My Kind of Town

I was in Chicago earlier this week. I didn’t get much of a chance to see the city, as I was mostly inside a hotel at a conference. I stayed at a hotel next to Grant Park, which was nice. I had a chance to walk around in the morning there before the conference got under way. I made my way down to the lakefront, where I walked around with about a thousand of my new closest friends who were jogging along the lakefront. Except those who were dressed for running who were walking with Starbucks cups – and they all were Starbucks cups. Obviously there are many Starbucks that are close by (and no other coffee shops) – why are there no other coffee shops around?

I did get to the Merchandise Mart, and on the way saw a number of different, cool bridges. I didn’t see the “High Fidelity” bridge, but the city seems quite proud of their diverse sets of bridges and bridge designs. It’d be worth exploring more – hope to get the chance to get back to the city.

And the soundtrack to my visit included these tunes, put together for your pleasure this week. They include Mission of Burma, Wussy, Matthew Sweet, the dB’s, Van Morrison, Ryley Walker, Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers, Michael Jackson, Major Lance, Roky Erickson, Olivia Tremor Control, the Apples in Stereo, and Camera Obscura.

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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Wedding Bell Blues

Well, it’s pretty much become all wedding, all the time around here. What was once an event that was far away is coming into sharper focus. Nick was up to teach Kate how to dance (they weren’t very successful, but I wasn’t around to help – I took a ballroom dance class in high school that I still remember). Nick also sent in his vows for us to look at and edit.

I’ve forgotten how good a writer he is. What we saw was a rough draft (round two , he tells us). We made some suggestions and he tightened it up so it works very well (I won’t bore you with my one quibble that stayed in – I was outvoted by the better writers 2-1 – Kate has real writing talent that she doesn’t use, but should). It’s funny and poignant and an amazing expression of love. He has real potential as a writer, too. C’mon, great writers in the family – write!

Let’s get ready for this wedding with some songs from Mission of Burma, Wussy, Matthew Sweet, the dB’s, Van Morrison, Ryley Walker, Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers, Michael Jackson, Major Lance, Roky Erickson, Olivia Tremor Control, the Apples in Stereo, and Camera Obscura.

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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Busy June

It’s June – we’ve made it this far in the year without getting blown up – let’s keep up the good work! This month is very busy for me. I’m heading out to Chicago for a conference on June 11, the we’re heading down to New Jersey at on June 21 for my son’s wedding. There’s a lot of excitement building up over it – don’t see why. People get married all the time, don’t they?

My son Nick and his fiance Lindsay are handling things pretty well overall – no threats of canceling the marriage as far as I can tell. It should be fun, and it’s hard not to get excited. Just 20 more days until the actual day. Lots to do before that, and to help we’ve got songs on today’s podcast from the Art of Noise, Cocteau Twins, Pet Shop Boys, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Wanda Jackson, the Everly Brothers, Tom Rush, Gram Parsons, Dave Alvin, Taj Mahal, Richie HAvens, Relatively Clean Rivers, the Allman Brothers Band, and the Fifth Dimension.

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