The time has come for the World Wide Interwebs to be filled with those retrospective kinds of posts. For me, when I get reflective, it usually seems to involve music. I like to say that, given my personality type, “music is how I feel,” so my year end, best of lists are going to be my nominees for Music of the Year.
Lots of goodness to choose from this year. These picks are a surprise to me, but they are the ones I returned to over and over.
The heart wants what the heart wants, I guess…
1) Gotye, “Somebody that I used to know.”
When I first heard this tune on the radio last January, I knew it was going to be The One. I have not heard a pop song so expertly crafted since anything by John and Paul.
“you treat me like a stranger and that feels so rough”
2) Kimbra, “Settle Down”
Gotye’s NZ conspirator is making me love pop music again. Her vocal acrobatics are unreal.
“We’ll call her Nebraska, Nebraska Jones”
3) The Lumineers, “Ho Hey”
I missed a chance to see them when they came to town this Fall, and I am still kicking myself.
“I belong with you, you belong with me/you’re my sweetheart”
4) Phillip Phillips, “Home”
I know what this pick says about me: My hipster cred is gone. But – DAMN! – that boy can lay down a tune.
“Don’t pay no mind to the demons, they fill you with fear”
5) Good Old War, “Calling Me Names”
I’m proud of this find. Real damn proud.
“Instead of making sense, and talking like we’re friends, you think it’s a better idea: calling me names”
Honorable Mention – Sara Bareilles “Sweet as Whole”
Totally NSFW, but funny as hell. And true. Too true!
“I say what I think, ’cause it’s more economic than drugs or a drink”