2011 in Song: Snapshots

Oh, Darling! - The Beatles

2011 was the year I was brought into the world of karaoke. A welcoming land that will have you practicing songs in your car and making a fool of yourself in front of people who don’t care. With an almost weekly routine, I went through lots and lots of songs, many of them duds, but this was one song I really enjoyed doing. It was even well received (and NOT kicked off stage) at a round of gong karaoke.

Cigarettes and Coffee - Otis Redding

I discovered the greatness of Otis Redding this year. I went through various favorite songs, but this was the first that I listened to on repeat. So sweet and simple.

It’s early in the morning
About a quarter till three
I’m sittin’ here talkin’ with my baby
Over cigarettes and coffee

Rolling in the Deep - Adele

Don’t you even pretend that you didn’t scream this song at the top of your lungs at least once this year. Personally? I did it about eighteen times.

Let Me Roll It - Paul McCartney

I also dove into the Post-Beatles-McCartney catalog this year. Listened to this track over and over.

Honorable McCartney Mentions: Another Day and Junk

Oh My God, This Weekend - Valentiger

Valentiger’s Oh, To Know! was on repeat in my car for the majority of March. It’s all sunny and smooth, fit perfectly with the melting snow.

The Black Keys - Tighten Up

I caught up with the rest of the world this summer when I discovered The Black Keys. They were the perfect energizing soundtrack at work. Also this video is hilarious.

Cheap Trick -  How Are You?

I bought a record player of my very own this summer, and was thus left with the task of building my record collection. I found Heaven Tonight, brand new in shrink wrap at Vertigo in November. It’s been my go to, non-holiday album.

I Can’t Make You Love Me - Bonnie Raitt

This one started way back in February, when Alex was lying on the floor of the Hope House, singing along to this song. Both Bon Iver and Adele covered it this year. It had a couple appearances at karaoke. And, to be perfectly frank, it was the underlying theme of all of my romantic encounters this year.

Nick Cave - Into My Arms

Finally, the epitome of my musical discoveries this year, Nick Cave.

I’d be lying if I said Harry Potter didn’t have something to do with this. I had seen Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in Wings of Desire, but didn’t actually look them up until hearing O, Children in Deathly Hallows.

I listened to the entire discography and fell in love with three albums in particular: Abattoir Blues/Lyre of Orpheus, No More Shall We Part, and The Boatman’s Call. Cave’s lyrics are masterpieces of human experience and spiritual questioning.

This song, in particular, struck a chord. Definitely a contender for “First Wedding Dance”.

That’s all for my year-end compilations. Hope they were enjoyable.

Catch you on the flip side.