"The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don't always soften the bad things, but vice versa the bad things don't always spoil the good things and make them unimportant." -11th Doctor, Doctor Who
I don't know where to begin. I think it suffices to say that 2014 was a year of change and transition, or in a manner of speaking, a year of conjectures. As you are probably aware, the biggest transition was my move from Nashville to Flagstaff. After six years in Nashville, I packed up a truck and drove across the country to start a new life in a new place. And honestly, it has been bittersweet. It should come as no surprise that everything about this mix is tied to that moment, because if anything, 2014 was about that moment. From the seemingly endless job market to the official acceptance of a new position, this transition was woven into the fabric of my year.
I can remember celebrating the New Year with Ashley and Michelle and all the lovely folks of the Germantown neighborhood, thinking, "This will likely be the last New Year we get to all spend together." And it became a joke (in that, every time I did ANYTHING, I said, "But, what if it is the last time?), but it always felt all too true. And then, one day, it was the last time.
I plan to post my annual "A Year in Review" post closer to the new year; however, until then...here is the annual mix, complete with my typical banter about each song, some lyrics, and a few videos.
1. I Know It’s Wrong (But That’s Alright): Hurray for the Riff Raff
2. Head Underwater: Jenny Lewis
There’s a little bit of magic,
3. How: Regina Spektor
We will meet again somehow, my darlings.
4. Blue Eyes: Paul Baribeau
5. My Silver Lining: First Aid Kit
6. Violent Shiver: Benjamin Booker
7. Today and a Lonely Night: Justin Townes Earle
Y'all know I heart JTE. He will always be Nashville to me. After moving, it took me a couple of months before I could listen to any of his music. I would hear his voice and the sadness I felt about leaving the city behind was too much. But I remember one day, I was walking around Flagstaff listening to his latest album. And this song played and it reminded me of how much I miss and love about that town. But how, sometimes, we also need to move somewhere new to start over again. Always, knowing we'll be back some day.
8. You Are Your Mother’s Child: Conor Oberst
10. History Eraser: Courtney Barnett
but luckily I left the heater on.
Can’t remember how it goes.
and faraway I heard you say you liked me.
the Rolling Stones, oh woe is we, the irony..."
11. Forgiven/Forgotten: Angel Olsen
12. When I’m Gone: Caitlin Rose
14. No One Else: Hurray for the Riff Raff
Here's how to access the mix for your personal listening pleasure. There are several options:
1) Subscribe to the mix on Spotify. Here is the link: Conjectures: Katherine's 13th Annual Mix, 2014
2) Watch and listen all the songs on YouTube. Here is the link: Conjectures: Katherine's 13th Annual Mix, 2014
3) Or, if you'd like a hard copy of the mix and/or cover art, send me a message via email/Face/tumblr with your address and I'll send you a copy for the holidays.