Happy Presidents Day

Hmm, I did not know that “President’s Day” is actually still Washington’s Birthday (February 22 is his actual birthday). I thought they combined his with Lincoln’s birthday (February 12) – apparently not. The Federal holiday is still called Washington’s birthday, although most states have proclaimed it as President’s Day. They do not share birth months with any of the last 3 presidents, so there will be no sharing there. Clinton’s birthday is in January – too early to be counted.

Does everyone have the day off? It’s a federal holiday, but there seems to be a lot of businesses that are working. Have a good President’s Day either way.

On today’s podcast we celebrate President’s Day with a bunch of foreigners – Scotsmen, Aussies, Kiwis, and oh, there are some Americans. So listen up and take an hour to hear Colin Blunstone, Neil Finn, Grinderman, the Jesus & Mary Chain, the Pixies, Throwing Muses, Belle & Sebastian, Dusty Springfield, the Style Council, Fine Young Cannibals, Little Feat, the James Montgomery Blues Band, and Robin Tower.

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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Weird Winter

Rain again. It’s been another odd winter. We haven’t had a lot of snow, but have had a couple of big storms. Generally they have been followed by days of rain, like this weekend. We had one big cold spell that lasted for days, but overall the temperatures have been ok, and the 10-day forecast shows a generally warm temperatures (above freezing). Early spring? I’m not counting on it. We may have a bad March. We keep thinking that when we retire we may join the snowbirds and go South to live. It becomes more intriguing with every weird winter that we have.

It’s a grab bag podcast today, with many great songs by artists like Kevin Morby, the Sundays, David Bowie, Madness, the Specials, the Selector, the English Beat, Ambrosia, the Moody Blues, 10cc, John Cale, the Byrds, and Gene Clark.

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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Blues Power

“The blues ain’t nothin’ but…” You can fill in the blank here. Like most people, I started appreciating the blues through the English guitarists of the 1960’s, like Eric Clapton. For me it was a quick step to the electric blues of Chicago as characterized by Muddy Waters. Then I got even deeper into the blues, exploring the old-time blues stylings of the late 1920’s – early 1930’s. Great stuff, much of which was covered by The Rolling Stones, etc. When I heard the original “Outside Woman Blues” I was stunned to hear that the guitar was exactly the same as Eric Clapton’s version on Cream’s Disraeli Gears album. And that song was from 1928 (or abouts). Great stuff.

Today I have put together a blues playlist of mostly the electric blues of the Chicago (well, Memphis and environs) era. Lots of great stuff – songs that you may know from the rock versions done by your favorite wanna be blues musicians from England. Listen to Elmore James, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins, B.B. King, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Lowell Fulson, Roosevelt Booba Barnes, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Otis Rush, Freddie King, Son Seals, Lonnie Brooks, Albert King, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Guitar Slim.

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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Covfefe

I’m a coffee drinker. I drink a lot of coffee in the morning, but not as much as I used to. I was the guy in the office making pot after pot of coffee, and drinking it if no one else was drinking it. That was in the past. Now I have a cup after I get up in the morning, some coffee when I drive to work, then one cup in the office. That’s usually it. Not sure if the coffee actually helps wake me up (I usually walk on the morning, and don’t drink coffee until after my walk), but it actually relaxing for me. I can drink coffee late in the evening and it doesn’t bother my sleep (nothing does – I’m a very solid sleeper).

In the morning the coffee usually helps me get my day organized – I think about what I need to accomplish for the day and the coffee helps stimulate that area of the brain. If they find out that coffee is bad for humans (and I believe it), I think that I could give up coffee without any withdrawal. And you?

Today’s podcast is all about parties. It’s Super Bowl Sunday, so parties are on the mind. Of course, a lot of these songs might not be happy party songs (it’s me – how could I have a bunch of happy party songs?). Let’s get into the mood with Lesley Gore, Elvis Presley, Wanda Jackson, Dicky Doo & the Don’ts, Charlie Feathers, Allen Toussaint, Esther Phillips, the B-52’s, the Go-Go’s, Elvis Costello, Happy Mondays, Blur, the Subways, Gang of Four, Buddy Knox, Charlie Rich, Ronnie Dawson, the Wondermints, and Bryan Ferry.

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.

Download here