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2012 In Review: Music (Part 1)

Top 10 Most Played Tracks

For the most part, if you’ve followed my Music Friday posts or my monthly In Review posts, you might be able to predict some of this list. But even if you see a lot of it coming, it’s still fun to see exactly what had the most plays overall for the year. Countdown to number one with me as we bring 2012 to a close!

10. Of Monsters and Men – “From Finner”

I’m sort of surprised this track made the top ten, but not because I didn’t love it – it’s just that I was sure there were other songs I’d listened to more. Turns out I apparently listened to this a lot more than I thought while working on Beyond the Trees this summer

9. Artifex Pereo – “Liable for Tragedy”

It probably shouldn’t surprise you that a song by one of my favorite artists made the top ten this year, especially since they did last year too. Now that their new singer lives near the rest of the band, I am letting myself get really excited for new music. I’ve got my fingers crossed that 2013 is the year! 

8. O’ Brother – “Lo”

Easily one of my favorite *new bands of 2012, but I’ll say more about them in Part 2 of my Music In Review posts! 😀

*new to me, not necessarily to the world

7. The Black Keys – “Hell of a Season”

It didn’t come as a shock that The Black Keys put out another solid album this year. They’ve somehow managed to capture that old school sound and make it work in the modern world so well that as long as they keep doing that I’m sure they’ll be around making quality music for a long time. 

6. Four Year Strong – “Falling on You”

I gave this band a shot this year after seeing so many people list them as a favorite. Loved the album this song comes from so much I had to have more. I can definitely see why so many people listed them as a favorite. They’re really consistent and the kind of band I imagine would put on one hell of a show at a summer festival. 

5. Thousand Foot Krutch – “Quicken”

Heather () got me into this band this year and I’m so glad she had so much to share. A lot of TFK songs came really close to being on this list with the rest of these. I’m a big fan of subtle Christian rock so any time I stumble onto something new I really like, it’s sure to get a lot of plays. 

4. Arctic Monkeys – “R U Mine?”

If you know me at all, my love of Alex Turner and Arctic Monkeys in general shouldn’t be news to you. They released a few singles this year that I ate up like candy and there’s talk that they’ll be making a new album in 2013. I can’t wait! 

3. Underoath – “A Fault Line, A Fault of Mine”

I started the year playing Underoath ad nauseam for the sake of two of my novels and then towards the end of the year played them ad nauseam all over again because of their disbanding announcement. I am really sad Underoath will never make new music again. Such a staple in the music industry. 

2. Mindless Self Indulgence – “Tornado”

After getting reacquainted with MSI last year, they became a huge influence for my novel Dreamsters this year. With a new album slated for release in March 2013, I have no doubt they’ll be a contender for this list once again next year. 

1. Shearwater – “Breaking the Yearlings”

It’s funny to me that this, of all songs, is still the number one most played song of the year because it reached it’s height in a course of a few days and I’ve hardly listened to it since. It’s not that I don’t love the song, but it’s definitely not my favorite of the year and I’ve never even listened to other songs by this band. But at the time I downloaded it on recommendation, I literally couldn’t get enough of it and it lived on repeat alongside nothing else for a couple days before I finally had my fill.

Do you keep track of your most played music throughout the year? What made your top 10 songs in 2012?

Be sure to check back tomorrow for Part 2 of my Music In Review, where I pay homage to the best *new bands in 2012!

*new to me, not necessarily the world

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Me, the Slacker?

You’ve probably noticed I’ve failed to make an April: In Review post yet and it’s already the 12th of May…. Yeah, I’ll cover that in this post first (quickly).

        Nothing to report here, April was useless.        

Okay, no, I’m kidding. I mean I don’t have a ton of things to report, but I have a few things to reflect on. Like…

I managed to read two books, neither of which were the completion of those two books I started back in February. (Who knows when I’ll ever finish them?) You can see what I thought about the two books I did read though by clicking the title: Infamous (Chronicles of Nick, Book 3) by Sherrilyn Kenyon & The Walking Dead (Book 1 (Vol. 1-2) by Robert Kirkman 

With my birthday, Easter, and some beautiful Spring weather all going down in April, I put my camera to use more than usual and tested my photography skills on more than just Gideon for a change (though there are some adorable ones of him, too). Rather than post an excess of “favorite” pictures that will likely slow down your feed, I’ll post one from each of the albums and if you want to see more, feel free to venture to the albums by clicking each of the pictures below. 

‘A Mother-Son Bond through the Glass’
Rachel & Gideon, Easter 2012


Me in the Smithsonian Gardens, Washington DC
(Technically Heath took this, but I set up the shot)


Mariner Point Park


Best of Instagram
(Oh, yeah, I’m on Instagram now. Follow me @swhisted)

Music in April was glorious as usual. It’s one of the constants in my life that never lets me down.

Arctic Monkeys released a new track….

“Electricity”

I fell hook, line, and sinker for Four Year Strong and Circa Survive.

“Falling on You”

“Semi Constructive Criticism” 

Saosin and letlive. demanded my ears attention and are still screaming, “Play Me NOW!” despite my attempts to listen to the new loot Heather () sent me for my birthday.

“Sleepers”

“Homeless Jazz”

And I checked out a number of new (to me) stuff by bands like Cage the Elephant, Arcade Fire, and Sleeping with Sirens. (Clicking those names will take you to a song, FYI.)

The oddest song that found itself on repeat in April had to be this, though:

Sleigh Bells – “Comeback Kid”

As for writing (notice how I saved that one for last?), well it didn’t happen. At ALL. And while I’ll admit to it bothering me greatly (like self-doubt is at an all-time high), I realized that it’s Spring, and while I’d love to deny a truth I settled on last year, it means I probably won’t write anything of value or substance until Fall comes around again. The idea of this makes me feel a little insane. If you are a writer, you know what it’s like to have words trapped inside of you with no way of escaping. If you’re not, I probably just sound like a crazy person, but whatever. I really hope that I can somehow break this seasonal writer curse I seem to have placed on me, but my outlook is pretty grim.

Anyway, the real purpose of this post was to tell you what I’ve been up too because it’s been a while since I did a ‘general life’ post.

Last week I had an HBO marathon of the entire series of Bored to Death and The Game of Thrones. Bored to Death was a terribly hilarious series that was canceled too soon in my opinion. Ted Danson is a riot in it. And I’ve already seen most of Season 1 of The Game of Thrones, but I needed a refresher course before I finished what I’d missed. That show is crazy good. I’m glad I can finally keep up with it instead of having all of Twitter and Tumblr spoil it for me. I plan to finally catch up on True Blood next, as the new season begins in June and I’d like the net to not ruin it for me by still being behind.

I’ve also been watching a lot of hockey. I always keep up with the Washington Caps (my team, duh), but since they’d made it into the playoffs, I was paying even more attention than usual. Sadly, they played their last playoff game tonight. I can’t pretend I’m not disappointed, but I can at least conclude that 3rd string goalie, Braden Holtby, is amazing in the way that Olaf Kolzig was back when I first got into hockey and this thrills me. The caps would be foolish to let his talent remain in 3rd string standings come next season.

Today I just finished reading the funniest book I’ve ever read, and it’s a memoir which is not my typical read, so I’m delighted to have enjoyed it the way I did. I’m not lying when I say I’ve literally laughed out loud, to the point of tears, every couple of pages in this book. It is full of comedic value, even at times when you wouldn’t expect there to be anything funny. You should totally check it out. 

“Let’s Pretend this Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)” by Jenny Lawson
(otherwise known as The Bloggess)

Immediately after I started reading Carrie Jones’ ENDURE (the final NEED book) and am already half way through it. I’ll likely finish it tomorrow because it’s so great you just can’t put it down, but I’m sure I’ll regret speeding through the last book so quickly because it’s always sad saying goodbye to a great series.

My weight loss effort has been heavier than ever on my mind. In fact, I’ve become a bit obsessive about it, but like all other things in my life that I let my OCD take over, I can’t see this being a bad thing because it’s keeping me on track more than I’ve been in the past. I’ve been finding all of these people who are as big as me or even bigger who have made remarkable progress – the right way – and it inspires me greatly. If they can do it, there is no reason I can’t believe I can’t do the same. Still, the time it will take can be frustrating. There are days when I feel like I must have made a great progress and the scale has nothing positive to say to me. This can be discouraging, but overall I know I’m making healthier choices and it’s doing something really cool to my mentality. I hope I really keep it up this time. I’d love to post before and after picture with major evidence of my journey.

And, so, that’s pretty much it. My life is so exciting, right? (That’s sarcasm, obviously.) What have all of YOU been up to these days? Please sound off in the comments!

Peace – Sarah

P.S. I know I'm behind on LJ comments. I plan to work on that this week, so sorry in advance if your blog gets a ton of late love.

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