Best Songs – 2013

Great year for music.  Any year with new Arcade Fire has to be good.  But here’s three songs that I dug, for one reason or another.

Lana Del Rey seems to be one of those people so talented it seems impossible that she should exist, but am I ever glad that she does.  And that voice… I know this is a remix, but it rocks.

Empire of the Sun, don’t know much about them, but there is something infectious and joyous about this song, and it’s the best video of the year too.

And finally Glen Hansard.  I’m sure most people have heard of him, or seen the movie “Once” (which is brilliant).  This song is a knock-out.  It’s just him and his voice, on Letterman.  And that is amazing.

Merry Christmas everyone.  Happy holidays.  Be safe, be good, and enjoy.  One extra song, this is my friend WilderSoul singing a strange poem:

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19 thoughts on “Best Songs – 2013

  1. I don’t know how it happened but music got away from me. It used to be such a big deal in my life. I never wanted to be one of those guys who was stuck listening to the music he grew up with and not paying any mind to the new stuff but I think that’s what’s occurred. So I appreciate these posts. They wake me up a bit.

    Glen Hansard is rolling in wealth. He wrote a Broadway show based on Once that’s a huge hit. It’ll play forever and they’ve put a few road show versions out there. It’s a money machine for the authors. Good on him.

    • It’s funny you should say that, I often have fears about letting music move past me. I used to be current with almost everything, but not so much now. But music means so much to me, I have no musical talent at all and I have such respect for those who do. There is so much good music out there, but you really have to dig for it at times – which is okay.

      I think someone just got me tickets to Once for Christmas, so may be going soon. Glad Mr. Hansard is doing well, I figure he deserves it.

      So I’m about to figure out how to follow you by the way. I tried once, but it seemed more difficult than normal (more difficult for me, anyway).

      Hope you have a great holidays. Trent

      • That’s a good Christmas gift. I haven’t seen Once, but I know people who have and they all walk away satisfied. I haven’t been able to see it yet because they haven’t floated any discount tickets. They haven’t had to. It’s doing that well. I can never pay retail. I can only go if there’s a discount. Hansard was the guitarist in The Commitments. Did you see that film? If not, it’s worth checking out. He looks hilariously young in it.

        I attribute the fact that I have so few followers to the fact that my site is a complete cluster-fuck of script and to the high degree of difficulty in following. That MUST be the reason! It can’t possibly be the content, right? I think if you click on the follow button you might get an email alert. Might not.

        Happy holidays. Here comes the new year. Make a wish. You never know.


        • Mark,

          You always have something interesting to say on comments. Your blog is just hard to follow, is all. On other blogs, I hit the follow button and it’s in my reader. On yours, I’ll now get e-mail alerts to an account I seldom check. But whatever. Let’s dance.


    • Or…wait…there’s an email subscription button in my right sidebar. I just noticed that! I wonder how long it’s been there? Do you know how Le Clown is the grand master of social networking and new media? Well, I’m the opposite of that. Hence, the results for each of us.

      • Got it. That seemed to have worked. I’m in.

        Le Clown is the Grand Master, indeed, and seems to have actual followers. I have many followers but not many real ones, so I’m in the same boat my man. I really need to get out. Explore a little. Invite myself over. Steal the silverware.

      • Ya know, this kind of pisses me off a little bit. You’re not the first person who wrote to say they’d like to follow but found it impossible to do so. Believe it or not, I actually PAID someone to migrate my site from Blogger over to WordPress because I don’t know jack SHIT about coding and couldn’t do it myself. Finding readers is hard enough. And let’s face it…we all want readers. People who say they’re blog because they find the act of writing satisfying enough are delusional jack-offs.

        • Sorry Mark. I think WordPress’ functionality is pretty good actually. Kind of spoils you. Just have to hit the one button to follow. You should e-mail WordPress tech support, they’re pretty good about getting back.

          Yup, it’s all about the readers. Anyone truly feeling otherwise wouldn’t be here. They’d be writing for themselves.

          Anyway, happy holidays. I’m like hungover all the time right now. Makes for lousy writing but fun times.

  2. I do have a soft spot for Arcade Fire, and Summertime Sadness is my favourite Lana Del Rey song. As for Glen Hansard, I think his voice is quite amazing.

    • How on earth did you remember… that’s an amazing memory right there, my friend. And thank you. Seems like they’re not getting back together. What a shame. I would be the first person there.

      • Oh I would go too. In a heartbeat. There’s nothing I’d love more than taking my 13 year-old daughter to see them perform live, especially the song FERNANDO. She pretends she doesn’t like when I sing it to her to cheer her up, but secretly she does. What a treat that would be.

        Sigh. If only…

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