This year, I rang in the New Year by spilling a glass of Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider on myself and my boyfriend’s couch. I also continued a tradition I started two years ago: Just after midnight on January 1st, I listen to the Eagles’ “Doolin-Dalton/Desperado – Reprise” and tweet these four lines from the song:
Now there’s no time left to borrow,
Is there gonna be anything left?
In 2017, I tried to live with music as much at the center of my life as possible. For Spring break I drove solo to Winslow, Arizona, to stand on a corner for love of the Eagles and Jackson Browne. I went to five concerts, getting to see Billy Joel, Jackson Browne (for the third time), JD Souther, Eric Clapton, and Timothy B. Schmit. I started learning to play the guitar. I started this blog to put in writing my music life, and I’m still here five months and twelve posts later.
In the coming year, I hope to be even more music-oriented. I want to attend even more concerts than last year, at least half a dozen. I’m making resolutions to find time for my guitar practice and to prioritize music over Netflix when avoiding my other responsibilities. In the next months, I’ll be looking for a high-quality turntable, befitting my ever-aspirational record collection, and I’ll be trying to put weekly record shopping on the schedule. I’m going to get my first tattoo: the words “Running on Empty.” And I want to keep posting here at least bi-monthly, as I work towards posting every week.
As the first day of 2018 comes to a close, I also want to take time to make note of my current favorite singers, songwriters, and bands, the musicians I’m learning to love, and the songs I’m listening to now. When 2019 rolls around, I’ll write another list and compare it to this one to see how the music I love has changed.
Favorite Singer-Songwriters and Bands:
- Jackson Browne
- Lana Del Rey
- Crosby, Stills, Nash & (Sometimes) Young
- Paul McCartney & Wings
I’m Learning to Love:
- The Rolling Stones
- Bruce Springsteen
I’m Currently Listening To:
Happy New Year!