You guys should know the story by now. Every year I reset the song count on my iTunes, and share with you the top 25 songs that I listened to last year.
I almost cut and pasted 2011′s list and write up. Rather than just Guster & Dispatch making the list, I added a little Jason Mraz and Mac Miller. Wait, who? Mac Miller?
I told you my Guster & Dispatch stories last year, so let’s give you some insight to the others on the list: Jason Mraz, Mac Miller & Christina Perri. I was also very pleased to find that Guster and Jason Mraz appeared on “Live at Daryl’s House” with Daryl Hall.
Jason is one of the most talented artists that I know. For me, he’s got one of the best outlooks on life and that’s reflected in his songs. He made the comment one time that he writes songs about people in his life that he loves and are special to him. That way when he’s performing those songs, he gets to have those people with him when he’s on the road. I went to see him again this year in Indy. (Christina Perri made the list as she was the opening act in Indy.) If you doubt that he’s got some powerful songs, check out his appearance on VH1′s Storytellers.
How did this song get on the list. Well, let me tell you. Last year the HBO had the 24/7 Show “Road to the Winter Classic” featuring the Washington Capitals & the Philadelphia Flyers. This song was the Flyers victory song and they played it on a few episodes and it stuck in my head. So, I bought it and somewhere along the way it became a song for Truce & I. It fell to #16 by year end, but it was number 1 for most of the year.
See you next year.
|1||Never or Now||Dispatch||Circles Around the Sun|
|2||We Hold a Gun||Dispatch||Circles Around the Sun|
|3||Josaphine||Dispatch||Circles Around the Sun|
|4||Circles Around the Sun||Dispatch||Circles Around the Sun|
|6||Flag||Dispatch||Circles Around the Sun|
|7||Feels So Good||Dispatch||Circles Around the Sun|
|8||You Fckn Did It (Live)||Jason Mraz||Live Is a Four Letter Word – EP|
|9||One Man Wrecking Machine||Guster||Ganging Up On The Sun|
|10||Keep It Together||Guster||Keep It Together|
|11||Rise & Shine||Guster||Satellite|
|12||The Woman I Love (Live)||Jason Mraz||Live Is a Four Letter Word – EP|
|13||I Never Knew You (Live)||Jason Mraz||Live Is a Four Letter Word – EP|
|14||Come to Me||Dispatch||Circles Around the Sun|
|15||Lightning Rod||Guster||Ganging Up On The Sun|
|16||Knock Knock||Mac Miller||Knock Knock – Single|
|17||Get Ready Boy||Dispatch||Circles Around the Sun|
|18||Sign of the Times||Dispatch||Circles Around the Sun|
|21||What Mama Say (Live)||Jason Mraz||Life is Good – EP|
|22||Satellite (The Astronauts Remix)||Guster||Satellite|
|23||Two Of Us (Live At KCRW)||Guster||Satellite|
|24||Satellite||Guster||Ganging Up On The Sun|
|25||Distance (w/Jason Mraz)||Christina Perri||Lovestrong|
When I was in college, the Ken Burns baseball series was on PBS. My best friend’s mom recorded every episode for us on VHS. Being the big baseball fan that I am, I have watched it several times.
Every year, I try to share the top 25 songs on my iTunes. I then reset it for the next year.
I gotta tell ya, this has been a boring year for me musically. Only 2 artists made the list: Guster and Dispatch (Chadwick Stokes is a spin off from Dispatch, so I’m not counting him).
It’s not a shock that Guster has come in taking up the top 4 spots. Guster is great music for playing while at work or putting the headphones on while working on the computer. I was introduced to Guster by a friend of mine, Paul (PJ). We caught common ground when I was playing State Radio the first time we met and he bought me “Guster on Ice“. I was hooked. I have since bought the entire catalog. They remain the last of the bands that I like that I need to see live. I have a “Best of Guster” (link goes to Spotify) playlist that I made up and it’s my go-to when I don’t want to search for music. The Guster station on Pandora is also a regular play for me.
They own this year’s Top 25, taking 13 of the spots. I think what I like best about Guster is that they don’t have one particular sound. So while I look like I need to branch out and listen to other kinds of music, they have such a diverse sound that I feel like I’m listening to different groups.
Ahhhh, Dispatch. Taking up the other 12 spots on my Top 25 is Dispatch. Chad, Pete & Bradigan did me the courtesy of going back out on tour together this past year. I was able to see them in Millenium Park this past June. If you don’t know the history of Dispatch, Wikipedia tells all. Mark put me onto Dispatch a few years back, but alas, they had already broken up. They have been Top 25 regulars for the past few years. Great band, great harmonies, great live show.
Dispatch is one of bands that you hope will go on forever. They can do all their solo projects, then come back together every couple of years and throw an EP or new music on us. I’m cool with that. They are hinting at another album for 2012, so we will see.
There you have it, the top 25 songs played in my iTunes for 2011. The full list is below in all it’s glory. I have reset the playlist count and 2012 is a fresh slate. (FYI, the first other artist was Led Zepplin’s D’Yer Mak’er at #26)
|1||Keep It Together||Guster||Keep It Together||67|
|2||Lightning Rod||Guster||Ganging Up On The Sun||51|
|3||One Man Wrecking Machine||Guster||Ganging Up On The Sun||51|
|4||Jesus & Mary||Guster||Easy Wonderful (Deluxe Edition)||48|
|5||Flying Horses||Dispatch||Silent Steeples||47|
|6||Satellite||Guster||Ganging Up On The Sun||47|
|7||Hercules||Guster||Easy Wonderful (Deluxe Edition)||42|
|8||Jesus On The Radio||Guster||Keep It Together||41|
|9||Hey, Hey||Dispatch||Silent Steeples||40|
|10||Questioned Apocalypse||Dispatch||Silent Steeples||40|
|11||Manifest Destiny||Guster||Ganging Up On The Sun||40|
|12||Broken American||Dispatch||Dispatch – EP||39|
|13||The Captain||Guster||Ganging Up On The Sun||37|
|14||New Underground||Guster||Ganging Up On The Sun||36|
|15||Two At A Time||Guster||Keep It Together||36|
|16||Con Man||Dispatch||Dispatch – EP||35|
|17||Homecoming King||Guster||Keep It Together||35|
|19||Hang On||Guster||Ganging Up On The Sun||34|
|20||Water Stop||Dispatch||Silent Steeples||33|
|22||Melon Bend||Dispatch||Dispatch – EP||32|
|23||Coffee and Wine (Bonus Track)||Chadwick Stokes||Simmerkane II (Bonus Track Version)||30|
|24||Past the Falls||Dispatch||Silent Steeples||30|
I took a different angle on the TV show “Lost” than most. I had heard for years how great Lost was and heard online of all the discussions as to what the island was (or was not). After a couple of seasons, I ordered the season 1 disks from Blockbuster. I watched the first couple of disks, thought it was great. The next set of disks was backlogged and I eventually lost interest in getting them.
Fast-forward to 2 months ago. Knowing that the show as in it’s last season, I decided to watch the entire series to get caught up before the finale. So, starting in March and through April, about every spare moment of my time was spent watching lost. It took about 6-weeks, but I got all caught up by the end of April. That was about 115 episodes (yes, I watched season 1 again). It was only about 14 hours a week, easily done when you wake up at 5am and can watch 3 episodes before going to work.
The Good & The Bad
The Good – I didn’t have to wait a week to see what was going to happen. I could just fire up the next episode. I think it was much easier to watch it this way. It was simple to track characters, know was recently happened, and reference past events.
The Bad – I was not able to participate in the discussion from week-to-week. I know that much of the fun of Lost has come from plotting out theories, developing story lines and such. I’m sad that I didn’t get to take part in all that for the past 6 years. Much of the fun for the past 6 weeks has been talking to fellow Losties about their theories.
Another “bad” was the fact that watching lost this was is a lot to take in. Let’s face it, there’s a lot of shit going on. I had a couple of weekends that I watched a marathon amount of shows and developed a headache.
So, that, my friends is how I got to be a Lostie. I will be back later with my thoughts on the show itself.
I’m not exactly sure where I got it from or when it started, but I have always liked something more if I see how it was made.
About 3 years ago, I was flipping channels and I happened across a PBS special on Herbie Hancock – Possibilities. It’s a documentary that shows the making of the album: Possibilities. Now, to this point, I had one Herbie Hancock disk in my collection and as far as being able to identify a song besides “Rockit“, I would fall short with anything past Cantaloupe Island. This album featured duos with Sting, Paul Simon, John Mayer & Christina Aguilera, to name a few. I think what I will remember most about watching it was that Truce came and sat next to me when he heard Christina Aguilera singing and watched then entire show with me. This was 3+ years ago and Truce didn’t stay put for more than 2 minutes if Elmo wasn’t involved. So, for him to sit and watch a non-Sesame Street documentary for about 2 hours, floored me. I think that may be the night that he started to like jazz. I can put on the jazz station in the car and he will listen away. He likes the horns best. But, I fell in love with the creative process that was shown. Songs from that album make the iPod top 25 list a couple years back, that is for sure.
About the same story is true for the song “In Repair” off of Continuum, by John Mayer. I didn’t really like the song that much, but included in the disk was the video of the making of that song. I was amazed to find out that the keyboard/organ sound at the beginning of the song is actually a guitar. The video shows John having no song at the beginning of the day to putting the finishing touches on it at 1 a.m. Being able to create a song in one day and being able to watch that was cool. In Repair remains one of my favorite songs on that album.
After seeing David Gray’s “making of” video for Life in Slow Motion, I bought his entire catalogue. So, if you want me to get hooked on a group or album, just include a video that shows them in the studio and I will plop my money down.