Songs Of The Year / Quarter (Master List)

In 2012… I started to make a list of songs of the year. Since it was a new year… I picked a song for 2011 since that’s when I knew I was going to be single. In 2015… I felt I needed to note more songs and switched it to quarterly.

Links Of Songs Above:

Song Of The Quarter: There Is Something On My Mind by Big Jay McNeely | Quarter 2 – 2023

“Something on My Mind” is a bluesy R&B song by saxophonist Big Jay McNeely, released in 1959. The song is a lament about a troubled relationship, with McNeely singing about how he can’t get his lover off his mind, even though they are no longer together. The lyrics express his longing and regret over losing her, and his desire to win her back. The song is driven by McNeely’s soulful saxophone playing and features a catchy, repetitive melody that emphasizes the song’s emotional intensity. Overall, “Something on My Mind” is a classic example of the emotional and musical power of early R&B and blues music.

I really love the groove of this song. I find it sexy as hell.

Movies Watched Recently. The last 40…

Movies above / Top Gun: Maverick 9/10 | Triangle of Sadness 7/10 | The Banshees of Inisherin 8/10 | The Menu 8/10 | The Watcher 7/10 | The Peanut Butter Falcon 8/10 | The Change Up 6/10 | Coda 8/10 |

In my list of 101 Things To Do In 1001 Days, I have a goal to watch more movies. To get those titles on my watchlist to 300 titles. Right now it’s at 534 titles. My goal is to get my reviewed movies up to 700 and now that is at 534. Top Gun was a 9/10 since who can’t argue with jets and missiles… made me fall in love with Jennifer C again. I gave 8’s to four movies in my last 10 watched…

The first one goes to The Banshees of Inisherin and The Menu. The Peanut Butter Falcon was my dark horse 8 and Coda made me tear up with another solid 8.

My ratings are under each movie thumbnail.

Next 10:

Movies above: She Said 8/10 | Emily the Criminal 7/10 | The Good Nurse 7/10 | The Night Before 6/10 | Operation Mincemeat 6/10 | The Redeem Team 6/10 | Cha Cha Real Smooth 9/10 | The Card Counter 6/10 | The Nest 5/10 | Ticket To Paradise 6/10 |

Cha Cha Real Smooth topped the list at a 9/10 by me. It has an IMDb Metascore of 69 and a 7.3/10 by close to 20k people. I fell in love with Cooper Raiff’s character and who can’t love Dakota Johnson? (I didn’t know that’s Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith’s kid… and I never knew she plays Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Of Grey/Darker and Freed. All of which I have never seen but I heard all the moms loved the book) Such a great movie!! Highly recommended. Leslie Mann is also cute in this movie and I missed her since “This Is 40”.

She Said came in with a solid 8/10 and IMDb Metascore at 74 and 13k people rating it on average as a 7.2 // Solid movie about putting away a scumbag by having that ball roll down the hill by two New York reporters who broke one of the most important stories that help ignite a movement and shattered decades of silence around the subject of sexual assault in Hollywood.

Other notes…

Emily the Criminal was worth the watch. I gave it a 7 and enjoyed following her story. The Good Nurse was also worth the watch on a Sunday afternoon with Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne.

Movies above: The Killing of Two Lovers 6/10 | 38 at the Garden 6/10 | Luckiest Girl Alive 6/10 | Lou 6/10 | Untold Operation Flagrant Foul 7/10 | NYC Point Gods 6/10 | Where the Crawdads Sing 6/10 | Parasite 8/10 | I Orgins 7/10 | Shutter Island 8/10

Movies above: Inception 8/10 | The Life Aquatic 7/10 | Winning Time 8/10 | Little Miss Sunshine 6/10 | Hustle 7/10 | Before Midnight 8/10 | Day Zero 8/10 | Ted K 6/10 | The Worst Person In The World 9/10 | Please Hold 8/10

I think I will get my movie goal…

It’s now boring Feb/March so it’s time to watch some movies. I’m making some notes of stuff to watch… so many movies on the watchlist… it’s sometimes hard to pick one since I forget what they are about for the ones that I fell in love with the trailer.

Some are for me alone… some are for a friend and some are for a woman…

2023 Is Now! I’m Happy I made It Another Turn Around The Sun

honestly… i started this blog in 2012 when my marriage ended just to be an open journal and to bookmark stuff.

I’ll make a better update in a couple of days and reflect on the past year or quarter or whatever. it’s always nice to look forward to a new year. and i hopefully will jump into the new year like the cold lake a Silent Lake Provincial Park and jump in nuts and all…

Hope everyone had a sweet holiday. I’m a sucker for updating my Facebook cover photo and above is the holiday cover just in portrait mode. It’s a collection usually from Tumblr mixed in with personal photos. A quiet holiday here which is fine with mostly catching up with people online. Hung out with Shelly this past Christmas which was sweet. She is a great friend.

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Songs of the Quarter 2022

Quarter 1: Back Up Again by Moonshine Collective

“Back Up Again” is a folk-pop song by Moonshine Collective, released in 2015. The song is an upbeat, optimistic track that celebrates resilience and the ability to bounce back from difficult times. The lyrics speak to the idea that even when life knocks you down, you can always get back up again and keep moving forward. The song features catchy melodies, harmonies, and a lively rhythm that create a feel-good atmosphere. The use of acoustic instruments like guitar, mandolin, and banjo adds to the song’s folksy, rootsy vibe. Overall, “Back Up Again” is an uplifting and inspiring song that encourages listeners to persevere and stay positive in the face of adversity.

Quarter 2 : Catholic Country / Kings Of Convenience & Feist

I’m not a churchy guy. But just love the feel of this song.

“Catholic Country” is a mellow, introspective indie-folk song by Kings of Convenience, featuring Feist, released in 2021. The song’s lyrics explore themes of religion, faith, and identity, with a focus on the contradictions and complexities that can arise when trying to reconcile these things. The title “Catholic Country” is a metaphor for the idea that we are all living in a world that is full of conflicting beliefs and values, and that it can be difficult to find a sense of belonging and purpose within that context. The song’s gentle acoustic guitar and vocal harmonies create a soothing, contemplative atmosphere, while Feist’s guest vocals add a layer of emotional depth and complexity. Overall, “Catholic Country” is a thought-provoking and introspective song that encourages listeners to reflect on their own beliefs and values, and to find meaning and purpose in a world that can often feel confusing and overwhelming.

Quarter 3: Fixed / Stars

“Fixed” is a dreamy indie-pop song by Canadian band Stars, released in 2020. The song’s lyrics explore themes of nostalgia and the desire to hold onto the past, even as time moves on. The title “Fixed” is a reference to the idea that some things in life are unchanging, and that we often look to these constants as a source of comfort and stability. The song’s hazy, atmospheric soundscapes create a dreamlike, nostalgic mood, while the vocals express a sense of longing and wistfulness. The use of electronic instrumentation and production techniques adds a modern touch to the song’s classic pop sound. Overall, “Fixed” is a poignant and reflective song that captures the bittersweet emotions of looking back on the past while moving forward into the future.

Quarter 4: Coming Of Age / Blondes

“Coming of Age” is an electronic dance track by the American electronic duo Blondes, released in 2017. The song’s title is a reference to the idea of growing up and taking on new responsibilities and challenges. The track features pulsing rhythms, shimmering synths, and repetitive, hypnotic melodies that create a trance-like atmosphere. The use of electronic instrumentation and production techniques gives the song a futuristic, otherworldly sound. While the song doesn’t have any lyrics, the driving beat and intense sonic textures create a sense of urgency and energy that captures the excitement and anxiety of facing new experiences and challenges. Overall, “Coming of Age” is an exhilarating and immersive dance track that celebrates the thrill of personal growth and self-discovery.