Recently, I was asked to compile a list of my favorite records by year. I agreed to it, with a caveat of needing extra time to peruse over my rather comprehensive list of records, cds, files (sorry), etc... I have to say it was hard. Very hard. Some years were a snap, other years, forget it. More of a daunting task. One thing I've discovered over the last year or so, is with so much new music readily available via download, purchase, or ahem, other means, it's ostensibly hard to play my old records. You know the ones I mean. They had the ability to be both moving and give some needed inspiration if that was what you were looking for. If you were lucky they'd tug on a memory and bring you back to that specific time or place when everything was good. I miss that. With little to no extra time in my day, I'll give a record a cursory listen, and if it's not doing it for me I'll move on to the next. The time spent giving a record a fighting chance of becoming transcendent has become less and less. It can take up to ten spins before a record comes together to make sense. It feels like I could miss out by blowing by things to quickly. Lately, just trying to enjoy music has given way to the business of computers, external hard drives and becoming an administrator of my own record collection. As my wife calls it, doing all that "music garbage". Going forward, I plan on taking a different approach. Have less, listen more, live life.
It's a brave new world for young moderns.
1959 - Miles Davis - Kind of Blue 1960 - John Coltrane - Giant Steps 1961 - Oliver Nelson - Blues & The Abstract Truth 1962 - Frank Sinatra - Neil Hefti Swingin Brass 1963 - Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' 1964 - The Beatles - Meet The Beatles 1965 - Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home 1966 - Bob Dylan - Blonde On Blonde 1967 - The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's 1968 - The Byrds - Sweetheart of The Rodeo 1969 - The Band - The Band 1970 - Nick Drake - Bryter Layter 1971 - Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers 1972 - Rolling Stones - Exile On Main St 1973 - Elton John - Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player 1974 - Neil Young - On The Beach 1975 - Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks 1976 - Jeff Beck - Wired 1977 - Ramones - Rocket To Russia 1978 - Elvis Costello - This Years Model 1979 - The Clash - London Calling 1980 - XTC - Black Sea 1981 - Japan - Tin Drum 1982 - XTC - English Settlement 1983 - Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones 1984 - Replacements - Let It Be 1985 - Replacements - Tim 1986 - XTC - Skylarking 1987 - Dukes of Stratosphear - Psonic Psunspot 1988 - The Smithereens - Green Thoughts 1989 - XTC - Oranges & Lemons 1990 - Jellyfish - Bellybutton 1991 - Uncle Tupelo - Still Feel Gone 1992 - XTC - Nonesuch 1993 - Uncle Tupelo - Anodyne 1994 - Guided By Voices - Bee Thousand 1995 - Son Volt - Trace 1996 - Scud Mountain Boys - Massachusetts 1997 - Bob Dylan - Time Out of Mind 1998 - Richard Buckner - Since 1999 - The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin 2000 - Neko Case - Furnace Room Lullaby 2001 - The Pernice Brothers - The World Won't End 2002 - Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot 2003 - Sun Kil Moon - Ghosts of The Great Highway 2004 - Dungen - Te Det Lugnt 2005 - Son Volt - Okemah & The Melody of Riot 2006 - Robert Pollard - From A Compound Eye 2007 - The Capstan Shafts - Her Vs The Sad Cold Eventually