December 31, 2009

What's around the corner?

It's kind of crazy to try pinpointing all of the events that significantly affected my life over the past year. And I really can't wrap my head around this whole "new decade" thing. Twelve-year-old me didn't have a 10-year plan and I still don't have one, so I'll just say – at the risk of sounding trite – that a lot has happened in 2009. A lot of goodbyes, a lot of hellos and a lot of "you're still here!?"s.

In the spirit of a new year and a fresh start, I found while browsing my iTunes library a bunch of songs that seem to jive well with the tacking up of new calendars. This is neither a "top 10" nor a "best of" list, the model that has become so sickeningly popular as of late. There happen to be 10 songs because, well, I happen to like the number 10. I'm also partial to Canadian artists. Do you have a favourite song to ring in the New Year? Here are my picks.

Soundtrack to a Canadiana New Year:

• Danse Danse Resolution – Ruby Jean & The Thoughtful Bees
• Lullaby For The New World Order – Matthew Good
• Celebration Guns (Camouflage Nights With Kevin Drew Mix) – Stars
• A Thousand Suns – Hey Rosetta!
• Dance All Night – Julie Doiron
• Ballad Of A Comeback Kid – The New Pornographers
• Make A Little Noise – Joel Plaskett Emergency
• The First – Tegan and Sara
• Gonna Make It Through This Year – Great Lake Swimmers
• The Tigers Have Spoken – Neko Case (because 2010 is the Year of the Tiger)

Not quite the musical fare to which I'll be subjecting my ears at the pub tonight, but – Happy new year!

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