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Kristen’s 2015 Music Mix – Track 20 – Judy Collins

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2015 was not the best of years, but it certainly had its moments…most of the good ones involved music. Here are a few of the songs that had an impact on my year.

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I grew up listening to Judy Collins. When I had the opportunity to see the legend perform this year, I treasured every note. She largely played the covers she has become famous for including this Sondheim classic. Just seeing Judy would have been enough but after the show I also had the opportunity to meet her. I’m fairly certain this was the most exciting celebrity interaction I had all year (and that includes sharing an inside joke with Jared Padalecki at Comic Con).

 

~ Kristen

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Kristen’s 2015 Music Mix – Track 19 – Josh Groban

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2015 was not the best of years, but it certainly had its moments…most of the good ones involved music. Here are a few of the songs that had an impact on my year.

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I used to fall asleep to a Broadway classics album that included this song. It was always one of my favorites. When Groban released an album full of Broadway songs, I knew this one was going to be a highlight. The entire album is amazing and it became my go to writing music. How can you listen to this song and not be inspired? Josh Groban + Broadway classics = perfection!

 

~ Kristen

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Kristen’s 2015 Music Mix – Track 18 – Dawes

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2015 was not the best of years, but it certainly had its moments…most of the good ones involved music. Here are a few of the songs that had an impact on my year.

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“May all your favorite bands stay together” is certainly the wish I would depart to all of my nearest and dearest. That this sentiment has been put into song is perfection. Thank you Dawes! I suppose this would be a good time to RIP a few that announced (or maybe didn’t) the end this year including Funeral For A Friend, The Janks, We Met Tomorrow, Dry The River, and probably more that I’m just trying not to think about. It hurts, people! It really hurts!

 

~ Kristen

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Kristen’s 2015 Music Mix – Track 17 – Parade of Lights

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2015 was not the best of years, but it certainly had its moments…most of the good ones involved music. Here are a few of the songs that had an impact on my year.

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2015 marks the year that Parade of Lights FINALLY (and I mean finally!) released a full length album. I have so many memories of dancing and singing along at POL shows, but this was the first year I was easily out-danced and out-sung by throngs of new and adoring fans. I was able to see the band a few times this year including at their album release show at The Slidebar.

 

~ Kristen

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Kristen’s 2015 Music Mix – Track 16 – Nothing But Thieves

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2015 was not the best of years, but it certainly had its moments…most of the good ones involved music. Here are a few of the songs that had an impact on my year.

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I would say that Nothing But Thieves’ self-titled album is my favorite of 2015, except that it doesn’t come out in the US until the beginning of next year. I missed their LA debut at Bardot due to a show conflict, but was very very lucky to find myself in December at an invite-only Nothing But Thieves gig at an unmarked bar on Fairfax (very LA). They played for a solid hour. It was a dream come true!

 

(sorry couldn’t find a better sounding video…)

~ Kristen

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Kristen’s 2015 Music Mix – Track 15 – Badflower

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2015 was not the best of years, but it certainly had its moments…most of the good ones involved music. Here are a few of the songs that had an impact on my year.

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If you want to know my next favorite band coming out of Los Angeles, look no further than Badflower.  I think “The Jester” was the song that tipped me over the edge from casual fan to obsessive listening. “Is there anybody out there lookin’ out for me?!?!” indeed.

~ Kristen

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Kristen’s 2015 Music Mix – Track 14 – Frank Turner

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2015 was not the best of years, but it certainly had its moments…most of the good ones involved music. Here are a few of the songs that had an impact on my year.

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I saw Frank Turner a few times this year. He released a new album, Positive Songs for Negative People, which gets my award for best album title. My favorite Frank Turner experience was an event at The Musician’s Institute where Frank regaled with tales of his past, sharing with the intimate crowd personal stories and a few songs. It was an unforgettable night.

~ Kristen

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