Optimism

Last day in May – finally. Let’s see, that would make it May 72 – wait, I’m being told that it’s actually the 31st. May was much longer than that, wasn’t it? It’s another forever month in a series of forever months.

As the weather gets warmer, we start to feel a little (just a little) more optimistic that lives will begin to be a bit more…normal’s not the right word, but something like normal. No big blockbuster movies for me this year, and certain places (like the beach) will be too crowded to try, but we can be outdoors more often. We even saw fiends outside last week – a start to return to normalcy.

I hope everyone’s getting more optimistic about summertime, but not so much that we don’t observe social distancing and masks – we still need masks when shopping, etc. Help keep everyone safe (need a mask? Go to lily-mcclure-handmade.com to get your mask. I got the Shark Mask and Kate got the Monkey Wrench. They’re great).

To help, much of the music today is sort of optimistic. So start your day with Donovan, Todd Rundgren, the Turtles, Spanky and Our Gang, the Monkees, Fred Neil, Nick Drake, Jason Isbell, Shelby Lynne, the Jayhawks, Badfinger, the Move, and Jellyfish.

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.

For Mark

I’m 60 years old, and have many friends who are both older and younger than I am. It is inevitable, now that I am getting older, that friends of mine will pass away. I want to think that I can accept the fact that friends will die and move on from here, but it always hits me hard.

My friend Mark was an old high school friend with whom I had many adventures. We had many great conversations and did many things, not always smart, when we hung out. He was part of one of the few perfect days in my life, and for that, I will always be thankful. The day? It’s not exciting or interesting – not much happened – it was just a great, lazy summer day that I spent with Mark and Liz. We didn’t do much, but their friendship, their company, and the weather just made it a perfect day.

I’ll always have that day to remember. Mark and I had vague plans to meet “soon,” but soon never came, and now never will. This is for Mark, and the other friends lost along the way.

This week let’s take some time to remember all of the loved ones lost, as well as those who gave up their lives for our country, with X, the Smiths, Blur, My Morning Jacket, Rosanne Cash, Gillian Welch, Lucinda Williams, Michael Kiwanuka, Robert Cray, the Housemartins, XTC, and Christina.

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.

1980

1980 was one of those seminal years for me – in college, growing up, shedding my early skin. Music was still a constant, and my musical palate was widening. 1980 was a great year for music, and I’ll be playing some today.

There was a lot to choose from, so there may be a part 2. Most of these songs are more or less mainstream – not a lot of deep cuts, but the importance of the music remains. So let’s step back 40 years (40 years!) and listen to Pretenders, Talking Heads, the Jam, Elvis Costello, Diana Ross, Chic, Stevie Wonder, John Lennon, the Undertones, Dire Straits, Steely Dan, Peter Gabriel, Split Enz, and Joe Jackson.

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.

INTJ

I saw an article or post or something that aid “Say hi to an extrovert,” meaning extroverts have it harder to deal with staying in than introverts during the Coronavirus. It’s probably true. I’m an introvert, and although it still has its drawbacks, I feel well-suited to stay home and stay socially distant.

I also know extroverts who are going nuts right now – they’re still following the guidelines but miss seeing and talking to people so much. They’re very vocal about not seeing others, while we introverts just keep plugging along.

I’ve taken the Myers-Briggs profile on multiple occasions – I would have slotted myself more as an extrovert (I know that’s not really true, but play along), but I was an introvert – a strong introvert. I’ve come out of the test as an INTJ (once an INTP, but the J/P split was the weakest). I just saw that INTJ is one of the rarest classifications, but seems normal to me. How have y’all done?

One thing that an introvert does is make music lists, so here’s this week’s podcast, with introverts and extroverts like The Ramones, the Bobby Fuller Four, the Primary 5, Lou Reed, Blancmange, Thomas Dolby, Howard Jones, the Dream Syndicate, Kendra Smith, Holly Golightly, the Jaynettes, Single Bullet Theory, Tracey Ullman, and Hazel Smith.

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.

Happy Mother’s Day

Hi – Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. Not much to say this week, so I’ll just say Happy Mother’s Day.

On today’s podcast, we go in different directions before settling down with ghosts. So tune in to hear Eddie Holman, Edwin Starr, the Friends of Distinction, Kool & the Gang, Sonny Landreth, Nils Lofgren, Emmitt Rhodes, John Hiatt, Aimee Mann, Fleetwood Mac, Mekons, Mazzy Star, the Dream Syndicate, Garland Jeffreys, Grant McLennan, and Graham Parker. Stay spooky.

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.

Just Another Sunday

My allergies hit me hard this week. They always flare up about this time, and while they’re never really fun, it’s usually very short-term and beyond a constant runny nose, it’s not too bad. This year was persistent and full, to the point where on Wednesday I wasn’t feeling great and there was something new: a toothache.

I never get toothaches. I had a root canal and the dentists all thought that it must be painful, but I never felt anything. So when I had a toothache on Wednesday it was a very different thing. “Oh, God, is this it? Do I now have the virus?” I thought. I was able to get a dentist’s appointment (they’re closed except for emergencies) and the dentists…could not find anything. They scratched their heads and prescribed an antibiotic.

On Thursday morning when I woke up… I was completely better. No tooth pain at all and my head was clearing. I think that allergies affected my tooth. That could be the explanation, right? Anyway, we all go through these advanced scares at this time (“I coughed. What type of cough was that? Is this it?”). Let’s be cautious but not overly pessimistic.

Today we’ve returned to a normal, non-themed podcast (except great music!). Let’s take some time to self-check our health and listen to Shelby Lynne, Waxahatchee, Diana Ross, the Staple Singers, Family, Canned Heat, Vince Taylor, the Nashville Teens, Patti Smith, P.J. Harvey, Lizzy Mercier-Descloux, the Nuns, Roxy Music, Peter Murphy, and David Bowie.

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.