Birthday

Today’s my birthday. Many of you will wish me a happy birthday, some won’t. That’s fine – I don’t bat 1.000 when it’s friends’ birthdays, either. I just don’t keep that much of a social media presence. Thank you to everyone who does wish me the best today.

I won’t be doing anything special to celebrate my birthday – haven’t done that since I was small. Birthdays and many holidays just aren’t that special to me – the daily fight to be the best person I can be doesn’t need days to celebrate any specific achievement. Holidays can be spent with family and friends – and those days are always special, regardless of the reason.

So, I’ve been on this earth for 58 years – a lot has happened during that period, and I hope that a lot more will happen in the time that is remaining in my life to improve people’s lives. There’s a lot of work to be done, and I’ll try to do my part.

Today’s podcast celebrates the day of my birth with Charles Brown, Charlie Rich, Richard Thompson, John Martyn, Brian Eno, Bauhaus, Modest Mouse, the Go! Team, the Heavy, the Black Keys, Neon Indian, Everything But the Girl, the Royal We, and Memoryhouse.

This podcast is available to stream or download at http://brennick.net. It’s now also available on iTunes – it’s called brennick.net (couldn’t figure out how to change the name – there you go). Thank you for taking the time to stream or download this podcast, or any of the other podcasts which are all still available at the site. Please leave comments and suggestions (I do read the comments), and share this with other like-minded friends. Thank you.

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Dogless

We had dogs for twenty-five years – first a black lab mix that we had for twelve years, then after a very brief period, a full-bred Siberian Husky that we had for thirteen years. It’s been a couple of years now since Fiona passed, and we still don’t have a dog. People ask if we’re going to get a new dog, and the short answer is no (the longer answer is a stretched out no with more o’s in the no, like this: “Noooooo”).

I miss having a dog. I never minded getting up in the morning and walking the dog, or getting home to walk the dog in the evening. I wish that dogs understood the concept of sleeping in on the weekends, but in truth I’m generally up early anyway. I miss the companionship of dogs, and occasionally go nuts when I see a particularly cute dog. If I really need a dog fix, I can go to my sister-in-laws to be with Benny.

Why we haven’t gotten a dog is freedom. We can now travel without figuring out what we need to do with the dog. We don’t have to cut our nights short (although we’ve also lost our leave early excuse – “we have to get back to our dog” was very convenient). We can go somewhere overnight on a whim (although we never do that) and not have to worry about parking the dog somewhere.

We do talk about getting another dog – after retirement. We’re already arguing about what dog we’ll get (Kate wants a small dog, while I want a real dog). BUt until our life becomes more sedentary, we’ll remain dogless.

If you have dog, good for you. When you’re out walking your dog, take some music with you. On today’s podcast, you can hear Barrett Strong, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, the Animals, Sam Samudio, Jarvis Cocker, Squeeze, the Undertones, Radio Birdman, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Antibalas, and Fela Kuti.

This podcast is available to stream or download at http://brennick.net. It’s now also available on iTunes – it’s called brennick.net (couldn’t figure out how to change the name – there you go). Thank you for taking the time to stream or download this podcast, or any of the other podcasts which are all still available at the site. Please leave comments and suggestions (I do read the comments), and share this with other like-minded friends. Thank you.

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Tom Petty

It was another week of losing a rock star – this time Tom Petty. It’s becoming more and more regular that we are losing the beloved rock stars of not too long ago. Chuck Berry died in March, but he was 90 years old. Tom Petty was just 60 years old, so we lost him earlier than we should have (similar to Prince). We don’t know the cause of death yet for Tom – was it possibly related to his earlier heroin usage?

We’ll lose more rock stars in the coming months and years, some older, some younger. It’s the new normal. We’ll honor Tom in today’s podcast, along with Peter Gabriel, Protomartyr, Tindersticks, David Bowie, the Left Banke, Fairport Convention, Tom Petty, Traveling Wilburys, Lone Justice, Maria McKee, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Treat Her Right, the Ruts, and the Beatles.

This podcast is available to stream or download at http://brennick.net. It’s now also available on iTunes – it’s called brennick.net (couldn’t figure out how to change the name – there you go). Thank you for taking the time to stream or download this podcast, or any of the other podcasts which are all still available at the site. Please leave comments and suggestions (I do read the comments), and share this with other like-minded friends. Thank you.

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Sleeping Weather

Well, on Thursday night the weather changed from super hot (and humid, man was Wednesday humid) to autumn-like temperatures, falling into the 40’s at night. You know, sleeping weather. I dug out my fall blanket and tossed it on the bed, and sure enough, sleeping was so much easier. I like keeping the window open at night, so with my blanket lower temperatures do not bother me – I’m snug and warm inside, and breathe nice cool air outside. Everyone around me has been talking about it – specifically, saying it’s good sleeping weather – it’s a thing, a meme. Maybe it’s time to get rid of our air conditioners (checks 10-day forecast – nope, my wife will want it next week, with temperatures creeping back up to 80). Fall during the fall – what a concept.

Let’s enjoy the cooler weather with sonme cool tunes, with artists like Spandau Ballet, Fine Young Cannibals, Buzzcocks, Magazine, the Easybeats, Depeche Mode, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Nina Simone, Camera Obscura, Belle & Sebastian, the Magnetic Fields, Flash & the Pan, Fischer-Z, and Mink DeVille.

This podcast is available to stream or download at http://brennick.net. It’s now also available on iTunes – it’s called brennick.net (couldn’t figure out how to change the name – there you go). Thank you for taking the time to stream or download this podcast, or any of the other podcasts which are all still available at the site. Please leave comments and suggestions (I do read the comments), and share this with other like-minded friends. Thank you.

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Taking a knee

Ed Asner stole my knee joke – time to call the Doctor about the pain in my knee (went away for a few days, but is excruciating right now). Really, how can I get it to be just dull pain?

Dropping a quick 1982 podcast on y’all today. Not much to say about 1982 – out of college, poor, working 2 or 3 part-time jobs for most of the year. Listen to Laurie Anderson, the Waitresses, XTC, Orange Juice, the English Beat, Marshall Crenshaw, Gang of Four, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Michael Jackson, Roxy Music, Kate Bush, and Joe Jackson.

This podcast is available to stream or download at http://brennick.net. It’s now also available on iTunes – it’s called brennick.net (couldn’t figure out how to change the name – there you go). Thank you for taking the time to stream or download this podcast, or any of the other podcasts which are all still available at the site. Please leave comments and suggestions (I do read the comments), and share this with other like-minded friends. Thank you.

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Train Table

I’ve got a busy day today. Along with all my regular chores (laundry, making supper, cleaning), I’ll be going to my wife’s school to build a train table. My wife is teaching kindergarten, and in order to spend as much of her salary as possible on school supplies for the kids, she decided that she needed a wooden train set for her kids, and so she bought a train set with a train table. Of course, the table has not been put together, so I’ll be going in to get it set up, much like I put almost everything together for her class, whether she has paid for shelving, etc. or not.

The life of a public school teacher is filled with decisions on how to make sure that there are adequate materials for his/her children, and that they generally are buying things for the room because we do not adequately fund public education. Hmm, maybe there’s a better way to fund education than relying on local property taxes to…nah, let’s not go there. It happens everywhere – remember that next time you hear how overpaid teachers are – they make less for their amount of education than most people with a college degree (or more – many now have Master’s degrees). And in how many jobs do people spend a decent amount of their salaries on supplying their businesses?

So that’s what handyman Pat is doing this morning. And I’ll have music with me, and that will include LCD Soundsystem, Toro y Moi, Hot Chip, Cracker, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Ten Years After, the Who, Prefab Sprout, Kevin Coyne, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas & Tracy Nelson, Nina Simone, the Ronettes, and the Shirelles today.

This podcast is available to stream or download at http://brennick.net. It’s now also available on iTunes – it’s called brennick.net (couldn’t figure out how to change the name – there you go). Thank you for taking the time to stream or download this podcast, or any of the other podcasts which are all still available at the site. Please leave comments and suggestions (I do read the comments), and share this with other like-minded friends. Thank you.

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Knee’s Up Mother Brown

Time to talk about my left knee, which is now constantly talking to me. It’s taken a beating over the years – odd sprain in college (snow football – the inner part of the knee was sprained – I guess the outside is usually where the sprain occurs), and a meniscus tear in 2000 (from basketball? – who knows). I had surgery for that, 2 months after getting it checked, so I had an additional time with the pain (of course, I didn’t do anything about it for at least 2 months).

Now I have pain that started out occasionally but is now pretty constant. There’s a dull pain that goes from minor to really painful at certain times of the day. It was usually when I got up after sitting for a period of time. It didn’t hurt when I was walking, which I took as a good sign. Well, I took it as a sign that I probably had some arthritis in the knee. I have some arthritis in my fingers, so I know the pain. I also know that for my fingers there is nothing to do about the pain – maybe some anti-inflammatories.

I’m not sure that there is much swelling in my knee, though, which might be bothersome. I was in real pain most of last week, but have been pretty good this weekend. So what do I do? I suppose that I should get it checked, although I’m sure the Doctor will say it’s arthritis and shrug, like “What can you do? Take some anti-inflammatories if the pain is too much.” Ugh, some chronic pain – the truest sense of getting old. Other than that, I’m fine. I feel pretty good, health-wise. I’m trying to convince my knee that it really doesn’t have any reason to be in pain – no real stress is being applied to it anymore, and since it feels better when I walk, it’s not from strain.

Let’s forget about the pain and move onto some music, that will soothe the savage knee pain. Today we’ve put together a podcast with Roxy Music, Lloyd Cole, the War on Drugs, Rotary Connection, Isaac Hayes, Buddy Miles, the Temptations, Adrian Belew, the Guess Who, Fleetwood Mac, the Electric Light Orchestra, Jerry Garcia, Lee “Scratch” Perry with Bill Laswell, and Black Uhuru.

This podcast is available to stream or download at http://brennick.net. It’s now also available on iTunes – it’s called brennick.net (couldn’t figure out how to change the name – there you go). Thank you for taking the time to stream or download this podcast, or any of the other podcasts which are all still available at the site. Please leave comments and suggestions (I do read the comments), and share this with other like-minded friends. Thank you.

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Be Careful Out There

In a way, I think it’s stupid to say this, but be careful if you’re anywhere near Hurricane Irma (or Jose, or Katia, or whatever else is being cooked up out in the ocean). I think that by now everyone knows that it’s coming, and that hopefully everyone who needs to be gone is gone. We’re at the point where we don’t need to talk about what is caused by climate change (I try to stay apolitical, and can’t believe that acknowledging climate change is political, but there you go) – this is a major, major storm, with winds and tons of rain – stay away and hope for the best. Look, even Rush “liberal hoax” Limbaugh left – that’s how bad it is.

As you go on the run, or are away from the immediate danger, listen to today’s podcast, with Love & Rockets, Kate Bush, Bryan Ferry, the Ettes, Holly Golightly, Joe Jackson, XTC, Frankie Rose, Bitter:Sweet, the Supreme Beings of Leisure, the Jags, Spirit, and Vanilla Fudge. And donate if you can to help the newly-displaced – we’ve given to HOuston once (and will do so again), and will find somewhere to donate to help Florida. Stay safe.

This podcast is available to stream or download at http://brennick.net. It’s now also available on iTunes – it’s called brennick.net (couldn’t figure out how to change the name – there you go). Thank you for taking the time to stream or download this podcast, or any of the other podcasts which are all still available at the site. Please leave comments and suggestions (I do read the comments), and share this with other like-minded friends. Thank you.

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1987

1987 – the year I started checking out of music for awhile (current music, that is). Real life was taking over so I focused on a job and my family – both are still going well (a couple of careers later). The music I’m playing from 30 years ago is pretty much straight ahead of what I was listening to back then, the “alternative” music of the day that mostly seems like mainstream today.

So let’s set the time machine back 30 years and listen to Prince, R.E.M., the Cure, ABC, Terence Trent D’Arby, Suzanne Vega with DNA, MARRS, the Replacements, Robbie Robertson, the Smiths, Pet Shop Boys, Swing Out Sister, and Depeche Mode.

This podcast is available to stream or download at http://brennick.net. It’s now also available on iTunes – it’s called brennick.net (couldn’t figure out how to change the name – there you go). Thank you for taking the time to stream or download this podcast, or any of the other podcasts which are all still available at the site. Please leave comments and suggestions (I do read the comments), and share this with other like-minded friends. Thank you.

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Forgotten

This has happened to me a lot – I’ll think of something to write, only to forget what I was going to talk about and sit here blankly on Sunday morning. Is it age? I’d like to blame it on getting old, but I think that I was always this way. Thing is, I had thought out the whole piece – now it’s gone. What was it about? That vexes me, as I can’t think what it was. Maybe my knee (for another time)? Maybe the change in the weather (Cool nights are great). The world may never know.

I mean, I’m bad with names, and always have been. I blank so often on names that it can be disconcerting – I can tell you a full history of the person, down to when and where we met, but the name? Blank. And running through a list doesn’t work – the name evades me (stupid brain). How can I get better at that?

Well, in all that I’ve forgotten, I did do a podcast for Labor Day (amybe it was Labor Day – nah, let it go). Let’s listen to names I’ve forgotten like Norah Jones, Neil Finn, Trailer Trash Tracys, Chris Isaak, Thin Lizzy, Talking Heads, New Order, ABC, Gotye, That Petrol Emotion, the Specials, Steely Dan, and Neil Young.

This podcast is available to stream or download at http://brennick.net. It’s now also available on iTunes – it’s called brennick.net (couldn’t figure out how to change the name – there you go). Thank you for taking the time to stream or download this podcast, or any of the other podcasts which are all still available at the site. Please leave comments and suggestions (I do read the comments), and share this with other like-minded friends. Thank you.

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