Quarantine


Hi, it’s your old pal the self-quarantiner. We had a possible exposure and now are stuck alone in the world. Not that either Kate or I have any symptoms – we’ve been fine, and we’ll be fine by Thursday. Here’s hoping.

I’m still working – our office has been setting up remote work for a little while (I’m away from the office enough visiting properties to make remote work worthwhile). Everyone has to adjust to a new reality, one that will hopefully be short-lived. As I said last week, we need to err on the side of caution.

Today’s podcast isn’t anything specific – just a hodge-podge of different songs (next week, though…). So stay in (or walk outside in nature) and listen to Massive Attack, The Bar-Kays, the Four Tops, Joy of Cooking, the Black Keys, Alejandro Escovedo, Neil Young, Donald Fagen, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, North Mississippi All-Stars, Eliot Smith, Joni Mitchell, Buffalo Springfield, and Mink Deville.

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.



Coronavirus

Hey, what’s on everyone’s mind this week? How ’bout them Red Sox? Of course, the craze that’s sweeping the nation (and the world) is the Coronavirus. Don’t know where anyone stands on the severity of the crisis, but I’d say that the best course of action is to err on the side of caution. Pretty easy to do, for the most part. Personally, I don’t plan on leaving the house today. Sunday is usually our shopping day, but we went out and did not use social distancing at the grocery store on Saturday. Apparently, the entire town decided to visit the store when it first opened (that was my idea – how did everyone else have the same idea as me?), so we were in a line to check out that was wrapped halfway around the store. We all visited and talked – not social distancing. We did all feel like a true community, though. The store, for the most part, was still well-stocked. Paper products were wiped out, but most other food (but not frozen pizzas) were ok.

Toilet paper, you ask? We had purchased toilet paper last week, before the mass hysteria, and got lucky that a local store had just received some yesterday so we picked up another set, which hopefully will last until stores can re-stock. We also know regular hoarders of food and paper goods, and we can set up some sort of dead drop (can’t interact in-person) to get some goods if everything gets worse. Be careful, my friends.

Hey, nothing goes with social distancing better than music. On today’s podcast, we look at love ( and it’s opposite – I haven’t gotten soft in my old age), with songs from Simple Minds, the Cure, Syd Barrett, Marianne Faithful, Public Image Limited, Betty Davis, Charlie Chesterman, Donovan, Stephen Stills, the Beckies, Elton John, Mekons, the Posies, and Erasure.

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.

More Computer Trouble

Ugh – I lost the spreadsheet that I use to track what I’ve put together for songs for the podcast, so I was flying blind as I put this back together. Please understand if there are more than the usual problems with the podcast this week.

Meanwhile, what do I do? Go back to pencil and paper? Use a spreadsheet but be more conscious of saving the file? It’s a conundrum. I think we’ve become too reliant on the computer to keep and remember things (why remember something when we can look it up? It gets compounded  by the fact that as I get older, my ability to store more useless information in my brain has decreased). I’ll keep you updated, but I think I did a good job remembering what I had for songs this week.

We’re visiting heaven this week. What is heaven? Not sure you’ll get a definitive answer, but form the cynical to the divine let’s check in with Traffic, Mary Weiss, the Grass Roots, the Rascals, Talking Heads, the Psychedelic Furs, Robyn Hitchcock, Lydia Loveless, Eurogliders, Stevie Wonder, Ann Peebles, Donovan, Cocteau Twins, the Cure, and Erasure.

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.

Routine

Maybe it’s the time of year, but I’ve fallen into a little rut. I generally think that routine is a good thing, but lately – I don’t know. I think of myself as being a very steady person, to the point of now being boring. That’s usually ok for me, but I need something to shake it up a bit. We’re seeing the baby next week, so maybe that’ll do it. I’ll just have to stay content (and boring) for now.

This week we’re all over the place with music, including starting with two songs from concerts I have attended. So let’s listen to Little Feat, My Morning Jacket, Bessie Banks, Rod Stewart, the Classics IV, the Left Banke, Aretha Franklin, Dee Dee Warwick, ESG, Paul Simon, the Staple Singers, Bonnie Raitt, Shelby Lynne, 10,00 Maniacs, and Kristy MacColl.

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.