Labor Day

Happy Labor Day, comrades. I’ve been troubleshooting my computer – ugh. It’s becoming painfully slow, and it’s not even that old (hear me computer? get up to speed!). Just printing out pictures for my wife’s first day of school took far too long (and it wasn’t the printer’s fault this time). That’s what you get for trying to work on a day to reflect on worker’s rights. What about the rights of the computers and their work? When the robot overlords take over we’ll have time to reflect on that.

Let’s think good thoughts this weekend and listen to my new podcast, with Kevin Morby, Faces, the Magnetic Fields, Marshall Crenshaw, Sons & Daughters, Violent Femmes, Dinosaur, Jr., Black Box Recorder, the Chills, the Essex Green, Swing Out Sister, Terence Trent D’Arby, Soul II SOul, and Rufus.

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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School Days

It’s back to school time. Although I do not have a school-aged child that is heading back to school, my wife is a teacher, and we did some last minute shopping yesterday with thousands of my closest friends That’s right, driving and shopping was kind of a mess yesterday. Like many teachers, Kate does not get adequate money to have all the supplies she needs in her room, so she supplements by buying tons of stuff personally for her children. I don’t know a teacher who doesn’t end up spending his/her “generous” salary on supplies for their room. I’m sure that it’s always been the case, and probably wouldn’t change no matter how well-funded a school district is.

There’s even a website(donorschoose.org) where teachers put in a request for funding for a project in the school that they can’t self-fund. If you get a request, please help them out. My wife hasn’t done it, but we know teachers who have, and it really helps make a difference for the children.

Today’s podcast isn’t necessarily a “back-to-school” themed one, but why not? I’m sure that many of the artists went to school at some point, so tune into Eddie Floyd, Corine Bailey Rae, Outkast, the Cure, the Pixies, the Love Language, My Morning Jacket, Jeff Beck, Ian MacDonald & Michael Giles, Samantha Fish, the Magnetic Fields, Camera Obscura, & the Ronettes.

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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Reunion Aretha

We had our 40th Reunion last Saturday at the newly-beautiful Mt. Blue High School, which underwent a huge renovation a couple of years ago. I remember the old school fondly, and the new school is fantastic. There were only a couple of dozen of us there, which out of ~200 isn’t much. We ended up getting a late start, so it wasn’t easy for a lot of people who are from away to get to the reunion, which was too bad. For those who were there, it was great to see everyone. We all plan to be back in to town for the 50th – we’ll get an earlier start and get more of y’all to make Farmington a destination for that. It’ll be the beginning of the class of 1978 survivor series.

Today’s podcast ends with a tribute to Aretha Franklin, a singer who meant a lot to me. She made the world a better place, bringing joy to me since I was a little kid. We all have our favorite Aretha songs, and I’ve certainly played most of them over the last couple of days. So relax for awhile and listen to the podcast, which begins in a different place than Aretha, although her influence is evident in some of these songs.

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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Today is Reunion Day

Hi, I’m doing this quickly as we’re off to the reunion today. It’s not too late to go – well, within reason, I know. I’m tossing this up early as I’m unsure of what tomorrow is going to bring. I’ll check in with a report later.

To get us there. I’ve got a great set of music, including Kings Go Forth, the Waterboys, Brian Prothroe, Raphael Saadiq, Stevie Wonder, the Isley Brothers, Dusty Springfield, Jackie Wilson, Clarence Carter, Johnnie Taylor, Colourbox, Bad Manners,and Madness.

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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Dog Days

These are the dog days of summer. It’s hot and we’re all much slower moving (well, we may quicken our pace to find air conditioning). I always thought that we called it the dog days because even dogs wouldn’t do anything but lay around and pant. But no…the Greeks started the phrase because that’s when the star Sirius starts rising right before the sun – around July 4 through August 11. Sirius is the dog star, so those are the dog days. Everything else you may have heard or thought are made up, although the dogs – whew, are they lazy in the summer heat.

Speaking of lazy, I threw up this week’s podcast lineup last week, because I try to get ahead of myself in the summer in case I’m busy (Like I was last weekend). Keep me straight on this, folks. If you want last week’s list of artists, message me. So this week (honest!) we’re listening to The Replacements, Richard Thompson, the Hollies, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steely Dan, the Guess Who, Seals & Crofts, the Special AKA, Fun Boy Three, the Go-Go’s, the Beach Boys, Nilsson, Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers, and Gene Vincent.

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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40th Reunion

Our 40th High School Reunion is Saturday, August 11. Hey, if you’re 1978 adjacent, stop on by. Please tell Gary Fish or me whether you’re going or not. It’s at the high school, which has been recently re-modeled and is super-cool. I know what you’re thinking: “Pat, this can’t possibly be your 40th. That would mean that you’re…old!” It’s untrue – I’m not old (in my mind). I guess I’ve been around, though. Can’t wait to see everyone who’ll be there.

Today’s podcast isn’t a 40-year look back, but there are some older acts being played. The Hollies and CCR were radio hits when we were younger, and I saw Seals & Crofts when I was in high school – does that count? Anyway, listen to The Replacements, Richard Thompson, the Hollies, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steely Dan, the Guess Who, Seals & Crofts, the Special AKA, Fun Boy Three, the Go-Go’s, the Beach Boys, Nilsson, Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers, and Gene Vincent.

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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July 22

Been very busy lately, traveling for work, getting the home cleaned up and beautiful, normal life things. Today we’re picking up a couple of pictures that we had framed, and will be putting those up on the wall later today. Today is an indoor day, as the rains will be settling in for awhile (now through Thursday). As almost everyone everywhere is saying, we need the rain. My dead lawn needs the rain (it may come back, but will be zombie-like – there’s a job that we’ll be tackling later).

Hope everyone’s had a good summer. We’ve heard some news from friends that isn’t all good, but hopefully they’re just temporary setbacks. Enjoy the rains.

Today we jump around from country to soul to folk, so take an hour and listen to the dB’s, Emmylou Harris, Buffalo Springfield, River Whyless, Jorja Smith, Amy Winehouse, Sade, Matthew Sweet, Fountains of Wayne, the Dream Syndicate, John Foxx, Tir Na Nog, and Fairport Convention.

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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July 15

Is there anything significant about July 15?

1. 1099 – City of Jerusalem is captured and plundered by Christian forces during the First Crusade
2. 1799 – The Rosetta Stone is found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta by French Captain Pierre-Fran├žois Bouchard during Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign

Really, just a quiet summer day. Hope you’re having a quiet summer – mine is calming down after a flurry of excitement last month. Lots of things going on at work, so I’m staying super busy.

I was able to get the podcast together. Rolling Stone put out a “100 greatest songs of the century – so far”, and I have a few of them, which I am sharing in today’s podcast. So listen keenly to the Black Keys, the New Pornographers, Beck, Rilo Kiley, Bob Dylan, Franz Ferdinand, Outkast, Adele, Arcade Fire, Johnny Cash, Alvvays, the Hives, and Daft Punk.

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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July 8

Hot enough for ya? Went through a scorcher last week – and a day when the air conditioning quit at work (92 degrees in the office by day’s end). We’re promised a respite later in the week this week, but it’s supposed to climb over 90 again on Monday and Tuesday. Take it easy out there.

When we were in New Jersey I got my sunburn for the summer – tried to hide from the sun as much as possible, but there’s nowhere to hide at the beach. My Irish white skin does not tan – after the sunburn it might lighten a bit to look tan-ish, but the skin soon peels away and the new skin is back to its natural pearlescence. Have a fun summer.

Cool down with some cool tunes in this week’s podcast, which includes cool artists like the Smithereens, the English Beat, Julian Cope, Buck Owens, Bobbie Gentry, Jim Ford, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Albert Collins, Luther Allison, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, Howlin’ Rain, Boz Scaggs, and Professor Longhair.

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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Post-Wedding (post)

We’re back from my son’s wedding. The wedding was great – pulled off without any hitches, even when it was moved inside due to the iffy weather. It worked out great. Again, all thanks go to John and Lisa for putting everything together – they did all the prep and all I had to do was show up.

It was a great time to catch up with family and friends, and to watch two young people express their love for one another. They wrote their own vows, and it reminded me just how good they are at writing and speaking. Kate and I had worked with Nick on his vows, so we knew them very well by the wedding, but I had not seen Lindsay’s, and her words brought me to tears it was so lovely. After the wedding we went to the Jersey Shore for a couple of fantastic days while the kids went to Hawaii for two weeks. Yesterday they went to the beach with green sand and black sand and saw humongous sea turtles. It’s incredible. They’re having an incredible time, which is what a honeymoon should be all about (Kate and I did not have a honeymoon – I went to work after we got married, and I mean later that day).

I didn’t get a podcast up last week – forgot to upload it from my computer – so I have a spare that I’ll use if there’s a problem one week. You’ll wonder why I talk about the upcoming wedding, but whatever. This week’s podcast isn’t particularly wedding-themed, but there are a couple of songs that would easily fit into a wedding that are included, so let’s listen to Black Box Recorder, the Undertones, the Yearning, Simply Red, Father John Misty, Neko Case, Holly Golightly, Courtney Barnett, the Psychedelic Furs, Love & Rockets, Peter Murphy, Beck, Roxy Music, the Breeders, and the Soundtrack of Our Lives.

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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