I suppose it's a time that calls for tradition and for me, at least, a recreation of events passed. Yet at the same time, there demands a certain degree of reflection. A contemplation of the songs that meant something to us during the year. Hence the heady influx of 2010 lists, summaries, countdowns and other things that involve dotpoints, numbers and paragraphs with few words. It used to annoy me considerably. The compilation of lists and summaries is not my idea of sentimentality, but I understand it. I see how it offers a really neat way to view that which has passed. It is an easy way to sort and compartmentalise everything within an inch of its life. I also understand how that act of musical list-making is, in itself, a kind of tradition. In the same way that I return to my 1954 edition of Smugglers Top. I return for no other reason than I did it the year before (and the year before that and the year before that).
I leave you, my reader(s) with some questions: What are your private musical rituals at this time of year? Do you think of lists and summaries? Do you make them too? Are there any particular lists that you pay particular attention to?
Cassettes & Chocolate Milk: Mod Podcast #28
Apartment - The Car
The Riptides - Tomorrow's Tears
Thunderboys - FBI
The High Numbers - Zoot Suit
Beverley Ann - He's Coming Home
Razorlight - An Englishman in New York
The Beat - Mirror in the Bathroom
The Strangeways - Show Her You Care
The Style Council - Walls Come Tumbling Down!
The Long Blondes - Once and Never Again
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