Finale

Tonight is the finale of Game of Thrones. I don’t watch a lot of television, but one of the shows I do watch is Game of Thrones. Thing is, I’m not obsessed with it as many seem to be. It’s an enjoyable little show that has been a little disappointing in its desire to wrap things up (perhaps they shouldn’t have had shows in earlier seasons where the plot wasn’t advanced all that much). It is pretty rushed at this point compared to earlier, and so it hasn’t been as satisfying. I will point out that there have been a bunch of dramatic switcheroos that were sudden and not foreshadowed (loss of major character in season 1; red wedding, etc.), so it’s not like the element of surprise hasn’t been used to dramatically shift the show.

The show was fine, but it doesn’t really measure up as one of the best shows ever on television. It was fun, but I won’t miss it after it’s gone. To prepare for tonight’s finale, let’s take an hour break to listen to music that in no way has anything to do with Westeros. Let’s dig Stephen Stills, Scott Walker, Julian Cope, Kevin Ayers, Laura Nyro, Three Dog Night, the Fifth Dimension, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Chase, the Buckinghams, Chicago, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Gillian Welch, Galley Beggar, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Ollabelle.

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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Mom’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms (and moms to be) out there. If it weren’t for you, not only wouldn’t we be here, but you acted as a moral compass for us. Thank you for everything.

Let’s celebrate with some fine music. There’s a chance to dance ealry on – dance with your mom today, with music from Ibibio Sound Machine, Nubiyan Twist, Marvin Gaye, Rose Elinor Dougall, the Rascals, Fleetwood Mac, Relatively Clean Rivers, the Animals, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly, Scott Walker, Rachel Sweet, and Romeo Void.

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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Billboard 1st Week of May 1969

Last week I saw a tweet that showed the top 20 songs from the first week of May 1969. “Hmm,” I thought, “I do a look back at music for certain years, what’s on this list?” I was happily surprised to see that I had most of these songs, so I decided that this would be a great podcast. Here are the results.

The musical Hair was Broadway’s big show, but the soundtrack was not spawning a lot of AM hits. So bands like the Fifth Dimension and the Cowsills stepped in and recorded songs form the musical which became big hits (as well as Three Dog Night’s version of “Easy to Be Hard” and Oliver’s “Good Morning Starshine.”). It’s great to see so many songs from different genres being played on the radio.

So step into the time machine and set it back 50 years to listen to the top 16 hits for the first week of May 1969, which had The Fifth Dimension, the Isley Brothers, the Cowsills, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Jerry Butler, Booker T. and the MG’s, Timmy James, the Ventures, Simon & Garfunkel, Glen Campbell, Tommy Roe, Crazy Elephant, Edwin Starr, the Guess Who, Mercy, and Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street 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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What’s Happening Now

I don’t want to spoil anything by saying this, but are we actually starting to experience this phenomenon called sping? Temperatures were in the 60’s here yesterday, and there was even a giant yellow orb sighting later in the day. Looking at the upcoming week I see other numbers that go into the 60’s (alas, with few visits from the giant yellow orb – where does the sun go during the spring?). I’m going to call it – it really is spring (mud season is probably gone now).

Not sure how spring-y this music is – many tunes were thought about during the dark times, but heck – let’s call it a round-up of spring tunes. So listen to the warmer music of Yes, Roxy Music, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Robert Plant & Alsion Krauss, Toussaint McCall, the Rascals, the Strangeloves, Ike & Tina Turner, Maria Muldaur, Ricki Lee Jones, David Bowie, Alex Chilton, and Ian Hunter.

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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Technical Difficulties

Hi, this is a little late today as I had problems with the microphone (I know, I know, beyond my normal problems). I cleaned everything up this morning and it seems to work. So I was able to get the podcast done for today. Mission accomplished. Makes me feel good to be able to find something broken and find a way to fix it. I was ready to abandon the podcast for today if I couldn’t get it fixed. Next question is whether I need to actually get a new microphone or not – probably do.

We can figure this out while listening to Jenny Lewis, Joe Jackson, U2, Iggy Pop, the Coasters, Suzanne Vega, Sleeper, Los Lobos, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Alan Price, the Clash, Lloyd Cole, and Warren Zevon.

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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Happy Easter

Holidays have become times for visiting family, and we’ll be heading off to visit my son and his wife. So I’m going to post this early, as my Sunday will be busy with an Easter egg hunt and whatnot.

Have a happy Easter! And why not start with music from Echo & the Bunnymen, Canned Heat, Chris Isaak, Joan Armatrading, Christine & the Queens, the English Beat, Elvis Costello, Lou Reed, Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators, Syl Johnson, Saun & Starr, James Carr, Paul Simon, 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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Tax Day

Tax Day is coming up – hope everyone has filed. I do my taxes fairly early, and since I usually pay in, I file at the last possible minute. I try to make sure that I don’t pay in  a lot, but why let the government have your money for free? Sure, getting money back is always fun, but it just means that you put extra money in that was held for you without you getting any interest on the account. 

Because of Patriot’s Day (no, Massachusetts isn’t celebrating the football team), we get an extra day to file taxes. That won’t happen again for a few years, as the 15th will be on a Wednesday next year, which will be the week before Patriot’s Day in 2020. Tax Day being close to when the Revolutionary War started is…something.

Let’s avoid taxes by listening to music (or preparing your taxes, or shipping them off) with Gene Clark, the Lovin’ Spoonful, Stephen Stills, Spirit, Paul Weller, the Action, Ocean Colour Scene, the Charlatans, David Byrne, Fleetwood Mac, the Chills, Split Enz, the Go-Betweens, Little Feat, and the Kinks.

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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Old Man


I generally don’t feel like I’m getting old. Sure, with arthritis in the left knee I can have a slight limp after I sit for a while, but overall I still feel good. But, a week ago I went off to fetch something down the hill at my house, and it was still very slippery, so I took a fall. An old man fall. I landed on my left elbow, which sent pain through my shoulder. The pain only lasted a day or so, then went away as most pain does for me.

Yesterday I was doing some work in the basement, slinging boxes around and cleaning up, when I wrenched my left shoulder again, and the pain returned. Not the slight pain I feel sometimes when I aggravate an old injury, but the full pain came right back, and now it hurts whenever I move my arm, which I do on a regular basis. I wasn’t aware how much I moved my left arm, and even trying to limit how much I use it, it moves a lot.

I don’t think the pain means that there is anything structurally wrong – it’s just a slight pull, so I won’t be checking in with the doctor, who’d only tell me to take the Advil that I’m already taking (if there is any relief, it’s slight). It’ll be fine, it’s just that I wonder if these nagging little injuries that I shrugged off when younger is a sign of the body not healing as quickly as it used to. Welcome to old age (former) young man.

Let’s rely on the healing power of music. The tunes I chose for today do have healing properties, with Cassandra Wilson, Little Milton, Led Zeppelin, Diana Ross, Morcheeba, Hooverphonic, Letters to Cleo, Veruca Salt, Luscious Jackson, the Breeders, Earl KIng with Roomful of Blues, 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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April She WIll Come

We’re getting ready to close the first quarter of 2019 – went by quickly, didn’t it? Is it that as we get older time speeds up (isn’t that part of Einstein’s theory)? The second quarter of the year I generally designate as spring. April showers bring May flowers and such. The second quarter actually includes the first day of summer (June 20), so it’s not a perfect analogy, but in these parts, we usually wait until July 4 to really start having summer.

So, there you have it – Q1 is winter, Q2 is spring, Q3 is summer, and Q4 is fall (oh, I know Q4 is fall and the start of winter, but let’s be optimistic and keep things simple). Agreed? Ok, next item on the agenda….


This week’s podcast fits into the start of spring with Faces, Traffic, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the Tubes, Richard Thompson, the Tom Robinson Band, Julia Jacklin, Sharon Van Etten, St. Vincent, the Staple Singers, the Soul Stirrers, Naomi Shelton, and the Como Mamas.

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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Spring?

Well, I didn’t expect my St. Patrick’s Day thoughts to be such a hot take. I get it – some people like St. Paddy’s Day. Like many celebrations, it does signify the beginning of Spring, which is March 20.

I was a little surprised to read that there is some actual opposition to the day – I guess the whole public drunkenness thing upsets more people than I would have thought. It’s just a minor personal thing for this part-Irish Patrick-named guy.

It is spring – today temperatures should be in the 50’s (and sunny!), a welcome change. We’re going for a nice walk in nature today – you should, too. And please, why not bring some music with you? Let’s celebrate spring with the Bangles, Jerry Harrison, Talk Talk, Yola, World Party, the Beau Brummels, the Beach Boys, Suzanne Vega, Xenoula, Vetiver, Martha & the Vandellas, Jackie Wilson, the Flamingos, and Sam Cooke.

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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