I’m not sure what this list says about how well I seem to belong to a predictable going-backwards-Dad demographic. This is what has formed the backbone of the soundtrack to my life this year:
1). Jenny Lewis’s Voyager. I seem to discover new things to listen these days mainly by listening to David Byrne’s monthly playlist, which is where I first discovered this – I need to find better ways of keeping up.
2). Talking Heads, Real Live Wires. This is one of a number of live radio recordings from the late ’70s that are now available on CD; coming across this was a little bit like discovering previously unpublished lectures by Foucault.
3). Spoon, They Want My Soul. Lovely.
4). Bobby Darin’s Commitment.
5). Sibylle Baier’s Colour Green, thanks to Robert Forster’s book.
6). Kristen Hersh, Murder, Misery, and Then Goodnight, because both of my daughters like it.
7). James Brown, Gold. I spent a week in Cape Town with this as the only thing to listen to in the car, so now I feel a lot more funky than I did before.
8). Court Yard Hounds, Amelita.
9). Taylor Swift, 1989. We have 2 tickets to see her in Hyde Park next summer, and I still haven’t given up hope of being the grown-up who gets to go.
10). Frozen, The Soundtrack. Obviously.