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.
2012 was a great year. I bought 109 albums and 1583 songs from 2012. While 1583 songs is a lot, 2012 is the only year in the 5 year span of 2009 – 2013 that I did not have 2000 songs. That said still a lot of music to review and go through and I will spend the next week finishing the rating and selecting my tops from 2012.
Let me know your thoughts on the hits and misses.