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How was everyone’s Christmas? It was very strange for us – didn’t feel much like Christmas (the rain washing away most of the snow didn’t help. We tried to get Chinese food for Christmas Eve, but the best place in town was way back-ordered. We went to another (disappointing ) Chines restaurant, and was thus unfulfilled.

We did see the grandson briefly on Christmas Day – brightened everything up. He’s very wonderful – great mood, crawling and pulling himself up – almost walking. Should be soon.

Tried Zooming with family last night – did not go well. Actually used an app called Houseparty – it’s the easiest app to use and generally works well, but the eldest of the family was having problems that we didn’t resolve. Lots of crosstalk and missed communications.

So much for 2020 – we’re waiting out the line until 2021. Most of us are in the last tranche of getting vaccinated- let’s hope the rollout goes quickly, and we have people who know distribution handling getting shipments where they need to go. It’ll definitely be a quiet New Year’s Eve here.

Still, we have music. On today’s podcast, we have music from Chuck Prophet, the Flat Five, the School, Camer Obscura, the Blend, Robert Plant, the Dream Syndicate, Paul Molloy, Grace Jones, the Tom Tom Club, the B-52’s, the DriveBy Truckers, the Georgia Satellites, and Alejandro Escovedo.

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 2020 songs

Hi, this is the second set of songs I’ve put together that came out in 2020 (first came out on November 25). I don’t usually have a “best of’ list for the year – my likes shift from day-to-day, and I think that there’s recency bias (“I just heard this album, – it’s now number 3 and not number 11”).

However, I love reading year-end best-of lists. I tote up how many of the “best” albums that I have purchased, and whether I think that they’re all that. Every year there are a larger number of albums that I have not heard, and more artists that I have never heard of. Am I getting old?

It’s not just obscure publications, either. In Rolling Stone, Bad Bunny has the third best album. The only thing I know about that is that it’s the first #1 album that’s all in Spanish – the first non-English speaking album to hit #1. Dua Lipa? City Girls? Nope – don’t know them, and I always thought that I was pretty plugged into the music scene. Those days are long gone. It’s partially because I don’t pay much attention to popular culture, and mostly because I’m old.

That’s ok, because I do listen and get new music, and I’ll share part 2 of the music I purchased and liked in 2020, including Norah Jones, James Hunter, Robert Cray, Lucinda Williams, Jason Isbell, My Morning Jacket, Lydia Loveless, Drive-By-Truckers, Bob Dylan, and the Dream Syndicate.

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.

And so, This is Christmas

It’s Christmas week, but it doesn’t really feel like Christmas. Sure, we got nailed with snow, there is Christmas music everywhere, and some people have gone nuts decorating for Christmas, but for me, the Spirit of Christmas hasn’t come (I don’t think that I’ll be visited by three Christmas spirits – stow it, Jacob Marley). Maybe because we aren’t going to have a big Christmas – everyone will be safe in their own houses. We won’t see friends and family but will watch that we don’t get the pandemic spirit (there’s only one of those, and there is no happy ending).

There is good news – the vaccine is coming, and maybe we’ll have real Christmas next year. Let’s hope for that and try to keep the real Spirit of Christmas alive this year.

To help sate us, instead of Christmas music listen to today’s podcast, filled with lots of spirit, with artists Dionne Farris, Alice Russell, Raphael Saadiq, Ringo Deathstarr, Lush, Ride, Jarvis Cocker, The Beautiful South, Texas, Everything But the Girl, Smokin’ Joe Kubek, James Hunter, Eli Paperboy Reed, and Culture Club.

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.

Let’s Just End This Year

It’s been a year, hasn’t it? on the one hand, there’s a global pandemic and a loosening of the fabric of Democracy in America; on the other hand…many of us are still alive. Doesn’t seem fair.

That’s it today. Let’s be hopeful for the future – there’s a possible solution to the pandemic on the horizon, but we have to remain vigilant. Mask up, everyone. And listen to music – it helps. On today’s pod we have some familiar names, including The Pretenders, Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney, Badfinger, Bananarama, the Motels, X, Animal Collective, Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse, Garbage, Delaney & Bonnie, Little Feat, and the Allman Brothers.

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.

An Annoying Amount of Snow

Nor’Easter? We were supposed to get a ton of snow yesterday but ended up with an annoying amount of snow. For those of you who live in climes that do not have snow, let me explain: an annoying amount is enough snow that needs to be shoveled but not enough that it’s worth taking out the snowblower. That’s annoying, and what I’m looking at. So now you know what I’ll be doing in a few minutes (after coffee and bitching a little more about the snow).

Overall, I probably end up shoveling less snow than if I had to use the snowblower (walkways and deck have a good amount of area), but it doesn’t make it any easier. I’m sure that the snow, because it was mixed with rain, will be wet and heavy.

As I shovel, I’ll have music with me, as it makes the work go easier. Today’s podcast has lots of good shoveling choices, with these artists: Squeeze, Crowded House, Paul Kelly, The Action, The Creation, the Smoke, the Who, the Smiths, the Cure, Ultravox, Depeche Mode, Link Wray, Chuck Berry, and Bo Diddley.

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.