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.

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.

A New Year > A New Playlist: Timm Chiusano Inspired (+ Worldly) > This Is A Sunday In Your xx’s

I’m a sucker for creativity. A sucker for documenting life and being reflective. Timm is one of those people. He is the Casey Niestat of TikTok. Let’s call them vlogs that just capture a typical day in his 40s. Sure Timm is not a typical dude. The dude is driven. The dude has a big role in a company where he oversees about 200 peeps. A busy father to a driven wife. But he has perfected the art of making a “mostly-everyday” vlog on TikTok. He documents using his phone and edits his craft. The dude has it dialled down. Hey… he cheats. He uses older footage when talking about his morning routines and uses other edited sequences when doing the voiceover on the day. Fuck me… watch some of them and appreciate the little things he notices and documents… and throw in more personal behind-the-scenes knowledge in the voiceover.

The edit is crisp and flowing. Fast like our minds to keep us engaged. I remember when 150k followed Timm. Now it’s close to 900k following the daddy we wish we had.

I made a video (below) about making the playlist and also about Timm’s editing style for his TikTok Vlogs. I want to make some. I also asked my friend Cara to make some too (since she lives life on the “cool”)

I know not everyone is on TikTok. He has playlists inside his TikTok which is worth a scroll through this “Book Of Appreciation”. His “Introductions”. His playlist about his wife “Kelly” and his “Perspective.

Timm is on TikTok here. This past month has seen an increase in Timm’s style of daily vlogs by regular folk like me and Cara. So I asked the grasshopper to study him and make one. She said she would and wanted me to make one. I don’t live a fun life like her… but I told her I would.

This playlist is inspired by this creative man. Two songs you see so much in his TikTok vlogs are “Sunday by HNNY” and “Mother’s Love by Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou” which you will find in this wonderful playlist.

Timm went to school in Toronto. Comes back every year with dinner with his old friends. Lives in NYC.

Timm’s personal website is here.

Don’t forget to check out his resources tab on his website with helpful stuff about trying to work in a big office or do well in that office.

Let’s get to the music below…

Before we start and I get long-winded in my sentence typing… this playlist was created to store some of my “worldly” music that doesn’t fit in some of my playlists. I wanted a light and fun playlist for the “chillout” + “Sunday vibing” + relaxing + laptop playing + dreaming about travelling + dinner-making and couch time. Hell, you can throw this on with people around…

Let’s break down some of the songs…

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