I’m usually far more prepared for my weekly scribbling, but I’m just behind today. I’m exhausted by everything going on at work, at home, and globally. Remembering 9/11 isn’t all that fun. We had friends in NYC and it took days to hear whether they were all right, and we heard that in a roundabout way. Thankfully everyone we knew was ok.

I’m praised at work for my calm demeanor, but maybe I shouldn’t be so calm all the time. The only time I let loose is in the car when I see bad driving and I comment on it loudly. My wife tells me I need to stop doing that when she’s in the car with me. It’s a hard habit to break. Things that are happening around us are starting to upset me more every day. I must stay calm and find an appropriate outlet to vent. Time to drive around a bit.

And when I’m in the car I listen to music. Doesn’t always help, but I drive with artists like in today’s podcast, which includes Tim Buckley, Beck, Paul Weller, Rickie Lee Jones, Ocean Colour Scene, David Byrne, Norah Jones, Jesca Hoop, Lee Dorsey, Sharon Jones, Flo & Eddie, the Monkees, Lou Ann Barton, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, and Roomful of Blues. Please go to to stream or download or download the podcast Thank you for tuning in.

Labor Day

When is Labor Day? In the U.S. and Canada, it’s the first Monday in September. For most of Europe, it’s May 1. It’s not May 1 in the U.S. for reasons that you can probably guess. Yes, we celebrate it later because we don’t want to strengthen socialist (and anarchist) movements by associating it with the growing labor movement (said to have its roots with the American Federation of Labor’s successful push for 8 hour days in 1882).

Anyway, now it’s known as the end of summer weekend. For labor, it used to mean double-time and a half (we had to move the family reunion to Sunday for fear of not having two uncles who worked at the mill absent. We had to postpone to Monday a couple of times due to bad weather and Stan and Johnny wouldn’t be there).

Hope everyone has a good Labor Day weekend. Kate and I are babysitting while Nick and Lindsay go off to a wedding in the Chicago area. You know we’re having fun.

This week’s podcast has some great tunes to listen to while at a party. So listento Bananarama, T. Rex, Enuff Z’ Nnuff, Redd Kriss, Robert Cray, Taj Mahal, Otis Spann, Eddie Boyd, Allison Russell, Minnie Ripperton, Patrice Rushen, Brenda Russell, The Who, and Led Zeppelin.

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Weather Update

Cool, dry air has descended on New England. It’s nice but not what we usually get in late August. We’ve had so many hot and humid days this summer that the contrast seems greater than usual. We just came off another hot week and next week looks like typical New England weather – high 80’s on Monday, high 60’s on Thursday. Love those temperature swings.

But this weekend has been perfect in my estimation. We hit 70 yesterday and may do the same today. A small breeze makes it fine. Sure, to some of you this will seem cold, but it’s my perfect weather. As a life-long New Englander, I actually like it a little cold. Let’s keep the humidity nice and low for September -ok?

Today’s podcast, however, is coming in hot. So tune into the Fountains of Wayne, Yola, David Crosby, Dave Edmunds, Dr. Feelgood, Nick Lowe, John Hiatt, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jerry Lee Lewis, George Jones, Buck Owens, Bobbie Gentry, the Blues Project, the Asylum Choir, Cat Mother & the All-Night Newsboys, and David Blue.

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The Year: 1991

Sometimes it’s not worth looking at what happened in a year. 1991 was known for Operation Desert Storm. How’d that turn out? Oh yeah, leaving Afghanistan is tied in with that in a way.

Maybe movies will be better. Let’s see; there’s Silence of the Lambs, Terminator 2, Cape Fear, Soapdish, and many, many more. Not bad.

Music was good, too. Have you heard of a band that got really big in 1991? Does Nirvana sound familiar? Many great albums came out that year, and today’s podcast explores some of the top songs from that year.

Let’s hear music from Seal, Nirvana, Matthew Sweet, Massive Attack, R.E.M., Julian Cope, Primal Scream, Richard Thompson, Marshall Crenshaw, Crowded House, the La’s, Dinvyls, and Bonnie Raitt.

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It’s hurricane preparation season up here in the Northeast. Fred hit us with some drenching rain but not much else (wind, etc.). Depending on where it tracks, Henri could hit us hard, but for now, it looks like we won’t get much beyond the rain. Predictions of when the rain begins keep getting pushed out, and it looks like it’ll end earlier than first forecast. We’ll see.

We’ve gotten used to getting ready for big storms. We have enough food, so we don’t go to the store in case we’re without power for days – we can survive quite nicely without having to shop with everyone who apparently doesn’t have enough food to last in case of an emergency.

We’ll chill out for as long as necessary – which will probably be not this time, according to the latest forecast. Hope everyone who might get hit stays safe, though.

Music will see us through. Today’s podcast includes Nikki Lane, Lily Hiatt, Lydia Loveless, the Secret Sisters, the North Mississippi Allstars, Cephas & Wiggins, Z.Z. Hill, the Fountains of Wayne, Josie Cotton, Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, the Pretenders, the Smithereens, Marshall Crenshaw, and the dBs.

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The Year: 1986

I just did a quick search on what happened in 1986. Anwer’s not much. Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson. Strange, a man nicknamed “Randy Andy” back in the 1980s is now in trouble for consorting with Jeffrey Epstein and is accused of having sex with underage girls.

In 1986 I was living in Newton, MA, with my wife and son, working for Kay-Bee Toy & Hobby Shops at the Mall at Chestnut Hill. The hours were very long there, and I soon left (after injuring my back and neck).

The music that year was still strong, with a couple of newcomers that really hit big, like Pet Shop Boys. West End Girls was my favorite song of that year and up there on my all-time favorites.

So listen to my 1986 music capsule of songs, featuring the Pretenders, the Bangles, the Go-Betweens, the Smithereens, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, That Petrol Emotion, Talking Heads, Pet Shop Boys, Prince, Sade, the Woodentops, XTC, and the B-52’s.

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Well, it happened. Met up with friends last night and had a great time. This was the first time since COVID that I saw old friends, and we had a fantastic evening. These were friends we met in college, and it took me a few minutes to remember that we’ve known each other for over 40 years.

40 years – talk about a long time. In fact, this is my 40th year since I graduated college. That makes me… old. Most of the time I don’t think about time and how old we’ve become, but then it hits me that I’ve been on Earth for a long time. When I was young I didn’t think that I would ever get old. Remember when we thought our teachers were old when they might have been in their mid-30’s (except a couple of teachers I had who were old and fighting having to retire)?

But let’s not think about getting old right now. Let me bask in the fact that I saw a bunch of great friends last night and enjoyed the evening. We didn’t focus much on getting older, but on what we had done through the years and laughed about our adventures. Good times.

On today’s podcast, we’ll play some music from the times of our lives, with music from the ’60s through the 2010s. So listen to the Ill Wind, the Grateful Dead, Steve Miller, Concrete Blonde, the Call, Echo & the Bunnymen, the Soundtrack of Our Lives, Mott the Hoople, Johnny Winter, Paul Butterfield, Treat Her Right, Samantha Fish, Robert Cray, and Roomful of Blues.

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Dog Days

I never questioned what it meant by the dog days of summer. I knew that was the time that it was really hot, but I also knew that they were probably the worst days for dogs. It was the only time my husky was logy.

But the dog days are named for Sirius, the dog star, and the period it covers is July 3 to August 15 (or so). It’s when the dog star becomes visible just before sunrise (helical rising) each year. I know that it means the hottest, worst part of the year, which I always assumed was just August. Those days always seemed to be the hottest when I was growing up. And in true fashion, the weather report for the end of this week is barking – mid to high 80’s with high humidity. Woof.

On today’s podcast, we aren’t going to the dogs. We do have a couple of new tracks to go with some classics, with David Crosby, Donald Fagen, Ambrosia, Veruca Salt, Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, Rodrigo Amarante, Fado, Neko Case, Cowbell, Allison Russell, and Barrence Whitfield.

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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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