I went to a concert on Thursday night – a real-life concert! It was just like the before times…well, except it took longer to get in the concert because we had to show our vaccination cards, and we had to mask up all night. But other than that – a real-life concert!

We saw St. Vincent in Boston at the Wang Theatre. She was great, and the band was excellent. She featured many songs from her latest album – Daddy’s Home – but threw in some of the older tunes as well.

Not only that, but we are going to another concert next week. It’s going to really be like the before times, except for the vaccine cards and the masks. One has to learn to adapt.

Great podcast today. Songs from Esperanza Spaulding, Xavier Rudd, Tinsley Ellis, the Members, the Distractions, the Buzzcocks, Any Trouble, Cheap Trick, XTC, Julian Cope, Kaleidoscope, the Gosdin Brothers, Michael Hurley, and Delbert McClinton.

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Another Nothing Day

Hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend, or as my wife calls it, another Monday with me around. Such is the life of a retiree. I won’t know what that feels like for 5 more years (not that I’m counting – do you want work days or just all days between now and when I hang ’em up?).

On today’s pod, we go back and listen to Bob Dylan, John Prine, David Crosby, Blood, Sweat & tears, Traffic, the Moody Blues, the Move, the Nazz, Badfinger, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Solomon Burke, and James Carr.

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A couple of weeks ago someone was talking about how they had planned to finish something in October. “October?” I thought, “why so late in the year?” Then Friday happened, and it’s October 1. “Oh, we are getting to the end of the year.” It’s been another long year, but the end is in sight. It’s October. We’ve had actual fall weather here this week, with some slight warming coming at the end of this week. Oh, well. I love fall weather – crisp, cool mornings, warm beautiful days, and cold nights. It’s the perfect weather for me.

There are many birthdays of friends and family in October, including my birthday. You know what my birthday means – let’s give money to the city and state when I register my cars for the year. Happy birthday, Pat. Please make the check payable to…Does that seem right? What about the random number on the license plate? I should do this in May -my car license plate ends in a 5. Welcome to fall.

Today’s podcast is excellent, with Bruce Springsteen, Robert Gordon, Patti Smith, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Family, the Who, the Groundhogs, Samantha Fish, St. Vincent, Florence & the Machine, Spiritualized, Ride, and the Catherine Wheel.

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The little guy was sick this week. He had a slight fever, coughing, runny nose, and the bad mood you get when you’re sick. Not jumping to conclusions, but being level-headed, we thought, “COVID?” After he didn’t shake it after three days, we decided to test him (and keep him home from daycare. This meant another day of having my wife watch him).

Usually, watching him means lots of outdoor time: going to the park where he swings, goes on the slide, and runs around. He loves doing that. He’s very much become an action child. But now that he’s sick, he has to stay indoors. Which he doesn’t like, on top of being cranky from not feeling well. Not a good recipe for being with him.

Results came back negative, so it’s just the bug that’s been going around to compete with COVID. Good to make sure. This is a time to remain vigilant. Kate, Nick, and I have been fine: Lindsay, the little guy’s mom, is now sick with the same thing. We all feel relieved.

Great pod today, with artists Lydia Loveless, Shellyann Orphan, St. Etienne, Donald Fagen, Fleetwood Mac, Stealer’s Wheel, Brenda Holloway, Los Fabulosos Blueshakers, the Cosmic Trip Advisors, Garbage, Kirsty MacColl, Sam Phillips, and Pete Case.

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Best Laid Plans

Busy day today. No time to do anything except present podcast, which features The Everly Brothers, Tom T. Hall, George Jones, the Flying Burrito Brothers, the Jayhawks, the Bats, the Rolling Stones, Bead Game, Love, the Hushtones, Morcheeba, Hooverphonic, Hamell on Trial, the Fall, and Gang of Four.

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I’m usually far more prepared for my weekly scribbling, but I’m just behind today. I’m exhausted by everything going on at work, at home, and globally. Remembering 9/11 isn’t all that fun. We had friends in NYC and it took days to hear whether they were all right, and we heard that in a roundabout way. Thankfully everyone we knew was ok.

I’m praised at work for my calm demeanor, but maybe I shouldn’t be so calm all the time. The only time I let loose is in the car when I see bad driving and I comment on it loudly. My wife tells me I need to stop doing that when she’s in the car with me. It’s a hard habit to break. Things that are happening around us are starting to upset me more every day. I must stay calm and find an appropriate outlet to vent. Time to drive around a bit.

And when I’m in the car I listen to music. Doesn’t always help, but I drive with artists like in today’s podcast, which includes Tim Buckley, Beck, Paul Weller, Rickie Lee Jones, Ocean Colour Scene, David Byrne, Norah Jones, Jesca Hoop, Lee Dorsey, Sharon Jones, Flo & Eddie, the Monkees, Lou Ann Barton, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, and Roomful of Blues. Please go to to stream or download or download the podcast Thank you for tuning in.

Labor Day

When is Labor Day? In the U.S. and Canada, it’s the first Monday in September. For most of Europe, it’s May 1. It’s not May 1 in the U.S. for reasons that you can probably guess. Yes, we celebrate it later because we don’t want to strengthen socialist (and anarchist) movements by associating it with the growing labor movement (said to have its roots with the American Federation of Labor’s successful push for 8 hour days in 1882).

Anyway, now it’s known as the end of summer weekend. For labor, it used to mean double-time and a half (we had to move the family reunion to Sunday for fear of not having two uncles who worked at the mill absent. We had to postpone to Monday a couple of times due to bad weather and Stan and Johnny wouldn’t be there).

Hope everyone has a good Labor Day weekend. Kate and I are babysitting while Nick and Lindsay go off to a wedding in the Chicago area. You know we’re having fun.

This week’s podcast has some great tunes to listen to while at a party. So listento Bananarama, T. Rex, Enuff Z’ Nnuff, Redd Kriss, Robert Cray, Taj Mahal, Otis Spann, Eddie Boyd, Allison Russell, Minnie Ripperton, Patrice Rushen, Brenda Russell, The Who, and Led Zeppelin.

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Weather Update

Cool, dry air has descended on New England. It’s nice but not what we usually get in late August. We’ve had so many hot and humid days this summer that the contrast seems greater than usual. We just came off another hot week and next week looks like typical New England weather – high 80’s on Monday, high 60’s on Thursday. Love those temperature swings.

But this weekend has been perfect in my estimation. We hit 70 yesterday and may do the same today. A small breeze makes it fine. Sure, to some of you this will seem cold, but it’s my perfect weather. As a life-long New Englander, I actually like it a little cold. Let’s keep the humidity nice and low for September -ok?

Today’s podcast, however, is coming in hot. So tune into the Fountains of Wayne, Yola, David Crosby, Dave Edmunds, Dr. Feelgood, Nick Lowe, John Hiatt, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jerry Lee Lewis, George Jones, Buck Owens, Bobbie Gentry, the Blues Project, the Asylum Choir, Cat Mother & the All-Night Newsboys, and David Blue.

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The Year: 1991

Sometimes it’s not worth looking at what happened in a year. 1991 was known for Operation Desert Storm. How’d that turn out? Oh yeah, leaving Afghanistan is tied in with that in a way.

Maybe movies will be better. Let’s see; there’s Silence of the Lambs, Terminator 2, Cape Fear, Soapdish, and many, many more. Not bad.

Music was good, too. Have you heard of a band that got really big in 1991? Does Nirvana sound familiar? Many great albums came out that year, and today’s podcast explores some of the top songs from that year.

Let’s hear music from Seal, Nirvana, Matthew Sweet, Massive Attack, R.E.M., Julian Cope, Primal Scream, Richard Thompson, Marshall Crenshaw, Crowded House, the La’s, Dinvyls, and Bonnie Raitt.

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It’s hurricane preparation season up here in the Northeast. Fred hit us with some drenching rain but not much else (wind, etc.). Depending on where it tracks, Henri could hit us hard, but for now, it looks like we won’t get much beyond the rain. Predictions of when the rain begins keep getting pushed out, and it looks like it’ll end earlier than first forecast. We’ll see.

We’ve gotten used to getting ready for big storms. We have enough food, so we don’t go to the store in case we’re without power for days – we can survive quite nicely without having to shop with everyone who apparently doesn’t have enough food to last in case of an emergency.

We’ll chill out for as long as necessary – which will probably be not this time, according to the latest forecast. Hope everyone who might get hit stays safe, though.

Music will see us through. Today’s podcast includes Nikki Lane, Lily Hiatt, Lydia Loveless, the Secret Sisters, the North Mississippi Allstars, Cephas & Wiggins, Z.Z. Hill, the Fountains of Wayne, Josie Cotton, Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, the Pretenders, the Smithereens, Marshall Crenshaw, and the dBs.

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