Sunday, December 30, 2018
Fifteenth Annual Ralphies
One more time around the sun! This year had lows, it had highs, but the lows were lower and the highs were higher. A pretty intense year, if you want to know the truth. And now to the awards ...
MUSIC: Maybe it was just serendipity, but music seems to have had a pretty good year, or I just heard some good music that's been out there for a while. A few songs were outstanding and kept playing in my brain throughout the summer and fall, most notably "Pristine" by Snail Mail and "Your Dog" by Soccer Mommy. Despite a late surge by "Future Me Hates Me" by the Beths, the Song of the Year award goes to "Pristine" (local girl Lindsey Jordan makes good). Other songs I kept pressing repeat on were "Lover Chanting" (Little Dragon), "Almost Had to Start a Fight" (Parquet Courts), "Yellow Bike" (Pedro the Lion), and "Highway Tune" (Greta van Fleet). Of cover tunes, "Destination Unknown" (Joan Jett) and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Patti Smith) deserve notice.
MOVIES: I saw some movies! Very enjoyable were The Favourite (not at all what I expected) and Incredibles 2 (pretty much what I expected). But the Best Movie award goes to Into the Spider-Verse, with Avengers: Infinity War a close second. (Yeah, I'm a Marvel fan, what of it? Sad farewell to Steve Ditko and Stan Lee.)
TV: I didn't watch TV. I had it on from time to time. There were ball games and re-runs.
BOOKS (Non-fiction): I tried to read Bob Woodward's Fear, but found it too depressing to go more than a few pages in. But I finally got around to reading Just Kids by Patti Smith, which was SO good. I don't feel a part of that kind of demimonde at all, but anyone can relate to the story of artists finding their voice and growing up at the same time.
BOOKS (fiction): Did anything blow my mind this year? I guess it was Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. A very compelling read.
POLITICS: I actually donated some money to Beto O'Rourke's campaign. First time I've done that in .... a long time. I'm sorry he didn't win, but I have a feeling he'll be around for a while.
That's all, folks! See you next year.