Since way back in 2004 a couple of good mates and me have had a Top 10 Songs of the Year night. Our friendships stretch back to the dawn of the 80s (and even earlier) and we know each other pretty, pretty, pretty well. Comfortable just hanging out, sharing laughs and curious to hear what songs have caught each other’s ear. For some reason our Top 10 is a Top 12. I can’t even remember why. We also include another five songs.
The five “extra” songs thingy is not meant to imply that they could not make the Top 12. We added this dimension to the night back in 2014. You see, Dylan had recently released The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete. So we decided we needed to hear each other’s five faves from that magnificent stew. Since then we have treated the five extras as a chance to play some songs that had a more personal connection or that might distract the flow of your Top 12. Or whatever.
So, without further ado, here’s my 2019 “extra” five… Continue reading
The wait is over. Rick has put in the work. We get a cool play-list for our next gathering or drive. It’s the trickle down effect in operation. Continue reading
2018 was a cruel year. My general optimism took a battering. ..I almost keeled from the weight of events having been pummelled by the waves. Add anxiety attacks, manifested in uncontrolled physical convulsions, and you get at least a small fragment of the cracked rear-view mirror through which I bid 2018 goodbye. Continue reading
Rick saw lots in 2017 – here’s the best five… Continue reading
It’s a preposterous title isn’t it? Around this time of the year my mind goes mushy and hazy trying to distil everything I listened to in the last 365 days of my life, into a compact list. I still listen mainly to albums so this list is really a song from 12 great albums. But it’s not my top 12 albums (with a track from each). Missing from a list like that are standout records such as case/lang/veirs, Hayes Carll and Common. Anyway you get the gist. This is a cruel exercise that I will claim immunity from the moment I finish writing it. There are many, (very many) other as deserving songs. Continue reading
My Top, Fave … the 12 songs I got into the most of the songs I heard in 2015
This should be a Top 10 but it’s a Top 12 and before we get into that there’s also 5 songs that just missed selection. Call it the bench. So here we go, in a particular order from 17 to 1! Continue reading