2016 has been insane. Mad insane. My job shuts down for 2 weeks around the holidays and graces us with a period of nothingness. It’s a foreign concept but it’s nice to unwind and reflect on the year. Which leads me to this post. My busy schedule this past year has really stolen time away from here, and for you loyal followers (hi mom), sorry about that. Girl gotta sleep sometimes.
This year was by far my most exciting year of life. I graduated from grad school, moved to Dallas, and started my dream career in the music industry. In fact, I just celebrated my 1 year anniversary with at work, hard to believe. Oh yeah… then my apartment flooded. Good times. Getting a panicked call from the complex office that your water heater exploded and flooded your apartment and three others is a great way to start off the weekend. After a lot of tears… and disposing of some beloved items, I was able to find my first home. Yep, I have a mortgage now. If that’s not full blown adulting, I don’t know what is. I hang out at Home Depot on the weekends now and shop for air filters. A lot has changed. I’m living so much closer to work now which is great so everything worked out for the best.
I attended upwards of 75 concerts this year (thanks to my job) and met some really cool people along the way. I’ve assembled a collection of some of my favorite things from 2016 that you’ll find below. Here’s a glimpse of my crazy, awesome, exhausting year.
My Favorite Memories
- Austin City Limits- I attended my very first music festival with one of my best friends and enjoyed every minute of it. More about that here.
- Also at ACL, I saw James Marcus Haney in the flesh. My obsession is probably totally unhealthy but I can’t help it.
- I met some really cool folks including Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots, Nathaniel Rateliff, Leon Bridges, and Sameer, Eric, Francois, Payam and Jacob of Young The Giant.
- I was fortunate to see my favorite band, Mumford & Sons, for the first time this year. And I saw them 3 times… kinda. 1st in Dallas at Gexa Energy Pavilion on 4/4/16, 2nd at Austin City Limits, and 3rd in theaters in their live concert film Dust and Thunder. Each and every time was perfect.
- Bruce Hall from REO Speedwagon blew me a kiss and continuously winked at me throughout their set in Dallas. He was a gentlemen when I ran into him backstage but I think the 40 year age gap might get in the way of our happily ever after.
- I had my face melted off, not once, but twice by Adele and Chris Stapleton’s voices. Very different vocals from each other but equally face-melt worthy when you hear them live good gosh.
- I saw Coldplay for the first time and was surprised with forth row tickets. We watched Chris Martin shake his thing all night long. Incredible live performance and production. I was coughing up confetti for the next week though…
- I saw Dixie Chicks live! I’ve wanted this since I was a kid and have always been a big fan of their music. I had so much fun singing along with my childhood tunes and even got to fill water bowls for their dogs. haha it was August in Texas…
- I worked my first stadium show (Beyonce)… not too shabby. She slayed per usual.
My Favorite Albums from 2016
- I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It– The 1975
- Home of the Strange– Young The Giant
- Dreamland– Wild Belle
- Telluric– Matt Corby
- Walls– King Of Leon
- Death of a Bachelor– Panic! at the Disco
- Gamble for a Rose– King Charles
- Ouroboros– Ray LaMontagne
- Leave Me Alone– Hinds
- Long Way Home– Låpsley
My Favorite Discoveries
- The band Wild Belle. Lead singer Natalie Bergman’s voice is a gift to the human ear.
- Josey Records in Farmers Branch, TX. This massive warehouse is full of new and old records and has a great collection for all music tastes. You can easily get lost in here for hours perusing each isle for quirky and familiar sounds. I highly recommend checking it out.
- Spotify- I was a little late to the party here but the playlists are so perfectly curated. I was a Rhapsody (Napster) gal for the longest time.
- Working passes for concerts (aka stickies)- I’ve had fun collecting these over the year for the different shows I’ve work. They make for fun wall art too.
- Tri-Colored vinyl- Thanks to Young The Giant for their Home Of The Strange record on green, beige and pinkish vinyl. It’s just so beautiful.
That’s it for me this year. Looking forward to challenging myself in work and personal life balance in the year to come. Enjoy everyday you have and spend it with music.
Have a cool memory from 2016? Share it with me below in the comments.
Until next time~