A year is a really long time. I knew that before, obviously, but as I’ve listened over the last few weeks to the massive playlist of favorite songs I’ve been adding to throughout the year it’s been something that’s hit me again and again. This year, perhaps more than any other in my life, has had specific snapshots of time tied very vividly to music. I remember being so, so sad and lost on those first days of the year and hearing Conor from The Changing Colors singing ‘Good Times,’ that line ‘oh I am a mess of a man’ punching me hard in the gut each time. I remember standing next to my two sisters exactly a month after my divorce became final at Josh Ritter’s show here in Chicago as he sang of coming out of those dark clouds in ‘Hopeful,’ feeling so happy to be there with them and feeling for the first time that things were going to be okay eventually. I remember Tyler Lyle telling the story about how his mom didn’t like ‘Werewolf’ because he says motherfucking in it on the night I finally knew I was going to be more than alright. And I remember getting lost in Typhoon’s White Lighter on countless fall days while walking around the forest preserve just down the street from my place. There are a whole lot of other moments, of course, all of which I’ve been reliving lately, all of which are wrapped up in the songs below.
There’s no real order to the songs this year. I mean, ‘Song for Zula’ is my favorite song of the year, but other than that I honestly just threw these songs in shuffle and created 3 separate playlists of 40 songs apiece. These are my favorite songs that came out this calendar year, and placing them in any specific order felt silly (and, frankly, I didn’t have the will). They are all, I think, tremendous tunes, and I hope some of the below were part of the soundtrack to your life this last year too. Enjoy.
I Need A Change- The Shouting Matches
Homes and Photographs- Small Houses