2020’s Best in Music

Of course my neck would hurt and my head would start to pound on the last day of this God-forsaken year when I’m scheduled to recap the songs, artists and albums that kept us all sane in 2020.

OF COURSE.

Anyway, I’m powering through this with the help of Tylenol and eggnog.

Truly, music is the MVP this year. I’m amazed at how many artists followed through on their releases and then some (looking at you, T-Swizzle).

So without further ado, I present 2020’s Best in Music:

1. “Nydia,” Buscabulla, Regresa. Started out the year with these enchantingly addicting vocals.

2. “Sinner,” Galimatias, Renaissance Boy. This boy better get his behind on tour as soon as its safe to do so again.

3. “Pure / Santiago,” Lido, Peder. This year’s pleasant surprise for sure.

4. “Is It True,” Tame Impala, The Slow Rush. I feel like Tame Impala knew how 2020 was gonna go before it even started.

5. “Midnight Sky,” Miley Cyrus, Plastic Hearts. I can get used to this rock and roll phase.

6. invisible string, Taylor Swift, folklore. Back on that Taylor Swift train.

7. “Mission,” Qveen Herby, EP 9. Eat cake, stream spoopy Qveen.

8. “WATER (ft. Pharrell Williams, Salatiel),” Beyoncรฉ, The Lion King: The Gift (Deluxe Edition). So glad this was re-released with Black is King!

9. “Back Up,” Aluna, Renaissance. AlunaGeorge WHO?!

10. “Easy”, Troye Sivan, In A Dream. So proud of this kid.

11. “Spark It Up,” LEISURE, Side A. Not even a global pandemic can rob this band of their chill.

12. “Supersonic”, Fleurie, Portals (The Deluxe Version). Excited to watch Fleurie continue to grow as an artist.

13. “Oakland (ft. Winnetka Bowling League),” RAC, BOY. Lord knows we all needed this RAC album this year.

14. “Babe Ruth,” COIN, Dreamland. The calm before the chaos.

15. “Dance Again,” Selena Gomez, Rare. “Feels so good” indeed.

See you on the other side ๐Ÿ˜‰๐ŸŽ‰

DSLR Diaries: The Rest of 2020

Since 2020 didn’t end up being what anyone thought it would be, photo opportunities were very scarce this year. At the start of the pandemic, I was stuck out on Long Island for about three months (all of spring) without my camera, and once reunited with it in NYC I barely went out due to social distancing rules.

My dream of taking more photos of actual humans in nature went downhill really fast, and I’m not sure when I’ll be able to get back to trying in the future now that the COVID-19 vaccine is being administered.

However, looking back at some of the photos I was able to take after the lockdown, I realized my 2020 could have been a lot worse. I still went on a few road trips (the safest way to vacation during a pandemic IMO), so I was able to capture some amazing shots. I also managed to take a few photos around Manhattan.

Here are some of the photos I wanted to highlight from this year:

Summer 2020

Cloudy skies in Dorchester County, MD

June 2020’s Sahara Dust in Manhattan, NY overlooking NJ

Layton’s Chance Vineyard & Winery in Vienna, MD

Summer berries in Highbridge Park, NYC

Ocean City, MD

Wild horses on Assateague Island

Behind Snappers Waterfront Cafe in Cambridge, MD

Fall 2020

Found a flower while pumpkin picking at Emily’s Produce in MD (plus a ladybug)!

Goat friends at Emily’s Produce

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Union Square, NYC before the Nor’easter

Be sure to check out my photography Instagram @thewhisperboxpix for more!

Oct & Nov Favorites: Goldroom’s Saguaro Mix 2020 & Doja Cat’s “Say So” @ MTV EMA

Because 2020 couldn’t end without a reactivation of my nerve pain, I had to put off posting my combined October & November Favorites for a week and then I started slipping into a deep, dangerous bout of procrastination.

So here we are, on December 10th, looking back at the beginning of the last quarter. Cool.

Let’s get on with it.

Favorite News Articles

1. Mindy Kaling had another baby. HOW IS SHE STILL ABLE TO KEEP THE IDENTITY OF HER BABIES FATHER (FATHERS?!) A SECRET PLUS HAVING A WHOLE OTHER KID WITHOUT US KNOWING. HOW?!

2. Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are engaged! Hoping he treats her well (we’re watching you, Blake ๐Ÿ‘€).ย 

3. Harry Styles hung out at a fan’s house while she wasn’t home after his car broke down. I’d be so pissed if one of my fave musicians dropped by while I wasn’t there ๐Ÿ˜ซ

4. Assemblywoman Shirley Weber’s reparations bill in California. Gotta start somewhere. #BLM.

Favorite Music

1. Saguaro Mix (Sunsets #5) by Goldroom. Such happy vibes for these trying times.

2. “Edge of Midnight (Midnight Sky Remix)” by Miley Cyrus and Stevie Knicks. Loving this mashup remix!

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