Part One is here.
7. Dress Blues – Jason Isbell
This is a devastating song about losing a friend in the war. Every couplet is like its own poignant vignette of the way loss affects people. “Now the high school gymnasium's ready/ full of flowers and old legionnaires/ Nobody showed up to protest/ just sniffle and stare
“But there's red, white, and blue in the rafters/ and there's silent old men from the corps/ What did they say when they shipped you away/ to fight somebody's
8. Chemicals Collide – Cloud Cult
This album, The Meaning of 8, hit me hard this year. The theme of loving and losing a child, and the vivid descriptions of a child’s carefree life resonated intensely to me. Becoming a parent this year, I can’t imagine not filtering the contents of this album through that lens. This CD was in my car when my daughter was born and I remember listening to it on my way to the hospital one morning when my daughter was just a few days old. It struck me dumb, as I spent that week in a daze, listening to lines like, “These days it’s hard to tell what’s outside from what’s in my mind.”
9. All The Stars – The Evening Rig
10. Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight) – The Ramones
The obligatory Christmas song on my CD. Not the greatest song, but I think it works.
11. Bus12 – The Umbrella Sequence
This came of the underrated record, Events. I just love the part where the music drops out and the last syllable of the word “Possibly” sails up and bridges the gap until the electronic-pop music starts again. This whole song is worth it for me just for those five seconds.
12. John Allyn Smith Sails –
Just as I knew that Mouthful of Bees would open this mix CD, I knew this
previous spectaculars: 2006 2005