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My Favorite Things of 2015: This Year's Hot Toddy Culture

As I reflect on my favorite things of 2015, one question keeps haunting me: Why would anyone care? It is a tradition that I have repeated each year, and I’ve come to enjoy the opportunity to reflect on what mattered to me during the past year. I am very aware that some of my friends […]

My 10 Favorite Albums / Songs of 2011

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeWBS0JBNzQ&w=560&h=315] I’m an unapologetic fan of pop music, so those alternative music snobs out there that only appreciate “good music” will find themselves in disagreement with my list at points. I grew up in Nashville, and I know good songwriting when I hear it. That’s the reason I pay my respects here both to […]

My Favorite Music Videos of 2011

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_8ydghbGSg&w=560&h=315] There were a host of impressive music videos this year, but none I enjoyed more than Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper.” The video is especially impactful given its very personal dimension for Demi who chose physical imagery to demonstrate her emergence from personal pain and difficulty. It’s an inspiring song of determination and redemption, and […]

My Favorite Songs of 2010 … And Some That Should Have Been

The list below does not represent the “best” songs of 2010. See the list by the folks at Paste for a truly comprehensive list of the best songs of 2010: http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2010/12/the-50-best-songs-of-2010.html This list is not the “best” from a critical point of view, but simply those that I kept returning to time and again, those […]