Well. It’s been a whole year, almost since I started journalling my music choices on here. In all honesty, towards the end of this year I’ve found writing this series a little laborious-so in one way I’m quite pleased that I can conclude it. The lovely part of all of this though is that I can look back on the musical choices I have made, which often reflect my emotions, and be taken back to the time I first discovered certain tracks and songs. It’s lovely to have quite a unique document of my year in that way.
In terms of November and December, you could say most of my musical choices have been quite ‘safe’-but I guess that’s kinda natural for this time of year. As we all go into semi-hibernation for the winter, what we all want is some form of comfort-and so I often enjoy the muscial equivalent of chicken soup in these months. Having said that, the list below is an eclectic mix-so I hope you can find something, new or already heard, to enjoy!
Clean Bandit, Anne-Marie, Sean Paul: Rock-a-Bye
This is song has been played everywhere and anywhere this month, and even ended up being the Christmas No.1, so no doubt you’ve heard it already. I’ve been a big Clean Bandit fan ever since ‘Rather Be’, so I’m glad to see they’re still going strong; doing innovative things with violins. I also admire them for writing a hit song about the struggles of being a single mother; you don’t see that everyday, and quite frankly we need more artists writing socially aware stuff in the current political climate. So I’m hoping that their next track is about the benefits system, or possibly Brexit, or something similar. As long as they include those lovely violins again, it’s bound to be a top hit.
When I e-v-e-n-t-u-a-l-l-y pass my driving test (keep telling myself it won’t be long now), this will definitely be in the running for the first track I play whilst driving independently. It’s got a lovely driving rhythm, and Mr. Gambino has a super soothing voice that could possibly cure any potential bouts of road rage. He also constantly sings in falsetto, which is super impressive.
Alicia Keys-Blended Family
Alicia Keys is just ace, isn’t she? Politically aware, self-confident and an RnB queen. I’ve always liked her, but with the arrival of her new album, HERE, I’ve become a big fan. She knows her own sound and never tries to imitate in a world full of copycats.
This has always been, and always will be, my favourite Christmas pop song-and I’m pretty sure I would have included on in this list even if we hadn’t received the sad news of George Michael’s passing a few days ago. The fact that this song gets stuck in my head every Christmas, and that I never get bored of it, is testament to the fantastic singer/songwriter he was, and the legacy he has left behind.
Craig David-Change my Love
I am beyond pleased that this man has made such a successful return. Back when I was in Uni, I used to do a student radio show and we literally played Craig David every week-so I’m gonna say that his big return has been somewhat down to our ongoing support during his quieter years. Oh, and the fact that he’s back writing some pretty fabby catchy tunes like this one.
Well-that’s it! I hope you have a stonkingly brilliant New Year, if I’m not back before then. I’m looking forward to lots more blog-related adventures in 2017 🙂