Memorial Day

Happy Decoration Day! That’s how Memorial Day started – people used to go to cemeteries and spruce up the graves of military veterans who died in combat. My wikipedia page says it started before the Civil War, but really it was the Civil War that popularized the practice, especially in the South. African-Americans claimed that they started the practice, and the North has also claimed that it started the idea. Whatever – it’s become a day to honor those brave people who died serving their country, and we shouldn’t forget that, even in the Memorial Day Sales hype, or all the barbecues that we’ll attend.

Let’s honor the dead with our podcast, which is more focused on the living, with Joni Mitchell, John Martyn, Bert Jansch, Luke WInslow-King, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Pinkshinyultrablast, the Searchers, the Bangles, Continental Drifters, Shocking Blue, Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs, Argent, and Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express.

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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Out of Touch

I am completely out of touch with what’s going on culturally. Never thought that I wouldn’t at least know basic stuff (what’s being watched on TV, who’s topping the music charts?). I always thought when I was a kid that I couldn’t understand how my parents couldn’t at least identify what I felt was very important stuff to know. Now that I’m older I’m at least as bad as they are. The top selling album is beerbongs & bentleys (sic) by Post Malone. Did you know that? Would you be able to identify any songs that he sings? What’s his genre, anyway? Rap, pop, dance? I heard (on purpose) a Post Malone song the other day – I still can’t answer the question. I think it’s what passes for popular music today – kinda rap, kinda pop, sorta dance-y, and totally unmemorable. Someone was trying to convince me that it’s all just pop – meaningless, fun music. Well, it’s certainly meaningless, but not fun to my ears. Hard pass.

And the top TV shows? How about the Big Bang Theory and the Good Doctor? I don’t watch either, and except that I believe that it’s a medical drama, could not tell you anything about the show the Good Doctor. Just checked – the Good Doctor looks like an updated Doogie Howser. Am I close? Don’t tell me, I don’t want to know. I do watch some TV – but I don’t think that I see any regular network TV shows.

Have we as a culture become isolated and given over everything to the young? Probably not – I think that has been happening since popular culture came into being. I paid closer attention to things when my son was younger (had to have an idea of what he was consuming), but that time has long vanished, and I’ve been able to let slip that which is unimportant, which means popular culture. It feels good, to tell you the truth.

I still listen to new music, though – just not what the kids are into, and I feature a bunch of new stuff on today’s podcast, so let’s dig into the new sounds of Liz Phair, Belly, Eleanor Friedberger, Speedy Ortiz, David Byrne, Neko Case, Shakey Graves, the Who, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan & the Band, Roy Orbison, Dwight Yoakam, the Everly Brothers, and Rockpile (ok, the last 8 songs aren’t “new” as such).

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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Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers. Hope your day goes well.

Enjoy some Mother’s Day with music,. How about this podcast, which today features Felt, Medium, Medium, Brazilian Girls, John Lennon, Marshall Crenshaw, Robbie Robertson, Tommy Keene, Pet Shop Boys, Bananarama, Sade, Chaka Khan, Brian Eno, John Cale, and Robert Wyatt.

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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Bees’ Knees

I have a bad left knee. It’s “classic” osteoarthritis says my Doctor. Great, another classic. I’ve had a couple of cortisone shots for it, and while I’ve complained that they weren’t effective, they did relieve some of the symptoms. Problem was, my knee was getting worse – walking up and down stairs got to be an absolute killer for me. In January I went to the Doctor’s to see about the next step, hyaluronic acid shots, but he also suggested that maybe I could try some physical therapy. So I hied myself on over to PT and got some exercises to strengthen the area, and voila, the pain has been disappearing.

I think that losing weight has also helped (it’s something the Doctor suggested). But the pain has been reduced remarkably, so that I feel some twinge when walking up stairs with a heavy load (laundry, say), but nothing like before. I know that this is not a permanent solution, but anything to slow the next steps, leading to the final solution – knee replacement – is appreciated. Good, old fashioned easy exercises – who knew it could work so well?

Let’s exercise to this week’s podcast, which features birds. Spring means birds, which means the Beatles, Joe Cocker, Neil Young, Galley Beggar, Richie Havens, the Guess Who, Joni Mitchell, R.E.M., Taj Mahal, Archie Bronson, the Cardigans, the Buffalo Springfield, Paul McCartney & Wings, and the Flat Five.

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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