Spring delayed

Well, last night left us with a sprinkle of snow on the car and ground, just because… Spring came in on Tuesday, but that hasn’t happened here. The March storms that dumped about 2 feet of snow are still covering the ground, and any thaw just ended up as the snow plow ripping up parts of my lawn (thank you, city plow guys). One year the city actually felt bad enough that they did a little work on the corner of my lawn, but just once, and not even in the worst year of ripping up my lawn.

The higher temperatures this week will melt the snow and the ground will soften until we hit what is affectionately known as mud season. We have an especially treacherous path to the house, and none of our “fixes” sem to work that well. We’ll have to remember to take of our shoes when we come in so as not to track the mud throughout the house. Welcome, spring.

In honor of spring, I have a spring-themed podcast, so listen to Donald Fagen, Pentangle, the Go-Betweens, the Lemon Drops, Big Star, Ray Charles, Earl King, Paul Weller, Chris Isaak, John Hiatt, Los Lobos, the Dells, the Ramones, and the Rolling Stones.

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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Freezing

I’m a little late this morning, but we just got back from Boston where we saw our son. The story this weekend is that it is very, very cold, making walking outside not a fun experience. We like to spend time walking around in various parts of Boston and environs, but we didn’t do a lot of that.

Of course, the other story is the 20+ inches of snow that dropped earlier in the week. I sad that we might get hit with March storms, and boy was I right. My snow blower also broke, so I was shoveling by hand. That wasn’t too much fun, either. Let’s hope that it’s going to get warmer and that we’ll have a real spring. Isn’t baseball season just around the corner?

Today’s podcast is a grab bag of really good songs, so listen to Mavis Staples, the Groundhogs, Kate Tucker, the Del Fuegos, Willie Alexander, the November Group, Irma Thomas, Chuck Jackson, Richie Barrett, the Clovers, Marvin Gaye, Junior Parker, Simon & Garfunkel, Rod Stewart, the Golden Palominos, & the Tom Robinson Band.

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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Top Ten

On Facebook this past week I was asked to write a post a day for ten days on the top 10 favorite albums that made an impact. I went quickly from “ten – you want that many?” to “Ten – only ten?” There have been a ton that have made an impact on me over the years, so sometimes that means not ten favorites, but ones that changed my perspective on music. That shifts the focus a little. So you’ll see some picks that aren’t on my real top ten (like Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters), but it had a top ten impact on me (introducing me to jazz). It’s been a fun thought experiment. I’m halfway through as of right now. Today’s pick will be…wait and see. I don’t have ten picked out – I’m handling it day by day.

Today’s podcast has no music from the first five albums I picked (Maybe that will be a conceit of mine later), but there’s still a lot of great music from Madonna, Susan Tedeschi, the Handsome Family, Arthur Brown, Aretha Franklin, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Van Morrison, Charlie, Etta James, Nick Lowe, Peter Gabriel, the Go-Betweens, Paul Kelly, and the Bears.

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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Spring?

The snow has melted in my yard – only a couple of dirty snow remnants remain. Looks like we may get early spring, although there’e a hint of snow mid-week that could cover my yard for a couple of days. It’s too early for spring, so we probably won’t see many buds or the lawn return to green (from mud) until… the next real snow storm. It’s always, “Look! There are some buds!” followed by “Look! 6 inches of snow killing all the buds.” Oh, spring in New England – how joyous.

To celebrate the early good weather I’ve put together a spring-worthy podcast, with Martin Newell, Franz Ferdinand, the Rolling Stones, Anna Burch, the Liminanas, the James Hunter Six, Nino Ferrer, Soul Coughing, Big Star, the Beatles, Tim Buckley, Fred Neil, and Nick Drake.

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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Ills of the World

Lots of bad things going on in the world. It has ever been thus, but seems to have moved to the forefront here in the United States due to governmental incompetence. Systems are beginning to fail and we have no plan to deal with that. Let’s engage in petty squabbling and screw people over(like the dreamers) because we can’t address the issues.

Let’s take a little break from this, though. One of my goals in putting together my podcasts is to find a way to relieve the stress in this world – take an hour out of your busy day worrying about what’s happening out there and focus inward. It’s helpful to me, anyway.

So, relieve the stress today with Ron Wood, Neil Young, Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, Otis Redding, Alvvays, Atomic Rooster, Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, Del Shannon, Samantha Fish, Anna Burch, Haley Bonar, All We Are, P.J. Harvey, and Shakespear’s Sister.

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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Country…and Western

Well, I don’t know if you remember the joke about liking both kinds of music, country and western, but my lazy google search took me to 1980’s The Blues Brothers. Thought it would be older than that. Anyway… I’ve put together a podcast of country music for y’all. This isn’t new country, but good old fashioned country music from the past. We start with some Western Swing, that hybrid of big band music and country. I always enjoyed that music. From there we head into the 1950’s through the 1970’s (oh, a couple of retro songs from the 90’s make it, too), as the classic period of Nashville country music is sampled.

So take a listen to all your favorite music – country and western, with the Sons of the Pioneers. Mike Nesmith, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, Asleep at the Wheel, the Fort Worth Doughboys, Lefty Frizzell, Johnny Horton, Dwight Yoakam, kd Lang, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Guy Clark, Jerry Reed, Jerry Lee Lewis, George Jones, Glen Campbell, David Houston, and Loretta Lynn.

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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Happy Presidents Day

Hmm, I did not know that “President’s Day” is actually still Washington’s Birthday (February 22 is his actual birthday). I thought they combined his with Lincoln’s birthday (February 12) – apparently not. The Federal holiday is still called Washington’s birthday, although most states have proclaimed it as President’s Day. They do not share birth months with any of the last 3 presidents, so there will be no sharing there. Clinton’s birthday is in January – too early to be counted.

Does everyone have the day off? It’s a federal holiday, but there seems to be a lot of businesses that are working. Have a good President’s Day either way.

On today’s podcast we celebrate President’s Day with a bunch of foreigners – Scotsmen, Aussies, Kiwis, and oh, there are some Americans. So listen up and take an hour to hear Colin Blunstone, Neil Finn, Grinderman, the Jesus & Mary Chain, the Pixies, Throwing Muses, Belle & Sebastian, Dusty Springfield, the Style Council, Fine Young Cannibals, Little Feat, the James Montgomery Blues Band, and Robin Tower.

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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Weird Winter

Rain again. It’s been another odd winter. We haven’t had a lot of snow, but have had a couple of big storms. Generally they have been followed by days of rain, like this weekend. We had one big cold spell that lasted for days, but overall the temperatures have been ok, and the 10-day forecast shows a generally warm temperatures (above freezing). Early spring? I’m not counting on it. We may have a bad March. We keep thinking that when we retire we may join the snowbirds and go South to live. It becomes more intriguing with every weird winter that we have.

It’s a grab bag podcast today, with many great songs by artists like Kevin Morby, the Sundays, David Bowie, Madness, the Specials, the Selector, the English Beat, Ambrosia, the Moody Blues, 10cc, John Cale, the Byrds, and Gene Clark.

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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Blues Power

“The blues ain’t nothin’ but…” You can fill in the blank here. Like most people, I started appreciating the blues through the English guitarists of the 1960’s, like Eric Clapton. For me it was a quick step to the electric blues of Chicago as characterized by Muddy Waters. Then I got even deeper into the blues, exploring the old-time blues stylings of the late 1920’s – early 1930’s. Great stuff, much of which was covered by The Rolling Stones, etc. When I heard the original “Outside Woman Blues” I was stunned to hear that the guitar was exactly the same as Eric Clapton’s version on Cream’s Disraeli Gears album. And that song was from 1928 (or abouts). Great stuff.

Today I have put together a blues playlist of mostly the electric blues of the Chicago (well, Memphis and environs) era. Lots of great stuff – songs that you may know from the rock versions done by your favorite wanna be blues musicians from England. Listen to Elmore James, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins, B.B. King, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Lowell Fulson, Roosevelt Booba Barnes, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Otis Rush, Freddie King, Son Seals, Lonnie Brooks, Albert King, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Guitar Slim.

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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Covfefe

I’m a coffee drinker. I drink a lot of coffee in the morning, but not as much as I used to. I was the guy in the office making pot after pot of coffee, and drinking it if no one else was drinking it. That was in the past. Now I have a cup after I get up in the morning, some coffee when I drive to work, then one cup in the office. That’s usually it. Not sure if the coffee actually helps wake me up (I usually walk on the morning, and don’t drink coffee until after my walk), but it actually relaxing for me. I can drink coffee late in the evening and it doesn’t bother my sleep (nothing does – I’m a very solid sleeper).

In the morning the coffee usually helps me get my day organized – I think about what I need to accomplish for the day and the coffee helps stimulate that area of the brain. If they find out that coffee is bad for humans (and I believe it), I think that I could give up coffee without any withdrawal. And you?

Today’s podcast is all about parties. It’s Super Bowl Sunday, so parties are on the mind. Of course, a lot of these songs might not be happy party songs (it’s me – how could I have a bunch of happy party songs?). Let’s get into the mood with Lesley Gore, Elvis Presley, Wanda Jackson, Dicky Doo & the Don’ts, Charlie Feathers, Allen Toussaint, Esther Phillips, the B-52’s, the Go-Go’s, Elvis Costello, Happy Mondays, Blur, the Subways, Gang of Four, Buddy Knox, Charlie Rich, Ronnie Dawson, the Wondermints, and Bryan Ferry.

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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