2011 Was A Year
Monday January 02nd 2012, 12:14 am
Filed under: Commentary

This was a Year.
Album art is courtesy snacksnacksnacksnacksnack.com
Track list included, and it’s vaguely important.


This is my 4th year doing this. It’s always just been songs that were stuck in my head throughout the year. Either one lick or one lyric or the idea of the whole thing. Shrugs. Some of them aren’t that heavy or meaningful, some of them are.

Things I notice:
It gets more and more local. I aggregate this all year long – putting a song in a playlist when it feels right – and you can see it happening. We’ve become so insular, in a way. You can see early in the year, Count the Cash was a thing. That was the first thing of that album, but it became more of a THING when I got home and me and Dan screamed it on the BRP (Note: All or most of these songs work best being screamed in cars with friends). By the end, six out of the last nine songs are all local friends. It’s telling and true. Last year the mix was half top-40 songs. What does it say about me.

Also, a bunch of these songs are from this year. It’s nice to see that I’m listening to new music and I’m not in the musical rut I thought I was – I’m in a slightly different one. It’s nice. Although it’s worth noting that the Avett Brothers beat everyone, somehow. I used to try not to repeat artists.

What does it mean to have songs that you’ve recorded at shows you were at by your friends be the most meaningful songs to you?

The Things:
Pinstripe Bowl, Jumanji, Seneca Fallz, The Vagina Monologues, Medusa, Las vegas twice, the Hoover Dam, Sierra Nevada and Campaigns Class, Feministing at the Herg, TBS formal with Steve, Graduation, Brando, July 4th in Syr, West Virginia, The Grand Canyon, Every Show Ever with Dan, Coloring and Porches, Becky Chair, SlutWalkNYC, Feminist NYC Networking styles, Jaclyn Friedman events, Homecoming, Showstyle, Bookstyle, Israel and birthright and new friends. Russell visiting with Lib, NOATS 10yr.

Past years!
2010: http://www.samanthalifson.com/2011/01/year-in-music-2010/
2009 : http://www.samanthalifson.com/2010/01/year-in-music/
2008: http://www.samanthalifson.com/2008/12/brandnewblog/
2007 exists too! Download here.

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I love this every year. And am so happy that I could be part of The Things!

Comment by Mary C. 01.03.12 @ 12:46 am

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