Another year has passed and, as tradition would have it, I’ve collected some tracks for my annual Mixtape.
Significant music from the course of the year is curated into a playlist and shared with friends. Some of it may be new, some old, I might have been to a gig, missed a gig, seen a film, heard something on the radio, or I have a special memory associated with a song. The Mix is always eclectic and although not all of it will be to your taste, you might just find something you like.
I design a cover and annotate each choice of track. As with any form of diary, sometimes it only makes sense to me.
While world events were almost as turbulent as last, the shock seemed diminished. For me, 2017 has been quite serene. I've gotten on with my life and been more settled in many ways - starting the year with a new job at AnalogFolk. Some of the highlights have been: a trip to South Africa for my Dad's 70th, running a second Boston Marathon, New York City, a long weekend to Warsaw, Matt's 40th in Greece, Vinfest, Chateau de Lalande, Dublin, Amsterdam and finishing in Timisoara, Romania. I've been plagued by injury since the start of summer so running has taken a dip. However, it's been a fantastic year for gigs, notching up around 25 shows. Some of them make the mixtape cut.
There are many people that have contributed to the experiences and good times. You might also have some memories on RORY's SERENE 2017
The mixtape exists as a Spotify playlist, CD, or digital download (only friends with my contact details can request the last two formats).
You can listen to the Mixtape from Spotify:
Tom Petty has always been in my life. Whether it was my Dad playing the Traveling Wilbury’s or this song at the start of high school (watch the music video again - you might spot some familiar faces ;-). We were fortunate to see him play in Hyde Park on the 40th Anniversary tour shortly before his death. Legend.
One of the best gigs of the year wasn't actually a live show per say. It was watching a screening of the incredible documentary "Let's Play Two" featuring Pearl Jam's show at Wrigley Field. The doc also tells the story of the Chicago Cubs fascinating journey to winning the 2016 World Series, as featured on last year's Mixtape. Byron would've loved it.
Jesca's music was nurtured by Tom Waits when she was a nanny to his children. He once described her as "like a four-sided coin. She is an old soul, like a black pearl, a good witch or a red moon. Her music is like going swimming in a lake at night". It made a beautiful Union Chapel gig in December.