August 1969

Hi – Every once in a while, I see a listing of the top 40 for a certain week. This year someone has been highlighting 1969 – and the top 40’s are generally killer. This week in August 1969 is no exception.

So, armed with the list of the songs for the week ending August 20-something, 1969, I put together a podcast of those tunes. I left out a couple that I didn’t have/don’t care for, but here are 16 of the top 20 songs for the week.

Let’s think about what we were doing 50 years ago, listening to the radio, with The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Tommy James & the Shondells, Jackie DeShannon, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tony Joe White, the Youngbloods, the Guess Who, Kenny Rogers & the First Edition, Bob Dylan, the Archies, John Lennon & the Plastic Ono Band, Stevie Wonder, Junior Walker & the All-Stars, Three Dog Night, and Tom Jones.

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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Not much

I’m tired this morning, and the thinker’s not working. Just a quick hello to everyone, and hope all’s well. Got a great podcast today, starting with some remembrances of Woodstock, then moving on from there.

Let’s chill today (not me, but maybe you can) with Richie Havens, Canned Heat, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, the Divine Comedy, Dr. John, the Clash, Jorge Ben, Yeasayer, Lou Reed, and Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young.

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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Summer Fun


Summer fun has been some funner this year. Not sure that’s really true, but I liked the wordplay there. More adventures with my daughter-in-law today, and then a dinner/dance cruise next Friday. And then – summer’s done. Time for fall and back to school.

Today’s podcast is all about summer – I pulled together songs that remind me of summer. I read up on lists on different websites about their picks for summer songs, and there wasn’t a lot of overlap with mine. I did pick out one song from a list that I wouldn’t have chosen as a real summer song, but a quick listen convinced me. So let’s wind up summer with Fred Schneider & the Shake Society, Nilsson, Bill Withers, the Surfaris, Jan & Dean, Mungo Jerry, Bob Marley & the Wailers, the Chantays, the Beatles, the Drifters, the Monkees, Mongo Santamaria, the Smiths, Bananarama, the Motels, and Al Green.

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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New Eyes


I just received some new glasses – everything is in sharper focus now. It had been a while since I had gotten glasses, and while my eyesight hasn’t gotten much worse, it was enough that new glasses really help. Also helps that the new glasses aren’t all scratched up.

Although my glasses are a different style, it’s not like they’re going to be very noticeable. I stayed with the basic largish black frames, in a standard style – nothing outlandish for me. I have a big head, which further narrows my choices. I *almost* tried on a pair I really liked, but couldn’t make them fit my fat head.

Let’s celebrate my new found vision with music from Paul Revere and the Raiders, the Remains, Ry Cooder, Mabel John, Barbara Lynn, Small Faces, the Mamas and the Papas, Roy Head, Deep Purple, Donovan, Soul II Soul, Trombone Shorty, Funkadelic, J.J. Cale, Mike Heron, and Tindersticks.

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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Too Many People

In the summer, when I drive home on a Friday afternoon, there is inevitably a huge slowdown on the turnpike as we approach Maine. The number of people from Massachusetts and New York going to Maine on vacation starting Friday afternoon is more than a 4-lane highway can handle. It gets frustrating for us “normal” commuters.

Similarly, there are way too many people running for President on the Democratic side. There are still more than 20 people who are still running, even though over one-half must know that they can’t win. All they are doing is clouding the nomination process (I’m sure President Trump finds this amusing).

What is also frustrating is that there are some candidates who have a good message that seem to be getting lost (I’m thinking specifically about Julian Castro, about whom I’d like to hear more). The others hang their hopes on the fact that no one knew who Barack Obama was at this stage of the 2008 primaries, and how President Trump seemingly came from nowhere to win (when really, even though not a professional politician, was leading in polls throughout that time).

Fewer cars – fewer candidates. Let’s get this done (I know this is a pipe dream).

Today’s mix is very ecelectic, but it all makes snese, so let’s take the time to take breath and listen toTindersticks, Paul Kelly, Vic Chesnutt, Shakey Graves, the Who, Norma Tanega, Otis Redding, the Pixies, Mabel John, Bill Wyman, the Boomtown Rats, Lloyd Cole, Jorge Ben, Caetano Veloso, and Anelis.

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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