Flowers on the Wall

Not that I thought to include it on the podcast, but this song entered my brain and won’t go away:

I keep hearin’ you’re concerned about my happiness
But all that thought you’re givin’ me is conscience I guess
If I was walkin’ in your shoes, I wouldn’t worry none
While you ‘n’ your friends are worried about me I’m havin’ lots of fun

Countin’ flowers on the wall
That don’t bother me at all
Playin’ solitaire till dawn with a deck of fifty-one
Smokin’ cigarettes and watchin’ Captain Kangaroo
Now don’t tell me I’ve nothin’ to do

Last night I dressed in tails, pretended I was on the town
As long as I can dream it’s hard to slow this swinger down
So please don’t give a thought to me, I’m really doin’ fine
You can always find me here, I’m havin’ quite a time

Countin’ flowers on the wall
That don’t bother me at all
Playin’ solitaire till dawn with a deck of fifty-one
Smokin’ cigarettes and watchin’ Captain Kangaroo
Now don’t tell me I’ve nothin’ to doIt’s good to see you, I must go, I know I look a fright
Anyway my eyes are not accustomed to this light
And my shoes are not accustomed to this hard concrete
So I must go back to my room and make my day complete

Countin’ flowers on the wall
That don’t bother me at all
Playin’ solitaire till dawn with a deck of fifty-one
Smokin’ cigarettes and watchin’ Captain Kangaroo
Now don’t tell me I’ve nothin’ to do

Don’t tell me I’ve nothin’ to do

Where are you, Captain Kangaroo, and your weird hairstyle? This is how some of us are getting through these Covid19 days. Actually (naturally), you can see Captain Kangaroo on YouTube clips. Whither Mr. Green Jeans – don’t see much about him on the old YouTube.

No Captain Kangaroo or Mr. Green Jeans on today’s podcast either. We’re all over the place with songs, including a remembrance of artists recently lost. So let’s listen to Blue Milk, Eric Bibb, Crystal Syphon, Magnum, Sarah Cracknell, Me & the Monster, Peggy Lee, Nellie McKay, James Hunter Six, Fountains of Wayne, Bill Withers, Manu Dubango, Susan Tedeschi, and John Prine.

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 Review

What a year. This is my 60th year on Earth, and instead of whining all year about how I’m getting older, and what that means, we’re stuck inside the house. But that’s where we should be.

The President keeps talking about re-opening the country, and in Florida the beaches have re-opened, in South Carolina the beaches and businesses will be back open on Monday, and we’ve had protests to end the state’s orders to shut down. Why is that?

I haven’t heard that anyone can get tested at any time, or that we have a viable vaccination. Time to calm down and wait until we can be sure that there is a higher level of safety that there is as of now. I’m not saying that this is fun, but getting the virus is so much worse that staying inside and away from others is the best course right now.

Today’s podcast is a bunch of great songs to listen to – away from others. So let’s socially distance with Gilberto Gil, Hollie Cook, Waxahatchee, the Handsome Family, the Feelies, the Ettes, Paul Simon, Randy Newman, Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart, Funkadelic, James Brown, Sly & the Family Stone, and War.

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.

Easter Plague

Happy Easter. I had forgotten that Easter was this weekend – preparations had been changed so much. In most places, church was going to be a very different experience (some type of online celebration), and any preparations we had for Easter went out the door to be socially distanced. My brother-in-law was sad to hear that all was postponed. We may try to do something next weekend (Greek Easter), but we’ll still probably need to be careful (Memorial Day?).

Although I’d say that people are still very patient with all of this, when my wife and I were out yesterday (delivering school work to people), we saw a regular Saturday’s worth of traffic – where were they all going? We didn’t notice lines outside the grocery stores – let’s hope they’re not relaxing those rules at this critical point. We are starting to contain the virus, but that doesn’t mean that we should let up now – give it some more time.

Today’s podcast is all about work. Do you still go to work? Do you work at home? Have you been furloughed? Let’s remember work today with Jackie Wilson, the Isley Brothers, Yola, Lee Dorsey, the Golden Palominos, the Godfathers, Steely Dan, Samantha Fish, Merle Haggard, Canned Heat, Michael Head, the dB’s, the Mark Four, R.E.M., Fine Young Cannibals, and Van Morrison.

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.

Pod1975

Oh, 1975. 45 years ago. I originally thought that there was a lot of great music form 1975, and while there were some classic albums, overall the year was not strong. The mid-’70s was a period when bands started spending a couple of years to put out an album. Back in the old days, bands were forced to put out 2 albums a year, and quality be damned. The thing is, more time also did not necessarily indicate better quality. 1975 was the period just before punk, which was a reaction to the staid world of rock music. Disco was beginning to explode in 1975, and while there were some good disco tunes, it had yet to peak as a style.

As a result, I had some trouble putting this together. So sit back, mellow out, and listen to Bob Dylan, John Cale, Bruce Springsteen, Steely Dan, Al Green, Bonnie Raitt, The Band, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Allen Toussaint, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Roxy Music, and the Who.

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.

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.