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2020 is a year of gratitude and joy, for me

January 5, 2020

This year one of my public-facing goals is to revisit favorite music that brought me joy and to find new music to help me realize new joy(s), and as a part of that effort, I will attempt to listen to one new-to-me artist and one of their albums (taken from the Top 666 list). To select this artist and album, I will use a web-based random number generator and randomly generate a new option until I find one that is indeed new-to-me.

This week took four spins of the dial to shuffle past three other great albums: “Elephant” by the White Stripes, “Rubber Soul” by the Beatles, and Public Enemy’s, “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back”

WEEK 1: Artist and Album #520

Jungle, “Jungle” 

This is a band I’ve never heard of AT ALL and I’m a dedicated KEXP listener (along w many other public/indie radio stations). I’ve missed out because they are super cool, fun, and most definitely bringing me joy right now.

The second part of my 2020 gratitude and joy practice, the gratitude part, is going to come in the form of pings to my people with a recommendation to give Jungle, in this case, a listen as part of a note of gratitude, simple or complex, whatever feels right at the time. Those moments might be public via Twitter, or private via text message, letter, postcard, email, phone call etc. The gratitude part may be intimate and deeply personal, and private. Or silly.  “You all know me… You know how I make a living…” 


I’ve not done a public showing of any regular practice since one of those ye ole 365 photos just about 10 years ago (HT D’Arcy and Alan). I’m confident that this practice of gratitude and joy focused on music and friendship/kinship/love will help me mark the 52 weeks (which really get slippery when you’re running about with a one year old, and several other beasts full-time,) and more importantly help me hold close-in all of me-the supreme importance and inseparable-ness of gratitude and joy past, present, and future.

And that’s all I have to say about that beside

stay tuned.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 6, 2020 9:44 am


    here’s to a hopefully awesome 2020.

    • January 13, 2020 2:36 am

      Thanks you gorgeous, healthy snow bunny-from the beyond.


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