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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.

Let’s Just End This Year

It’s been a year, hasn’t it? on the one hand, there’s a global pandemic and a loosening of the fabric of Democracy in America; on the other hand…many of us are still alive. Doesn’t seem fair.

That’s it today. Let’s be hopeful for the future – there’s a possible solution to the pandemic on the horizon, but we have to remain vigilant. Mask up, everyone. And listen to music – it helps. On today’s pod we have some familiar names, including The Pretenders, Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney, Badfinger, Bananarama, the Motels, X, Animal Collective, Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse, Garbage, Delaney & Bonnie, Little Feat, and the Allman Brothers.

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.

An Annoying Amount of Snow

Nor’Easter? We were supposed to get a ton of snow yesterday but ended up with an annoying amount of snow. For those of you who live in climes that do not have snow, let me explain: an annoying amount is enough snow that needs to be shoveled but not enough that it’s worth taking out the snowblower. That’s annoying, and what I’m looking at. So now you know what I’ll be doing in a few minutes (after coffee and bitching a little more about the snow).

Overall, I probably end up shoveling less snow than if I had to use the snowblower (walkways and deck have a good amount of area), but it doesn’t make it any easier. I’m sure that the snow, because it was mixed with rain, will be wet and heavy.

As I shovel, I’ll have music with me, as it makes the work go easier. Today’s podcast has lots of good shoveling choices, with these artists: Squeeze, Crowded House, Paul Kelly, The Action, The Creation, the Smoke, the Who, the Smiths, the Cure, Ultravox, Depeche Mode, Link Wray, Chuck Berry, and Bo Diddley.

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.

December?

We’re almost there. Just December to get through. Did anyone predict that 2020 would be so long and drawn out? For me, May was the longest month of the year. It was then that we knew that COVID-19 was going to affect us long-term and wouldn’t just go away when the weather got warm. Seemed like there were at least double the number of days in May than usual. Some months have seemed more normal, and for all that happened in November, that hasn’t been as bad time-wise, either. Of course, the country is spiking with cases again, as people started to relax or ignore safety precautions. Let’s keep vigilant until we can all get the vaccine.

To inoculate ourselves while socially distancing, my podcast helps as a distraction for an hour. Tune in this week to tunes by Elvis Costello, Drive By Truckers, XTC, Little Dragon, Rilo Kiley, Lydia Loveless, Neko Case, Pretenders, Squeeze, Graham Parker, Dave Edmunds, the Jam, and Joe Jackson.

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.

Best of 2020?

Can we have a best of in 2020? Is that possible in this year? Of course, I never label things as such – I think about it more as stuff I like. In 2020, there was more good music than I thought would be the case. There were few standouts or “classics” that were released in 2020, but there was a surprisingly good number of releases that I enjoyed this year (so much so that I am doing a second one of these).

Anyway, let’s enjoy some good music from 2020, featuring the Beths, Isobel Campbell X, Bob Mould, EOB, Anna Burch, Waxahatchee, Hazel English Christine & the Queens, Jessie Ware, Tame Impala, Paul Weller, Nicole Atkins, Elvis Costello, and Shelby Lynne.

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.

Thanksgiving

On this Thanksgiving week, Sly Stone says:

Oh, Sunday morning, I forgot my prayer
I should have been happy, I still be there
Something could have come and taken me away
But the mainman felt Sly should be here another day

That’s why I got to be thankful, yeah, yeah
I gotta be thoughtful
Hey, hey, hey, oh, thankful, thank you, oh oh oh oh
You gotta be thoughtful

From my ankle to the top of my head
I’ve taken my chances, hah, I could have been dead
I started climbing from the bottom, oh yeah
All the way to the top, uh-huh, uh-huh
Before I knew it, I was up there
You believe it or not

Thankful…thoughfful
Thankful…thoughfful

Oh, something gets me, hah, put my head on tight
Because I know in the future, everything’ll be all right
Until then, now I will kick back and let the light shine
Remember all yours coulda been all mine

And that’s why you ought to be thankful
Hah, hah, you ought to be thoughtful
Well well well, hey, thankful
Ow-ho-ho, thoughtful

Middle of stream, hah, I had to change my stroke, ha ha
I say I put it on the good foot, and it ain’t no joke
They said I was dyin’, I didn’t want to go
And I kept on feelin’ I had to live some more

I had somethin’ to tell y’all
To be thankful, well well, ha
You oughta be thoughfful
Thankful…thoughtful

Still rectifying, yeah, and straightening things out
I know what a good feelin’ you’re never in doubt
Sometimes I’m by myself, feelin’ alone
I just look around and check it out and then it’s all gone

I’m still happy to be here
Thankful…thoughtful
You ought to be thankful
You got every reason to in the world
Thoughtful
Count your blessings

My momma gave me a song and said Son sang
Record “Thankful and Thoughtful,” be such a nice thang
People got to be reminded where it’s really at
Make your daddy happy and momma, your momma like it like that

You know I know, you know I know I’m thankful
Thoughtful
You know I’m thankful
Thoughtful
Thankful

Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Donny Hathaway, Little Dragon, Blood Orange, How to Dress Well, Toro y Moi, the Doors, Winter Hours, Kevin Morby, the Box Tops, Hall & Oates, and Robert Palmer.

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.

Pod340

We raked leaves in October. The ground was pretty bare afterward. This weekend we’re raking leaves. The ground is full of leaves – oak leaves. Why do oak trees hold their leaves after the maple and other trees have all lost theirs? Just to make us rake leaves multiple times? I’m not a big acorn fan, either, oak trees.

I suppose that we’re lucky to have a lot with a lot of different mature trees. We have cut back on trees through the years – old, dying trees that threatened our car and house (got lucky with a limb that barely missed the roof and side of the house). Maybe we should look at some of the oak trees if they won’t cooperate with when they need to shed their leaves in the fall. “You shed earlier or maybe you’ll have a date with a chainsaw” – do you think that would be persuasive? The pine trees are no fun, either.

What helps me get through raking and bagging leaves? Music. This week we’re listening to a diverse set of music that includes the Latin Playboys, the Ramones, the Clash, the Doors, Peter Gabriel, Los Lobos, Gravel, the Divine Comedy, It’s A Beautiful Day, Electric Light Orchestra, the Lovin’ Spoonful, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Mike Nesmith, and Emmylou Harris.

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

I got nothing – what do you have? Today’s podcast focuses on nothing, with lots of something great artists, like Van Morrison, Small Faces, Los Lobos, Bonnie Raitt, the Alley Cats, Roky Erickson, Guided by Voices, Pavement, Tommy Keene, Dum Dum Girls, the Heavy, the Specials, the Del Fuegos, the Flirtations, Sade, and Sinead O’Connor.

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.