Here we are, on the other side of 2014. I worry that time might have passed a little too quickly, and how that might say something about me that I don’t want to hear. With that said, I am going to admit to something that you’ve probably already noticed: when it comes to most holidays, I am Scrooge. I am more than Scrooge. I am just not into it. And New Year’s isn’t really my thing, either. While the rest of the world is out getting smashed and kissing people at midnight, I am probably going to be asleep. More importantly, I am going to wake up tomorrow morning feeling awesome, fulfilled, and REFRESHED, which is exactly the kind of start I would want for a new year.
I am a big believer that beginnings set the tone for endings, and I sincerely wish that we as a society didn’t start off each and every year with this idea that there is something within each of us that needs to change. Something that just isn’t right. Something that needs fixing. Something that could be better. Something that isn’t enough. Really, truly, I hope that we all might resolve to accept and enjoy ourselves more fully every day. Perhaps that’s the only change we need.
To pay tribute to these sentiments, I have for you here a playlist of songs that have at some point in time honored where I was or what I felt or how I wanted to do something. As Henri Matisse said, “Happy are those who sing with all their hearts, from the bottom of their heart.” So I picked some songs that I like to sing from the bottom of my heart, and I hope you enjoy.
Happy New Year, Happy Year, and Happy NOW.
The Winter Playlist 2014:
At Last – Etta James
Worried Shoes – Karen O and the Kids
Can’t Do Without You – Caribou
Cloudbusting – Kate Bush
What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? – Ella Fitzgerald
15 Step – Radiohead
Taking Chances – Sharon Van Etten
Wanderlust – Wild Beasts
Party Police – Alvvays
The Lion’s Roar – First Aid Kit
La Donna D’inverno – Paolo Conte
Für Elise – Vince Guaraldi Trio
Ljósið – Ólafur Arnalds
Take Care – Beach House
This Time Tomorrow – The Kinks