’m still happy to be here
Thankful…thoughtful
You ought to be thankful
You got every reason to in the world
Thoughtful
Count your blessings

My momma gave me a song and said Son sang
Record “Thankful and Thoughtful,” be such a nice thang
People got to be reminded where it’s really at
Make your daddy happy and momma, your momma like it like that

You know I know, you know I know I’m thankful
Thoughtful
You know I’m thankful
Thoughtful
Thankful

Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Donny Hathaway, Little Dragon, Blood Orange, How to Dress Well, Toro y Moi, the Doors, Winter Hours, Kevin Morby, the Box Tops, Hall & Oates, and Robert Palmer.

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.

Pod340

We raked leaves in October. The ground was pretty bare afterward. This weekend we’re raking leaves. The ground is full of leaves – oak leaves. Why do oak trees hold their leaves after the maple and other trees have all lost theirs? Just to make us rake leaves multiple times? I’m not a big acorn fan, either, oak trees.

I suppose that we’re lucky to have a lot with a lot of different mature trees. We have cut back on trees through the years – old, dying trees that threatened our car and house (got lucky with a limb that barely missed the roof and side of the house). Maybe we should look at some of the oak trees if they won’t cooperate with when they need to shed their leaves in the fall. “You shed earlier or maybe you’ll have a date with a chainsaw” – do you think that would be persuasive? The pine trees are no fun, either.

What helps me get through raking and bagging leaves? Music. This week we’re listening to a diverse set of music that includes the Latin Playboys, the Ramones, the Clash, the Doors, Peter Gabriel, Los Lobos, Gravel, the Divine Comedy, It’s A Beautiful Day, Electric Light Orchestra, the Lovin’ Spoonful, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Mike Nesmith, and Emmylou Harris.

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.

Nothing

I got nothing – what do you have? Today’s podcast focuses on nothing, with lots of something great artists, like Van Morrison, Small Faces, Los Lobos, Bonnie Raitt, the Alley Cats, Roky Erickson, Guided by Voices, Pavement, Tommy Keene, Dum Dum Girls, the Heavy, the Specials, the Del Fuegos, the Flirtations, Sade, and Sinead O’Connor.

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.

Warmly

That’s right – temperatures in the 70’s this weekend. Happens every November, doesn’t it? It’s supposed to stay warm through Veteran’s Day. Totally normal. Just as I was getting used to scraping the ice off my car off in the morning.

We’ve got a new President in the United States. He’ll bring a sense of normalcy back to the office, but will much be able to get done if he has a Republican Senate? I say no (and so will they). Got Georgia on my mind.

I’ve got lots of good music to get me through this Sunday – more yard work in store for me today. So let’s listen to Toots & the Maytals, My Morning Jacket, R.E.M., Brinsley Schwartz, Flip City, Sinead O’Connor, John Foxx & the Banbury Circle, Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Byrds, Love, NRBQ, Dwight Twilley, and Dr. Feelgood.

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.

Mo’ Jazz

Got some more jazz for you today. We need a jazz break today, I think. Something to take us out of the world for a bit. This is a mix of classic and new jazz, with most of the hard edges taken off.

So listen to John Zorn, Artemis, the Christian McBride Big Band, Bobby Watson, Carla Bley, Jimmy Heath, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Moses Boyd, and Duke Pearson.

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.

November

November..sigh. Did we ever think that we’d make it to November? The “summer to remember” was not memorable for the right reasons. We’re now heading into a “winter to remember.” Probably as memorable (and miserable) as summer was. Let’s do our best and be careful out there.

There was snow in the Boston area on Friday, but further north we didn’t get any (that stayed). Just another odd bit of weather this year. Rainy and 50’s forecast for this afternoon and we’re promised 60’s for the end of the week. Ah, weather.

Oh yeah, VOTE! Vote as if your lives depended on it (and it might). Tuesday’s a very important election, but no victory will change our situation in the short-run. We need to stay safe now that the weather is forcing us inside more.

To help keep you entertained while waiting in line, listen to today’s podcast, with Shakey Graves, Gossip !!!, Mexican Institute of Sound, Nona Hendryx, Steve Arrington, Lou Rawls, Marvin Gaye, the Bangles Paul Revere & the Raiders, the Pretty Things, the Kinks, the Hollies, Robyn Hitchcock, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and Drive-By Truckers.

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? Halloween

As local newscasters like to say, it’s spooky season. Yes, Halloween is once again upon us, but it will be a lot different this year. The pandemic is stopping trick or treating this year in most places (I believe that locally it is officially “discouraged” in most of the surrounding area), so I’m not sure what will happen this year. Alternate Halloween parties probably won’t fly, either. So this year it looks like the kids lose their too much candy ritual.

Some people put together a Halloween mix (“The Monster Mash,” anyone), but I’ll stick to a more normal mix of tunes, with Steve Earle, TV on the Radio, Arcade Fire, Aztec Camera, World Party, Sinead O’Connor, The Sundays, Liz Phair, Beck, Gorillaz, Gnarls Barkley, Faith No More, Franz Ferdinand, and Bob Mould.

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.

Jazz 3

Hi. Let’s listen to some jazz, shall we? I’ve put together a set of music released in 2020 and recorded for release in 2020 (no lost sessions or anything). There are great tunes from new jazz artists and the old-timers, who show us that they’ve still got the chops.

Lined up for today are Nubya Garcia, Orrin Evans, Joshua Redman, Eddie Henderson, John Scofield, I Think You’re Awesome, Tony Allen & Hugh Masakela, and Christian Sands.

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.

Nothing but a number

How’s everyone feeling? I feel pretty good, considering. It’s been a long year for me. I’ve gotten a new knee (left), a torn meniscus (right knee), and some glaucoma-related eye problems, so I’m doing well. I guess that I’m starting to feel my age a little more. I’ll “celebrate” another one this week, but honestly, I’m not sick, everything works in my body (no restrictions), so I’ve got no complaints. Hope everyone else is doing at least as well as I am.

To celebrate another fine Sunday (in my area, anyway), let’s listen to this new set of music I’ve put together for your pleasure, with Lynn Collins, Black Joe Lewis, Sharon Jones, Shemekia Copeland, the Pretenders, the Cars, the Fixx, Robert Ellis Orrall, U2, In Living Colour, Dave Edmunds, David Bowie, the Kinks, the New York Dolls, Brian Protheroe, and the Beatles.

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.

Anger

The 1960’s was a great era of protest music. People were trying to stop the Vietnam War, civil rights had taken center stage, and many other ills of society were highlighted in some of the great songs from the 1960’s. We haven’t seen protest music like that since the 1970’s.

Until now. This year has been polarizing, which leads to anger, and the result is a set of new protest songs. I think it was the release of the new Bob Mould album that made me wonder what other protest songs had been released this year., so I googled protest songs 2020 and got some lists. I was (mildly) surprised to see how many of these I had already purchased, and put together this protest podcast. We’re talking about anger against people in charge, a woman’s right to choose, and the systemic racism that remains in America today.

Let’s stick it to the man and protest along with Drive-By-Truckers, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Ronnie Earl, Robert Cray, Brittany Howard, Run the Jewels, Bob Mould, Childish Gambino, the Killers, Sinead O’Connor, Lucinda Williams, and Dave Douglas.

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.