Check-In

How’s everyone doing? Hope all’s still well out there. New strains of the virus, vaccinations on the upswing, weather doing weather things out there. We’re having a normal winter – if anything snow’s been a little light overall.

We’re still hunkered down. Kate’s starting to go stir crazy, but if anything is even more cautious than most, so no maskless parties for her. We’ll do our best to stay safe until everyone gets vaccinated.

Some familiar names and tunes on today’s podcast, with The Who, Prince, the Sensible Grey Cells, Concrete Blonde, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Pink Floyd, Family, Genya Raven, James Brown, the Brothers Johnson, Animotion, the Human League, and Depeche Mode.

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.

Pandemic Blues

I saw a tweet yesterday that said “Am I depressed or is laying in bed f*ing awesome?” We’ve got the Pandemic blues, and one way to celebrate is to listen to the blues. I’ve put together an hour’s worth of blues music from the last 5 years. The blues is alive and well, so listen to the contemporary blues sounds of Savoy Brown, Jimmie Vaughan, Coco Montoya, the Cash Box Kings, Christone Kingfish Ingram, Otis Taylor, Robert Cray, Marcia Ball, Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, Samantha Fish, Shemekia Copeland, and Li’l Ed & the Blues Imperials.

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.

Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day. Wasn’t really started by Hallmark, although they’ve co-opted the day very well, thank you. 2021 is not exactly the most romantic of times, but then, was the Third Century that romantic? As with most saints, he was arrested and no doubt tortured brutally (the stories of the Saints is filled with torture and brutality – one doesn’t become a Saint by breezing through life). Valentine supposedly restored eyesight to his jailer’s daughter. So he was capable not only of miracles but of mercy. Miracles, mercy, martyrdom, and torture lead to Sainthood.

Now we exchange chocolate and cards – pretty much the same as back when Valentine was around. If only he had the foresight to capture the greeting card market – not that there were many readers back then. Chocolate was another luxury that most of the populace had no knowledge of (no one did in Europe back then- apparently that was the 16th Century).

So to torture the ones you love (the True Meaning of St. Valentine’s Day?), why not add this podcast filled with songs not of love but of loss and cynicism, with these artists: Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, Van Morrison, Lydia Loveless, the Seratones, Shannon Shaw, Coco Hames, Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell, Jane Siberry, Secret Machines, Dangermouse, and Beck.

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.

Whaddyagot?

Another week like many others in pandemic times. Picked up a meal at a restaurant, tipped generously, but mostly stayed home without getting a lot accomplished. Thankfully for me, there’s work so I can stay busy during the day. Otherwise being stuck at home with nothing to do would send me crazy (like my wife. Retired with nothing to do).

How is everyone coping? We’ll be at a year of staying in soon. We’re waiting patiently for our group to be called to sign up for vaccines, and until then, it’s more stay at home. Be safe, everybody.

One of my hobbies is listening to music, and sharing with friends. On this week’s podcast, I’m sharing music from artists Teenage Fanclub, Lush, Catherine Wheel, My Bloody Valentine, Bobby Bland, Fenton Robinson, Magic Slim, the Black Keys, Fleetwood Mac, Rilo Kiley, Neko Case, Montage, the Merry-Go-Round, the Zombies, and the Creation.

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.

Snow

A real snowstorm tomorrow night? Is it supposed to be winter around here? We finally had a cold snap this week – the first of the season. Maybe we’re just having a late winter this year.

We’ve had years of huge snowfalls in March – maybe 2021 will be that way. Or maybe we’ll only get a couple of snowstorms. I’m ready for anything with my new snowblower. Let it snow.

Today’s podcast starts out in a country or folk vein before turning soulful and ends in New Orleans (there’s a place to be right now). So let’s listen to Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Billy Bragg & Wilco, the Pogues, the Mavericks, Dwight Yoakam, kd lang, Suzanne Vega, Marvin Gaye, the 4 Tops, the Impressions, Billy Butler, Sam Cooke, Dr. John, Irma Thomas, and Johnny Adams.

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.

Genius

The word genius is thrown around pretty easily these days, but I get to prove that I’m a genius on a daily basis. I play a game in the New York Times called Spelling Bee, where you make words out of the seven letters they give you and you have to make words with them. As you score points you move up in category (why is “Nice” better than “Solid”?) until you reach the pinnacle, “Genius.” I get to genius on a daily basis. Some days I have to put down the puzzle and come back to it to find easy words that I have forgotten to use. There are some real words that the Times doesn’t recognize (a linnet is a small bird, for example of a word that the Times decided wasn’t a word), but it’s a good exercise for me.

As we get older, we are told that doing some form of brain exercise is important (and not just the “where did I put my glasses?” puzzle that is the norm). Doing the Mini-Crossword, Letter-Boxed, Spelling Bee, Tiles and Sudoku is what I do. Keeps the mind sharp (-ish).

If only I could parlay the Spelling Bee genius into the rest of my life…

This week’s podcast has a bunch of tunes from very recognizable bands, even if it’s more of a “deep cuts” selection of songs. Listen to Paul McCartney, the Beatles, Supertramp, the Electric Light Orchestra, Van Morrison, the Monkees, the Turtles, R.E.M, Guadacanal Diary, Game Theory, the Posies, the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, and Joe Cocker.

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.

Dreams

“A candy-colored clown they call the sandman.” My favorite scene from Blue Velvet is when Dean Stockwell lip-syncs Roy Orbison’s “In Dreams.” In today’s podcast, I am trying to capture that style in this dream-laden song cycle.

Listen up and don’t snooze while listening to Roy Orbison, Little Feat, Chris Isaak, Otis Redding, Dave & Phil Alvin, the Reverend Horton Heat, Samantha Fish, Lonnie Brooks, Bobby Darin, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Raphael Saadiq, That Petrol emotion, Bram Tchaikovsky, Hall & Oates, and Blondie.

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.

Nothing

Another quiet week here. Hunkering down and patiently waiting for the vaccine, which is at least two months away for us. Then we can start feeling a little safer. Need to get to critical mass, which won’t be until summertime at least.

To wait, there’s music. Sharing some with you this week includes artists like the School, Belle & Sebastian, Camera Obscura, the High Llamas, War, Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, Lee Fields, Gale Garnett, the Beach Boys, the Association, the Mamas & the Papas, Joy of Cooking, Laura Nyro, Jackie DeShannon, and Dusty Springfield.

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.

A Peaceful and Orderly Transition

Gee, I love slow news weeks, don’t you? It gives one an ability to focus on oneself rather than what is happening in the world at large, and how those things might affect you.

What’s that? No, I haven’t really been paying attention to the news – it’s one of my New Year’s resolutions. I was pretty obsessed with what was happening in politics and in the world. I’m sure that we’re working on the peaceful and orderly transition to the new Presidency, scheduled to take place later this month. And I’m sure that the vaccine rollout has been smooth and that all 20 million vaccines have been put in peoples’ arms.

Let me keep my dream for a moment longer before I open my favorite new site and…

This week we’ll try to keep the world at bay with some fantastic music, including Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Young, Sault, Khruangbin & Leon Bridges, Dengue Fever, Chuck Prophet, Dave Alvin, Los Lobos, John Hiatt, Z.Z. Hill, Little Milton, Soloman Burke, and Joe Tex.

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.

A New Hope

We made it. It’s 2021 and the worst is over (we hope). Sure, the pandemic’s still cresting, we still have our old President (before we get a new old President), too many people still aren’t working, and it’s winter in our hemisphere. Still, not 2020.

I’m going to remain hopeful that 2021 will end up much better than 2020, but everyone has to pitch in to make everything get better. Let’s all resolve to do what it takes to improve everyone’s lives: wear masks, socially distance before we all get vaccinated, and help out where we can. Then let’s get everyone employed again and life can return to normal – heck, better than normal.

The new year starts with a new podcast, littered with old names. So take a step back in time this week with the Rolling Stones, Procol Harum, Deep Purple, the Pretty Things, Traffic, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Dinosaur Jr., Sons & Daughters, Cat Power, Fred Neil, Tim Hardin, Bob Lind, and Donovan.

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.