Covid19 Diary April 5, 2020

Another week has gone by – have we made any progress on the Coronavirus? I haven’t heard if rates are slowing, probably because there has been an increase in testing available. Let’s continue to stay safe out there. We’ve already lost some entertainers to it, and we’re hopeful that John Prine and Marianne Faithfull can recover from it. Scary times that I hoped we wouldn’t have to endure in my lifetime. Didn’t we think that we were beyond the plague and Spanish influenza?

This week’s podcast starts with some songs about the house and home, which we’re becoming more intimately familiar with each day. “Has that crack always been there?” “That stain just won’t come out. Does the internet have any ideas how to deal with this?” Anyway, let’s listen to the J. Geils Band, Elvis Presley, X, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Joe Goddard, Michael Kiwanuka, Shelby Lynne, Coco Hames, Willy Deville, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Dave Edmunds, Graham Parker, Experience Unlimited, and Christine & the Queens.

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.

Diary during Covid19


The news continues to be not so good about the virus slowing down. We need to remain careful in the coming weeks. Kate and I are off self-quarantine, but it’s not like our lives have changed all that much. We’re still socially distancing, and Kate is still teaching her kindergarten children via Zoom Monday through Friday.

I have been able to go back to work at an office where less than half the people are now working. The accounting staff is rotating in a day a week, and there are few senior staff here.

We’ve been dealing a lot with rumors and trying to get good information to all of our residents. There was a rumor that someone in Lowell, MA had the Coronavirus and was walking around purposely infecting the population. Also, maybe he lived in one of our apartments. That was false, of course, but it added to the tensions caused – we don’t need mass hysteria on top of an already volatile situation.

We also had a resident in a homeless transitional property who had a scare, but it turned out to be “just” the flu. Still scary, but of another nature. We have a large number of residents who are extremely vulnerable, and we need to make sure they’re doing the right thing, even if some don’t know or seem to care. Let’s get rid of misinformation and bad information so we don’t have an entire apartment complex come down with the virus, which could then spread even wider.

Today’s podcast recognizes the virus and the steps we need to take to combat it, even if it results in being away from each other. Let’s take a listen to Otis Redding, Matthew Sweet, the Cardigans, Fats Domino, Ted Hawkins, Elton John, Marshall Crenshaw, Richard Thompson, John Lennon, Iggy Pop, Medium Medium, Ray Charles, the Bee Gees, Earl King, the Smithereens, and the Motels.

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.



Quarantine


Hi, it’s your old pal the self-quarantiner. We had a possible exposure and now are stuck alone in the world. Not that either Kate or I have any symptoms – we’ve been fine, and we’ll be fine by Thursday. Here’s hoping.

I’m still working – our office has been setting up remote work for a little while (I’m away from the office enough visiting properties to make remote work worthwhile). Everyone has to adjust to a new reality, one that will hopefully be short-lived. As I said last week, we need to err on the side of caution.

Today’s podcast isn’t anything specific – just a hodge-podge of different songs (next week, though…). So stay in (or walk outside in nature) and listen to Massive Attack, The Bar-Kays, the Four Tops, Joy of Cooking, the Black Keys, Alejandro Escovedo, Neil Young, Donald Fagen, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, North Mississippi All-Stars, Eliot Smith, Joni Mitchell, Buffalo Springfield, and Mink Deville.

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.



Coronavirus

Hey, what’s on everyone’s mind this week? How ’bout them Red Sox? Of course, the craze that’s sweeping the nation (and the world) is the Coronavirus. Don’t know where anyone stands on the severity of the crisis, but I’d say that the best course of action is to err on the side of caution. Pretty easy to do, for the most part. Personally, I don’t plan on leaving the house today. Sunday is usually our shopping day, but we went out and did not use social distancing at the grocery store on Saturday. Apparently, the entire town decided to visit the store when it first opened (that was my idea – how did everyone else have the same idea as me?), so we were in a line to check out that was wrapped halfway around the store. We all visited and talked – not social distancing. We did all feel like a true community, though. The store, for the most part, was still well-stocked. Paper products were wiped out, but most other food (but not frozen pizzas) were ok.

Toilet paper, you ask? We had purchased toilet paper last week, before the mass hysteria, and got lucky that a local store had just received some yesterday so we picked up another set, which hopefully will last until stores can re-stock. We also know regular hoarders of food and paper goods, and we can set up some sort of dead drop (can’t interact in-person) to get some goods if everything gets worse. Be careful, my friends.

Hey, nothing goes with social distancing better than music. On today’s podcast, we look at love ( and it’s opposite – I haven’t gotten soft in my old age), with songs from Simple Minds, the Cure, Syd Barrett, Marianne Faithful, Public Image Limited, Betty Davis, Charlie Chesterman, Donovan, Stephen Stills, the Beckies, Elton John, Mekons, the Posies, and Erasure.

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 Computer Trouble

Ugh – I lost the spreadsheet that I use to track what I’ve put together for songs for the podcast, so I was flying blind as I put this back together. Please understand if there are more than the usual problems with the podcast this week.

Meanwhile, what do I do? Go back to pencil and paper? Use a spreadsheet but be more conscious of saving the file? It’s a conundrum. I think we’ve become too reliant on the computer to keep and remember things (why remember something when we can look it up? It gets compounded  by the fact that as I get older, my ability to store more useless information in my brain has decreased). I’ll keep you updated, but I think I did a good job remembering what I had for songs this week.

We’re visiting heaven this week. What is heaven? Not sure you’ll get a definitive answer, but form the cynical to the divine let’s check in with Traffic, Mary Weiss, the Grass Roots, the Rascals, Talking Heads, the Psychedelic Furs, Robyn Hitchcock, Lydia Loveless, Eurogliders, Stevie Wonder, Ann Peebles, Donovan, Cocteau Twins, the Cure, and Erasure.

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.

Routine

Maybe it’s the time of year, but I’ve fallen into a little rut. I generally think that routine is a good thing, but lately – I don’t know. I think of myself as being a very steady person, to the point of now being boring. That’s usually ok for me, but I need something to shake it up a bit. We’re seeing the baby next week, so maybe that’ll do it. I’ll just have to stay content (and boring) for now.

This week we’re all over the place with music, including starting with two songs from concerts I have attended. So let’s listen to Little Feat, My Morning Jacket, Bessie Banks, Rod Stewart, the Classics IV, the Left Banke, Aretha Franklin, Dee Dee Warwick, ESG, Paul Simon, the Staple Singers, Bonnie Raitt, Shelby Lynne, 10,00 Maniacs, and Kristy MacColl.

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.

Sleepy

How’d you sleep? I usually sleep very well, and in truth, I actually slept well last night. I woke up at around 1:00 AM and then went back to sleep in about half an hour. My wife does not sleep well. She was also up at 1:00 but finds it hard to get back to sleep. Is this normal?

I can sleep anywhere at any time. I can almost fall asleep standing up, so sleep has never been an issue with me. I know it’s not the same for others, but I try to find a way to get in enough hours to sleep. I also like my naps – I occasionally will drift off for a “power nap,” as they’re now called, but it’s really just some needed downtime for me. No power is involved.

I hope y’all sleep well. To help keep you awake, on this week’s podcast we’ve got some great tunes for you from Isobel Campbell, Tame Impala, Jim James, Elvis Costello, Pops Staples, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Beautiful South, Linda Jones, Beryl Marsden, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Charlie Musselwhite, the Nashville Teens, the Yardbirds, and Wire.

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.

President’s Day

Have you heard that here in the U.S. tomorrow is a holiday? I heard someone say earlier in the week that there would be a delay of stuff until Tuesday because of the Monday holiday, and I was confused. “What holiday?” I wondered. “Surely President’s Day is on the 24th and not the 17th.”

But it’s not. It’s this Monday. How did I start losing holidays? Last year I had to work President’s Day (huge application was due at the end of the week, and we had to get everything together – hundreds of pages of stuff, with a good result).  I think that it may be because I try not to think about the Presidency anymore.

This week we’ve got lots of great music, with Melody Gardot, Al Jarreau, Brittany Howard, the Roots, Eddie Floyd, Otis Redding, Billy Preston, Lou Ann Barton, Samantha Fish, Shemekia Copeland, Dani Wilde, Christine Perfect, the Rezillos, and Aztec Camera.

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.



New Normal

Argh – had a rough week. Personally, things were a little messed up, partially due to the weather. Weather in winter can always alter a person’s week. Canceled meetings, bad weather (but still made it into work, albeit with an extra 30 minutes added to the commute). Nationally it was a weird week, too. There’s a new normal that Im not sure that I can get used to. Let’s do better, everyone.

Today’s podcast is not going to celebrate the upcoming Valentine’s Day. Hope that you weren’t waiting for that. Instead, there are great songs that are bluesy, psychedelic, and just plain tuneful. So relax and listen to Chicken Shack, Buddy Guy, Roscoe Gordon, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, the Dukes of Stratusphear, the Black Hollies, the Soft Boys, Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, the Smiths, the Cure, Paul Weller, My Morning Jacket, Luna, and the Connells.

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.



Jazzbo

Oops – I’ve been sitting on this for a while. It’s my jazz podcast of music that came out last year. Since a couple of the artists are no longer on earth, it’s not all music recorded in 2019, but it’s all things that were not released earlier. The Coltrane piece was recorded for a film that only used some of the pieces (?), while the Art Pepper cut was recorded for a small label – I think the cut I play is an alternate take of something not released.

Anyway, enjoy the music of Snarky Puppy, Jamie Saft, Nicholas Payton, John Coltrane, George Coleman, Jimmy Cobb, Michael Dease, Art Pepper, and the James Carter Organ Trio.

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.