The end of June

Last weekend of June – this month went by with some pep. May was endless, but there was some optimism that hit in June, and while some states are seeing a decline in the rate of Coronavirus spread, others are hitting new peaks. And no, it’s not just because we’re testing more.

Surprisingly, 80% of the deaths that have occurred in New Hampshire are assisted living related. I noticed that in my county the number of deaths (or new cases, really) hasn’t increased in a long time. I think it’s because most people are remaining socially-distanced and masks are still de rigueur. There’s been some lessening of mask wearing, but it’s a very small amount of shoppers (my unscientific view).

Fireworks apparently have been a problem. If we have to stay home, why not release some tension by setting off fireworks? They’re illegal in Massachusetts, but that hasn’t stopped people from coming to New Hampshire to buy fireworks (there’s a reason that there are many fireworks stores conveniently located just over the border of Massachusetts). They can be legal in New Hampshire (I believe it’s town-by-town), and I haven’t noticed that there has been an increase in fireworks (we’ve always had a bunch of fireworks on weekends here – someone close by always seems to be setting some off). All I have to say is that safety needs to be taken not only in wearing masks and remaining socially distant, but also with explosives. People do get their hands blown off, and a few years ago someone in New Hampshire burned down their house when fireworks got out of hand.

Speaking of fireworks, I’ve got a firecracker of a podcast this week (not really, but it’s a transition. Work with me here). So listen up keenly to Stereolab, Nightmares on Wax, !!!, R.E.M., Llyod Cole & the Commotions, the Bats, David Bowie, Mott the Hoople, the Dandy Warhols, Sebadoh, Paul McCartney, and Jefferson Starship.

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.

June Swoon

I miss baseball. The weather’s gotten hot, and I’m usually paying attention to the local 9 as they slog their way through June. We may lose what there is of a baseball season – I know many of you don’t care, but I’m one of the ones who do. Really, maybe they shouldn’t play this year, but that doesn’t make it any easier for this scoreboard watcher. That awful West Coast trip is just around the corner, isn’t it?.

I’m sure that among today’s artists, there are (were) many baseball fans So let’s wait for “Play ball” with Bessie Banks, Brain Auger with Julie Tippetts, Howlin’ Wolf, Bob Dylan, Los Lobos, EOB, Lucinda Williams, Johnny Winter, Marcus Hook Roll Band, Flash & the Pan, the Easybeats, Jason Isbell, and Drive-by Truckers.

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.

Slow Down, Sit Down & Breathe

Sometimes this old world lets me down, and then forces come into play to give me hope. Let’s hope it’s sustained and we see some real change, and not drift back into the ways things were always done.

Today’s podcast starts off a bit political, then drifts back into the way things were always done. My optimism wanes quickly these days. So listen to Pink Floyd, Modest Mouse, Eno/Hyde, Pere Ubu, Blood on the Saddle, Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, Graham Parker, Liz Phair, the Coral, the Zombies, the Pretty Things, the Action, Bob Dylan, Tim Hardin, Tim Buckley, and Richie Havens.

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.

Second Coming

From William Butler Yeats, The Second Coming:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre   
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere   
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst   
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.   
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out   
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert   
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,   
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,   
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it   
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.   
The darkness drops again; but now I know   
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,   
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,   
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Let’s slouch with Lush, Anna Burch, Elastica, Echobelly, Big Star, Gorillaz, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, the DiVinyls, Alison Moyet, Lower Dens, the Auteurs, Gordon Lightfoot, Steeleye Span, and Lindisfarne.

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.