Today is Reunion Day

Hi, I’m doing this quickly as we’re off to the reunion today. It’s not too late to go – well, within reason, I know. I’m tossing this up early as I’m unsure of what tomorrow is going to bring. I’ll check in with a report later.

To get us there. I’ve got a great set of music, including Kings Go Forth, the Waterboys, Brian Prothroe, Raphael Saadiq, Stevie Wonder, the Isley Brothers, Dusty Springfield, Jackie Wilson, Clarence Carter, Johnnie Taylor, Colourbox, Bad Manners,and Madness.

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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Dog Days

These are the dog days of summer. It’s hot and we’re all much slower moving (well, we may quicken our pace to find air conditioning). I always thought that we called it the dog days because even dogs wouldn’t do anything but lay around and pant. But no…the Greeks started the phrase because that’s when the star Sirius starts rising right before the sun – around July 4 through August 11. Sirius is the dog star, so those are the dog days. Everything else you may have heard or thought are made up, although the dogs – whew, are they lazy in the summer heat.

Speaking of lazy, I threw up this week’s podcast lineup last week, because I try to get ahead of myself in the summer in case I’m busy (Like I was last weekend). Keep me straight on this, folks. If you want last week’s list of artists, message me. So this week (honest!) we’re listening to The Replacements, Richard Thompson, the Hollies, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steely Dan, the Guess Who, Seals & Crofts, the Special AKA, Fun Boy Three, the Go-Go’s, the Beach Boys, Nilsson, Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers, and Gene Vincent.

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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40th Reunion

Our 40th High School Reunion is Saturday, August 11. Hey, if you’re 1978 adjacent, stop on by. Please tell Gary Fish or me whether you’re going or not. It’s at the high school, which has been recently re-modeled and is super-cool. I know what you’re thinking: “Pat, this can’t possibly be your 40th. That would mean that you’re…old!” It’s untrue – I’m not old (in my mind). I guess I’ve been around, though. Can’t wait to see everyone who’ll be there.

Today’s podcast isn’t a 40-year look back, but there are some older acts being played. The Hollies and CCR were radio hits when we were younger, and I saw Seals & Crofts when I was in high school – does that count? Anyway, listen to The Replacements, Richard Thompson, the Hollies, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steely Dan, the Guess Who, Seals & Crofts, the Special AKA, Fun Boy Three, the Go-Go’s, the Beach Boys, Nilsson, Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers, and Gene Vincent.

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 22

Been very busy lately, traveling for work, getting the home cleaned up and beautiful, normal life things. Today we’re picking up a couple of pictures that we had framed, and will be putting those up on the wall later today. Today is an indoor day, as the rains will be settling in for awhile (now through Thursday). As almost everyone everywhere is saying, we need the rain. My dead lawn needs the rain (it may come back, but will be zombie-like – there’s a job that we’ll be tackling later).

Hope everyone’s had a good summer. We’ve heard some news from friends that isn’t all good, but hopefully they’re just temporary setbacks. Enjoy the rains.

Today we jump around from country to soul to folk, so take an hour and listen to the dB’s, Emmylou Harris, Buffalo Springfield, River Whyless, Jorja Smith, Amy Winehouse, Sade, Matthew Sweet, Fountains of Wayne, the Dream Syndicate, John Foxx, Tir Na Nog, and Fairport Convention.

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 15

Is there anything significant about July 15?

1. 1099 – City of Jerusalem is captured and plundered by Christian forces during the First Crusade
2. 1799 – The Rosetta Stone is found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard during Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign

Really, just a quiet summer day. Hope you’re having a quiet summer – mine is calming down after a flurry of excitement last month. Lots of things going on at work, so I’m staying super busy.

I was able to get the podcast together. Rolling Stone put out a “100 greatest songs of the century – so far”, and I have a few of them, which I am sharing in today’s podcast. So listen keenly to the Black Keys, the New Pornographers, Beck, Rilo Kiley, Bob Dylan, Franz Ferdinand, Outkast, Adele, Arcade Fire, Johnny Cash, Alvvays, the Hives, and Daft Punk.

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 8

Hot enough for ya? Went through a scorcher last week – and a day when the air conditioning quit at work (92 degrees in the office by day’s end). We’re promised a respite later in the week this week, but it’s supposed to climb over 90 again on Monday and Tuesday. Take it easy out there.

When we were in New Jersey I got my sunburn for the summer – tried to hide from the sun as much as possible, but there’s nowhere to hide at the beach. My Irish white skin does not tan – after the sunburn it might lighten a bit to look tan-ish, but the skin soon peels away and the new skin is back to its natural pearlescence. Have a fun summer.

Cool down with some cool tunes in this week’s podcast, which includes cool artists like the Smithereens, the English Beat, Julian Cope, Buck Owens, Bobbie Gentry, Jim Ford, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Albert Collins, Luther Allison, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, Howlin’ Rain, Boz Scaggs, and Professor Longhair.

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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Post-Wedding (post)

We’re back from my son’s wedding. The wedding was great – pulled off without any hitches, even when it was moved inside due to the iffy weather. It worked out great. Again, all thanks go to John and Lisa for putting everything together – they did all the prep and all I had to do was show up.

It was a great time to catch up with family and friends, and to watch two young people express their love for one another. They wrote their own vows, and it reminded me just how good they are at writing and speaking. Kate and I had worked with Nick on his vows, so we knew them very well by the wedding, but I had not seen Lindsay’s, and her words brought me to tears it was so lovely. After the wedding we went to the Jersey Shore for a couple of fantastic days while the kids went to Hawaii for two weeks. Yesterday they went to the beach with green sand and black sand and saw humongous sea turtles. It’s incredible. They’re having an incredible time, which is what a honeymoon should be all about (Kate and I did not have a honeymoon – I went to work after we got married, and I mean later that day).

I didn’t get a podcast up last week – forgot to upload it from my computer – so I have a spare that I’ll use if there’s a problem one week. You’ll wonder why I talk about the upcoming wedding, but whatever. This week’s podcast isn’t particularly wedding-themed, but there are a couple of songs that would easily fit into a wedding that are included, so let’s listen to Black Box Recorder, the Undertones, the Yearning, Simply Red, Father John Misty, Neko Case, Holly Golightly, Courtney Barnett, the Psychedelic Furs, Love & Rockets, Peter Murphy, Beck, Roxy Music, the Breeders, and the Soundtrack of Our Lives.

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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My Kind of Town

I was in Chicago earlier this week. I didn’t get much of a chance to see the city, as I was mostly inside a hotel at a conference. I stayed at a hotel next to Grant Park, which was nice. I had a chance to walk around in the morning there before the conference got under way. I made my way down to the lakefront, where I walked around with about a thousand of my new closest friends who were jogging along the lakefront. Except those who were dressed for running who were walking with Starbucks cups – and they all were Starbucks cups. Obviously there are many Starbucks that are close by (and no other coffee shops) – why are there no other coffee shops around?

I did get to the Merchandise Mart, and on the way saw a number of different, cool bridges. I didn’t see the “High Fidelity” bridge, but the city seems quite proud of their diverse sets of bridges and bridge designs. It’d be worth exploring more – hope to get the chance to get back to the city.

And the soundtrack to my visit included these tunes, put together for your pleasure this week. They include Mission of Burma, Wussy, Matthew Sweet, the dB’s, Van Morrison, Ryley Walker, Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers, Michael Jackson, Major Lance, Roky Erickson, Olivia Tremor Control, the Apples in Stereo, and Camera Obscura.

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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Wedding Bell Blues

Well, it’s pretty much become all wedding, all the time around here. What was once an event that was far away is coming into sharper focus. Nick was up to teach Kate how to dance (they weren’t very successful, but I wasn’t around to help – I took a ballroom dance class in high school that I still remember). Nick also sent in his vows for us to look at and edit.

I’ve forgotten how good a writer he is. What we saw was a rough draft (round two , he tells us). We made some suggestions and he tightened it up so it works very well (I won’t bore you with my one quibble that stayed in – I was outvoted by the better writers 2-1 – Kate has real writing talent that she doesn’t use, but should). It’s funny and poignant and an amazing expression of love. He has real potential as a writer, too. C’mon, great writers in the family – write!

Let’s get ready for this wedding with some songs from Mission of Burma, Wussy, Matthew Sweet, the dB’s, Van Morrison, Ryley Walker, Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers, Michael Jackson, Major Lance, Roky Erickson, Olivia Tremor Control, the Apples in Stereo, and Camera Obscura.

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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Busy June

It’s June – we’ve made it this far in the year without getting blown up – let’s keep up the good work! This month is very busy for me. I’m heading out to Chicago for a conference on June 11, the we’re heading down to New Jersey at on June 21 for my son’s wedding. There’s a lot of excitement building up over it – don’t see why. People get married all the time, don’t they?

My son Nick and his fiance Lindsay are handling things pretty well overall – no threats of canceling the marriage as far as I can tell. It should be fun, and it’s hard not to get excited. Just 20 more days until the actual day. Lots to do before that, and to help we’ve got songs on today’s podcast from the Art of Noise, Cocteau Twins, Pet Shop Boys, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Wanda Jackson, the Everly Brothers, Tom Rush, Gram Parsons, Dave Alvin, Taj Mahal, Richie HAvens, Relatively Clean Rivers, the Allman Brothers Band, and the Fifth Dimension.

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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