One word, Vinyl sums up my year in music. At the same time, I moved back to vinyl I also took a giant leap forward on digital music. The loser in 2019 was the Compact Disc. Considering I always ripped CD’s to digital storage, it made sense to make the bold step (for me) go 100% digital, with the exception of my vinyl purchases.
My move to vinyl was in conjunction with Record Store Day this past spring. My desired purchased was the 2-disc set of Elton John’s concerts in Moscow. Putting on that vinyl stirred my heart. I wrote about it in May in a post I called Vinyl Spins That post can be found here: https://redheartbluesign.wordpress.com/2019/05/05/vinyl-spin-elton-john-live-from-moscow/.
In the past 12 months a few artists really got me tapping my toes. I’ll try something different here in an attempt to mention as much music that moved me in 2019 as possible. I mention why I liked the in two or three sentences. It’s a written lightening round of answers.
After a year of playing Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Cut to the feeling” on repeat, her LP Dedicated provided more fodder for my ears beyond “Call me Maybe”. Dedicated proved that “E-Mo-Tion” was no fluke. I look forward to listening to this for months to come.
My interest in The Black Keys is 100% based on my love of the music of Michelle Branch. Like other music I’ve purchased in the past on impulse, “Let’s Rock” was a surprise to my ears. Catchy tunes, Beatlesque harmonies and some good ol’ rock and roll make this the surprise of 2019 for me.
The last I listened to Coldplay was 2014’s Ghost Stories, I have largely ignored new music from Chris Martin, up until “Everyday Life” was released this fall. To be honest it took a few weeks after buying it off iTunes to listen to it, but when I did, I was surprised and so happy to hear a return to form of the band. Will it be another Viva la Vida? Likely not – but this Everyday Life is Coldplay, and it’s nice to have them back.
There are very few artists that I would allow creative license to go back into their catalogue and revisit key songs, Sting is one of them and this year he released “My Songs”. Sting goes back to The Police (with re-envisioned Message in the Bottle and Walking on the Moon and 5 others) and 7 songs from his solo years. Some of his selections don’t move far from the original, but bold “re-writes” to his early music proves how talented a songwriter Sting is. While I bought this digitally purchasing the vinyl of this is a sure thing.
Kacey Musgraves, Dua Lipa, Janelle Monae and St. Vincent grabbed my attention during the 2019 Grammy Awards show. Winning an arm full of Grammys got my attention to find out more about Kacey Musgraves. A fabulous performance pairing of Dua Lipa and St. Vincent performing Masseduction and One Kiss left me no choice BUT to seek out their music. I was not let down by either. Neither did Janelle Monae, who for me is the next coming of Prince.
Out of the 2019 Grammy’s it was Musgraves who stood heads and shoulders above the others. Golden Hour, winner of four awards in last year has provided hours of listening enjoyment. I am not embarrassed to admit that that I have three songs on repeat on my iPod; Slowburn, Space Cowboys and Butterflies. I would listen to these songs for a full day, the three songs over and over and over. I would not, could not tire of them. As a postscript I’ll also add Billie Eillish to this group of performers that are bringing something new.
Musgraves, Monae, Lipa and St. Vincent are leading each of their genres bringing new energy and voice to music, I can’t wait to hear what comes next from each of them.
One last musical highlight, it came to us on December 5th and I dare anyone not to like “Christmas Tree Farm” from Taylor Swift. The song on its own is infectious in its joy of Christmas. However Swift enhanced that joy with a short video on the making of the song, which was written, produced and released in 6 days from December 1st to 6th.
I hope you all had music that moved you in 2019, may 2020 bring more beats that enthrall you and give you goosebumps!
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