Summer Fun


Summer fun has been some funner this year. Not sure that’s really true, but I liked the wordplay there. More adventures with my daughter-in-law today, and then a dinner/dance cruise next Friday. And then – summer’s done. Time for fall and back to school.

Today’s podcast is all about summer – I pulled together songs that remind me of summer. I read up on lists on different websites about their picks for summer songs, and there wasn’t a lot of overlap with mine. I did pick out one song from a list that I wouldn’t have chosen as a real summer song, but a quick listen convinced me. So let’s wind up summer with Fred Schneider & the Shake Society, Nilsson, Bill Withers, the Surfaris, Jan & Dean, Mungo Jerry, Bob Marley & the Wailers, the Chantays, the Beatles, the Drifters, the Monkees, Mongo Santamaria, the Smiths, Bananarama, the Motels, and Al Green.

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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New Eyes


I just received some new glasses – everything is in sharper focus now. It had been a while since I had gotten glasses, and while my eyesight hasn’t gotten much worse, it was enough that new glasses really help. Also helps that the new glasses aren’t all scratched up.

Although my glasses are a different style, it’s not like they’re going to be very noticeable. I stayed with the basic largish black frames, in a standard style – nothing outlandish for me. I have a big head, which further narrows my choices. I *almost* tried on a pair I really liked, but couldn’t make them fit my fat head.

Let’s celebrate my new found vision with music from Paul Revere and the Raiders, the Remains, Ry Cooder, Mabel John, Barbara Lynn, Small Faces, the Mamas and the Papas, Roy Head, Deep Purple, Donovan, Soul II Soul, Trombone Shorty, Funkadelic, J.J. Cale, Mike Heron, and Tindersticks.

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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Too Many People

In the summer, when I drive home on a Friday afternoon, there is inevitably a huge slowdown on the turnpike as we approach Maine. The number of people from Massachusetts and New York going to Maine on vacation starting Friday afternoon is more than a 4-lane highway can handle. It gets frustrating for us “normal” commuters.

Similarly, there are way too many people running for President on the Democratic side. There are still more than 20 people who are still running, even though over one-half must know that they can’t win. All they are doing is clouding the nomination process (I’m sure President Trump finds this amusing).

What is also frustrating is that there are some candidates who have a good message that seem to be getting lost (I’m thinking specifically about Julian Castro, about whom I’d like to hear more). The others hang their hopes on the fact that no one knew who Barack Obama was at this stage of the 2008 primaries, and how President Trump seemingly came from nowhere to win (when really, even though not a professional politician, was leading in polls throughout that time).

Fewer cars – fewer candidates. Let’s get this done (I know this is a pipe dream).

Today’s mix is very ecelectic, but it all makes snese, so let’s take the time to take breath and listen toTindersticks, Paul Kelly, Vic Chesnutt, Shakey Graves, the Who, Norma Tanega, Otis Redding, the Pixies, Mabel John, Bill Wyman, the Boomtown Rats, Lloyd Cole, Jorge Ben, Caetano Veloso, and Anelis.

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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Away Message

Hello, I’m not here right now. Leave a message and I’ll get back to you after I return. It’s vacation time, and kate and I are in Boothbay Harbor playing with puffins. I hope to have everything ready for me to click send and get everything uploaded on Sunday morning. we’re having a lovely time, and I’ll update everyone when I get back (wasn’t kidding about that).

In this July ennui (well, until the trip up to Maine, anyway) let’s focus on some fun and listen to R.E.M., Willy Deville, Dave Edmunds, Lou Reed, Bruce Cockburn, Curtis Mayfield, Zara McFarlane, Los Lobos, Donovan, Fats Domino, John Cale, Quantic, Rilo Kiley, and Spirit.

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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Heatwave

Hot enough for you? Ever wonder how hot it is in Hell? If you’re anywhere near me, this oppressive heat is starting to melt brain cells, until kkoak[ais-inklwnmm. Well, you get it. Boy, it’s hot around here. Stay cool, my friends.

Today I’m looking back at songs from the first half of the year with my semi-annual check-in. So find some shade and listen to The Black Keys, Yola, Rose Elinor Donahue, Olver Kennan, Sharon Van Etten, Toro y Moi, Bob Mould, Pedro the Lion, Gang of Four, the Beat, the Cash Box Kings, Death and Vanilla, Norah Jones, and Joe Jackson.

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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Dead of Summer

It’s really been hot and humid lately. We’ve also had thunderstorms frequently – a strange, hot summer so far. And let’s hope that Barry is as friendly as his name, and not the monster storm they’re predicting for the New Orleans area.

Since it’s summer, let’s have some summer songs. Leading off the podcast is a new one from the Black Keys, followed by the Buffalo Springfield, Doug Sahm, Drive-By Truckers, Steve Earle, Gino Washington, Eric Clapton, the West Coast Experimental Art Band, Kate Bush, Goldfrapp, Rose Elinor Donahue, Stevie Wonder, and Dr. John.

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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Hot Town, Summer in the City

Hope everyone had a good July 4 holiday. We had family over for the holiday (I did work Friday – work never stops). It was pretty hot over the holidays, but I survived it.

As part of the family fun days, we went to the beach. As a person of Irish descent, my pasty white skin burns easily. To combat this, I bought an umbrella/tent thing. Wasn’t sure how well it would work, but it was perfect. Big enough for two people to sit under comfortably, along with the cooler and other assorted items. Now I can go to the beach and not have to worry about getting sunburnt. Recommended.

Got some great tunes lined up this week; check it out with Bruce Cockburn, Ronnie Lane, the Bears, Van Morrison, the Cash Box Kings, Solomon Burke, Darrell Banks, Carla Thomas, the Four Tops, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, and Clarence Gatemouth Brown.

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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July 5th

July 4 is one of the last remaining holidays that is celebrated on a specific day rather than on a Monday (long weekend). This year July 4 lands on a Thursday, so a big question employers have is what to do with Friday, July 5? Do they treat it like Thanksgiving (a Thursday) and extend the holiday, or keep the business open and have one day of non-productive work? This goes away for a couple of years, as July 4 lands on the weekend the next two years (Saturday and Sunday).

However it works out for you, have a happy and safe 4th of July week. And by safe I mean don’t blow your hand off with fireworks. This week’s podcast starts with some fine celebratory music, but the ending – a little more subdued. Just how it’s written in the Declaration of Independence. So listen to Steve Earle, the Drive-By Truckers, Chuck Prophet, the Blasters. George Jones, Rosanne Cash, Ry Cooder, Caroline Rose, Rose Elinor Donahue, Aimee Mann, Richard Thompson, the Rolling Stones, 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.

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Back from Nashville

Had a great time in Nashville. The conference was great (met a lot of old friends there), and the city was wonderful. Overall it’s a bit humid for my taste, but the weather was warm and we missed most of the showers.

Highlights of Nashville included going to the Ryman Auditorium (truly a place to worship music). Saw Rosanne Cash with Ry Cooder doing Johnny Cash songs – what an amazing bonus. I would’ve seen anyone perform at the Ryman, but the first concert after deciding to do Johnny’s music done by them was special. They were incredible.

The Country Music Hall of Fame was pretty great, too. Spent a long time there – they’ve got great exhibits. After that, we needed to go to Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge and hang out on the roof. Also went to Cheekwood, a 1930’s estate with beautiful grounds, and also went to see the Hermitage, Andrew Jackson’s estate. The estate was grand – spent most of the day there. 

And we ate. Boy, did we eat. Highlights included Biscuit Love, Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant, the Farmhouse, and Woolworth’s on 5th. Yes – that Woolworth’s. Oh, the store is closed – it’s just a fancy restaurant now, but the ambiance and food were well worth it. 

But it’s time to be back home and get ready for the week – can’t wait to do two weeks’ worth of work in one to catch up. To help, there’s music, which this week includes the Jimmy Castor Bunch, Bob Lind, Neil Diamond, the 1910 Fruitgum Company, Norma Tanega, Massive Attack, Rose Elinor Donahue, Sons & Daughters, Siouxsie & the Banshees, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, the Valentinos, Emanuel Lasky, the Style Council, the Smithereens, and the Pretenders.

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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Nashville Cats

Hey! I’m in Nashville this week. So I’ve loaded up a podcast early and wrote this out beforehand, so I wouldn’t have to think about this while I’m in Nashville, Music City U.S.A. Should have lots of great adventures (and work, always work involved). So I just have to hit the publish button to get this up this week.

So join me in enjoying this week’s podcast, carefully crafted for you (but not really with Nashville in mind – Dylan might be the only artist this week who recorded in Nashville). Listen to Joe Jackson, Glen Campbell, Captain Beefheart, Bob Dylan, Robert Forster, Grant McLennan, Rod Stewart, Pet Shop Boys, Erasure, Duran Duran, Robyn Hitchcock, John Doe, the Mighty Lemon Drops, and Blur.

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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