In summing up this year of blogging, one apparent truth emerged: I can’t be anyone else. As Sammy Davis Jr. sang “Whether I find a place in this world or never belong/I’ve gotta be me.”
It may seem cliche, but I’ve come to a few realizations. I can’t write like anyone else. I can’t make anyone else like me. I can’t worry about whether I’ll be found worthy in the eyes of others. Not anymore. This was a year of rejection, failure, and procrastination, but instead of feeling discouraged or (worse) envious, I just have to keep growing and learning.
In case I don’t blog again before the end of the year, I want to offer well wishes to everyone who takes the time to read this little blog. The holidays can be a difficult time for so many, but I sincerely hope you’re blessed with love, laughter, and a little relaxation this season. Thank you for being a part of my journey.
Edited December 29, 2014: Here are the top ten most viewed posts on Goodnight Hestia for 2014. Some of these posts were quite short in length; others contained a great deal of gushing. Nonetheless, all of the musicians listed below made great music.
I’m happy to note that not only did City Ghosts win Americana/Bluegrass Recording of the Year at the Nova Scotia Music Awards, but Tom Terrell and Karl Falkenham also nabbed Producer of the Year honors at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. These accolades were well-deserved.
I couldn’t be happier that this trio is at the top of the list. In 2014, Stacey, Ann, and Cadence built up their fan base, played numerous showcases, were Emerging Artist finalists at the Boots and Hearts Music Festival, and signed with C Sharp Music Promotions. In 2015, they’ll release their official debut single “Run Angel Run” (co-written with Bruce Wallace) and fans can look forward to their self-titled EP in the spring. Expect great thing from these ladies. In the meantime, go ahead and enjoy their cover of “Jolene.”