Music is so much more than a list. It’s a mood, it’s nostalgia, it’s being transported to somewhere other than where you are.
In the scramble to get out the door in the morning, I sometimes weigh the merits of what I’ve left upstairs against how late I am. I won’t turn back for a mislaid hat or my lunch or a book I’m just about to finish. But I cannot get through a single day without music.
People complain that we’re a city of zombies, tuning out the world with our earbuds and shuffling from metro to office and back again. But when the music is good, it makes me want to smile at strangers, to spread the soundtrack of my day.
Top 5 musical happenings of 2009
Avett Brothers, "I And Love And You"
Oh. My. God. It’s just…I’m in awe.
Alejandro Escovedo, everything.
When I got into Chicago late one night last fall, I went for a short walk in Grant Park, intending to get straight back to the hotel and crash. The city instead offered up a free Escovedo show, and I watched a girl in a bridesmaid’s dress dance in her own private world.
Elvis Costello, "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane."
Yep. When I saw him at Wolftrap this summer, a banjo sat to the side of the stage for the entire show. No one touched it. It just taunted us. Also the man is just charming.
Film, "It Might Get Loud."
See what I did there? I called this musical happenings so i could get away with this. It’s just one 90-minute musical experience anyway. But good god is it wonderful. The storytelling, the journeys home, bizarro mini-Jack White, the inability of White and the Edge to smother the childlike glee when Jimmy Page picks up a guitar in front of them … (go on, look at ’em smile). This is a movie made for music-lovers.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister and architect of the tiny city-state’s rapid rise from British military outpost to global trade and financial center, died on Monday aged 91.