2018 has been a hard year for many of us. Between the shit-show that is the GOP administration to #metoo, my community has really struggled. And this year’s
mix CD playlist reflects it. (See the mix cd tag to see prior years.)
Pink’s Barbies and Better Life reminds us of simpler, arguably better, times as does Ben Rector’s Old Friends. I discovered Fire Drills by Dessa and Rescue by Yuna which are great reminders of the underlying struggle women face in this country as well as their strength and perseverance through it. This year I became estranged from some formerly-close people, bringing Somebody That I Use To Know to the forefront of my mind; because really: Take Me or Leave Me.
But this year wasn’t without (musical) redemption as I found Girl Blue’s song Fire Under Water (from a touching Las Vegas tourism advertisement of all places). Sam Hunt’s song House Party and Your Song by Rita Ora always makes me want to scoot-a-boot. Daniel and I heard orchestral performances of Billy Joel’s And So It Goes and Simon & Garfunkel’s The Sound of Silence by the Seattle Symphony this year too. The former was an instrumental arrangement for strings that was simply astounding and I’ve been unable to find a recording of it anywhere.
Also, did you know that Dolly Parton is a huge advocate of childhood literacy and her Imagination Library celebrated delivering their 100 millionth book to kids this year? That’s worth a little 9 to 5 for sure.
So without further ado, this is my 2018 Mix CD:
- And So It Goes – Billy Joel
- The Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel
- Barbies – Pink
- Somebody That I Use To Know – Walk Off the Earth
- 9 to 5 – Dolly Parton
- Your Song – Rita Ora
- Rescue – Yuna
- Take Me or Leave Me – Jonathan Larson (from RENT)
- Fire Drills – Dessa
- Fire Under Water – Girl Blue
- House Party – Sam Hunt
- All Night Long – Lionel Richie
- You Can Call Me Al – Paul Simon
- Better Life – Pink
- Old Friends – Ben Rector
- 2 Places at 1 Time – Zac Brown Band
- Ladies in Lavender – Joshua Bell
You can listen to the songs on Spotify too. Note the order of the songs have been carefully curated as well, although I don’t think Spotify will let you listen to them in order on the free account.