But never mind that! This was the year of the start of high school and letting go of a few people. It was a year of talking to you guys. It was a year of learning how to take care of myself. Basically, 2014 was a year of growth for me. I think that's a good thing! Change can definitely be good.
But there's one tradition I want to keep up, and that's the Song of the Year! After all, it was also a year of discovering more music.
2012's SotY was Ice Dance by Danny Elfman (still listen to it today), and 2013's was Inside a Boy by My Brightest Diamond (will never lose its awesomeness in my eyes). Now the question is, what is 2014's Song of the Year?
There's always a part of me that dreads choosing one song for each year, because Lord knows how much time I spend repeating videos on YouTube, blasting my earbuds up with beautiful pieces, writing fics with music as my inspiration, crying myself dry because the connections I have to one song. There's a lot of different songs and artists that get me through the day. I find at least one new song that I love every two weeks. It's impossible for me to choose one song and truly say, "This song represents this year, to me, in music." You guys have seen those huge Music Time posts! The tag with the most posts on this site is probably Music.
For this reason, I'm gonna be doing something that you guys may not be happy with, but I'm doing it anyway. I won't be choosing a Song of the Year this year.
Now, quit your complainin'! You can't make me choose my favorite baby. You aren't gonna make me eat my toast without my butter. You're not gonna make me [insert strange metaphor here]. Because I have too many darn songs, alright?! YOU CAN'T MAKE ME!
I'm kidding, by the way. Of course I'm choosing a song. I'm just hoping I give someone out there a mild scare. Did I?
But that big paragraph up there is true. It's actually difficult to compare songs. I have scrolled through blog posts, flipped through journals, checked the "Liked Videos", and looked through my iPod. And here are the contenders:
The Great Fire by OK Go
Wild by Royal Teeth
Breathe Me (Live in the Bowery Ballroom) by Sia
Center of Attention (Alternate Version) by Jackson Waters
Kettering by The Antlers
Flickers by Son Lux
True Love by Coldplay (Davide Rossi remix)
Riversong by A Fine Frenzy
Well, that was 9 songs. Coincidentally the same amount of "nominees" as last year. How about we limit it down to Wild, Center of Attention, Kettering, Don't Swim, and True Love. Five "cream of the crop" songs, just like last time! Now for the hard part. . .
*drum roll* The 2014 Song of the Year is. . . Center of Attention by Jackson Waters!
It was so, so, SO difficult to choose this year's song. I was really torn between Don't Swim, Kettering, and Center of Attention because they've been songs that I enjoy listening to even after insane amounts of repeating. Don't Swim is sad, but boy, does it pick up. Same with Kettering. But Center of Attention is literally perfect. Perfect. I realized it as I made this post. It didn't need any picking up, but it happened anyway. It had really cool everything, to be honest. It didn't need hardcore guitars and drums and heartwrenching "ooh"s in the background, but it added it in. It's emotional. It has a story. I haven't gotten tired of it over the past few months, and I don't think I ever will. It went above and beyond, so now it's cataloged as one of Jazelyn's favorite songs!
Wordle time? Wordle time.
Well, guys. That was 2014 for ya. Thanks for the few who decided to stick around and check up on the site ever so often. You're my excuse for procrastinating on things I should've done during the start of this winter break. But really, you rock! <3
Happy New Year! See ya in 2015! Stay warm, stay safe, and small round green vegetables.