April She WIll Come

We’re getting ready to close the first quarter of 2019 – went by quickly, didn’t it? Is it that as we get older time speeds up (isn’t that part of Einstein’s theory)? The second quarter of the year I generally designate as spring. April showers bring May flowers and such. The second quarter actually includes the first day of summer (June 20), so it’s not a perfect analogy, but in these parts, we usually wait until July 4 to really start having summer.

So, there you have it – Q1 is winter, Q2 is spring, Q3 is summer, and Q4 is fall (oh, I know Q4 is fall and the start of winter, but let’s be optimistic and keep things simple). Agreed? Ok, next item on the agenda….


This week’s podcast fits into the start of spring with Faces, Traffic, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the Tubes, Richard Thompson, the Tom Robinson Band, Julia Jacklin, Sharon Van Etten, St. Vincent, the Staple Singers, the Soul Stirrers, Naomi Shelton, and the Como Mamas.

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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Spring?

Well, I didn’t expect my St. Patrick’s Day thoughts to be such a hot take. I get it – some people like St. Paddy’s Day. Like many celebrations, it does signify the beginning of Spring, which is March 20.

I was a little surprised to read that there is some actual opposition to the day – I guess the whole public drunkenness thing upsets more people than I would have thought. It’s just a minor personal thing for this part-Irish Patrick-named guy.

It is spring – today temperatures should be in the 50’s (and sunny!), a welcome change. We’re going for a nice walk in nature today – you should, too. And please, why not bring some music with you? Let’s celebrate spring with the Bangles, Jerry Harrison, Talk Talk, Yola, World Party, the Beau Brummels, the Beach Boys, Suzanne Vega, Xenoula, Vetiver, Martha & the Vandellas, Jackie Wilson, the Flamingos, and Sam Cooke.

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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St. Paddy’s Day

I hate St. Patrick’s Day. We’re not all Irish today, and never did I need an excuse to drink way more than I should have (those days are over now anyway).

So, on my name day, this is just an excuse for bad behavior. Local bars open early to serve beer, many before drunken parades. Stop! Let’s bring the dignity back to this day and… I don’t know. Just forget about, really. Let St. Patrick rest in peace.

So there will be no Irish music played today. Instead, listen to these great songs by non-Irish people like John Mayall, Bobby Blue Bland, David Bromberg, the Blow Monkeys, the Beat, Bob Mould, Ladytron, the Knife, Hercules & Love Affair, Jimi Hendrix, the Jeff Beck Group, and the Yardbirds. Fidelity’s a bit off on my voice today – I’ll have to check that out, but no one’s there to hear me anyway.

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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Mad at all time

So the recent articles I’ve read have told me that I’m not mad at Daylight Savings Time, but really I’m mad at Standard Time. Who told me that I was mad? I’ve gotten used to going to work in the dark and coming home at night in the dark – it’s become a ritual of winter. How much does that change if we stay in Daylight Savings Time?

The push is on to stay on Daylight Savings Time and dump Standard Time, as if that will solve all of our problems. But what of the children who’ll have to get the bus in the dark during the winter? Some people will get mad at that. And I’m sure there are traditionalists who’ll be mad that we’re “changing time” to suit our own needs.

I say let’s do away with time altogether. Let’s just make up our own times depending on how we feel. Sure, meetings will be difficult, and plane schedules might get messed up (standardizing times came about originally in part because of train schedules – some towns along a route were on different time zones, some off a half hour or forty-five minutes from the starting point, making it difficult to put togethr a coherent schedule ).

Time is arbitrary ( an argument I’ll be making later as I turn 60 this year). I know that I am actually a very organized person who is good at ordering my life in timely segments, but let’s do away with that and live free, away from the slavery of the convention of time.

Today’s podcast, like most, is about an hour long. Not very free form, but a convention I’ll follow. Listen keenly to John Mayall, Bobby Blue Bland, David Bromberg, the Blow Monkeys, the Beat, Bob Mould, Ladytron, the Knife, Hercules & Love Affair, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff BEck, and the Yardbirds.

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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Goes in like a…?

There’s an old saying (dates back to the 19th Century, apparently) that says March goes in like a lion and out like a lamb to predict the weather for the month. I suppose it’s conditional: “if March goes in like a lion…” March 1 was pretty mild – what’s the “March creeps in like a house cat” equivalent? “Dashes out like a mouse?” Friday was pretty mild, and yesterday’s predicted snow didn’t happen, so the old saw doesn’t work this year. Usually, a mild winter like we’ve had means a rough March – we’ll have to wait and see.

In like a lion describes this week’s podcast. Got some great new music to be played to go with a killer run of classic tunes, so plug into the music which includes Yola, Steve Earle, Maria McKee, the Supreme Beings of Leisure, the War on Drugs, Future Islands, Van Morrison, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, the Teardrop Explodes, Icicle Works, the Wonder Stuff, and the Mighty Lemon Drops.

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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