What to write

As part of my New Year’s resolutions, I was going to concentrate on writing more and doing more essays here. That’s yet to start, as I find it hard to come up with things to say on a weekly basis: how’s the weather; what am I doing today? It doesn’t help that my already bad typing skills have deteriorated, and it’s a struggle to type more than ten words without having a simple spelling mistake (doing, have, and than so far). It’s not even that I’m typing fast – even when I slow down I hit the wrong keys (well, the wrong order, mostly). The vagaries of growing old.

So I’ll be typing more and hoping that spellcheck catches up with my mistakes. Maybe I should take a keyboarding course to increase my declining skills (would it work? could I relearn some of this stuff?). We’ll see.

Today’s podcast travels from the Athens scene, to early rock ‘n’ roll to power pop and then ends with the blues. Tune into today’s pod for Dreams So Real, Turning Curious, R.E.M., the Bangles. Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Matthew Sweet, Bob Mould, the dB’s, Redd Kross, Mavis Staples, Marcia Ball, and Shemekia Copeland.

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Stable

It’s the start of a new year, and what a year it’s been already. Temperatures around here have been extremely cold (someone wondered, as they were looking at temperatures, if we had switched to the Celsius scale, with highs on a couple of days remaining negative). My eyeballs almost froze yesterday as I went to get the mail – need to remember to wear glasses when I go outside. We also survived a bomb cyclone – seemed like a decent snow storm to me, but I’m old and remember years getting nailed with tons of snow. There was a bit of hyperbole in the naming the storm a bomb cyclone.

Speaking of hyperbole, I think that I’d describe myself as stable, but not a stable genius. There’s one more thing that I can stop worrying about, though, having a stable genius in charge of the country. I’ll sleep much easier now.

We’ve got more music for you in 2018 – that hasn’t changed. There were some 2017 leftovers to start us off for the first podcast of 2018, with some Brazilian music tossed in and a tribute to Pat Dinizio, one of my favorite singers and composers from the Smithereens, who died last month. So during an hour , please listen to Blancmange, Gingerlys, Waxahatchee, BNQT, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tame Impala, Primal Scream, Mosquitos, David Byrne, Bebel Gilberto, Ceu, Stephen “Tin Tin” Duffy, New Order, and the Smithereens.

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Jazz 2017

I still have 2017 music that I haven’t put out on a podcast. This time: Jazz. It was a good year for jazz, and some of my favorite tunes appear on the pod today. I listen to many kinds of music, and this is music that makes me happy.

So let’s reflect on 2017 and listen to Jack DeJohnette with Larry Grenadier, John Modeski, and John Scofield, the Portico Quartet, Christian McBride, Johnny O’Neal, Harold Mabern, Heads of State, the Anat Cohen Tentet, Kamasi Washington, Steve Davis, Peter Erskine and the Dr. Um Band, and Mary Halvorson.

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Happy 2018!

Happy 2018! We’ve made it (almost). 2017 was…something. 2018 should be better – let’s all resolve to make 2018 a better year. I think that’s it for me – 2018 will be better than 2017. Can we agree on this, at least? I have other individual goals for next year, but it all boils down to making 2018 better, for me and for everyone else.

Let’s reflect on 2017 and move forward to 2018 with Spirit, Doug Sahm, the Who, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, the Impressions, Jerry Butler, Eddie Kendricks, John Prine, Wilco, Richard Thompson, Matthew Sweet, Elvis Costello, and the Rolling Stones.

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, everyone! In lieu of cards let this post serve as my Christmas wish to all of my friends. The Northeast has had snow, freezing rain (checks weather report) – more snow to come, then a deep freeze for New Year’s Day – it’s winter! Hope everyone has a safe and happy Christmas, no matter how you celebrate (or don’t celebrate – have fun on that day). We’ll be in Vermont with Kate’s family. We like to do destination Christmases – Vermont’s no Costa Rica, but it’ll be a nice, more traditional celebration.

Got some great tunes for this week’s show, including a gospel set to get people ready for the spiritual aspects of Christmas. Listen to Nilsson, Chris Isaak, Jackie Wilson, Billy Stewart, Tyrone Davis, the Silos, the Archie Bronson Outfit, Tears for Fears, the Como Mamas, the Staple Singers, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Fantastic Family Aires, P.P. Arnold, Rod Stewart, and Michael Head.

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more music, more music more music

It’s still 2017 for 11 more days. This year has flown by – and who thought that would happen? To wrap up the year, I’ve got yet another set of music released in 2017. We start out Afro-heavy, as we spend some time in Africa(without Toto) for half the show before returning to these shores for music (fine – Great Britain, too). Hope you’re enjoying the year-end round-ups – there’s still a lot I haven’t gotten to yet – maybe more is on the way.

Today we’re playing Tinariwen, Oumou Sangarre, Vieux Farka Toure, Orchestra Baobab, Antibalas, Aimee Mann, Kevin Morby, Slowdive, All We Arem Protoartyr, Father John Misty, and Spinning Coin. Enjoy this year-end review pod.

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How Many More Times

Well, Christmas is a week away. Is everyone ready? I am, but that’s because we don’t buy a lot of presents, or do much to celebrate. I have to help with a breakfast this coming Friday, so I’ll prepare my menu and buy what I need today (and Thursday). We’re heading up to Vermont for a family Christmas at my wife’s brother’s house – that should be fun, but we need to be armed with our appetites only (although I’ll be ready and happy to help if needed).

We haven’t decorated the house in a bunch of years (we have traveled on many Christsmases), but yesterday my wife whispered to me that after she retires she wants to decorate the house for the holidays in a traditional, old fashioned way. That’s fine – go for it. She wants to host people at different get-togethers (with me cooking everything – that’s fine with me). Retirement isn’t that far off anymore (for my wife, anyway).

When we host, we’ll have music. Music can help lighten the mood. I have tons of Christmas music (some of which I shared on Friday), but any type of music is good. Today’s podcast looks back on music’s past, starting with the year 1966 and going from there. So listen to the Animals, Bob Dylan, the Blues Project, ? and the Mysterians, the Sleepover Disaster, Rod Stewart, Jethro Tull, the Black Hollies, Crazy Horse, Steve Earle, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, and the Doors.

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Christmas tunes

Ho-ho-ho. Old Santa Claus here with an early gift for y’all. I decided to put together a Christmas song podcast for all my friends, and I did it with mostly a traditional song theme – no weird tunes on this year’s edition of the pod. So when you trim your tree (what, you didn’t do it immediately after Thanksgiving, did you?), or serve some holiday egg nog, put this on and enjoy the season.

Many of your favorite stars helped out, including Barbara Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Elvis Presley, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Bob Dylan, Greg Lake, Lou Rawls, Al Green, Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, the Jackson Five, the Ronettes, Bob-B-Soxx and the Blue Jeans, Mabel Scott, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Patty Page, and Louis Armstrong. So enjoy the podcast. I’ll be listening as I clean up my list of who’s been naughty and who’s been nice, and who’ll be getting coal this Christmas (and not that clean coal, either!).

This podcast is available to stream or download at http://brennick.net. It’s now also available on iTunes – it’s called brennick.net (couldn’t figure out how to change the name – there you go). Thank you for taking the time to stream or download this podcast, or any of the other podcasts which are all still available at the site. Please leave comments and suggestions (I do read the comments), and share this with other like-minded friends. Thank you.

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The sounds of 2017

Hello from the frozen tundra. We really did have freezing rain after a couple of inches of snow – actually, once you get past the crust (easily broken up by walking around a bit), it’s easy to shovel away. No snowblower for me today (and hey, I always forget how much easier the snowblower starts and works after I change the oil – not sure I do it enough – tip for the rest of you). It’s cold and windy around here – good, I have to spend some time outside these next couple of days – brr.

As promised, this is part 2 of the 2017 year in review for music. Lots of good stuff here, including some blues in the second set. Lots of good music this year – let’s take some time and listen to Coco Hames, Dan Auerbach, Robyn Hitchcock, Real Estate, the Cash Box Kings, Samantha Fish, Otis Taylor, Wire, the New Pornographers, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Future Islands, Guided By Voices, Peter Perrett, Beach Fossils, and Hurray for the Riff Raff.

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Snowtime!

Had our first snow yesterday. I know that I should curse the gods and think about my back, but I love the first snows of the year (as long as they’re of a reasonable amount – looks like about 3 or so inches- if it were a major snow storm…). The snow does look beautiful – makes me glad that I live in a place that has real seasons. I think I used to feel like I’d want to be in southern California, where people are battling wild fires right now, but no. give me some snow in December.

Time to find my boots and winter jacket. As I do, I’ll be listening to the podcast, which today has Christine & the Queens, Cults, the Clientele, the Rings, ZZ Top, Ohio Players, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Eurythmics, Traffic, the Band, Sharon Jones, the South Side Movement, Jr. Walker & the All-Stars, Stevie Wonder, and Don Gardner.

This podcast is available to stream or download at http://brennick.net. It’s now also available on iTunes – it’s called brennick.net (couldn’t figure out how to change the name – there you go). Thank you for taking the time to stream or download this podcast, or any of the other podcasts which are all still available at the site. Please leave comments and suggestions (I do read the comments), and share this with other like-minded friends. Thank you.

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