2013: You Were Quite a Charmer; A Playlist

As always, this is late. But here comes my annual tradition: a playlist that sums up the tastes and flavors of the year that just ended. These songs loyally rolled me through the amazing adventures of the year that was.

Friends: enjoy the music! 2013: cheers to you, and on to the next!

Take what is weary, and flip it upside up.
Take what is weary, and flip it upside up.

Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It – Stars

Smother – Daughter

I am Not a Robot (Clock Opera Remix) – Marina and the Diamonds

Isaac – Bear’s Den

Lonesome Dreams – Lord Huron

Your Drums, Your Love – AlunaGeorge

Boy With a Coin – Iron and Wine

Goodbye, Goodbye – Tegan and Sara

Contact High – Architect on Helsinki

The Story – Brandi Carlile

Thirteen Thirty Five – Dillon

England – The National

Different Pulses – Asaf Avidan and the Mojos

Seoul – Amiina

Lippy Kids – Elbow

How You Like Me Now – The Heavy

You’re Missing – Bruce Springsteen

Big Blue Wave – Hey Ocean

Sans Soleil – Miike Snow (Second mention in a row, and now the finale at that! Still in love with this song, but this time I share it in the form of a lovely live recording!)


Twenty Four for Twenty Twelve: A Goodbye Playlist

Yeah, yeah, yeah. So 2012 is so seventeen days ago. But I cannot, I simply cannot say goodbye to 2012 without dedicating a playlist to the year that was. When I need to remember what 2012 felt like, these are the songs I will fill the space with. This was my 2012 in music. Each song walked (or danced!) me through a space in time.

Welcome to the musical scrapbook of my year. Enjoy! (Click on the song titles to have a listen.)


1. Rembihnútur – Sigur Ros

2. Minnesota, WI – Bon Iver

3. Sans Soleil– Miike Snow

4. Will Do – TV on the Radio

5. Never Never – SBTRKT feat Sampha

6. Love Love Love – Of Monsters and Men

7. I Stand Alone – Theophilus London

8. This Head I Hold – Electric Guest

9. 24-25 – Kings of Convenience

10. Video Games – Lana Del Rey

11. Drive – Boy

12. Mighty Proud – Chief

13. Deep in My Heart – Marques Toliver

14. Lullaby – Sia

15. Wildest Moments – Jessie Ware

16. Fade Into Darkness – Avicii

17. Old Pine – Ben Howard

18. Safe and Sound – Capital Cities

19. Closer Than This  – St. Lucia

20. I Was Broken – Marcus Foster

21. Youth – Daughter

22. Don’t Go – Joshua Kumra

23. Eighteen – We Were Evergreen

24.  Anything Could Happen – Ellie Goulding (Remix)

Look back at my 2011 through music here.

Choreographing on Piano Keys for the First Time

I’ve surprised myself. I’m working on making music, original music of my own.

I’ve always wanted to be more musical than I actually am. I took up the piano when I was younger, beginning when I was about five or six. I didn’t stay with it for very long and eventually quit. A couple of years later I reconsidered and thought, hmmm, I think I’ll like playing the piano this time. And then I did for a little bit, but just never found myself fully invested in the craft. I was so much happier flitting about the dance studio, than sitting in front of our piano at home, trying to read notes on the f clef. (I’ve always been horribly sluggish when it comes to reading notes.) All in all, I eventually quit the piano four times, I think.

Then I tried the violin for two years. And then the cello for one.

If for some ridiculous reason all the instruments were on the verge of musical extinction and I could only save one and only ONE… I would choose the cello before you could say the word staccato!

While waiting for my voice teacher to come to our lesson last Wednesday, I sat at the piano and began to play. The last time I really sat before a piano was on my last day in the US in July, my final afternoon alone at the dance studio of all serendipitous places, at my old college. I didn’t get very far with the piano playing then, and just spent much of the time recalling the single piano piece I remember. Certainly unexciting. Before that occasion, I don’t even remember the last time I tried to play and instrument! Last Wednesday however, after trying to read the notes of a hymn for a bit (the effort of decoding sheet music was bringing me no accomplishment!) I began to simply improvise. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the sounds I was stringing together on the fly weren’t a complete audio assault!

Since then, I’ve spent some time in front of the piano again, this time actually trying to compose a piece. Not only that, I am actually enjoying and wanting the time I spend there. The hours just disappeared last night!

I am liking my new project very much so far. My mom tells me it sounds like drops of water trickling down wooden steps. Here is the second draft to my Still Unfinished, Still Untitled Autumn Song. The end needs some work, and the piece certainly needs some cello; but so far so good. Don’t you think?