Thank You For 2013, On To 2014

The most viewed post of 2013 featured the Saint Johns.
The most viewed post of 2013 featured the Saint Johns.

Apologies for the tardiness of this post, but on New Year’s Day I wound up with a stomach bug. Although that wasn’t the ideal way to kick off 2014, before the new year progresses any further, I need to say thank you to anyone who’s visited the blog, liked a post, or decided to follow me despite my rather sporadic posts.  2013 was a year of great change in my life away from the Net, but throughout it all, music acted as a beacon.  I will always believe in its majesty and importance.

In 2014, I hope to blog with greater consistency, improve the quality of my posts, and ultimately help people discover more new music to enjoy.  There are many talented musicians out there who deserve recognition and I’m thankful for the blogs I visit that write so eloquently about their work. (Check the sidebar for some favorites.)

According to Goodnight Hestia‘s statistics, people from 66 different countries visited the blog in 2013.  The ability of music to cut across geographic boundaries is always surprising and inspiring.  The majority of the page views came from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

The blog’s top ten most viewed posts in 2013 were:

1o. Pass It On

9. Album Recommendation: No Time To Bleed – Josh Harrison

8. Listen: “The Way I’m Lovin’ You” – Reagan Boggs

7. Album Recommendation: 1983 – Chris King

6. One To Watch: Molly Martin

5. Someone To Watch: Jon Bindley

4. Cover: “The Wurlitzer Prize (I Don’t Want To Get Over You)” – Cale Tyson and Kelsey Waldon

3. Album Recommendation: The Man I Once Was – Stewart Eastham

2. Music Video: “All’s Not Spoken” – Kayte Grace

1. “Your Head and Your Heart” – The Saint Johns (This post has now been removed.)

A few of these are surprises to me, particularly since some of these posts are short in length. I’m not sure who’s sharing the Cale Tyson/Kelsey Waldon cover (performed for Roots and Boots), but I’m thrilled that people seem to enjoy it. For those who aren’t familiar with them, Cale and Kelsey are country singer-songwriters residing in Nashville who will both be releasing new music in 2014.

Stewart Eastham‘s excellent album immediately captured my attention. When I first heard it, I was actually planning to write a recommendation about another album, and shelved it in order to post about Stewart instead.

Beautiful Kayte Grace lives up to her name; she is an exceptionally kind and generous individual in addition to being a gifted singer-songwriter.

The Saint Johns are NOT a surprise, despite the fact that the original entry was posted over a year ago.  Louis Johnson and Jordan Meredith are a young, dynamic duo coming into their own, and I suspect many people were looking for the lyrics to that particular song.

Once again, thank you for reading.  I appreciate it more than you know.

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