Five more albums tested and tasted: one female singer/songwriter (Weyes Blood 6/10), two fresh indie bands (Tiny Little Houses 8/10 and Whitney 7/10), and, to my surprise, two electronic selections (Eluvium 7/10 and Brian Eno 7/10). If interested, check out my reviewlets on this Pinterest board: https://au.pinterest.com/bigdecade/rock-music-big-year-reviewlets/
An album every damned day . . . not easy when your ears have lost the habit of careful listening. Kris Kringle (thanks Daniel Kabel!) left a gift under the Xmas tree, a small blackboard, some chalk and a tiny rubber. “For writing down your designated album,” I was told.
Such an antiquated device in the era of digital apps that can prompt us about anything at all . . . but it works. It sets in train the day from which I’ll carve 40 minutes to do what I yearn to do.
Most important: I wrote and worked well . . . not quite as well as I should have, but I rose early on six days (slept in once but made up for it) and hunkered down. I rode a bike three days, only 76 kms not 100 kms, but enjoyed every moment and consider my launch a fine one. Jogging was, for some reason, horribly tough, and I dropped short on Wednesday, but I forgive myself. I listened to music all 7 days – carving out the time was irksome but I’m already getting used to that – andsuddenly I’m humming stuff in my head! All up, an encouraging start and the tension I imposed upon myself will, I’m sure, ease over the next few weeks as I get used to a very different way of focusing time.
I promised not to post every single reviewlet but this one is a keeper. Check out the stunning first track, “Select All Delete,” and his ode to a failed Powerpoint presentation, “Postdoc Blues.”
I do. But this year isn’t the one for full reviews. Instead, I’m documenting the year’s daily regimen – an album a day, repeated three times – with what I’m calling a reviewlet, a playful, quick, rather rough encapsulation of my three-listens impression. A reviewlet comprises the artist; the album title; my rating out of 10; three hopefully apt words about the album; and a short judgemental sentence. You won’t be able to use my reviewlet for a buy-or-not decision, but my fleeting impressions might prompt you to seek more fulsome reviews (or to shy away from that album altogether).
If I can stick to this Big Year, I’ll produce 122 reviewlets. Don’t worry, I don’t intend to post them all on this blog (the tedium!), but if occasionally you’re interested, I will be sticking them on a Pinterest board (go to https://au.pinterest.com/bigdecade/rock-music-big-year-reviewlets/).
In 2016 I obsessed, day on day, with writing and jogging. In 2017, writing becomes even more intense, but on top of a Writing Big Year, I’ll do a Fitness Big Year (cycle, jog and gym) and a Rock Music Big Year (listening!). You might find this quirky struggle of interest! If so, go ahead and click the Facebook button.
One of the paramount rules of a Big Year: start on January 1. Today’s mandatory three tasks:
- Get up in the dark to write well
- Cycle, jog, or lift a dumbbell
- Listen through Teenage Fanclub’s album Here
Not so straightforward, for it’s New Year’s Day and a special person’s birthday. All going well, it will be a day of two halves.
Only a weirdo does a Big Year, right? Why court needless strains when you’ve no manager bossing you, right? Enjoy life, right?
I hear you and thanks but no thanks.
2016 is almost done . . . oh, I cannot wait to begin my three 2017 Big Years.