New Car

Well, a month after my accident and it was time to buy a new car. I don’t love buying cars, because I know it’s going to burn an entire day. The car dealers have control over time – we don’t. Although the dealers have gotten better at pricing cars and putting out better pricing, there’s still a dance that happens to ensure we’re getting the best deal possible. I become stubborn, and last time was ready to walk away because I didn’t get the price I wanted to pay.

To me, cars are a tool to get me from one place to another. I’m not a big car guy. I research cars that I want to buy using Consumer Reports and other online tools and websites to ensure that I’m getting a car with good mileage, safe features, and a car that gets a good customer satisfaction level.  I’m not going to have a mid-life crisis and get a flashy car.

So I ended up with another Camry. I liked my other Camry, and it turned out that the safety features worked out very well, even when rear-ended at 40 MPH. That was a plus. The new one is very similar to the last one I bought. It’s a 2018, not a 2017, and the new one has top of the line everything. It’s a step up in bells and whistles from the2017. It rides well – I tried some other vehicles that didn’t ride as well, so I went back to the Camry. This is not a paid endorsement, although I have a great sales person who could help you if you need a car. 

To help me in my test drives, I carried my tunes with a cord to plug in -the music system is important. Among the tunes I played were ones in today’s podcast, which features Mose Allison, Bobbie Gentry, the Yardbirds, the Who, Annie Ross, Doug Sahm, Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, J.J. Cale, Dave Alvin, the Be Good Tanyas, Rosanne Cash, the Cash Box Kings,  Charles Brown, and Leonard Cohen.

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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30 Years Ago

So, George H.W. Bush has died. Although he did have a questionable legacy, he was one the last of the old-fashioned politicians, in that he was willing to work and listen to the other party if he felt they had good ideas, and he was always very gracious (as an old patrician can be). Let’s remember that we voted him in thirty years ago, in 1988. He became our 41st president.

What was happening musically thirty years ago? Not sure there’s anything specific to point to, but Google chose Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” as its top choice. Billboard says it was “Faith” by George Michael. Hmm. Well, you won’t hear those on my list of music for the year. I think of the rejection of the corporatization of music (Neil Young), a band’s move to a major label (R.E.M.), and the end of an era (Talking Heads last album- the fracture had started earlier). Still, lots of great music, some of which didn’t make the cut (as usual).

Let’s take this Wednesday to remember the events of 1988 (or at least the music) with Neil Young, the Dream Syndicate, Johnny Adams, Leonard Cohen, Traveling Wilburys, Crowded House, Paul Kelly, Go-Betweens, R.E.M., the Smithereens, Erasure, Cocteau Twins, Talking Heads, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and Tracy Chapman.

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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Nothing

Rain – more rain. The rain will help get rid of the snow – the early snow we had. Nah, the weather patterns aren’t weird.

Check out this week’s show as you watch the rain come down (or whatever weather you’re experiencing) with the Smiths, Billy Bragg, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, the Jam, Folk Implosion, Loudon Wainwright III, Randy Newman, Ry Cooder, Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, Hank Penny, Spade Cooley, Tex Williams, Ike & Tina Turner, Ann Peebles, Joe Simon, and Syl Johnson.

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