I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t make decisions on January 1, anyear A.D., because of guilt. Any other day of a year, however, guilt is an acceptable motivator.
On January 3, 2008, I made a decision: in 2009, I will be Samson. I’m not going to shave or cut the hair on my head, and I’m going to become a hairy beast.
The story of Samson comes from the Book of Judges in the Bible – it starts in Judges 13 which you can read in the English Standard Version or any other version.
According to my last.fm charts, these are my most listened to artists and songs from 2008.
Top 20 Artists 2008
- Fall Out Boy
- Coheed & Cambria
- The Weakerthans
- Sufjan Stevens
- Good Charlotte
- Gnarls Barkley
- The Juliana Theory
- Matchbox Twenty
- Starflyer 59
- Acid House King
- Thom Yorke
- New Found Glory
- The Rolling Stones
10 Songs 2008
- Nightwish â€“ Amaranth
- å®‡å¤šç”°ãƒ’ã‚«ãƒ« â€“ Beautiful World
- å®‡å¤šç”°ãƒ’ã‚«ãƒ« â€“ Kiss & Cry
- å®‡å¤šç”°ãƒ’ã‚«ãƒ« â€“ HEART STATION
- å®‡å¤šç”°ãƒ’ã‚«ãƒ« â€“ Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)
- Driving East – Beat It
- Nightwish â€“ Cadence of Her Last Breath
- Nightwish â€“ The Poet And The Pendulum
- å®‡å¤šç”°ãƒ’ã‚«ãƒ« â€“ Stay Gold
The obvious trend this year is my fascination with foreign artists. The top four artists this year consist of Nuuro (Venezuelan electronica), Radiohead (British alternative-rock), Nightwish (Finnish orchestra-metal), and å®‡å¤šç”°ãƒ’ã‚«ãƒ«/”Utada Hikaru” (Japanese pop).
Towards the end of the year I acquired a lot of music through good deals on Amazon MP3 via a partnership with AbsolutePunk.net to provide “Cheap Music” from recommended bands.
Through the deals, I got good prices and picked up albums from City & Colour, Lydia, The Graduate, Anberlin, and Fall Out Boy.
I started of 2009 by picking up Astronautalis – “Pomegranate,” and albums from Coldplay, Death Cab for Cutie, and Snow Patrol.
My eMusic subscription kicked back in after Christmas and I grabbed albums from Brave Saint Saturn, Nightwish, and Pinback.
What do I expect for 2009?
I’m diving back into the pop-punk/indie scene music through AbsolutePunk’s recommendations and getting exposure to a lot of music I wouldn’t otherwise have time to track down myself. I expect that to continue.
I’m also buying a lot more digital music as stores are realizing they can sell more for cheaper prices. With my 120gb iPod, I can hold A LOT of music without taking up any extra space on my bedroom shelves. I still prefer to have the case, but if the price is $3.99 on sale vs. $9.99 or $14.99, digital will win my heart.
View a ScrapWall of some of my favorite photos of 2008. This site is pretty awesome – you can load up a bunch of photos and arrange them however you want. Similar to how Google Maps works, it lets you zoom in and out on the photos. In essence, it’s an easy way to make and share collages of your digital photos.
An Old Fashioned Snow Day: Like those grand old days of yesteryear, before Global Warming prevented ice from congealing, we had a snow day in Kirkland, Washington.
Friends Having Fun. This picture is awesome.
I’m Wearing Erika’s Scarf. And a comfy scarf it was and likely is and will continue to be. Though scarf may not be the right word.