But it was one of the toughest years of my life. My father passed away just before Christmas. My own health wasn’t too good either.
There’s good news to report, though. Our family now includes a puppy. We named her Mochi. She’ll get her own post soon. In the meantime, here’s a photo of her telling us that her bowl is empty.
Other highlights of the year include some precious time back to England with parents and other family. The kids made good starts at their respective new schools (high and middle).
All in all, I’m not sorry to see the end of 2018. I’m hoping for a better 2019.
Sorry, but I have to start with the death of Scott Hutchison, even though I posted about it at the time. There was no 2018 album that hit me like Midnight Organ Fight, the masterpiece from Scott’s band Frightened Rabbit.
Among the albums I enjoyed were Lucy Dacus’ debut Historian and Mitski’s Be the Cowboy. Here’s a sample from each: Night Shift and Nobody respectively (links to YouTube).
But my two heartiest recommendations are videos of old guys. My favorite musician Richard Thompson was on tour with his electric trio (which at times had three members, but often had more).
I love this video of the set at Shrewsbury–particularly the song selection, with material from the new album, from Fairport Convention 50 years ago, and many points on the timeline in between. The performance is great, as is the sound quality.
The other video is Tower of Power’s Tiny Desk show. ToP started 50 years ago, but are currently fronted by a powerful young singer. Everyone in the band can really play, and play together.
The reasons to be happy about music in 2018 are many and diverse. It’s a long way from Lucy Dacus to Tower of Power, and a very good journey indeed.
I love board games. By board games, I mean the sort of games that get described and discussed at BoardGameGeek.com (BGG). This includes board games, card games, apps allowing the play of such games,…
As 2018 replaces 2017 is a geeklist I recently posted to BGG. It is an account of my gaming in 2017 and of my plans for gaming in 2018. To summarize: More!
I hope that you have a great 2018, whatever your plans.