Happy December, listeners!
As we approach the end of 2015, it’s hard not to get nostalgic. I tend to do this throughout the year, but the holidays make me sentimental (not to mention overly-emotional) so looking back on the year conquered feels like second nature to me.
I never imagined I’d be writing this nor did I imagine I’d have my own site that people actually visited. I never imagined I’d hear the words, “You’re appreciated,” or “I admire your hard work and dedication.” I never imagined I’d be compensated for my time, blood, sweat and tears for the endeavor that started it all. I never imagined that people would actually bookmark this site or follow us on social media. The truth is I never thought anything good would ever come out of any of my efforts because it has been what I’ve been shown and taught all my life.
If you’re involved in any kind of creative effort of your own, you already know the panic that starts to settle in once things don’t take off as early as you had once hoped. There’s a maddening anxiety that ripples throughout your entire body as you imagine giving up the life you’ve always dreamed of for something less than ideal. I’ve often had visions of myself living in a cardboard box because, as I’ve been told time and time again throughout my youth, “Writing is a hobby that gets you nowhere; writing about music keeps you in that shithole. But you’re very good, though.” While those words have haunted me wherever I went, luckily the music drowned them out.
So here we are today. The Daily Listening turns 8 months old this month. I’m glad I never listened to that horrible advice. The truth of the matter is, anyone can start a blog but not everyone has the guts to pour their heart out and call it content. This year has been the most transitional period of my life as it felt like everything changed significantly. The fact that I’m even writing a letter for December is pretty mind-boggling! I feel like the entire world stopped for me in late June and I’m just now waking up, finding out its time to kiss 2015 goodbye.
The only constant that has kept me afloat and inspired this year was music. So many incredible releases were unleashed this year that I’m having a hard time trying to compile my Best Of list, which if you know me, is what I call The Greatest Time of the Year! As I look over the albums that made up my 2015 sprawled over my bedroom floor, all I can think about is how emotionally drained I’ve been. Isn’t it funny how a certain album can be released at the most perfect time? How one song, no matter how many times you play it on repeat, can make you feel everything at once?
The pinnacle of what we do here at The Daily Listening is to shine a light on the music that takes you where you need to be. We want to be a part of your healing process with a little fun thrown in for good measure. Thank you for allowing us to be an outlet for new music discovery in 2015. We look forward to bringing you the best of what’s to come in 2016 and beyond. This is just the beginning for TDL and we are so appreciative of every single one of you.
Let’s enjoy these last few weeks of 2015. We have a lot planned for this month so stay tuned!
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