My Kind of Town

I was in Chicago earlier this week. I didn’t get much of a chance to see the city, as I was mostly inside a hotel at a conference. I stayed at a hotel next to Grant Park, which was nice. I had a chance to walk around in the morning there before the conference got under way. I made my way down to the lakefront, where I walked around with about a thousand of my new closest friends who were jogging along the lakefront. Except those who were dressed for running who were walking with Starbucks cups – and they all were Starbucks cups. Obviously there are many Starbucks that are close by (and no other coffee shops) – why are there no other coffee shops around?

I did get to the Merchandise Mart, and on the way saw a number of different, cool bridges. I didn’t see the “High Fidelity” bridge, but the city seems quite proud of their diverse sets of bridges and bridge designs. It’d be worth exploring more – hope to get the chance to get back to the city.

And the soundtrack to my visit included these tunes, put together for your pleasure this week. They include Mission of Burma, Wussy, Matthew Sweet, the dB’s, Van Morrison, Ryley Walker, Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers, Michael Jackson, Major Lance, Roky Erickson, Olivia Tremor Control, the Apples in Stereo, and Camera Obscura.

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.

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