Doing well

Just time for a quick update: I’m doing well. Surgery went well; new knee in and I’m improving daily. Not much more that I can ask. A more full response to come.

Got a great podcast today. Listen in to hear Mickey Newbury, Gary Lewis, Spanky & Our Gang, Archie Bell & the Drells, Aretha Franklin, Bryan Ferry, the Godfathers, Pere Ubu, Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Michael Kiwanuka, the Mavericks, and Julia Jacklin.

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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Next time you see me

As the old blues song goes, “Next time you see me, things won’t be the same.” I’ll have a new left knee. This week, in preparation, I’ve been to the hospital for joint class and final prep with the surgeon. And phone calls – many phone calls. The hospital is very thorough about this.

I’m not anxious about this at all – the knee has gotten much worse, so it’ll be a relief to switch it out for some metal and plastic. Although it did take the surgeon to say (finally, when was i going to hear this?) “you know, it’s really going to hurt afterward.” Thanks, Doc, everyone I know who’s had it done tells me the same thing.

I’m thinking about starting a pain jounral to talk about what’s happening with my knee – I might post it to the webpage here at brennick.net. I’ll certainly have the time on my hands – might be a useful journey for others.

Let’s not think about knee pain on this Veteran’s Day weekend. Instead, let’s listen to some music, which this week includes Roxy Music, David Bowie, Scott Walker, Serge Gainsbourg, the Beatles, Badfinger, Nilsson, John Lennon, John Prine, Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, Samantha Fish, and Ellen McIlwaine.

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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More computer problems

Hi, Computer problems again. Things go fine for weeks, and then for no reason, the computer starts acting up. Why is everything frozen all the time? Can’t I just restart the machine and all is well? Apparently not.

So I’ll have to soldier through, hoping I can use this alternate way to post this week. This week is the week in the year designated as voting week. Mostly we’re involved with local elections (there are a few statewide elections – kinda weird, I think). So vote! Find out what’s going on locally and vote. What happens locally affects you as much, if not more, than what happens in the posturing US Congress.

To help you go vote on Tuesday (because the landowners who had the vote had to ride in from their estates and couldn’t travel on the Lord’s day), I have a great set of songs today, with Rare Earth, Three Dog Night, Argent, Steve Miller, Led Zeppelin, Angel Olson, Blood Orange, NewPornographers, the McCoys, Small Faces, Marvin Gaye, The Velvelettes, Barbar Randolph, the Inmates, Ian Gomm, Eggs Over Easy, and Wilko Johnson.

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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Halloween

First, let me thank everyone who wished me a happy birthday. It’s a small gesture, but one that is truly appreciated. I’m not very good at doing it myself (and I promised I’d be better at doing it), so happy belated birthday to Debbie and Ed.

It’s Halloween, no longer a holiday that sneaks up on you. I saw people decorating for Halloween on September 30- I guess that’s the unofficial start date of decorating for Halloween. And although some are small in scope, many go way overboard. It’s like a full cemetery in some yards.

I’m not big on Halloween, so you won’t see any decorations outside my house. It’s my birth month, and my wedding anniversary is also in October, so my month is already filled up with celebrations.

However, with Halloween in mind, I put together a Halloween podcast. I’ve seen a lot of people put together different Halloween podcasts, so I joined in. the fun. So listen to this spooky set of music, featuring surprises and these bands: David Bowie, Sons & Daughters, Edgar Winter, Redd Kross, Neko Case, Dave Edmunds, the Cramps, Siouxsie & the Banshees, the Fleshtones, Mekons, the Who, Lou Rawls, Warren Zevon, and the Five Man Electrical Band.

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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Take a knee

Well, I now have a date for the knee – November 12. It’s about as perfect a date as I could get, so I’ m glad the surgeon had that day open for me. I had Doctors’ appointments, physical therapy, and a whole booklet of things that were given to me as preparation, with more to come before the surgery.

I’ve been asked whether I’m anxious about the surgery, but I’ve quickly accepted it as my knee is in constant pain, and I’m ready to do anything to make the pain go away – even trading some intense short-term pain for it. Let me get back to my life of not remembering that I have a knee.

Knee’s up time this week with this week’s podcast, ehich has Blondie, Norma Tanega, Thundercat, Ann Peebles, the Kitchen Cinq, Concrete Blonde, the Cars, Larris Wallis, Larry Williams, Jesus Jones, Jane’s Addiction, Elvis Costello, Stephen Stills, Crosby/Nash, and Stills/Young Band.

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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Getting old


Did some chores with my son on Friday – replaced a storm door and did a few other tasks around the house. Man, was I sore afterward, and not the regular sore one normally feels after doing some physical work (that storm door was a little harder to do than I thought it would be). I was what I am calling “old man sore.” That was the first time I really felt like age was catching up to me. I need age to stop catching up to me – I’ll have to go a little faster in the future.

Lots of great tunes today (yes, they lean old). Please join me in listening to Norah Jones, Dawn Landes, Joan Armatrading, Lloyd Cole, the Connells, Rosanne Cash, Rubber Rodeo, Mike McGear, Yes, Marvin Gaye, Barnaby Bye, Badfinger, and the Bee Gees.

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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Pod 282

A quick one this morning – for the first time in a while we have what I call true fall – it’s cooled right down, the leaves are/have changed (I drove through Franconia Notch earlier this week – breathtaking), and it just seems like the season changed nice and gradually this year.

Got some new music, some classic and a combination of the two in today’s podcast, with The New Pornographers, Samantha Fish, Lower Dens, Babe Ruth, Steve Miller, John Mayall, Kaleidoscope, Small Faces, Dukes of Stratusphear, and the Beatles.

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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The new knee

It’s happened. My original knee has worn out to the point where no injections will stave off the pain. I have no cartilage in my left knee, so I’m walking bone on bone, and my knee has shifted to try to reduce the pain, but there’s no more comfortable place left for my knee to sit.   

I am going to see the surgeon next week to set a date to have knee replacement surgery. Thing is, my fall is pretty jam-packed. Not sure what dates the surgeon has open or will suggest, but I hope he can either hit my perfect date (right after Veteran’s Day), or wait for New Year’s Day. I’ll live with the pain (already am) until this happens.

Let’s all feel sorry for me (but don’t – it’s been a good run with the knee) by listening to Seratones, Andra Day, Macy Gray, Lizzo, George McRae, Ellen Foley, Bob Dylan, Patti Labelle, John Lee Hooker, Etta James, Albert Collins, the Walker Brothers, Tom Jones, Jackie DeShannon, and the 5th 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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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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