One more year down. One more years semi-documented in images.
Some are new to the blog. Some maybe have made an appearance on Facebook or Instagram. Some never seen at all. These don't fully encapsulate the year, but just some fun or artsy-like images I have taken over the last 12 months.
January 2021 - my actual first pic of 2021. It seems ominous at best.
January 2021 - cystoscopy. It was ominous - at best!
January 2021 - Georgia on My Truck.
Well.....not my truck. She lords over all she sees. I'm assuming. She shows up on our Ring doorbell every single night.
I don't feel that 2021 was a stellar year for music. I mean, it was ok......at best. But anymore, I feel a bit stunted in my music hunting abilities. There are very few standouts that I have for his year. In good conscience, I can't even really recommend anything off the new Foo Fighters disk.
Actually, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss get top ranking. There is no second. Or third. Not this year. I wasn't feeling it.
Raise the Roof is far from perfect, but it has some perfect moments, and that is more than most releases I got this year.
Not just because Plant & Kraus have the top disk, they also have the top song for my year. "Quattro (World Drifts In)" would have been my top song even if their disk wasn't. This is kind of more what I wanted of their entire album. Muted harmonies and almost no rhyme or rhyme scheme. I'm loving it.
I didn't love the latest Crowded House disk. There are a few good songs on it, but fair songs for a normally great band are less than fair. But I thought "To the Island" was inventive and catchy.
And Garbage's last disk was morose for the most part. I get it. 2020-2021 was tough. BLOTUS. #metoo, Black Lives Matter. Shirley Manson & Co take on a lot of these, some with more success than others. But I kind of liked "This City Will Kill You".
Aimee Mann's disk, late in the year, was a tough sell. And a tough listen. But she had highlights, like "Give me Fifteen". It's well structured and a good vocal.
Technically, the Watkins Family Hour is a 2020 release. Sue me! There are a number of good songs on the disk, but I kept coming back to "the Cure" - and this was written and recorded before Covid was a thing.
While technically I didn't pick anything from the Foo Fighter's last disk, they did release the Dee Gees (Dave Grohl), Hail Satin : six covers of songs from Bee Gee's. They. Are. Excellent. Some of them a bit too spot on.
Here they to "Shadow Dancing", which they did write and produce, but it was a hit for Andy Gibb, not the Brothers Gibb. Drummer Taylor Hawkins takes over the vocals.
So - I have no idea what 2022 will bring. Who knows, maybe I won't even make it to a 2022 Year in Music post. Gotta leave the door open...........just in case.
I'm totally somewhat psyched for the Webb telescope.
Sure it is a decade late a few billion dollars over budget - what isn't?
All the headlines say how better it is than the Hubble - and in a way it is, but it's not quite a comparison, as they are looking at very different things, and for very different things. And where as we've had the Hubble for a bit, I think this thing has a 6 year life expectancy.
Still - what it is supposed to do it awesome.
While we won't start seeing images until mid-2022, the idea is for Webb to peer back in time, hopefully to the beginning of time, up to and including the Big Bang - which I think you can see on TBS at any given hour of the day. Oh, that Sheldon!
So far so good. The launch was flawless, which wasn't a given considering it went from South America. I mean, I don't think I've ever heard of a launch from South America! The sun shield is deploying as I type this. So many things still for it to do before it can think about working - each step vital to its mission.
I look forward to the completion of set up and then the data that starts coming back in June.