An important year-ender tradition – a playlist to sum up my year.
2014, you were ridiculous, and this music helped me roll with your punches. You were far from what I expected, but absolutely amazing nonetheless. A beautiful, stormy year were you.
Songs are in no particular order. And yes, I’m a little upset that I had to put a Pitbull song into the mix.
Prayer in C – Robin Schulz Radio Edit – Lily Wood and The Prick
Give Me Faith – Elevation Worship
Gospel – The National
Girls Chase Boys – Ingrid Michaelson
Wild Wild Love – Pitbull
Here with Me – Susie Suh
Baby Don’t Lie – Gwen Stefani
How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
Neon Love – Claire
Another Story – The Head And The Heart
Let Your Hair Down – Magic!
A Long Time Ago – First Aid Kit
Bones – Dustin Tebbutt
Magic – Coldplay
I’ve Told You Now – Sam Smith
Good to Me – Audrey Assad
Maps – Maroon 5
Mercy – Phil Wickham
For My Help – Hayden Calnin
Geronimo – Sheppard
My Silver Lining – First Aid Kit
One Day Like This – Elbow
Stacks – Bon Iver
I Had This Thing – Royksopp
“Imperfection is part of life: It’s where the poetry and humor hide.” -Dorte Mandrup-Poulsen
The playlist is also on Spotify and YouTube: “Speak Soon: 2014 in Review”
And here are links to my year ender playlists from 2013 and 2012.
I think I’ve felt it more this year than any other year – the cheery distractions of society’s Christmas traditions. The world points us to every other thing during the season – even good and beautiful things – to take our minds off the moment in history that started it all. God’s bold move to change the fate of the broken spirit.
It’s been hard to find a moment to think and reflect this holiday season. There is visitor after visitor, friend after friend, task after task, deadline after deadline, Christmas tradition after Christmas tradition that must be attended to.
This happens every year. And although I had made all the preparations to make my Christmas season as warm and bright as possible – an (almost) only Christmas music diet this whole month, decorating my very own little Christmas tree for my first apartment, hosting a holiday party, among other things – all these welcomed the Christmas spirit, but distracted me from sitting by the manger, eyes on the little Baby who would mend all the broken hearts of this world with Life. That’s where my Christmas warmth and light comes from.
Earlier this advent season, I opened up a large book sitting among my coffee table books – a hard bound collection of poetry, bought a long time ago at a second had bookstore. In its pages I found a Christmas poem that struck me, one I have read and re-read over the past few days to reflect on the light of the advent season. May it also lead you back to your Bethlehem.