July 5th

July 4 is one of the last remaining holidays that is celebrated on a specific day rather than on a Monday (long weekend). This year July 4 lands on a Thursday, so a big question employers have is what to do with Friday, July 5? Do they treat it like Thanksgiving (a Thursday) and extend the holiday, or keep the business open and have one day of non-productive work? This goes away for a couple of years, as July 4 lands on the weekend the next two years (Saturday and Sunday).

However it works out for you, have a happy and safe 4th of July week. And by safe I mean don’t blow your hand off with fireworks. This week’s podcast starts with some fine celebratory music, but the ending – a little more subdued. Just how it’s written in the Declaration of Independence. So listen to Steve Earle, the Drive-By Truckers, Chuck Prophet, the Blasters. George Jones, Rosanne Cash, Ry Cooder, Caroline Rose, Rose Elinor Donahue, Aimee Mann, Richard Thompson, the Rolling Stones, and the Beatles.

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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Back from Nashville

Had a great time in Nashville. The conference was great (met a lot of old friends there), and the city was wonderful. Overall it’s a bit humid for my taste, but the weather was warm and we missed most of the showers.

Highlights of Nashville included going to the Ryman Auditorium (truly a place to worship music). Saw Rosanne Cash with Ry Cooder doing Johnny Cash songs – what an amazing bonus. I would’ve seen anyone perform at the Ryman, but the first concert after deciding to do Johnny’s music done by them was special. They were incredible.

The Country Music Hall of Fame was pretty great, too. Spent a long time there – they’ve got great exhibits. After that, we needed to go to Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge and hang out on the roof. Also went to Cheekwood, a 1930’s estate with beautiful grounds, and also went to see the Hermitage, Andrew Jackson’s estate. The estate was grand – spent most of the day there. 

And we ate. Boy, did we eat. Highlights included Biscuit Love, Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant, the Farmhouse, and Woolworth’s on 5th. Yes – that Woolworth’s. Oh, the store is closed – it’s just a fancy restaurant now, but the ambiance and food were well worth it. 

But it’s time to be back home and get ready for the week – can’t wait to do two weeks’ worth of work in one to catch up. To help, there’s music, which this week includes the Jimmy Castor Bunch, Bob Lind, Neil Diamond, the 1910 Fruitgum Company, Norma Tanega, Massive Attack, Rose Elinor Donahue, Sons & Daughters, Siouxsie & the Banshees, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, the Valentinos, Emanuel Lasky, the Style Council, the Smithereens, and the Pretenders.

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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Nashville Cats

Hey! I’m in Nashville this week. So I’ve loaded up a podcast early and wrote this out beforehand, so I wouldn’t have to think about this while I’m in Nashville, Music City U.S.A. Should have lots of great adventures (and work, always work involved). So I just have to hit the publish button to get this up this week.

So join me in enjoying this week’s podcast, carefully crafted for you (but not really with Nashville in mind – Dylan might be the only artist this week who recorded in Nashville). Listen to Joe Jackson, Glen Campbell, Captain Beefheart, Bob Dylan, Robert Forster, Grant McLennan, Rod Stewart, Pet Shop Boys, Erasure, Duran Duran, Robyn Hitchcock, John Doe, the Mighty Lemon Drops, and Blur.

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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Carefree Day

Looks like a beautiful day today, same as or maybe even better than yesterday. Not a lot on the old to-do list today (well, there is, but we’ll avoid that for now). Should be a great one. Maybe a bit of deck time, relaxing and thinking about….nothing.

This is one of those “why we live in New England” weekends. Kate’s always complaining about the bad winters and non-existent springs, but when a weekend like this appears, she says, “this is why we live in New England.” I don’t mind the cold, but I’m not a fan of the non-existent spring. I don’t like it when it gets real hot and humid. There may be some trouble brewin’ at retirement time (still a ways away for me).

How to relax on this carefree day? Try this hour of music, which features the Pentangle, Creedence Clearwater Revival, My Morning Jacket, St. Vincent, the Bangles, Quantic, Real Estate, Gorillaz, the Shocking Blue, the Ghosts of a Sabre-Tooth Tiger, the Connells, James Carr, Concrete Blonde, Jessie Colin Young, and Elvis Costello.

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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June Swoon

May’s gone – 5 months in the book. I know there’s some science about how quickly time flies as we get older, but wow – 5 months of 2019 gone. Let’s hope time keeps up this pace. Being very busy at work and home help.

Let’s slow the pace a bit and listen to some fine music, which includes Doris Day, Nancy Sinatra, Jackie DeShannon, Dionne Warwick, Brenda Lee, The Ditty Bops, Joni Mitchell, the Roches, the Pipettes, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, the Cure, Grin, Mink Deville, Terry Reid, Faces, That Petrol Emotion, 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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