Well, it has been one amazing year, to say the least. One of our most abundant harvests ever from a great growing season that gave us superb quality, my first grandchild is about to be born, my 2nd oldest daughter just got engaged, my son moved to Hawaii, Martha’s mom passed away, and our daughter Pirrie just started high school this fall. Oh, and we sold the winery. Other than that, not much going on
As we draw close to the end of the year, I always like to look back over the year in music – my other obsession and former occupation. (OK, chocolate may be another one, as well.)
The Grammy nominations just came out this week, and I’m sad to say it’s generally a pretty sorry lot. If we can’t do any better than Taylor Swift’s horribly plastic, cheesy and disposable “Shake it Off” for a Song of the Year and Record of the Year candidate, we’ve truly hit a new low. When a novelty hit like Meghan Trainor’s “All about the Bass” is also nominated in those categories, we’ve clearly reached the nadir. Yeesh.
There was, thankfully, music that excited me this year. I have become a rabid, passionate fan of Swedish pop-folk-americana duo First Aid Kit (who Pirrie turned me on to two years ago – the kid has great ears!) Think Joni Mitchell meets Simon & Garfunkel meets Emmylou Harris – brilliant stuff. See them live when they come to your town – they are the real deal.
2014 was the year of the Swedes, it seems. I also got into emerging artists Likke Li and Tove Lo, who are both from my ancestral land. (My mom was 100% Swede.)
Closer to home, I’ve been really loving the new Foo Fighters album and accompanying HBO series – Sonic Highways. Dave Grohl is making great music, and has emerged as a talented director as well with vision and something to say. (See his excellent documentary Sound City if you haven’t already – great stuff.)
Best live show of the year – still my guys the Eagles. After 40 years they just may be better than ever. Only Dr. Dré (who sold Beats to Apple for 3 Billion Dollars!) and Beyoncé made more money in the music biz last year. Don & Glen & Joe are still flyin’ high.
I’ve put a bunch of tracks from the new Pentatonix and Idina Menzel Christmas albums on our Xmas Master Mix, which is streaming around the house as I write, looking forward to a joyous celebration with family and friends over the coming couple of weeks. Oh yeah, and lots of great Pinot, Burgundy & Grower Champagne! Cheers, and a very Merry Christmas and Happy 2015 to you!!!