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Friday random ten: My year in music, part 1

Among other things, 2014 was a year in which I acquired a lot of music. Some of this was music I wanted and got for myself, but a lot of it was music that one or both girls asked for. There were enough new tunes that I’m going to break this up into two post, one for the first half of the year and one for the latter half. Here were some highlights from January through June:

1. Royals – Lorde
2. Harlem Shake – Baauer
3. Let It Go – Idina Menzel
4. Never Never – The Tontons
5. We’re Doing A Sequel – The Muppets
6. Our Lips Are Sealed – Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs
7. Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5
8. Can’t Stop Singing – Ross Lynch & Maia Mitchell
9. Everyone Is Gonna Love Me Now – Ingrid Michaelson
10. Born Blonde – Wild Moccasins

Here’s my annual accounting from last year. TV shows (“Can’t Stop Singing”) and movies (“We’re Doing A Sequel” and (duh) “Let It Go”) were big drivers of purchases this year, as I expect them to be for the foreseeable future. The kids also often ask for songs they hear at school, either through their Creative Movement class or from other kids (“Harlem Shake”, “Moves Like Jagger”). After our Honda minivan was totaled by a guy that crashed into me while I was sitting at a stoplight, we had a rental for a week or so that had satellite radio, and I found myself listening to some kind of new-ish, indie-ish station (I wish I could remember what it was, and looking at the station descriptions now doesn’t help) and heard “Royals” for the first time. Olivia was with me, she said she was familiar with the song and liked it, so I got it. The Tontons and The Wild Moccasins are both Houston groups whose music came up as offerings on Noisetrade, so I picked them up. We saw Ingrid Michaelson at the House of Blues in May after I discovered that my second cousin Chris Kuffner was in her backing band; he scored us some tickets, and we bought the CD she was touring in support of at the show. As for Sweet & Hoffs, I’d heard a ton of their stuff on Coverville over the years and finally decided I needed some of it. So that’s the story so far.

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