Was this a hellyear? I can’t imagine anyone (other than the billionaires who got richer than ever) answering in the negative on that one, can you? I don’t need to recap the crappy parts, so I’ll leave off 20-effing-20 with a few bullet points of positivity.

  • This wasn’t the year I became diabetic, it’s just the year I was diagnosed. It is, thus, also the year during which I got my blood sugar down below the danger level via diet changes, an exercise routine, and a medicinal regimen. I’m counting that a win.
  • Some great new music entered my library this year, including a new Midnight Oil EP-length entry, The Makarrata Project, which was quite the surprise since they’d essentially retired & disbanded some time ago. Assemblage 23 came through during the grim middle slog of the year with the stupendous Mourn. Pet Shop Boys started the year with Hotspot, which includes some all-time gems. Also in January, Mono Inc gave us The Book of Fire and Apocalyptica went back to their instrumental roots for Cell-O. A friend suggested Jessie Ware’s What’s Your Pleasure record, and so I shall suggest it to you as well.
  • While the transition to work-from-home hasn’t been a thoroughgoing delight, I can’t complain about my employers hunkering down and finding ways to keep the outfit afloat during these challenging times. I am supremely fortunate to work for these people, make no mistake.

Things could have been, and may of course yet become, so much worse. I’ll count my blessings as best I can while giving this calendar year the double-bird on its way out…