All of Our Yesterdays

Had a dream last night…wait, come back. I’m not going to tell you about my dream, which was very lame. The point is, I was back in my old hometown of Madawaska, Maine. I lived there for the first six years of my life (10%). I obviously don’t remember a lot about the first 2-3 years, but I was given pretty free reign during the day when I was a little older and I had a good memory of the town’s layout, where our house was in terms of the town, and if pressed I could have drawn a map of the town that was pretty accurate. I only returned once after we moved, so I didn’t have a lot of contemporary images to help me.

It’s strange how I remember so much about those first years. In the internet age, I can look at Google Maps and see that my memory was excellent – I did remember the layout of the town pretty accurately (it’s not like the town has a lot of odd streets or anything).

Actually, I’ve always been good with directions and orienting myself in surroundings. There are places that I’ve visited one time and I can give accurate directions there. My wife (and sadly, my son) do not have that gene, so I am in charge of getting places. So it goes.

On today’s podcast, we start out palely with Procol Harum, the Dukes of Stratusphear, the Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, Erykah Badu, the Rings, Janis Joplin, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, Eddie Floyd, Sam & Dave, the Emotions, Terence Trent D’Arby, the Beatles, and the Love Language.

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.

Snowbirds?

New round of shoveling this morning. As usual, when we get a good amount of snow, Kate talks about moving south when we retire. I’m not sure that I want to exchange the occasional shoveling for hot misery in the summer that accompanies a move down south.

I suppose that we could become snowbirds – south in the winter and back up here in the summer. Not sure I’m ready for that, either. It’ll be a discussion – perhaps I’ll push off my retirement even longer than I was planning.

Smile and the world smiles with you. Let’s see if that works with the new podcast, which features these smiling artists: the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Crosby/Nash, Hall & Oates, Traffic, the Undisputed Truth, Wet Willie, Jim James, Sly & the Family Stone, the O’Jays, and Richard Thompson.

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.

Grandchild mania

Summer returned to New England yesterday to visit briefly and to remind everyone that it will return later this year. Temperatures were in the upper 60’s most of the day and the sun, the actual sun, was shining brightly.

Kate and I went down to visit Owen, and we took him out in the stroller. “See Owen, it’s not always cold outside. We’ll have tons of fun this summer,” we said to him while walking around.

The forecast is currently saying that we’re getting 10 inches of snow next Saturday, but we won’t think about that until later. It was summer today, and we enjoyed it.

Today’s podcast is a mixture of tunes, a couple of which remind me of summer (but many are just songs). Listen in on this mostly fine day with Hot Tuna, Randy Newman, Ten Years After, Joni Mitchell, the Be Good Tanyas, Aztec Camera, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, Corey Harris, Traffic, Yo La Tengo, Gogol Bordello, and Erykah Badu.

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.



Winter Daze


Winter is here in New Hampshire. We got nailed with snow last week, and the city made a decision not to plow my road until late in the morning on Tuesday. Ruined my whole day, as not everyone gets the day before New Year’s off. C’mon Somersworth, do better than that.

I live in a cul de sac, so I know that we will be close to the last people plowed out, but it’s ridiculous that they can’t do something, even a quick swipe so people can get out of the neighborhood. We have some larger streets next to ours. It’s frustrating.

Today’s podcast has a true or false start before heading into what I hope is a somewhat hopeful message for 2020. Let’s all work together this year to improve things. We can start by listening to Linda Ronstadt, Jane Siberry, June Tabor, Camera Obscura, World Party, Fistful of Mercy, Elvis Costello, Dave & Ansell Collins, Third World, Toots & the Maytals, Bob Marley, David Bowie, Roxy Music, and Talk Talk.

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.