Quarantine


Hi, it’s your old pal the self-quarantiner. We had a possible exposure and now are stuck alone in the world. Not that either Kate or I have any symptoms – we’ve been fine, and we’ll be fine by Thursday. Here’s hoping.

I’m still working – our office has been setting up remote work for a little while (I’m away from the office enough visiting properties to make remote work worthwhile). Everyone has to adjust to a new reality, one that will hopefully be short-lived. As I said last week, we need to err on the side of caution.

Today’s podcast isn’t anything specific – just a hodge-podge of different songs (next week, though…). So stay in (or walk outside in nature) and listen to Massive Attack, The Bar-Kays, the Four Tops, Joy of Cooking, the Black Keys, Alejandro Escovedo, Neil Young, Donald Fagen, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, North Mississippi All-Stars, Eliot Smith, Joni Mitchell, Buffalo Springfield, and Mink Deville.

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.



Coronavirus

Hey, what’s on everyone’s mind this week? How ’bout them Red Sox? Of course, the craze that’s sweeping the nation (and the world) is the Coronavirus. Don’t know where anyone stands on the severity of the crisis, but I’d say that the best course of action is to err on the side of caution. Pretty easy to do, for the most part. Personally, I don’t plan on leaving the house today. Sunday is usually our shopping day, but we went out and did not use social distancing at the grocery store on Saturday. Apparently, the entire town decided to visit the store when it first opened (that was my idea – how did everyone else have the same idea as me?), so we were in a line to check out that was wrapped halfway around the store. We all visited and talked – not social distancing. We did all feel like a true community, though. The store, for the most part, was still well-stocked. Paper products were wiped out, but most other food (but not frozen pizzas) were ok.

Toilet paper, you ask? We had purchased toilet paper last week, before the mass hysteria, and got lucky that a local store had just received some yesterday so we picked up another set, which hopefully will last until stores can re-stock. We also know regular hoarders of food and paper goods, and we can set up some sort of dead drop (can’t interact in-person) to get some goods if everything gets worse. Be careful, my friends.

Hey, nothing goes with social distancing better than music. On today’s podcast, we look at love ( and it’s opposite – I haven’t gotten soft in my old age), with songs from Simple Minds, the Cure, Syd Barrett, Marianne Faithful, Public Image Limited, Betty Davis, Charlie Chesterman, Donovan, Stephen Stills, the Beckies, Elton John, Mekons, the Posies, and Erasure.

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.

More Computer Trouble

Ugh – I lost the spreadsheet that I use to track what I’ve put together for songs for the podcast, so I was flying blind as I put this back together. Please understand if there are more than the usual problems with the podcast this week.

Meanwhile, what do I do? Go back to pencil and paper? Use a spreadsheet but be more conscious of saving the file? It’s a conundrum. I think we’ve become too reliant on the computer to keep and remember things (why remember something when we can look it up? It gets compounded  by the fact that as I get older, my ability to store more useless information in my brain has decreased). I’ll keep you updated, but I think I did a good job remembering what I had for songs this week.

We’re visiting heaven this week. What is heaven? Not sure you’ll get a definitive answer, but form the cynical to the divine let’s check in with Traffic, Mary Weiss, the Grass Roots, the Rascals, Talking Heads, the Psychedelic Furs, Robyn Hitchcock, Lydia Loveless, Eurogliders, Stevie Wonder, Ann Peebles, Donovan, Cocteau Twins, the Cure, and Erasure.

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.

Routine

Maybe it’s the time of year, but I’ve fallen into a little rut. I generally think that routine is a good thing, but lately – I don’t know. I think of myself as being a very steady person, to the point of now being boring. That’s usually ok for me, but I need something to shake it up a bit. We’re seeing the baby next week, so maybe that’ll do it. I’ll just have to stay content (and boring) for now.

This week we’re all over the place with music, including starting with two songs from concerts I have attended. So let’s listen to Little Feat, My Morning Jacket, Bessie Banks, Rod Stewart, the Classics IV, the Left Banke, Aretha Franklin, Dee Dee Warwick, ESG, Paul Simon, the Staple Singers, Bonnie Raitt, Shelby Lynne, 10,00 Maniacs, and Kristy MacColl.

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.

Sleepy

How’d you sleep? I usually sleep very well, and in truth, I actually slept well last night. I woke up at around 1:00 AM and then went back to sleep in about half an hour. My wife does not sleep well. She was also up at 1:00 but finds it hard to get back to sleep. Is this normal?

I can sleep anywhere at any time. I can almost fall asleep standing up, so sleep has never been an issue with me. I know it’s not the same for others, but I try to find a way to get in enough hours to sleep. I also like my naps – I occasionally will drift off for a “power nap,” as they’re now called, but it’s really just some needed downtime for me. No power is involved.

I hope y’all sleep well. To help keep you awake, on this week’s podcast we’ve got some great tunes for you from Isobel Campbell, Tame Impala, Jim James, Elvis Costello, Pops Staples, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Beautiful South, Linda Jones, Beryl Marsden, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Charlie Musselwhite, the Nashville Teens, the Yardbirds, and Wire.

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.

President’s Day

Have you heard that here in the U.S. tomorrow is a holiday? I heard someone say earlier in the week that there would be a delay of stuff until Tuesday because of the Monday holiday, and I was confused. “What holiday?” I wondered. “Surely President’s Day is on the 24th and not the 17th.”

But it’s not. It’s this Monday. How did I start losing holidays? Last year I had to work President’s Day (huge application was due at the end of the week, and we had to get everything together – hundreds of pages of stuff, with a good result).  I think that it may be because I try not to think about the Presidency anymore.

This week we’ve got lots of great music, with Melody Gardot, Al Jarreau, Brittany Howard, the Roots, Eddie Floyd, Otis Redding, Billy Preston, Lou Ann Barton, Samantha Fish, Shemekia Copeland, Dani Wilde, Christine Perfect, the Rezillos, and Aztec Camera.

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.



New Normal

Argh – had a rough week. Personally, things were a little messed up, partially due to the weather. Weather in winter can always alter a person’s week. Canceled meetings, bad weather (but still made it into work, albeit with an extra 30 minutes added to the commute). Nationally it was a weird week, too. There’s a new normal that Im not sure that I can get used to. Let’s do better, everyone.

Today’s podcast is not going to celebrate the upcoming Valentine’s Day. Hope that you weren’t waiting for that. Instead, there are great songs that are bluesy, psychedelic, and just plain tuneful. So relax and listen to Chicken Shack, Buddy Guy, Roscoe Gordon, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, the Dukes of Stratusphear, the Black Hollies, the Soft Boys, Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, the Smiths, the Cure, Paul Weller, My Morning Jacket, Luna, and the Connells.

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.



Jazzbo

Oops – I’ve been sitting on this for a while. It’s my jazz podcast of music that came out last year. Since a couple of the artists are no longer on earth, it’s not all music recorded in 2019, but it’s all things that were not released earlier. The Coltrane piece was recorded for a film that only used some of the pieces (?), while the Art Pepper cut was recorded for a small label – I think the cut I play is an alternate take of something not released.

Anyway, enjoy the music of Snarky Puppy, Jamie Saft, Nicholas Payton, John Coltrane, George Coleman, Jimmy Cobb, Michael Dease, Art Pepper, and the James Carter Organ Trio.

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.

3 Things

Three things today: It’s Groundhog Day. Let’s hope for a Short winter. Super Bowl Sunday! My team’s taking a break this year. I think the Chiefs will win but have heard persuasive arguments that the 49ers will win. Should be a good game (which means that it probably won’t be a good game).

Finally, we babysat our grandson Friday night and Saturday morning. We hadn’t seen him in three weeks (so long ago). When they’re small, they change a lot in three weeks. He’ll be two months old on February 10, and when we saw him Friday night he was much more alert and was really smiling sometimes. I like happy babies. When he was crying I told him how I understand what a hard life he was leading. Didn’t help, but maybe my argument will be more persuasive when he begins to understand words.

Today’s podcast starts out with teenagers, then we get into a deck of cards, with the Who, Wussy, the Flamin’ Groovies, Little Feat, the Golden Palominos, Chaka Kahn, Neko Case, Slaid Cleaves, Ray Charles, Blur, the Specials, O.V. Wight, Dave Edmunds, the Searchers, and Marshall Crenshaw.

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.

All of Our Yesterdays

Had a dream last night…wait, come back. I’m not going to tell you about my dream, which was very lame. The point is, I was back in my old hometown of Madawaska, Maine. I lived there for the first six years of my life (10%). I obviously don’t remember a lot about the first 2-3 years, but I was given pretty free reign during the day when I was a little older and I had a good memory of the town’s layout, where our house was in terms of the town, and if pressed I could have drawn a map of the town that was pretty accurate. I only returned once after we moved, so I didn’t have a lot of contemporary images to help me.

It’s strange how I remember so much about those first years. In the internet age, I can look at Google Maps and see that my memory was excellent – I did remember the layout of the town pretty accurately (it’s not like the town has a lot of odd streets or anything).

Actually, I’ve always been good with directions and orienting myself in surroundings. There are places that I’ve visited one time and I can give accurate directions there. My wife (and sadly, my son) do not have that gene, so I am in charge of getting places. So it goes.

On today’s podcast, we start out palely with Procol Harum, the Dukes of Stratusphear, the Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, Erykah Badu, the Rings, Janis Joplin, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, Eddie Floyd, Sam & Dave, the Emotions, Terence Trent D’Arby, the Beatles, and the Love Language.

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.