‘Tis that time of year again. When it begins to snow on the east coast, turns to sweater weather on the west coast and music lovers far and wide begin posting their lists of the best 50 or 100 songs of 2011. First of all, I only got to 45 this year and second of all I don’t feel comfortable claiming these songs to be the “best.” “Best” is a strong word. In no particular order, below you will find just some of the songs that moved me personally this year. Moved me to dance, sing, cry, stomp, flail, fist pump, clap, smile, jump, shout, hum, or sometimes all of the above. I can only hope you love them half as much as I do; maybe even get turned on to an artist you’ve never considered before. Enjoy!
A couple weeks ago myself and many of my blogger and music industry compatriots traveled to Austin, TX for the South By Southwest Film, Music and Interactive Festival (or, SXSW as those “in the know” call it), a week of parties, panels, speeches, showcases and other various related events.
After a crazy weekend at Coachella, I thought I would go back to basics. And by basics I mean something learned in kindergarten: the color wheel. Who doesn’t fondly remember the discovery of purple? Green? Orange? And the disappointment when it became clear that mixing them all together created not a magical rainbow of color, but gross brown. So many failed fingerpaintings.
In following with the timeless ROYGBIV, we begin with red, orange and variations thereof. AND in following with kindergarten-level activities, I shall name all items I can think of in that color spectrum:
I initially created the “small mammals” category thinking initially of rodents, cats, dogs, squirrels, chipmunks…but as I researched I realized that could include many species from a variety of different environments! Representing the woodlands of a small town near you – raccoons, badgers, possums, beavers, groundhogs, rabbits. On a farm you can find pigs, goats, and sheep. “Small mammal” could even be used to aptly describe my favorite youtube sensation, the slow loris, as well as other exotic beasts koalas, wombats, red pandas, bush babies, lemurs and meerkats. So really this playlist could have gone on and on and on and on. Rather than barrage you with music though, I chose a selection of winners and will leave the research on songs about tasmanian devils to you.