Every year this week, the last week, becomes a hodge-podge of lists—movies, books, TV shows, food, trends, etc. And blogs are not immune. Including this one. However, instead of listing all the things I am thankful for or my favorite books or even my favorite blogs (that’s what the blog roll is for), I thought I would send you to some of my favorite lists recapping lessons learned or things enjoyed in 2009 that you can use in 2010(in no particular order). Enjoy! And I will see you next year (tomorrow).
• Rachel Weingarten’s post “The Best of Times.” I love how she looks back on her successful year with humility and grace.
•Sammit’s iTuned In Series about the songs on his iPod has introduced me to new (and old) music. I love Sam’s writing about pop culture and highly recommend that you place him on your favorites.
•Tod Goldberg’s 8 Days of Lists Series
. Usually he lists his favorite books of the year, which I love, but this year’s replacement lists are an interesting look into a creative mind. If you are looking for book recommendations, head over to Book a Week with Jen
•If you’re a resolution-making guy or girl, head over to The Happiness Project
to find ways to make those things stick.
Each year, I used to receive a CD from a co-worker. She and her husband would choose the music that would become the soundtrack for their friends’ year—at least mine. I loved receiving these mixed music CDs. So today when I went to the mailbox hoping that the check fairy had stopped by, I was happy to get a package from a new friend with two mixed CDs.
I think that mixed CD or a personalized playlist is an awesome present. Depending on how it is done, there is a lot of time, effort and thought that is put into this compilation. If the person is doing a general CD to give to all of his or her friends, then that person needs to think about which of his music he wants to share with others. Music can be extremely personal and in this case, the giver is sharing a part of his self to many. Now, if the mixed CD is made personally for someone, then the CD can evoke memories, reveal feelings and in some ways tell a story. Either way, it is a sentiment I have, do and will appreciate immensely.
Last night I saw Tori Amos at The Greek Theater in Griffith Park. I love going to see musicians perform. There’s something about experiencing the rhythms and the melodies in person that can’t be beat.
However, there can be some drawbacks. Specifically, people taking pictures with a flash was extremely distracting. If you’ve ever seen Tori Amos in concert, you know that she is an impressive keyboardist. She plays two of her three keyboards simultaneously (there are two on her right side and one on her left and straddles the piano bench) while singing. As you can imagine the flashes were like a strobe light. So I closed my eyes.
As soon as I did, her voice wrapped around me like a warm blanket. I could feel the drums’ beat travel through my body and each note that the keyboard chimed dropped like dew on my skin. For the first time during the concert, I really heard the music. I wasn’t distracted by the people and what they were doing.
To me, this is the way to enjoy some concerts. And Tori Amos was just incredible.