As the year winds down its only natural to want to reflect on the past year. I tend to wax nostalgic as the year comes to a close.
To keep it short, this year was a great year in many respects. We Brittons made a big move up to the Northwest and shortly after we were blessed with an addition to our group, the beautiful and lovely Alethea Louise Britton.
Our Isaiah turned two and has developed quite well for a two-year old.
God was gracious and took me many places to preach the gospel. It has been a very edifying experience to see all that God is doing in his various local communions all around. Grace abounds.
We have had to say goodbye to friends, and we have had the privilege to say hello to many new ones. It has been a good year.
As a musician I have always tried to take some time to reflect on the most meaningful and enjoyable music I have heard in the past year, live or on record. So here goes my take.
Perhaps my biggest darkhorse pick is the very young band (at least one high-school-ager I know) Riverview Cruise and their album “your not really there, and neither am I”.
Just a fantastic listen all the way through. There is something on this record, that I believe captures the elusive ‘omaha sound’ better than anything I have heard out of Omaha in the past few years. It is rough around the edges, it has space, it has philosophy bred with a resignation that savors of Simon Joyner era Omaha music.
Other good listens this year were:
Wilco- Whole Love
Big Harp- White Hat
Blind Pilot- we are the tide
Gillian Welch- The Harrow and the HarvestTune-yards- WHOKILL
Last year I spent New Year’s Eve in sub-arctic conditions (no hyperbole here, it was bout 25 or so below zero) outside of the fancy Hilton Hotel in downtown Omaha serving concierge and valet parking duties to partying patrons. This year, I will spend it with family and friends in a warm house, with the prospect of preaching at Westminster OPC in Monroe, WA the following day on New Year’s Day. Different year, different times.
So Auld Lang Syne from the NW, happy new year!