#SongsOfMy2020, No. 1: “Violence”, by Grimes

Grimes last appeared on my countdown in 2012, when she earned the #6 spot with Genesis. She reappears on the countdown this year at #1. If 2020 was the year of the quarantine, then Grimes’s Miss Anthropocene was its soundtrack. My ladyfriend put this on just about every day for some three weeks during the spring and/or summer. We got through it together. There’s nobody else I’d rather be shut in with. 😍

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#SongsOfMy2020, No. 2: “Hurt”, by Nine Inch Nails

Hurt, by Nine Inch Nails, is the second of two Rick and Morty soundtrack items on the countdown this year. I never really got into Nine Inch Nails. I had a burned copy, but don’t recall listening. I bought The Downward Spiral until some 25 years after its release, mostly out of a sense of obligation, for having the burned copy for so long. For all of my indifference toward NIN over the years, I’ve always been moved by Hurt.

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#SongsOfMy2020, No. 3: “Lose Control”, by Pumarosa

Pumarosa’s debut album The Witch pretty much carried me through my first year of teaching in 2018-2019. I was relieved to learn this year that the band has returned with a sophomore effort to carry me though my third year of teaching, 2020-2021. It was another work of art made possible by my subscription YouTube Music. Now I have a choice to make: whether to continue listening through my subscription or to buy a copy of the CD. 🤔

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#SongsOfMy2020, No. 7: “Devil’s Doll Baby”, by Sonny Sharrock

This year, 2020, has been a year unlike any other. Among other things, this was the first year that I subscribed to a music service. When Google announced that it was folding Google Play Music into Youtube Music, I knew there would have to be some changes. As YouTube had already emerged as one of the dominant methods of listening to music in my new apartment, I figured we could ditch the ads by subscribing.

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