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Another week like many others in pandemic times. Picked up a meal at a restaurant, tipped generously, but mostly stayed home without getting a lot accomplished. Thankfully for me, there’s work so I can stay busy during the day. Otherwise being stuck at home with nothing to do would send me crazy (like my wife. Retired with nothing to do).

How is everyone coping? We’ll be at a year of staying in soon. We’re waiting patiently for our group to be called to sign up for vaccines, and until then, it’s more stay at home. Be safe, everybody.

One of my hobbies is listening to music, and sharing with friends. On this week’s podcast, I’m sharing music from artists Teenage Fanclub, Lush, Catherine Wheel, My Bloody Valentine, Bobby Bland, Fenton Robinson, Magic Slim, the Black Keys, Fleetwood Mac, Rilo Kiley, Neko Case, Montage, the Merry-Go-Round, the Zombies, and the Creation.

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.

Snow

A real snowstorm tomorrow night? Is it supposed to be winter around here? We finally had a cold snap this week – the first of the season. Maybe we’re just having a late winter this year.

We’ve had years of huge snowfalls in March – maybe 2021 will be that way. Or maybe we’ll only get a couple of snowstorms. I’m ready for anything with my new snowblower. Let it snow.

Today’s podcast starts out in a country or folk vein before turning soulful and ends in New Orleans (there’s a place to be right now). So let’s listen to Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Billy Bragg & Wilco, the Pogues, the Mavericks, Dwight Yoakam, kd lang, Suzanne Vega, Marvin Gaye, the 4 Tops, the Impressions, Billy Butler, Sam Cooke, Dr. John, Irma Thomas, and Johnny Adams.

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.

Genius

The word genius is thrown around pretty easily these days, but I get to prove that I’m a genius on a daily basis. I play a game in the New York Times called Spelling Bee, where you make words out of the seven letters they give you and you have to make words with them. As you score points you move up in category (why is “Nice” better than “Solid”?) until you reach the pinnacle, “Genius.” I get to genius on a daily basis. Some days I have to put down the puzzle and come back to it to find easy words that I have forgotten to use. There are some real words that the Times doesn’t recognize (a linnet is a small bird, for example of a word that the Times decided wasn’t a word), but it’s a good exercise for me.

As we get older, we are told that doing some form of brain exercise is important (and not just the “where did I put my glasses?” puzzle that is the norm). Doing the Mini-Crossword, Letter-Boxed, Spelling Bee, Tiles and Sudoku is what I do. Keeps the mind sharp (-ish).

If only I could parlay the Spelling Bee genius into the rest of my life…

This week’s podcast has a bunch of tunes from very recognizable bands, even if it’s more of a “deep cuts” selection of songs. Listen to Paul McCartney, the Beatles, Supertramp, the Electric Light Orchestra, Van Morrison, the Monkees, the Turtles, R.E.M, Guadacanal Diary, Game Theory, the Posies, the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, and Joe Cocker.

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.

Dreams

“A candy-colored clown they call the sandman.” My favorite scene from Blue Velvet is when Dean Stockwell lip-syncs Roy Orbison’s “In Dreams.” In today’s podcast, I am trying to capture that style in this dream-laden song cycle.

Listen up and don’t snooze while listening to Roy Orbison, Little Feat, Chris Isaak, Otis Redding, Dave & Phil Alvin, the Reverend Horton Heat, Samantha Fish, Lonnie Brooks, Bobby Darin, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Raphael Saadiq, That Petrol emotion, Bram Tchaikovsky, Hall & Oates, and Blondie.

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.

Nothing

Another quiet week here. Hunkering down and patiently waiting for the vaccine, which is at least two months away for us. Then we can start feeling a little safer. Need to get to critical mass, which won’t be until summertime at least.

To wait, there’s music. Sharing some with you this week includes artists like the School, Belle & Sebastian, Camera Obscura, the High Llamas, War, Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, Lee Fields, Gale Garnett, the Beach Boys, the Association, the Mamas & the Papas, Joy of Cooking, Laura Nyro, Jackie DeShannon, and Dusty Springfield.

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.

A Peaceful and Orderly Transition

Gee, I love slow news weeks, don’t you? It gives one an ability to focus on oneself rather than what is happening in the world at large, and how those things might affect you.

What’s that? No, I haven’t really been paying attention to the news – it’s one of my New Year’s resolutions. I was pretty obsessed with what was happening in politics and in the world. I’m sure that we’re working on the peaceful and orderly transition to the new Presidency, scheduled to take place later this month. And I’m sure that the vaccine rollout has been smooth and that all 20 million vaccines have been put in peoples’ arms.

Let me keep my dream for a moment longer before I open my favorite new site and…

This week we’ll try to keep the world at bay with some fantastic music, including Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Young, Sault, Khruangbin & Leon Bridges, Dengue Fever, Chuck Prophet, Dave Alvin, Los Lobos, John Hiatt, Z.Z. Hill, Little Milton, Soloman Burke, and Joe Tex.

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.

A New Hope

We made it. It’s 2021 and the worst is over (we hope). Sure, the pandemic’s still cresting, we still have our old President (before we get a new old President), too many people still aren’t working, and it’s winter in our hemisphere. Still, not 2020.

I’m going to remain hopeful that 2021 will end up much better than 2020, but everyone has to pitch in to make everything get better. Let’s all resolve to do what it takes to improve everyone’s lives: wear masks, socially distance before we all get vaccinated, and help out where we can. Then let’s get everyone employed again and life can return to normal – heck, better than normal.

The new year starts with a new podcast, littered with old names. So take a step back in time this week with the Rolling Stones, Procol Harum, Deep Purple, the Pretty Things, Traffic, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Dinosaur Jr., Sons & Daughters, Cat Power, Fred Neil, Tim Hardin, Bob Lind, and Donovan.

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.

Zoom

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.