For years I would make a compilation CD for the holidays of my favorite songs from the past year. It took a ton of work. It was fun. I tried not to include too much pop. Tried to turn my friends onto new music they had possibly missed. Now I am a streamer, and should be making my 2014 playlist to share on Spotfiy. I have this mix I have been adding to named, "Songs I might like". It is full of great cuts - mostly from the past year, but some a bit older. It is on Deezer, which is a French streaming service with a very high bit rate that is not quite available yet for the masses in the US. I will try to pull the best songs and share them in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, I want to share my favorite music discovery of 2014: The Toure-Raichel Collective. The band is lead by Vieux Farka Toure, an incredible blues guitarist from Mali, and son of the great Ali Farka Toure. He is also a muslim. The other leader is Idnan Raichel, an Israeli Jewish keyboardist. They both lead their own tightly produced bands most of the year, but for a month or so, they meet up and play like they are just hanging out on a front porch.
This is the music of the god's. It is on almost everyday at some point in my life. I saw them in Boulder on a freezing night last fall. I was transported to that place we dream lies in our soul that is rich and deep and makes everything possible and special.
I love their album, The Paris Sessions. Get it. Start your year with it.
It is a gift.
Happy New Year!