I would love to say that 2008 was a great year. I’d be lying if I came out and said that. I don’t like to lie. I don’t do it very often. Instead 2008 was a not so great year that had some very great moments that were few and far between. I have the sneaking suspicion that a whole lot of people in America and the world in general would feel the same way about 2008.
I met some great people. I wrote some really great music. I made some great connections and reconnected with some friends that were lost in time. That is what I’d like to focus on for 2009 – people.
Surely I’ll sit down for the first time in a couple of years and actually write down some things that most humans call resolutions. I don’t think I’m resolving to do anything. Rather taking stock of the change I’d like to see. Tomorrow is that chance to step into a fresh year and do that. Of course every moment we have is another chance to turn it all around.
This morning I read another blog that described that art of being creative. It was a fascinating read. There was a bunch of it that I agreed with. Much of it is stuff I already do and some of it was a skewed view on things I already know but tend to forget to put into action. Thus one of the things for 2009 that I’ll be doing is putting things into more action. I sorta lost that in 2007 and certainly in 2008.
To cap off 2008, I’m going with this song by Phil Putnam. We’re all here to stay. The story within this song is one of some serious struggle. A perfect parallel for what has happened to a lot of people this year. I like how it’s juxtaposed against a bouncy rhythm. That rhythm is what I would call the silver lining in the struggle that is going on with the character.
I would liken Phil Putnam to Ben Folds. There’s a definite influence happening there. It’s a good thing. Not unlike how having a great breakfast gets you off on your merry way. When you’re filled with a meal that you love it allows you to take off on your way with an eye to doing things your way with your own view. I think Phil has the potential to step away from Ben and still retain a cool sense to his music that people, like you, will appreciate. I know I would.
Show Phil Putnam some loving for the end of 2008 and pick up some of his tunes. It’ll make you feel great, it’ll make Phil feel great, and it’s a grand way to give 2008 a kick in the pants to say goodbye and to welcome in 2009.