Sunday, December 30, 2012

Playlist 2012 – 10 Favorite Songs of The Year

I must admit that this year unlike any other would be the first where the majority of my favorites were listened to via online.

I remember way way back in 1999, Everything but the Girl’s “Lullaby of Clubland” was the first song I ever heard online via the RealPlayer music player. Since then, the downloads, remixes, etc. have been varied. By 2008, The 80s-influenced retro-dance group, Lemon would be the only artist I would listen to exclusively on Facebook because they did not have a CD released….In 2011, I listened to selections from Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” on YouTube. It was the first time I had previewed an entire album online exclusively. Normally, I would just wait until I saw a few videos, bought or borrowed a CD, etc. These times do change, eventually….

Earlier this year, I signed up on Spotify and started listening to Pandora again and set up, Live365 and TuneIn through my phone and Roku. Thanks to that decision, I discovered a host of artists I otherwise would not have listened to including Polica, Santigold, Metric, Tame Impala, Lemongrass, Rooney, Mike Snow and a great selection of music influenced by Chillout and Ibiza.

So, here are some of those songs and artists I discovered that have stood out for me and made the rotation on my playlists this past year:


 Adele – Skyfall (Skyfall Motion Picture)


 Alabama Shakes – I Ain’t The Same (Boys & Girls) 



 Alicia Keys – Girl on Fire (Girl on Fire)


  Avant featuring Keke Wyatt – You & I (You & I)



  Beach House – Myth (Bloom)



 Florence + The Machine – No Light, No Light (MTV Unplugged 2012)



 Hans Zimmer – The Fire Rises (Dark Knight Rises Soundtrack)


 Lana Del Rey – Video Games

Lemongrass - Got It On The Dancefloor (Papillon)


 Passion Pit – Take A Walk (Gossamer)


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Zig Ziglar: 10 Quotes That Can Change Your Life

 Zig Ziglar: 10 Quotes That Can Change Your Life
Below are 10 quotes from Zig Ziglar that have the power to completely change the direction of one’s life.
10) “Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”
9) “You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.”
8 ) “People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.”
7) “There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.”
6) “People don’t buy for logical reasons. They buy for emotional reasons.”
5) “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”
4) “If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.”
3) “A goal properly set is halfway reached.”
2) “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
1) “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.”
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