I started on this list before the new year and then it got lost in the shuffle and I never really finished it. So I'm posting an abreviated list of some of my 2013 favorite things (mostly music) before it's forgotten completely.
MUSIC (sorry, I tried to keep it brief, but I listened to a lot of new music this year)
Favorite Albums of 2013 (and one from 1990) in no particular order:
I realize that this album is almost 24 years old, but I've been listening to it non-stop for about two months now.
I am in love with her voice. Dave thinks she sounds like Stevie Nicks...I don't really hear it, but I dig Stevie Nicks' voice too. This is her newest album, but I suggest starting with her 2009 work and moving on from there.
You can't really get away from this young woman this year. She's EVERYWHERE. It's good trancey/groovy electronic rock with pretty decent songwriting.
If you enjoy the band, October Project, then I think you'll like these folks. So dreamy.
Sometimes times you just need some rock n' roll, ya know? (Please watch the link video to the end. All the girls screaming is so funny.)
It's Patty. She can do no wrong in my eyes. She's my favorite of all time. If you haven't discovered her yet, do not read the rest of this post, just go listen to her NOW.
Teddy Thompson's cover of Saratoga Summer Song is beautiful.
They had sort of fallen off my radar and then I listened to this album and it was like talking with an old friend. They also put out Under the Weather (Live in Sellersville, PA) this year. Recorded at the Sellersville Theater a mile from our house!
Tammy's Singles (Favorite Random Songs):
1. Song For Zula- Phosphorescent "I saw love disfigure me into something I am not recognizing..."
4. I Am- Crowder (just one song this year David Crowder?! I demand more.)
5. All Of My Memories- Kathleen Edwards (covering John Denver)
1. StageIt- Discovered this "online venue" this year. You pay peanuts and then get to sit in your pajamas and watch a concert on your computer screen. I saw Glen Phillips (acoustic set in his office), Sean and Sara Watkins (acoustic set in Glen Phillips' living room) and the aforementioned Lissie (plugged in with her band on what appeared to be the back porch of a bar). They all had their computers handy and you could make requests and ask questions.
2. Rock and Resole- Paid to have my climbing shoes resoled for the first time. It was well worth it. ~$50 for two toe caps and one half sole and they were as good as new. I'm glad I spent the money to extend the life of my shoes instead of shelling out $150 for a new pair.
3. Yogurtree- Froyo has finally arrived in Qtown! Hallelujah! My frequent buyer card is almost full.
4. First time to the west coast. I was able to go with Dave on his work trip to Cali this year and even though it involved a lot of solo exploring while he was at work combined with the fact that we had just found out that my sister was sick again, I'm thankful for it.