The Importance of Music - Best of 2012
In 2012 I began to listen to one album a week. It was an ambitious feat to attempt to dedicate enough time to absorb a new album in a relatively short period of time. From the great ability to pick music from friends and family, the library and also random online streams & compilations, it was definitely a rewarding challenge.
For many people who listen to music, they stay within their comfort zone. It is understandable since music has the power to convey so many emotions. Music can make you smile, laugh, cry, think, get angry or invoke a memory to bubble to the surface of consciousness. Staying within a comfort zone of genres, artists and favourite album is safe.
I don't like to stay locked in a same small corner of music. Music can sooth after a long day at work, it can get the blood flowing before a night of dancing. It can make you want to call your best friend or your parents and just say 'hey'. There are times the lyrics are almost invisible to an overwhelming base line. There are moments when a soft voice speaks to only you, piercing your defenses and showing that you aren't alone.
I have moments of musical reflection. I can listen to particular songs and connect them to an event/moment/memory of my life. I am often amazed how powerful an emotional response a person can feel with a melody. A day brightens, a tear forms or a body becomes paralyzed in awe. There has been no recent better year for musical reflection than in 2012 for me.
2012 was an important year in my life. I got married. I got a promotion. Life was good.
2012 was a year that began with a song I heard on Youtube well before it became a massive hit (as an original and as a cover). It also gave me one of my all-time favourite songs that I could just put on repeat. I got a chance to hear 'new' songs to me that were not to everyone else. Thanks to Spin Magazine and compilations they would put out for concerts or festivals, they provided too much great music that could not fit onto my "BEST OF 2012" playlist.
The year began with this song:
BEST OF YEAR 2012:
- Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know
- Hospitality - Betty Wang
- Ingrid Michaelson - Ghost
- Sharon Van Etten - Serpents****
- First Aid Kit - King of the World
- Of Monsters & Men - Little Talks
- Japandroids - The Night of Wine & Roses
- M83 - Midnight City
- Alex Clare - Too Close
- Common - GO!
- The Lumineers - Ho Hey
- Mother Mother - Let's Fall in Love
- The Neighbourhood - Sweater Weather
- Nina Simone - Feeling Good
- Alexisonfire - Rough Hands
I identified my favourite song of the year, Serpents. A quietly haunting song that just resonated with the right emotional response for the year. It was actually used on The Walking Dead as a trailer to a season and also within an episode... years after I cherished it.
This is a throwback to 2012.
Sometimes it is good to look back and see where you were. It will help you know where you are going.