St. Paddy’s Day

I hate St. Patrick’s Day. We’re not all Irish today, and never did I need an excuse to drink way more than I should have (those days are over now anyway).

So, on my name day, this is just an excuse for bad behavior. Local bars open early to serve beer, many before drunken parades. Stop! Let’s bring the dignity back to this day and… I don’t know. Just forget about, really. Let St. Patrick rest in peace.

So there will be no Irish music played today. Instead, listen to these great songs by non-Irish people like John Mayall, Bobby Blue Bland, David Bromberg, the Blow Monkeys, the Beat, Bob Mould, Ladytron, the Knife, Hercules & Love Affair, Jimi Hendrix, the Jeff Beck Group, and the Yardbirds. Fidelity’s a bit off on my voice today – I’ll have to check that out, but no one’s there to hear me anyway.

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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Mad at all time

So the recent articles I’ve read have told me that I’m not mad at Daylight Savings Time, but really I’m mad at Standard Time. Who told me that I was mad? I’ve gotten used to going to work in the dark and coming home at night in the dark – it’s become a ritual of winter. How much does that change if we stay in Daylight Savings Time?

The push is on to stay on Daylight Savings Time and dump Standard Time, as if that will solve all of our problems. But what of the children who’ll have to get the bus in the dark during the winter? Some people will get mad at that. And I’m sure there are traditionalists who’ll be mad that we’re “changing time” to suit our own needs.

I say let’s do away with time altogether. Let’s just make up our own times depending on how we feel. Sure, meetings will be difficult, and plane schedules might get messed up (standardizing times came about originally in part because of train schedules – some towns along a route were on different time zones, some off a half hour or forty-five minutes from the starting point, making it difficult to put togethr a coherent schedule ).

Time is arbitrary ( an argument I’ll be making later as I turn 60 this year). I know that I am actually a very organized person who is good at ordering my life in timely segments, but let’s do away with that and live free, away from the slavery of the convention of time.

Today’s podcast, like most, is about an hour long. Not very free form, but a convention I’ll follow. Listen keenly to John Mayall, Bobby Blue Bland, David Bromberg, the Blow Monkeys, the Beat, Bob Mould, Ladytron, the Knife, Hercules & Love Affair, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff BEck, and the Yardbirds.

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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Goes in like a…?

There’s an old saying (dates back to the 19th Century, apparently) that says March goes in like a lion and out like a lamb to predict the weather for the month. I suppose it’s conditional: “if March goes in like a lion…” March 1 was pretty mild – what’s the “March creeps in like a house cat” equivalent? “Dashes out like a mouse?” Friday was pretty mild, and yesterday’s predicted snow didn’t happen, so the old saw doesn’t work this year. Usually, a mild winter like we’ve had means a rough March – we’ll have to wait and see.

In like a lion describes this week’s podcast. Got some great new music to be played to go with a killer run of classic tunes, so plug into the music which includes Yola, Steve Earle, Maria McKee, the Supreme Beings of Leisure, the War on Drugs, Future Islands, Van Morrison, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, the Teardrop Explodes, Icicle Works, the Wonder Stuff, and the Mighty Lemon Drops.

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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Sunday Morning

Sunrise is 6:30, so technically I got up after sunrise. The clouds are thick this morning, and there was a slight dusting overnight, so I am not seeing the sun itself. My car has fairy dust sprinkled on it, and should easily be cleaned off before I go anywhere.

It’s already above freezing, so any precipitation should change to rain, which is predicted for the day – all day and into the night. It won’t be too bad, though, and since there rae tasks to do today (shopping and what not), I’ll be out in it.

Outside my window, a dog is walking its human. It’s an extremely large dog with a mind of its own, and the small woman behind the dog does her best to keep him on task, but there were days (especially when it was a large puppy) that the dog set the pace. It would sit down if it did not want to walk someplace, and no amount of tugging or speaking to it would make the dog move. It was kind of funny, but only because the dog could not be sweeter. All dogs should be so sweet. The dog loves me, and even though I try to keep my distance when I pass it, it insists on coming over to say hi.

Let’s have some music to go with the winter interlude, which this week includes Stephen Stills, Poco, Chicago, the Byrds, the Rascals, China Moses, Al Green, Isobel Campbell, Grinderman, Mark Lanegan, Black Mountain, Faces, Free, and Mott the Hoople.

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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Prez Day

Happy President’s Day. Let’s…buy a car? Other than we need a day off in the winter, is there a true reason for President’s Day? We celebrated Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays back in the day – don’t know if either was a real holiday ( school vacation generally fell around Washington’s “real” birthday – February 22). Now President’s day does generally fall at the beginning of the February school vacation – need a car? Don’t know how the whole automobile sale on President’s Day started – just a ploy to show the dealers’ Red, White & Blue stuff to move vehicles during a slow winter period? Probably. I don’t think that I’ve ever gotten a car during one of these sales events, and am not sure that the deal anyone will get is better during this sale than at other times. But…tell ’em George sent ya.

To celebrate the extra day off, listen to today’s President’s Day Sale podcast (and save big!) with Link Wray, Dr. John, Little Feat, Shelby Lynne, the Monkees, the Turtles, the Box Tops, the Lovin’ Spoonful, the Rascals, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, the Four Tops, the Lazy Lies, Oliver Kennan, Toro Y Moi, and Pedro the Lion.

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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Kiss

It’s coming on Valentine’s Day. Hmm, it’s been around a long time, and not just as a Hallmark day. Started out, naturally, as a Saint’s Day (or 2 or 3 – lots of Valentinus were running around back in the day). Like most old saints, they were killed for their religious devotion, and not because they espoused romantic love (although one was arrested for marrying soldiers to women – the only good soldier is an unmarried one, in the good old days).

So the day was celebrated in honor of St. Valentine, and in the 14th Century it began taking on a romantic association that continues on to this day ( he said, compressing almost 700 years into a sentence). Hallmark just latched onto it in the spirit of Capitalism.

Anyway, with that in mind, I put together a setlist of songs that all feature kissing in a romantic setting. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day by practicing what you hear today, which includes Prince, Tin Tin, Brian Ferry, Ike & Tina Turner, Bill Withers, Hot Chocolate, the Manhattans, Joni Mitchell, Alison Moyet, the Everly Brothers, Dwight Yoakam, Syl Johnson, the Replacements, Siouxsie & the Banshees, and Tom Jones.

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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Travel Envy

My son and his wife are vacationing in Costa Rica. We’ve been getting pictures of the beautiful resort they’re staying in and photos of the wildlife they’ve seen (an ocelot, sloths, snakes, etc.). We visited Costa Rica back in 2015, and we were very impressed (even me, who hates it when it gets too hot. It was in the ’80s but felt great in the dead of winter). We’d love to go back – we’ve even thought of retiring down there.

So we’re very envious of Nick and Lindsay this week – they were in the cloud forest and then will be heading onto Tamarindo, where we stayed when we went to Costa Rica. I suggest that everyone go there – it was fairly easy to fly down there. One caution – the roads get very bad very quickly down there. We tried a road that we couldn’t navigate in our little Toyota – a 4×4 is recommended, although the streets can get very narrow, so it can be hard to get from one end of a street to another, even when there aren’t cows walking down the street.

To celebrate not being in the cold weather, let’s listen to some great music on my podcast, which features Joni Mitchell, Sharon Van Etten, Julia Holter, the Kitchens of Distinction, the Breeders, Bram Tchaikovsky, His Name is Alive, Colourbox, Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Genesis, Little Feat, the Band, and Leon Russell.

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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Jazzy February

Hey, you know how I threaten to post on occasional Wednesdays? This is occasional Wednesday – February 6, 2019. Got some jazz tunes for y’all to listen to today.

So take some time and tap your feet to Dave Pike, Peggy Lee, Alphonse Mouzon, Art Tatum & Ben Webster, Elvin Jones, Art Farmer, Fred Hersch, Larry Coryell, Bill Evans, Michel Legrand, Bobby Watson, and Eddie Lockjaw Davis with Shirly Scott.

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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Super Duper Bowl

The Super Bowl is today. Here’s what will happen: one team will win, and the fans will be happy. One team will lose, and the fans of that team will think that they were robbed. There will be a bad call by the referees. This may be used as the reason that the team lost (it’s not true – no one sequence affects the game that much). The game will probably be close.

My team, the Patriots, are one of the teams. I have followed football since the late 1960s, and for many of those years, the Patriots stunk. They had 3 winning seasons from the late 1960s through 1981. I remember going to Boston one Sunday and asking a friend why he wasn’t watching the Patriots play. Simple, he said, an NFL team is blacked out when the team doesn’t sell out the stadium, so he never sees the Patriots home games. Oh. Since then they’ve actually been decent (leaving aside the 1-15 and 2-14 seasons), and they’ve been remarkable since 2001 (Belichick era). Long-time fans have had their ups and downs, is what I’m saying.

Anyway, I think my team will win. I sometimes think the coaches are a little bit better than they are – they don’t hoard as many plays and schemes as we think they do, but they game plan better than almost anyone. Should be a fun game to watch – go Pats.

So I didn’t put in a “root, root, root for the home team” song in this week’s podcast, not sure any of the songs are uplifting enough to use as preparation for the game (for the players – for us, the fans, yes). So let’s get ready for the game with the Move, the Beatles, the Doors, John Mayall, General Public, Winter Hours, Chameleons, Neil Young, Kelly Willis, Shelby Lynne, Tift Merritt, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Beck, Gilberto Gil, and Jorge Ben.

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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Every week

Another Sunday, another post. 52 a year (just once a week – I’m not huge on social media) for going on 5 years. Not always a lot to talk about. This week, we’ll get the government back up and going (for three weeks – 3, just 3). I guess I’ll find out how pressing the issue was we had at work by how soon I’ll be contacted to talk about it. It’s pretty minor, so I won’t hear anything for a while (maybe more than 3 weeks – that’s how minor it is). Let’s see if we can keep the government open this time. We don’t need a wall.

So join me today in welcoming the opening of the government with Traffic, Neil Young, Shemekia Copeland, John Mayall, Paul Butterfield’s Blues Band, Otis Rush, Tracey Thorn, Beth Orton, Hooverphonic, John Lennon, Spinal Tap, Nilsson, and the Monkees.

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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