The end of the year is upon us again. I do love this time of year. You get a moment to step away from the routine and think. I like to remember the great times of the year, while setting strategy and objectives for the new year.
I also love using my downtime to listen to a lot of music. It truly is a labor of love going through all the music of a particular year – remembering and enjoying the standouts, listening and rating the ones that were forgotten, and discovering some new ones along the way. For me there is pleasure and comfort in creating a sense of order to the massive quantity of music and memories into a single artifact that i can use as a catalyst to recall the best moments of a particular span of time.
For those not initiated, my lists are always for the period two years ago. I believe that favorite album compilations should lag by two years for two primary time constraining reasons: to address the staying power of the album and to acquire a suitable number of fine albums.
2016 was a great year. I bought 77 albums and 957 songs from 2016. 2016 was my favorite year of music in 2010s. It was my 8th favorite year in the 66 years of music that i have rated. I will spend the next few days finishing the rating and selecting my tops from 2016.
Let me know your thoughts on the hits and misses.