I don't usually make New Year's resolutions. Instead, I try to think about general ideas that I want to work on. Don't ask me what the difference is, I just know, in my mind, there is one. This year, though, I think I want to make a few resolutions. The normal ones: eat better, exercise more (I'd like to run a marathon or get close), listen more and talk less (I'll never truly achieve this so I'll be celebrating everytime I decide not to talk -- won't be much). The rest of the resolutions have to do with music: sing better, learn piano better (I'm going to teach myself), sing with Brian, etc. It's been difficult to do this over the holidays. Both Clara and Brian have birthdays in December and we always have a neighborhood New Year's Eve party which takes up time.
Oh, but speaking of music, for Brian's birthday (which is New Year's eve), I got him a turntable and some vinyl. He loved it and so did the neighbors. Everyone brought their records over for the party and we had a great time changing albums, talking about albums, comparing notes, etc. One thing I realized is how the "album cover art" genre has disappeared! Now, we look at CDs sideways to see which one we want to play or we have list on an iPod or already on the computer. But back in the day, you had to flip through the albums to choose one. And as you mentally do that, I bet you're thinking about all that great album cover art. I know I am.
I'm not sure if I have a favorite album cover. Someone brought over Who's Next and I discovered that on the cover The Who is peeing on the rock. I hadn't noticed that before but I was a really naive child. I guess I still am because someone had to point it out to me. And along that line, of course someone brought over Sticky Fingers. And while, neither cover is my favorite (music is good though), they are memorable. Some of my favorites are: Abbey Road, The Unforgettable Fire, Pin Ups, Diamond Dogs, that's all I can think of so far. Do you have any favs? Tapes were becoming really big in the 1980's but I always wanted the album because I wanted the cover art and liner notes, etc.
Well, that's what we've been up to lately, and what I plan to be up to in 2011. I would add that another resolution is to blog better this year but I think the real resolution is to have many exciting experiences so that my posts are vastly more interesting. Watch out!
Happy New Year!