For Mark

I’m 60 years old, and have many friends who are both older and younger than I am. It is inevitable, now that I am getting older, that friends of mine will pass away. I want to think that I can accept the fact that friends will die and move on from here, but it always hits me hard.

My friend Mark was an old high school friend with whom I had many adventures. We had many great conversations and did many things, not always smart, when we hung out. He was part of one of the few perfect days in my life, and for that, I will always be thankful. The day? It’s not exciting or interesting – not much happened – it was just a great, lazy summer day that I spent with Mark and Liz. We didn’t do much, but their friendship, their company, and the weather just made it a perfect day.

I’ll always have that day to remember. Mark and I had vague plans to meet “soon,” but soon never came, and now never will. This is for Mark, and the other friends lost along the way.

This week let’s take some time to remember all of the loved ones lost, as well as those who gave up their lives for our country, with X, the Smiths, Blur, My Morning Jacket, Rosanne Cash, Gillian Welch, Lucinda Williams, Michael Kiwanuka, Robert Cray, the Housemartins, XTC, and Christina.

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.

1980

1980 was one of those seminal years for me – in college, growing up, shedding my early skin. Music was still a constant, and my musical palate was widening. 1980 was a great year for music, and I’ll be playing some today.

There was a lot to choose from, so there may be a part 2. Most of these songs are more or less mainstream – not a lot of deep cuts, but the importance of the music remains. So let’s step back 40 years (40 years!) and listen to Pretenders, Talking Heads, the Jam, Elvis Costello, Diana Ross, Chic, Stevie Wonder, John Lennon, the Undertones, Dire Straits, Steely Dan, Peter Gabriel, Split Enz, 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.

INTJ

I saw an article or post or something that aid “Say hi to an extrovert,” meaning extroverts have it harder to deal with staying in than introverts during the Coronavirus. It’s probably true. I’m an introvert, and although it still has its drawbacks, I feel well-suited to stay home and stay socially distant.

I also know extroverts who are going nuts right now – they’re still following the guidelines but miss seeing and talking to people so much. They’re very vocal about not seeing others, while we introverts just keep plugging along.

I’ve taken the Myers-Briggs profile on multiple occasions – I would have slotted myself more as an extrovert (I know that’s not really true, but play along), but I was an introvert – a strong introvert. I’ve come out of the test as an INTJ (once an INTP, but the J/P split was the weakest). I just saw that INTJ is one of the rarest classifications, but seems normal to me. How have y’all done?

One thing that an introvert does is make music lists, so here’s this week’s podcast, with introverts and extroverts like The Ramones, the Bobby Fuller Four, the Primary 5, Lou Reed, Blancmange, Thomas Dolby, Howard Jones, the Dream Syndicate, Kendra Smith, Holly Golightly, the Jaynettes, Single Bullet Theory, Tracey Ullman, and Hazel Smith.

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 Mother’s Day

Hi – Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. Not much to say this week, so I’ll just say Happy Mother’s Day.

On today’s podcast, we go in different directions before settling down with ghosts. So tune in to hear Eddie Holman, Edwin Starr, the Friends of Distinction, Kool & the Gang, Sonny Landreth, Nils Lofgren, Emmitt Rhodes, John Hiatt, Aimee Mann, Fleetwood Mac, Mekons, Mazzy Star, the Dream Syndicate, Garland Jeffreys, Grant McLennan, and Graham Parker. Stay spooky.

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.

Just Another Sunday

My allergies hit me hard this week. They always flare up about this time, and while they’re never really fun, it’s usually very short-term and beyond a constant runny nose, it’s not too bad. This year was persistent and full, to the point where on Wednesday I wasn’t feeling great and there was something new: a toothache.

I never get toothaches. I had a root canal and the dentists all thought that it must be painful, but I never felt anything. So when I had a toothache on Wednesday it was a very different thing. “Oh, God, is this it? Do I now have the virus?” I thought. I was able to get a dentist’s appointment (they’re closed except for emergencies) and the dentists…could not find anything. They scratched their heads and prescribed an antibiotic.

On Thursday morning when I woke up… I was completely better. No tooth pain at all and my head was clearing. I think that allergies affected my tooth. That could be the explanation, right? Anyway, we all go through these advanced scares at this time (“I coughed. What type of cough was that? Is this it?”). Let’s be cautious but not overly pessimistic.

Today we’ve returned to a normal, non-themed podcast (except great music!). Let’s take some time to self-check our health and listen to Shelby Lynne, Waxahatchee, Diana Ross, the Staple Singers, Family, Canned Heat, Vince Taylor, the Nashville Teens, Patti Smith, P.J. Harvey, Lizzy Mercier-Descloux, the Nuns, Roxy Music, Peter Murphy, and David Bowie.

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.

Flowers on the Wall

Not that I thought to include it on the podcast, but this song entered my brain and won’t go away:

I keep hearin’ you’re concerned about my happiness
But all that thought you’re givin’ me is conscience I guess
If I was walkin’ in your shoes, I wouldn’t worry none
While you ‘n’ your friends are worried about me I’m havin’ lots of fun

Countin’ flowers on the wall
That don’t bother me at all
Playin’ solitaire till dawn with a deck of fifty-one
Smokin’ cigarettes and watchin’ Captain Kangaroo
Now don’t tell me I’ve nothin’ to do

Last night I dressed in tails, pretended I was on the town
As long as I can dream it’s hard to slow this swinger down
So please don’t give a thought to me, I’m really doin’ fine
You can always find me here, I’m havin’ quite a time

Countin’ flowers on the wall
That don’t bother me at all
Playin’ solitaire till dawn with a deck of fifty-one
Smokin’ cigarettes and watchin’ Captain Kangaroo
Now don’t tell me I’ve nothin’ to doIt’s good to see you, I must go, I know I look a fright
Anyway my eyes are not accustomed to this light
And my shoes are not accustomed to this hard concrete
So I must go back to my room and make my day complete

Countin’ flowers on the wall
That don’t bother me at all
Playin’ solitaire till dawn with a deck of fifty-one
Smokin’ cigarettes and watchin’ Captain Kangaroo
Now don’t tell me I’ve nothin’ to do

Don’t tell me I’ve nothin’ to do

Where are you, Captain Kangaroo, and your weird hairstyle? This is how some of us are getting through these Covid19 days. Actually (naturally), you can see Captain Kangaroo on YouTube clips. Whither Mr. Green Jeans – don’t see much about him on the old YouTube.

No Captain Kangaroo or Mr. Green Jeans on today’s podcast either. We’re all over the place with songs, including a remembrance of artists recently lost. So let’s listen to Blue Milk, Eric Bibb, Crystal Syphon, Magnum, Sarah Cracknell, Me & the Monster, Peggy Lee, Nellie McKay, James Hunter Six, Fountains of Wayne, Bill Withers, Manu Dubango, Susan Tedeschi, and John Prine.

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.

Let’s Review

What a year. This is my 60th year on Earth, and instead of whining all year about how I’m getting older, and what that means, we’re stuck inside the house. But that’s where we should be.

The President keeps talking about re-opening the country, and in Florida the beaches have re-opened, in South Carolina the beaches and businesses will be back open on Monday, and we’ve had protests to end the state’s orders to shut down. Why is that?

I haven’t heard that anyone can get tested at any time, or that we have a viable vaccination. Time to calm down and wait until we can be sure that there is a higher level of safety that there is as of now. I’m not saying that this is fun, but getting the virus is so much worse that staying inside and away from others is the best course right now.

Today’s podcast is a bunch of great songs to listen to – away from others. So let’s socially distance with Gilberto Gil, Hollie Cook, Waxahatchee, the Handsome Family, the Feelies, the Ettes, Paul Simon, Randy Newman, Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart, Funkadelic, James Brown, Sly & the Family Stone, and War.

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.

Easter Plague

Happy Easter. I had forgotten that Easter was this weekend – preparations had been changed so much. In most places, church was going to be a very different experience (some type of online celebration), and any preparations we had for Easter went out the door to be socially distanced. My brother-in-law was sad to hear that all was postponed. We may try to do something next weekend (Greek Easter), but we’ll still probably need to be careful (Memorial Day?).

Although I’d say that people are still very patient with all of this, when my wife and I were out yesterday (delivering school work to people), we saw a regular Saturday’s worth of traffic – where were they all going? We didn’t notice lines outside the grocery stores – let’s hope they’re not relaxing those rules at this critical point. We are starting to contain the virus, but that doesn’t mean that we should let up now – give it some more time.

Today’s podcast is all about work. Do you still go to work? Do you work at home? Have you been furloughed? Let’s remember work today with Jackie Wilson, the Isley Brothers, Yola, Lee Dorsey, the Golden Palominos, the Godfathers, Steely Dan, Samantha Fish, Merle Haggard, Canned Heat, Michael Head, the dB’s, the Mark Four, R.E.M., Fine Young Cannibals, and Van Morrison.

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.

Pod1975

Oh, 1975. 45 years ago. I originally thought that there was a lot of great music form 1975, and while there were some classic albums, overall the year was not strong. The mid-’70s was a period when bands started spending a couple of years to put out an album. Back in the old days, bands were forced to put out 2 albums a year, and quality be damned. The thing is, more time also did not necessarily indicate better quality. 1975 was the period just before punk, which was a reaction to the staid world of rock music. Disco was beginning to explode in 1975, and while there were some good disco tunes, it had yet to peak as a style.

As a result, I had some trouble putting this together. So sit back, mellow out, and listen to Bob Dylan, John Cale, Bruce Springsteen, Steely Dan, Al Green, Bonnie Raitt, The Band, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Allen Toussaint, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Roxy Music, and the Who.

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.

Covid19 Diary April 5, 2020

Another week has gone by – have we made any progress on the Coronavirus? I haven’t heard if rates are slowing, probably because there has been an increase in testing available. Let’s continue to stay safe out there. We’ve already lost some entertainers to it, and we’re hopeful that John Prine and Marianne Faithfull can recover from it. Scary times that I hoped we wouldn’t have to endure in my lifetime. Didn’t we think that we were beyond the plague and Spanish influenza?

This week’s podcast starts with some songs about the house and home, which we’re becoming more intimately familiar with each day. “Has that crack always been there?” “That stain just won’t come out. Does the internet have any ideas how to deal with this?” Anyway, let’s listen to the J. Geils Band, Elvis Presley, X, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Joe Goddard, Michael Kiwanuka, Shelby Lynne, Coco Hames, Willy Deville, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Dave Edmunds, Graham Parker, Experience Unlimited, and Christine & the Queens.

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.