When I was a teenager, I didn’t really get the Talking Heads. They were weird, and not very musical (I thought at the time). As I get older though, I find I enjoy the talking heads more and more. And She Was is one of my favourites. I really dig this cover of And She Was by Twin Forks.
I love this cover of Talk Talk’s Life’s What you Make It by Placebo. The song is recognizably like the original, but the sound is pure Placebo (I’ve mentioned Placebo’s covers before, and they always reliably fall into my criteria for what makes a good cover).
As I say every year, I don’t do New Years resolutions. Instead, I take a look back at the past year and take stock of the things that happened, the things I accomplished, and then look a head to the new year and see what I want to accomplish. So let’s dive in the past year:
- First stop: the thing that ended up defining the second half of the year, and pretty much overshadowed everything that came before: my break up. That was really a really difficult and unexpected thing (which I suppose they often are). I moved, bought all new furniture, and started getting used to not being the duo I was. It was really hard, but it was also very loving. There was no acrimony, and it was actually a pretty loving breakup, and I am very happy that we have been able to stay friends.
- My friends took good care of me. Its always good to be reminded that you have wonderful people in your life, and my friends sure reminded me. They stepped up when I needed them, and made sure I had the support I needed through the transition in this second half of the year.
- My theatre podcast, Stageworthy reached its 100th episode, which is an important milestone in the life of any podcast. A lot of podcasts never make it to 100, so I was really happy to get and surpass that number.
- I kept a steady pace writing my Christmas play. I had intended to perform it this year, but through circumstances, that fell through. This was a blessing, though. Because while I think that it would have been fine, it would have been a bit of a rush to get it done and ready. Postponing it means that I can make it better, than it would have been, and I actually feel better about having more time.
- I launched my Rough Draft podcast, where I read pieces that are fresh off the pen, or things I wrote and put aside for a bit.
- I started working with the folks at Geektropolis on a geek/pop culture podcast, which you will see in the near year.
What about next year? Here are some things I want to accomplish:
- Finish and perform the Christmas play (I guess I should come up with a title for it, so I can stop calling it “the Christmas play”).
- Find an opportunity to perform The Commandment. The challenge is that The Commandment is of a length that is good for a festival, but not long enough to stand on its own outside of a festival. I didn’t get into the Toronto Fringe, so I’m trying to find a venue where I can do a BYOV for Toronto Fringe.
- I want to do some new things with Stageworthy this year, like a regular Indie Producer’s roundtable, maybe finally get the Playwright’s roundtable going (like I’ve wanted to from the beginning). Maybe I can finally crack the problem with Crowdfunding for indie theatre that I’ve been mulling over for years with a roundtable discussion on the topic.
- And a challenge for my introverted self: say yes to more social engagements. I have a habit of not going out to things because…well: introvert. But I have found in the past that when I make myself go, I always have a good time. So, that’s my challenge to myself: go out more with people.
How was your year? What did you accomplish and what challenges did you face? And what are you looking forward to for next year?
One of my favourite covers of Til Tuesday’s Voices Carry is by Rayna. The lyrics of the original have a dark sadness, and this simple version, using just piano and voice really brings them out.
Preston is the nightmare child, that Nick, a reluctant mall Santa, has always dreaded.