It’s that time of year again, where I compile a list of songs that mattered to me this year.
1. Think of Meryl Streep (from FAME!) – due to a powerful political moment by Meryl Streep at the start of the year that I blogged about then.
2. Bread and Roses (and maybe also Power in a Union). First one is a folk song, the second is by Billy Bragg. They reference the Women’s March and surrounding politics.
The next are a bunch of love songs that speak to me. I first listened to them on Triple J and they remind me of feelings I felt then and feel now.
3. Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran)
4. Say My Name (Tove Stryke)
5. I Want Something Just Like This (The Chainsmokers)
The next one is one of a bunch I heard when watching my first Eurovision Party this year.
6. Eurovision 2017:
Running on Air (Nathan Trent)
Lights and Shadows (O’G3NE)
Origo (Joci Pápai)
Where I Am (Anja)
My Friend (Jacques Houdek)
Grab the Moment (JOWST)
Story of My Life (Naviband)
Beautiful Mess (Kristian Kostov)
I Feel Alive (IMRI)
Yodel It (Alex Florea & Ilinca)
Fly with Me (Artsvik)
Flashlight (Karsia Moś)
Amar pelos dois (Salvador Sobral)
City Lights (Blanche)
Don’t Come Easy (Isaiah)
Never Give Up on You (Lucie Jones)
Next are some from the concerts of the year:
7. Te Deum (from the MonUCS May concert, Choral Icons). First time I’d heard this song and I still remember it well. From the same concert, other standouts included Five Eyes and Vivaldi’s Gloria.
8. Peace/ Equip Yourself for Life, Pink Telegram, 0808, and other songs from the John Monash Peace Cantata – a highlight of the year and one I’m proud to have participated in. My only regret is that uni prevents me from participating in the overseas performance next year.
9. Pirates of Penzance (from MonUCS’ performance). I find myself humming songs from the production at times still. I’m not singling out any because they were all very good.
10. ETA: Mr Brightside (by The Killers). Purely because hearing it reminds me of the 2017 AFL Grand Final, with all its emotions. #gotiges
11. Finally, Christmas songs. This year, those include adapted versions of Winter Wonderland and White Christmas as for once they were almost appropriate. As well as “Green Book Carols”, from MIV carolling gigs and LaTUCS’ carols performance. Also the Vaughn Williams’ piece, Fantasia on Christmas Carol. I was reminded of the piece at the start of December and realised that I really had had a good year, as the last part of the piece hoped.
There might be more, but I think ten is a good starting point! Happy New Year everyone. I’m currently finishing this on a plane that’ll land back in Australia from Japan in a bit under an hour. I’ll post this then.
Keep an eye out for the rest of the Japan Trip posts this week and I hope you have a good year ahead of you. I reckon I do, but I know it’ll be busy too. MIV2018 starts on the 11th after all…