The Best Of January 2015

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You may have heard that January is over. To acknowledge the overness of this past month, I have gone ahead and compiled a playlist entitled “Best Of January 2015: You’re Worth It, So Change It“. Most of these songs were released within the past 31 days, a few came out a little earlier, and amidst this, there are some older songs that resonated with me within this time period.

What’s the story behind those selections? I’m so glad you asked! Both “Pony” and “Human Nature” were songs that I’ve been wanting to perform at karaoke for ages, and I finally gathered up enough courage to give them both a try a week ago. You can watch an embarrassing video of me singing about my saddle over here (if that’s something you’d be into). It should go on the record that my saddle is, indeed, waiting, and it would behoove you to jump on it as soon as possible. A saddle can only be patient for so long.

┬áSofia Talvik‘s “If I Had A Man” was one of my favorites from her album The Owls Are Not What They Seem, and since she personally reached out to thank me for my support over the years, I thought I’d include it here and, in the process, let you know that she’s currently raising funds for her next project Big Sky Country. This reminds me that I should probably respond to Sofia’s very, very nice e-mail.

Hmm, what else? Bette Midler‘s on there, because I just bought my darling boyfriend tickets to see her as an anniversary gift. (Seven years!) Taking Back Sunday is there, because apparently I am an angsty teenager stuck in a grown man’s body. The Tri-City Singers, Coko and Dolly Parton are the counterpoint to all that defiant screaming, each offering a bit of joy and inspiration.

The newer songs don’t have as many stories attached to them. The dance remix of that Lily Wood & The Prick song played constantly while I was traveling in Los Angeles, along with Selena Gomez‘s “The Heart Wants What It Wants” and Usher‘s slightly sex positive (but also slightly condescending) bop “I Don’t Mind“. They all grew on me, because that’s what happens when you drive around in sunny weather listening to the same three songs over and over again.

Everything else is just random stuff I like, arranged in a somewhat cohesive manner that should (hopefully) flow with each transition. It should be noted that the entire self-titled Vallis Alps EP is worth checking out, Fifth Harmony has proven to us the importance of horns in pop music, and “Oh My Zeus” is the greatest song you’ve never heard about two girlfriends chatting on the phone about a womanizing Greek god.

If you are somehow still reading this, then I’d like to remind you (or tell you for the first time) that original artwork by yours truly is now available through Society 6. I’ve made the decision that, from now until May 7, all profits made from sales on the site will be donated to BAGLY – The Boston Alliance of LGBTQ Youth. Links to a few of my favorite designs are included below: