Nothing Sunday

Sonic Sunday? To go with Manic Monday? I’m a fan of both the Bangles and Prince, but not that song. Not sure that Sundays are my fun day, either. Now I’ll have that song in my head for days. I’d like to give it away – maybe airing it out here will help.

Right now it’s a Roy Brooks Sunday. Just picked up Understanding with Woody Shaw on trumpet. Great stuff. Jazz to start the day. Maybe this will be my fun day after all.

I have some fun on today’s podcast, with the Jesus & Mary Chain, the Pixies, Sugar, Sebadoh, Purple Mountains, Wussy, Lydia Loveless, the Kinks, the Who, Faces, Ian Hunter, Barbara Lewis, the Dells, Marvin Gaye, and Martha Reeves & the Vandellas.

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Rainy Summer

It’s going to rain here today…again. We’ve had a wet summer, not that it’s helped the dwindling water supplies in the area. Most towns around here still have a mandatory water ban, as the rains have still not raised the water tables enough. We don’t live in the desert southwest, either.

Saturday was nice, so my wife and I went for a hike, and I mowed the lawn like a good suburban homeowner. With rain on the weekends and visiting the grandson, the lawn had started to get long and unruly. I like to leave the lawn a little long and not like a putting green, as longer grass doesn’t die quite as fast. If it gets as dry in August, the grass will take a hit (as it always does).

To help with this rainy weather, I’ve put together this podcast for you to listen to. So let’s hear from Concrete Blonde, Kate Bush, Suzanne Vega, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, the Doors, Talking Heads, Adrian Belew, Peter Gabriel, Gil Scott-Heron, and Terry Callier today.

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Shark Attack

Quick post today. Heading down to the Boston Aquarium to take my grandson to see the fish and penguins. Wonder if there are any sharks – they are Owen’s favorites.

No shark will eat today’s podcast, with Jonathan Richman, Light & Motion, Automatic, Squeeze, Alex Little & the Suspicious Minds, Pretenders, DiVinyls, the Bangles, My Morning Jacket, Steve Earle, Joe Ely, the Mavericks, Letters to Cleo, the Subways, and Tribe.

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I’ve been a comics reader for as long as I can remember. I loved looking at the comics as a child and have continued to read them today. They still put out a (classic) Peanuts strip daily. I have the first few volumes of the complete strips from the beginning and still chuckle at Charlie Brown and Snoopy.

When I was in college I had a friend tell me that he read Apartment3G every day. Apartment 3G? Wasn’t that one of those slow-moving soapy comic strips? Yes, it was, and so I started reading it every day, too. Oh, I read it ironically, but it still became part of my daily viewing. What’s that Professor up to today?

In fact, I pretty much read it until it stopped publication in 2015. To tell the truth, I now read more soapy comics than I do “funny” comic strips. Judge Parker, Mark Trail, Mary Worth, Rex Morgan, and the Phantom are now on my daily reading list. So if you’ll pardon me, the Sunday (mostly recaps of the week’s strips) are awaiting me. See you in the funny papers.

Today’s podcast is all over the place, and a perfect way to start your day, with John Hiatt, Los Lobos, Delbert McClinton, Billy Boy Arnold, Pokey LaFarge, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Allan Toussaint, Neil Young, Richard & Linda Thompson, John Martyn, the Rolling Stones, the Blues Project, and John Mayall.

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Independence Day

Happy 4th of July weekend! What’re you doing for the holiday? We finally have a quiet weekend – had all of our fun last week and weekend, with vacation with my son, daughter, and grandson, a nephew’s wedding, and hosting my brother-in-law and his wife through Tuesday. We need to breathe.

The weather, which may hit 60 degrees today, has not been great for the beginning of summer. It’s been gray and rainy since Friday morning. Monday is supposed to be nice. What happened with the 100 degree days (I prefer the 60 degree days, to be truthful)?

Look, it’s an Independence Day-themed podcast, with David Byrne, the Love Language, Kerry Kearney, Insect Trust, Pousette-Dart Band, 10cc, Paul McCartney, Todd Rundgren, Cheap Trick, Shoes, Dwight Twilley, the Undertones, Don Dixon, R.E.M., and the Beautiful South. Please go to to stream or download or download the podcast Thank you for tuning in.

Home from Vacation

Just got back from vacation. What a great week. Eighteen-month-olds are fascinating. It was interesting to observe throughout the week. Owen has a great sense of humor and he loves his grandpa. I’m the favorite.

Still, it’s funny. He loves saying no to things he doesn’t like, but if you say no to him it’s pretty much tantrum time. He tried to shove more food in his mouth than he could chew and swallow, and lunch went from fun to tears very quickly. I had to explain that it wasn’t that he couldn’t eat the food, but that he had to do it piece by piece and not all at once. He also didn’t want to hold hands crossing the street. Isn’t it a little early for that? When we told him he had to hold hands crossing the street he broke down again. Even after we told him that we weren’t saying that he wasn’t a good walker, but it was for safety’s sake, he wasn’t buying. He got over it, but it’s going to happen more often.

I’d talk more about the vacation, but it’s morning and he’s up. His parents aren’t, so having grandparents who are early risers helps out the parents who want to sleep in but don’t ever get much of a chance to.

Today’s podcast was pre-taped before vacation to give me a break this morning. So listen to the Chills, Liz Phair, Cowboys International, Buddy Guy, Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite, Chris Whitley, Delbert McClinton, the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, the Beau Brummels, the Turtles, the Mamas and the Papas, the MC5, the New York Dolls, the Soft Boys, and T-Bone Burnett. Please go to to stream or download or download the podcast Thank you for tuning in.


We’re heading out on vacation today. Going to North Conway for a week of fun with my son, his wife, and the grandchild. Will update you on how it went next week.

This week’s podcast has a raft of favorites, including Strawbs, Richard & Linda Thompson, John Martyn, Crowded House, Squeeze, Billy Bragg, Paul Weller, Wall of Voodoo, Dr. Feelgood, Dave Edmunds, NRBQ, Valerie June, Yola, Jenny Lewis, and Elvis Costello.

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Too Nice

It’s too nice to be sitting around and writing today. Let’s just enjoy the day (I hope the weather is beautiful everywhere today). So on today’s pod, we mess around with the Call, the Connells, the Fixx, INXS, Jethro Tull, Family, Ten Years After, Led Zeppelin, Alex Little & the Suspicious Minds, the Get Up Kids, Superchunk, T. Rex, David Bowie, and Roxy Music.

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AM 1971

Continuing with the year 1971, this set is a bunch of songs that were on the Billboard 100 during the year, presented semi-1971 style. I don’t speak in-between or over the songs, but they’re just presented without a thought of any semblance of order. Just like 1971. You’d hear a country song followed by a soul tune. Why not? BTW, there’s a book out called the Heartaches by the Numbers: Country Music’s 500 Greatest Singles. I put this together before hearing about the book, but the #1 single according to the book is the next to last song played in this podcast.

So think back to a simpler time and listen to Badfinger, Tom Jones, Brewer & Shipley, Five Man Electrical Band, Ringo Starr, Jerry Reed, Three Dog Night, the Undisputed Truth, the Grass Roots, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tommy James, the Fortunes, Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose, the Bee Gees, Paul McCartney, Sammi Smith, and Cat Stevens.

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Old Age

In he before time I was thinking about changes that I was going through as I was getting older. To me it was very gradual – I didn’t really feel any effects of getting older until the cartilage in my left knee went away. Then I started to feel old. I couldn’t run anymore, and getting up and down stairs was no longer easy. I used to bound up and down the stairs, then the pain took over and I slowed way up.

After the knee replacement, I am pretty much back to my old ways. The replacement couldn’t have been any easier, and everything is pretty much normal. Overall, I’m not sure that I feel all that differently than when I was younger. I think that’s got to be normal, right? Since any decline is usually gradual, we don’t see how much we might have changed physically through the years. Sure, my hair is white, I need ever-thickening lenses in my glasses to see clearly, but I don’t feel like I’m old. Does everyone agree with that assessment, or am I fooling myself?

Today’s podcast concentrates on older music (I listen to the music of my youth to stay young). So on today’s podcast, we can listen to Too Much Joy, Bruce Springsteen, Thin Lizzy, Kate Bush, Siouxsie & the Banshees, New Order, the Go-Go’s, XTC, World Party, Sinead O’Connor, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Small Faces.

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