Happy New Year

Well, 2012 was what can only be defined as A Year.

It’s tempting to write it all off as horrible, but the truth is more complex. Isn’t is always?

2012 was professionally very fulfilling, and personally harrowing. (And that’s totally ignoring the fact I turned 40.)

2012 in extremis.

But we’re still here. And over the last couple of days my brothers, my step-mum, my sister-in-law, my nephew, my niece and I have woken up to this:

Anglesea

The lovely view from the balcony of the house my Dad built.

We’re really sad that he never got to see it finished, and truth be told having got through Christmas relatively unscathed I burst into tears driving into Anglesea yesterday morning just thinking about it. But I also know he wanted us to enjoy it, and we’re really going too and think of him every time we’re down there.

And as for 2013, a little more balance would be welcome. Really, that’s all I want.

Happy New Year.

2012 Playlist

My 2012 Playlist wound up shorter than usual, as new music went by the wayside when Events overtook (post to come, I’m sure) in favour of the nostalgic. Still, there was a lot of new music in my world this year.

So here’s my 2012 in new music (otherwise known as One of These Things is Not Like the Others, But I Am Not A Robot):

Gold of the Ceiling – The Black Keys – El Camino (yes, I started this list in 2011 to spread this album over 2 years)

Sweet Sour – Band of Skulls – Sweet Sour

Go Your Own Way – Lissie – Covered Up With Flowers

Simple Song – The Shins – Port of Morrow (Album that grew on me most this year)

Primitive Girl – M. Ward – A Wasteland Companion

1901 – Birdy – Birdy

Gray Goes Black – Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral

Blue – First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar

Warrior – Mark Foster + A-Track + Kimbra

Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

Parted Ways – Heartless Bastards – Arrow

Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings – Father John Misty – Fear Fun

Hang Loose – Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls

Love Interruption – Jack White – Blunderbuss

On the Road – Keane – Strangeland

1904 – The Tallest Man on Earth – There’s No Leaving Now

Man on Fire – Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – Here

The Keepers – Santigold – Master of My Make Believe

Laura – Bat for Lashes – The Haunted Man

Run My Heart – Twin Shadow – Confess

Maybe Not Tonight – Glen Hansard – Rhythm and Repose

Octopus – Bloc Party – Four

Splitter – Calexico – Algiers

Bigger Than Love – Benjamin Gibbard (with Aimee Mann) – Former Lives