Happy new year, my beloved reader! I wish you a terrific 2013 filled with many good things, such as sunshine, brownies and music. Hopefully it is not yet too late to look back on 2012 and share my musical highlights with you. Yes, I know, I should have done it about two weeks ago, but I was busy eating too much delicious food with my family. Sorry about that.
2012 was a great year for me in many ways. I spent half of it in Cartagena de Indias, a city that made me dance many a night away. But no matter my physical location, I will always have my music with me. These are some of the songs, and artists, that I spent most of my time with this year, sort of in chronological order. Thank you friends for adding to my supply! Did I forget any?
Lykke Li - I follow rivers
Classy lady, great voice and beautiful videos
Maria Gadu - Tudo diferente
I just cannot get enough of this music!
Mayer hawthorne - Can't stop
Mayer is a modern-day soul man, we need more of these guys!
Hector Lavoe - Todo tiene su final
Hector actually deserves a separate blogpost... This one song does not do him justice.
Juan Luis Guerra - Ojala que llueva cafe
First heard this song in Spanish class learning about the subjunctive.
Joe Arroyo - La Rebelion
No night in Cartagena nightlife goes by without this song...
Diomedes dias - Amarte mas no pude
My guilty pleasure.
J Alvarez - La Pregunta
Speaking of guilty pleasures... Yes, yes, I know this guy is a nasty sexist, but I can't help wanting to dance to this.
Luis Enrique - Yo no se mañana
Monsieur Perine - Sabor a mi
I had the pleasure of seeing both Monsier Perine and Bomba Estereo live at a festival. Both great bands that made the crowds go crazy.
Bomba Estereo - Pa' Respirar
Lianne La Havas - Au Cinema
This lady has made my year. Since I missed her performance in Amsterdam, I am hoping she'll come back soon.
Marques Toliver - Magic Look
Ben Howard - Only love
Usually I am not so into white guys with guitars, but in this case... I am hooked. Cannot get enough of this voice, of this song, of this video.
Rihanna - Diamonds
At the time of posting this song has 127 million views - so I guess you have all already seen it. I do believe about 1500 of those views were mine. Yes, maybe I should be ashamed, but I'm not. I also love Beyonce. Ha! This songs just calls for dramatic dance moves in front of the mirror. Seriously, it does. Give it try!