Quiet Week

It’s been a quiet week here. Quiet is good We had some days that reminded us that summer is coming soon. It’s heading back into the 50s, but even the 50s sounds good. Proper spring weather.

Lots of good music on today’s podcast, with a mix of old and new from Cloud Nothings, the Mekons, Arab Strap, Billy Bragg, R.E.M., the Smithereens, the dB’s, the Golen Palominos, Peter Gabriel, Adrian Belew, Phil Manzanera, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Donovan, and Fairport Convention.

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Pascha

Happy Pascha. It was originally a variant of Passover used by the Jewish people but early Christians claimed it for what we know as “Easter.” Passover is now Pesach in Hebrew, which ends at nightfall today.

Why Easter? The was a goddess named Eostre (or Ostara), who had celebrations named for her. She is either (or both) the goddess of fertility or the goddess of light (Springtime, when there was more daylight). The period of time when she was celebrated was called the month of Eostre, so Happy Easter.

And how did that come to pass? Well, as Catholicism spread across the continent of Europe, Bishops were told to find ways to get people into Catholicism, and one sent to England decided that the way to convert these heathens was to say that the Catholic holidays (Jesus’ birth and his resurrection) fell around the exact same times as certain pagan rituals. Apparently, it worked and ended up getting adopted by Catholicism (and then its offshoots), for the most part. So the English adopted Easter as the day Christ is risen, while most of the rest of Christendom says Pascha. Also explains the eggs (fertility). Still unsure of the bunnies, also an English thing, and not worldwide (bells deliver Easter eggs in France).

On today’s podcast, we have a lot of music both old and new, with Lana Del Ray, Florence + the Machine, Tribe, Valerie June, Lake Street Dive, Khurangbin & Leon Bridges, Jon Cleary, Johnny Adams, Albert Collins with Robert Cray and Johnny Copeland, Miracle Legion, the Connells, and Syd Straw.

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Shot One in the Books

Tuesday, 1:00-1:10. First shot. Come on over to the bus station to get vaccinated…or words to that effect. Kate and I went over at 12:50, figuring this would be a breeze. There was some backup, but it wasn’t bad. We waited in line in our car, slowly moving around the perimeter of the parking lot. Some cars were taken out of line to park in the middle of the lot, while others stayed in line. We stayed in line. “First or second” was the main question at first. I’m not sure that we ever actually showed our confirmation – we were on their list. “Pfizer today” answered our question, “unless you’re getting the second Moderna shot.” You get what they have., and they had Pfizer that day. The cars who were separated were the Moderna second-shot people. They’d get a turn in the shot line after a bit. Everything ran smoothly.

We rolled up to the station and someone came out and gave us our shot in the car. It was quick and painless. I had no after-affects of the shot, and Kate had a headache, but not that bad. Our second shot is April 20 (4 weeks). Hopefully, it will be as smooth as the first one.

Two days later, there was a huge backup at the bus station (now clinic), as people were coming in with “plus-one’s.” Didn’t realize that it was a thing, and they certainly weren’t ready for it. I’m not sure if the system overbooked people, but I guess that it was a mess (three-hour wait times). It seemed to die down on Friday again, but we’ll keep checking to see if things operate smoothly.

Music while waiting? Of course. I told you that we were in our car. Listen to some of what we listened to that day on today’s podcast, which features these artists: Moby Grape, Robyn Hitchcock, Tami Neilson, Dusty Springfield, Bobbie Gentry, Drugdealer, Game Theory, Michael Penn, Hollie Cook, Asa, Amy Winehouse, Raphael Saadiq with Joss Stone, Kevin Morby, Angel Olsen, and Villagers.

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Vaccination Nation Station Creation

Good news (for Kate and me) – we have our vaccination scheduled for Tuesday. New Hampshire is starting to let the kids get vaccinated (well, kids = 50-64 year-olds) beginning on Monday, and we managed to get on the schedule early. I thought that it would take months, but persistence (over an hour on hold) paid off and we’re getting vaccinated.

We’re getting vaccinated three miles from our house – the local bus station has been changed over into a large clinic where they’re being dispensed. Not sure which vaccine we’re getting – heard that some have had the Johnson & Johnson one shot, but I think that it’s mostly been the Moderna vaccine, made less than ten miles from my house. There was a lady the other day who said that she had the Pzifer vaccine – she was in one of the elderly properties where I volunteered to help at a vaccination clinic (with Moderna). I might have been vaccinated there had I not gotten an appointment that was more local.

Let’s celebrate with a podcast that includes some whimsy, with these artists: Flight of the Conchords, the B-52’s, the Incredible String Band, the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Cream, Joan Armatrading, Los Lobos, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, the Replacements, Sugar, R.E.M., Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and the O’Jays.

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Could it be…Spring

Could it actually be spring? The equinox is a week off, and yet it was really warm this week, getting to the high 60’s on Thursday. Can’t really rely on forecasts, but it’s supposed to be warm by mid-week next week (this is in New England – ymmv).

Overall the winter was pretty mild – not much snow and we didn’t get an extended period of cold days. This usually means that March sneaks up and dumps a bunch of snow and remains windy and cold. And sure, we’ve had some really windy days, but overall it’s hard to complain.

Time to enjoy this spring-like weather with a bunch of great tunes on today’s podcast, with the Beatles, the Who, Van Morrison, the Pretty Things, the Action, Django Django, TV on the Radio, the Knife, the Lazy Lies, the Cure, Kevin Coyne, Bob Dylan, John Prine, and Bruce Cockburn.

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March

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. I don’t know how I know this – it’s just one of those expressions that I heard when I was young and has stuck with me. This March has certainly been lion-like, if lions are very, very cold.

But are lions cold? Don’t they live on the Serengeti plain? Surprisingly, the temperatures are very pleasant in the Serengeti, with lows around 60 and highs under 80 degrees – all year round. So lions probably don’t get too cold. Really, maybe we shouldn’t use lions for the expression.

My conclusion, therefore, is that March should come in like a cold beast – say a polar bear. From now on we should say that March comes in like a polar bear and leaves like a lamb (it can still be a lamb, although we lose the alliteration). How about that?

I’m not sure that the music in today’s music is lionic – seems more lamb-like, especially the first set. Today’s artists include Moses Sumney, Joey Dosik, Norah Jones, the Band, Paul McCartney, XTC, the Charlatans UK, Paul Weller, Joe Jackson, Errol Linton, the Electric Flag, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

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Anniversary

Today marks the end of another month. On Monday it’s March 1. And what is happening in March? Why, it’s anniversary time. It’ll be a year since the pandemic hit and kept us cooped up at home. The first-year anniversary present is paper. I know what paper I want – one that has a date for my vaccination shot. There’s a slim possibility that it could happen by month’s end, but I think that it will slip to April. Maybe if I can even make the appointment in March it’ll ease the tensions. I know that overall things won’t change drastically (masks, social distancing, etc.), but we’ll be closer to the end of this. I am optimistic.

Let’s celebrate the anniversary with music. On today’s podcast, we have music from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Nicole Atkins, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Yumi Zoumi, Boz Skaggs, Phoebe Snow, Joan Armatrading, Richie Havens, Rachel Sweet, Jona Lewie, Lene Lovich, Blondie, Gorillaz, the Go! Team, and St. Etienne.

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Check-In

How’s everyone doing? Hope all’s still well out there. New strains of the virus, vaccinations on the upswing, weather doing weather things out there. We’re having a normal winter – if anything snow’s been a little light overall.

We’re still hunkered down. Kate’s starting to go stir crazy, but if anything is even more cautious than most, so no maskless parties for her. We’ll do our best to stay safe until everyone gets vaccinated.

Some familiar names and tunes on today’s podcast, with The Who, Prince, the Sensible Grey Cells, Concrete Blonde, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Pink Floyd, Family, Genya Raven, James Brown, the Brothers Johnson, Animotion, the Human League, and Depeche Mode.

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.

Pandemic Blues

I saw a tweet yesterday that said “Am I depressed or is laying in bed f*ing awesome?” We’ve got the Pandemic blues, and one way to celebrate is to listen to the blues. I’ve put together an hour’s worth of blues music from the last 5 years. The blues is alive and well, so listen to the contemporary blues sounds of Savoy Brown, Jimmie Vaughan, Coco Montoya, the Cash Box Kings, Christone Kingfish Ingram, Otis Taylor, Robert Cray, Marcia Ball, Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, Samantha Fish, Shemekia Copeland, and Li’l Ed & the Blues Imperials.

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.

Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day. Wasn’t really started by Hallmark, although they’ve co-opted the day very well, thank you. 2021 is not exactly the most romantic of times, but then, was the Third Century that romantic? As with most saints, he was arrested and no doubt tortured brutally (the stories of the Saints is filled with torture and brutality – one doesn’t become a Saint by breezing through life). Valentine supposedly restored eyesight to his jailer’s daughter. So he was capable not only of miracles but of mercy. Miracles, mercy, martyrdom, and torture lead to Sainthood.

Now we exchange chocolate and cards – pretty much the same as back when Valentine was around. If only he had the foresight to capture the greeting card market – not that there were many readers back then. Chocolate was another luxury that most of the populace had no knowledge of (no one did in Europe back then- apparently that was the 16th Century).

So to torture the ones you love (the True Meaning of St. Valentine’s Day?), why not add this podcast filled with songs not of love but of loss and cynicism, with these artists: Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, Van Morrison, Lydia Loveless, the Seratones, Shannon Shaw, Coco Hames, Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell, Jane Siberry, Secret Machines, Dangermouse, and Beck.

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.