School Days

It’s back to school time. Although I do not have a school-aged child that is heading back to school, my wife is a teacher, and we did some last minute shopping yesterday with thousands of my closest friends That’s right, driving and shopping was kind of a mess yesterday. Like many teachers, Kate does not get adequate money to have all the supplies she needs in her room, so she supplements by buying tons of stuff personally for her children. I don’t know a teacher who doesn’t end up spending his/her “generous” salary on supplies for their room. I’m sure that it’s always been the case, and probably wouldn’t change no matter how well-funded a school district is.

There’s even a website(donorschoose.org) where teachers put in a request for funding for a project in the school that they can’t self-fund. If you get a request, please help them out. My wife hasn’t done it, but we know teachers who have, and it really helps make a difference for the children.

Today’s podcast isn’t necessarily a “back-to-school” themed one, but why not? I’m sure that many of the artists went to school at some point, so tune into Eddie Floyd, Corine Bailey Rae, Outkast, the Cure, the Pixies, the Love Language, My Morning Jacket, Jeff Beck, Ian MacDonald & Michael Giles, Samantha Fish, the Magnetic Fields, Camera Obscura, & the Ronettes.

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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Reunion Aretha

We had our 40th Reunion last Saturday at the newly-beautiful Mt. Blue High School, which underwent a huge renovation a couple of years ago. I remember the old school fondly, and the new school is fantastic. There were only a couple of dozen of us there, which out of ~200 isn’t much. We ended up getting a late start, so it wasn’t easy for a lot of people who are from away to get to the reunion, which was too bad. For those who were there, it was great to see everyone. We all plan to be back in to town for the 50th – we’ll get an earlier start and get more of y’all to make Farmington a destination for that. It’ll be the beginning of the class of 1978 survivor series.

Today’s podcast ends with a tribute to Aretha Franklin, a singer who meant a lot to me. She made the world a better place, bringing joy to me since I was a little kid. We all have our favorite Aretha songs, and I’ve certainly played most of them over the last couple of days. So relax for awhile and listen to the podcast, which begins in a different place than Aretha, although her influence is evident in some of these songs.

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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Today is Reunion Day

Hi, I’m doing this quickly as we’re off to the reunion today. It’s not too late to go – well, within reason, I know. I’m tossing this up early as I’m unsure of what tomorrow is going to bring. I’ll check in with a report later.

To get us there. I’ve got a great set of music, including Kings Go Forth, the Waterboys, Brian Prothroe, Raphael Saadiq, Stevie Wonder, the Isley Brothers, Dusty Springfield, Jackie Wilson, Clarence Carter, Johnnie Taylor, Colourbox, Bad Manners,and Madness.

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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Dog Days

These are the dog days of summer. It’s hot and we’re all much slower moving (well, we may quicken our pace to find air conditioning). I always thought that we called it the dog days because even dogs wouldn’t do anything but lay around and pant. But no…the Greeks started the phrase because that’s when the star Sirius starts rising right before the sun – around July 4 through August 11. Sirius is the dog star, so those are the dog days. Everything else you may have heard or thought are made up, although the dogs – whew, are they lazy in the summer heat.

Speaking of lazy, I threw up this week’s podcast lineup last week, because I try to get ahead of myself in the summer in case I’m busy (Like I was last weekend). Keep me straight on this, folks. If you want last week’s list of artists, message me. So this week (honest!) we’re listening to The Replacements, Richard Thompson, the Hollies, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steely Dan, the Guess Who, Seals & Crofts, the Special AKA, Fun Boy Three, the Go-Go’s, the Beach Boys, Nilsson, Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers, and Gene Vincent.

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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