From The Wire: Update #7
Man, oh man, what a year 2010 has been. A lot has happened over the course of just twelve months. Compared to years passed, this may have been the most eventful, packed full of change and surprises. There has been loads of personal growth and emotional rebuilding. If I had to sum up 2010 in one word, I can’t think of a better one to use than change. If there was one thing that I saw in 2010, it was change.
For starters, I welcomed a new niece to my family through my sister and I celebrated my nephews turning 1 and 5, niece turning 2, and recently was thrilled to find out one more niece is on her way this spring! Old friends moved away and some of the most significant new friends made their way so gracefully into my life. I found a group of people that I’ve never felt so comfortable being around and fully supported by. These people have become a foundation for my personal pursuits, they know who they are and that I love them so much for that.
I grew my business into a self-sufficient revenue stream that afforded me enough financial freedom to relocate to New York City for a while. Through this I’ve discovered that travel and exploration must be integrally involved with my life and pursuits. However, I’ve been learning a lot about where I find home and how home is not a physical location but an emotional and mental state.
Much of my feelings of what I thought to be home were wrapped up within one person and one relationship. The ending of this relationship, and seeming cut-off from everything I thought was my home forced me to look for comfort and home outside of people. I know for sure that I’ll always find a small bit of home in people and significant others but my dependance was unhealthy. I needed to gain more confidence in resting comfortable with myself and my place in this world both physically and spiritually.
I grew a lot this year, and for lack of a better segway, that brings me to my music recommendation section. Music is how I experience a higher power. To me music is the direct voice of God and one of the purest forms of expression. So my top artist of 2010 is Jón “Jónsi” Þór Birgisson or Jónsi, he is best known as frontman of Icelandic post rock band, Sigur Rós. His vocals are uniquely ethereal and before 2010 seemed infinitely reflective and sad. That all changed when he took his act solo and released his album, Go. This sound evolution started on Sigur Rós’s album Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust but really was cemented with a live visual performance to match the themes of growth and growing that are present on Go. I was fortunate to see his performance in Denver at the Paramount Theater at the beginning of this tour and at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan recently at the very end of his tour. He’s a brilliant entertainer and creates spiritual music that has guided much of my reflection during this year.
I’ll be a little less wordy for my next few lists, but these are some of my other top music recommendations:
Top 4 Albums of 2010:
- Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot The Son Of Chico Dusty
- Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz
- Nathaniel Rateliff – In Memory of Loss
- Beach House – Teen Dream
Top 7 Songs of 2010:
- Kanye West – All of the Lights
- Sufjan Stevens – I Walked
- Beach House – Silver Soul
- The Tallest Man On Earth – The Wheel
- Nathaniel Rateliff – Whimper and Wail
- Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
- The Centennial – Freeman
Top 3 Concerts of 2010:
- Muse and Passion Pit, October 2nd – Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
- Nathaniel Rateliff and The Tallest Man on Earth, May 19th – Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO
- Jónsi, April 21st – Paramount Theater, Denver, CO
I can only look now to 2011. What mystery does the year hold? At this time next year I want to look back and say that the year was one of growth and rebuilding.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year!
I’ll leave you with some photos from recent memories in NYC and South Carolina:
Me on the Brooklyn side of NYC with Manhattan in the background.
I sang Karaoke with some friends for one of their birthday parties! Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen!
Luke, dad and I at Aimee and Timmy's wedding in South Carolina!
Edisto Beach, SC
Photo of NYC from the airplane coming back from South Carolina.