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Seeing as I was raised on a healthy diet of early-90’s Amy Grant (thank you, Mom), I feel like my entire childhood was preparing me for the year 2015 in music: The Year of Girl Pop. Pop music delivered by strong female leads has been very prevalent in mainstream music for decades. However, never have […]


My Top 10 list for 2014 features some emerging artists that I had not heard until this year (#2, 3, 4, 7, and 10) and some established artists that have released their best album to date (#1, 5, 6, 8, and 9). While I feel passionate about my #1 choice (and will still be listening […]


2014 was the year that I listened to the most new music in my life (Spotify + lesson planning a lot as a teacher) but have the fewest words to say about it. The music world seemed settled this year–bands content to build upon their successes with straight-forward, solid releases. Not an especially edgy year for […]


Thanks to the friendly beast known to many as “Spotify” (and known to me as “that friendly beast known to many as Spotify”), I listened to a lot of music in 2013. Hundreds of albums later, I am proud to present my 10 favorites below. My goal this year is simply to share some great music […]


2013 in music can be noted for being a year of transitions. Growing less relevant was indie-folk in the vein of Mumford & Sons to make way for a batch of mature, old-fashioned folk artists, such as Laura Marling, Martin Simpson, and Josephine Foster. Meanwhile, four-to-the-floor electronic music has yielded to EDM that borrows from […]


Can you choose the 5 albums that define your life? I have attempted to do just that. Bear in mind, these are not necessarily my 5 favorite albums (although a few are in the running). These are the albums that define different stages of my life through their personal impact or a just-the-right-album-at-the-right-time quality. Together, they […]


One week ago today, I still had no idea what my #1 album of the year would be. There were just too many good releases to sort through. In fact, it wasn’t until a few days ago that I forced myself to finally, ultimately come to a decison based on the question: “Which of my […]


Do you want to know my Top Ten of 2012? Not so fast! First, you must endure my Gangly Gathering of Not-Top-Tens. What exactly is a Gangly Gathering of Not-Top-Tens? Well, imagine a Top Ten. Think about how it looks… how it feels and tastes. A Gangly Gathering of Not-Top-Tens is the EXACT OPPOSITE of […]


Hipsters. Let’s start with what we can agree upon. They are mostly young adults and mostly urbanites. They pursue the ‘fresh’ in arts, fashion, and culture and discard the stale. In pursuit of the fresh, they dabble in avant garde, irony, and sentimentalism. Many are accused of being such but very few embrace the title. Now […]


I love the number 10. I mean, think about it. It comes before 11 and after 9. It has both a 1 and a 0. It rhymes with ‘hen’ but doesn’t rhyme with ‘rooster.’ What’s not to like? The biggest reason I love the number 10, though, is that is always seems to attach itself […]