GLW.20.02: CURT TRNKA
GLW.20.03: Remko Van Knippenberg
GLW.20.04: Jem Woodward
GLW.20.05: Erik Kristjanson
GLW.20.06: Marisa Plaice
GLW.20.07: Russell Abdo
GLW.20.08: Garrett Bukunt
GLW.20.09: Megan Swidler
GLW.20.10: Garrett Tillman
2020 is my favorite year yet. Hear me out! Hear me out.
It's been hard, true, but it has shone a light on what actually matters in my life. My wife, my kid, my incredibly needy dog. The fact that my job is now something I actually love doing. Can't put a price on any of those.
Honestly, 2020 has been all sorts of suck, but for me, it refocused my attention where it should have been all along: making the best music list I could for you fine folks.
Enjoy some eclectic picks, y'all!
Club Paradise - “Growing Up”
It took a baby and almost four decades to realize I'll never be done "growing up." This song hit me right in the feels. And I liked it.
Humans - “Beggin”
If you're at all like me, you think about this list from time to time throughout the year. When I caught myself taking out the trash and dancing to this song, I knew it had to go on my list.
Lil Mosey - “Blueberry Faygo”
I thought I was going to hate this track simply based on the title. I was convinced it was trash. Well, if it is, it's my kinda trash.
Mo'Jo - “Put It On Hold”
Similarly, this song is way up there on my "Taking Out The Trash While Dancing" scale.
Big Gigantic - “Higher” (Opiuo Remix featuring The Funk Hunters and Eric Benny Bloom)
I've listened to this song more than any other in 2020. It is proof that the older I get, the better I get at dancing (while not caring if anyone can see me or not).
Bob Moses - “The Blame”
Because Bob Moses released new music, I was spiritually obligated to put a song on this list.
Ryal - “Thunder (Solo on the Dancefloor)”
I hear a strong Madonna influence when I listen to this song. And yes, I also dance when I listen to this song. My wife says I shouldn't quit my day job.
Speelburg - “Everything I Know”
I always swear I'm not going to do this, but each year there's a song that screams Aaron Bergstrom to me. 2020 seems to be telling me that this song with higher male vocals and saxophone is that song.
Anna Graceman - “Slip”
This is a rare one for me. Often when I listen to a remix of a song first and then hear the original, I can't stand it. In this case, I love the speedy Frank Pole version and the slow, heartfelt original. Not sure what that says about me. I'm getting smarter? Older? Lazier? Meh.
Brasstracks - “Missed Your Call” (featuring Col3trane)
I was going to put a wordless jazz track on the list (“Blues At The Barn” by Julius Rodriguez). I thought something with fun brass and lyrics might be a bit more fun. Enjoy!
Here's hoping 2021 treats you well. Stay safe out there!