September of my years

As a man who has always had the wand’ring ways
Now I’m reaching back for yesterdays
‘Til a long-forgotten love appears
And I find that I’m sighing softly as I near
September, the warm September of my years – Frank Sinatra, The September of My Years (Cahn/Van Heusen)

Am I really moving into the September of my years? In one month I’ll be 60. My knee is telling me that I am soon to have it replaced with a newer, better one, and I should be a grandfather by the end of the year. Time is certainly moving on, whether I want to be part of it or not. Think I’ll choose to be a part of what’s going on in this world.

Today’s podcast starts out darkly, then levels out before taking a dark turn again on the last set. Join me for the happy times of Tindersticks, Orange Juice, Sad Cafe, Electric Cables, Flesh for Lulu, Killing Joke, Simple Minds, Apples in Stereo, Badfinger, Raspberries, Shoes, Mazzy Star, Lush, Wire, and Talking Heads.

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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Jazz 1959

1959 was 60 years ago. Which is funny because I was born in 1959. My birthday is coming next month, and yes, you’ll be hearing more about that as we get closer). I was listening to someone explain how 1959 was probably the best year for jazz albums, so I checked it out, and it’s actually true. 1959 probably was the best year for jazz albums.

We can start with the jazz record generally considered to be the best of all-time, Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue. I agree – it’s the one record I’ve probably played more than any other, and if I were to suggest a jazz album that defined what jazz was about, I’d probably pick this one.

Another big jazz album, the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s Time Out also was released in 1959. It’s one of the best-selling jazz albums and has many wonderful tunes, including the classic “Take Five,” written by the Quartet’s sax player Paul Desmond. There are many other incredible, classic jazz albums released in 1959; too numerous to talk about here. I talk about more of them in today’s special podcast. There’s a fine Ella Fitzgerald song nad another vocal by Dinah Washington (she’s one of my favorite singers).

So take some time to remember what it was like in the jazz-bo 50’s and listen to a great hour of music, with these amazing artists: Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Art Pepper, Dave Brubeck, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Sun Ra, Horace Silver, and Bill Evans.

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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Coping

How does one cope with the world? We all go through things that cause us to reassess who we are and what we’ve done. For me, unsurprisingly, it’s music. I’ll find something to play to calm me or get me pumped up, or sad or any number of emotions. I’m occasionally surprised at what sets me back on the right course (for me). It’s usually not what I thought it would be, nor is it generally one of those albums that I would have considered a best of all time, although the music becomes a personal favorite. Not usrte the same music wold work twice – I’ll have to check that.

Here’s today’s music mix for you – wonder if any of these tunes becomes one to restore me to a solid base. Listen to Coco Montoya, Christone Kingfish Ingram, Holly Golightly, Hall & Oates, Neutral Milk Hotel, Lower Dens, the Kings, the Neighborhoods, the Neats, the Clean, Gilberto Gil, Bo Diddley, Jason Hawk Harris, 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.

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Back to School

It’s back to school time, which means looking out for stopped buses as I drive into work each morning. I remember the feeling of “back-to-school” when I was a kid, though. I liked going to school in the fall to see friends that I either did not see or saw infrequently during the summer, as I lived in a farily rural setting.

As for the school (learning) part – I liked showing off my knowledge, but bristled (being kind to myself) over the rules put in place to dampen the joy of being alive. I was not a model student until high school, when I calmed down during the school day.

I know that one of the tenets of education is to prepare students for adulthood, and that being bored all day working at a job that you may or may not like was supposed to build character (or something), in real life I’ve had jobs for many years that weren’t boring, and ones where I could have fun as well as work very hard to complete tasks.

For the teachers that allowed us to have some fun in school, and knew that there was more to life than the drudgery of filling in papers, I applaud you. I actually had so many teachers, especially in high school, that taught joy as part of their work, that school could be a true learning environment. For the others, I can only imagine that they didn’t really enjoy teaching, and I think that I’m glad that I made their lives a little bit worse by being that bad kid.

Let’s celebrate good teachers (and forget the bad ones), with music from Lower Dens, the Hold Steady, Ride, Sleeper, Mike Heron, Bonnie Raitt, the Pipettes, Freddie King, Samantha Fish, the J. Geils Band, T. Rex, Warren Zevon, 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.

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Labor Day Blowout

Happy Labor Day weekend. It’s the final weekend of summer, and it looks like it may actually turn into autumn after Labor Day. It’s already begun, with temperatures dipping into the high 40’s at night, but it can be a temporary phenomenon. Not this year, according to the weather folk. We may get an occasional 80+ degree day, but all-in-all we’re winding down the hot days of summer.

We’ve had a pretty busy summer here – far more excitement than what we’re used to, although fewer cookouts overall. I miss my hot dogs. Let’s celebrate the last couple with a cookout and some music to listen to as we say goodbye to summer, with Bonnie Raitt, Squeeze, the Hollies, Jeff Beck, Moon Martin, the Electric Flag, Seratones, Los Lobos, the Beach Boys, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Mavis Staples, Mosquitos, the La’s, Jefferson Airplane, and Wall of Voodoo.

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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August 1969

Hi – Every once in a while, I see a listing of the top 40 for a certain week. This year someone has been highlighting 1969 – and the top 40’s are generally killer. This week in August 1969 is no exception.

So, armed with the list of the songs for the week ending August 20-something, 1969, I put together a podcast of those tunes. I left out a couple that I didn’t have/don’t care for, but here are 16 of the top 20 songs for the week.

Let’s think about what we were doing 50 years ago, listening to the radio, with The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Tommy James & the Shondells, Jackie DeShannon, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tony Joe White, the Youngbloods, the Guess Who, Kenny Rogers & the First Edition, Bob Dylan, the Archies, John Lennon & the Plastic Ono Band, Stevie Wonder, Junior Walker & the All-Stars, Three Dog Night, and Tom Jones.

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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Not much

I’m tired this morning, and the thinker’s not working. Just a quick hello to everyone, and hope all’s well. Got a great podcast today, starting with some remembrances of Woodstock, then moving on from there.

Let’s chill today (not me, but maybe you can) with Richie Havens, Canned Heat, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, the Divine Comedy, Dr. John, the Clash, Jorge Ben, Yeasayer, Lou Reed, and Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young.

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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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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