#2 Invisible Minds
Back in my December 10th blog entry I had mentioned there was only one artist with two songs in my Top-30 favorites of 2018. That artist is Invisible Minds. The creation of longtime London DJ & producer Tim Green, it was the culmination of 12-years worth of work on songs he had tinkered with and slowly crafted over time. We spent half of 2018 with a few tracks and not knowing who Invisible Minds was, but when Green finally stepped-out into the light over the Summer he had news that an entire album was on the way.
"Make Up Your Own Stories" is the debut album from Invisible Minds and it is one of my favorite records of the year. The album's closing track "Take Them All" came-in at #21 in my Top-30 and now we get to the song that first drew my attention to Green's music. Laced with an array of xylophones, marimbas, and glockenspiels this downtempo track spent some time tucked-away before Green found the final piece in guest vocalist Howard Hobbs, whose ghostly shimmering voice spirits-us-away to experience a sad encounter with an ex-lover. It's called "The Cut Girl" and it's #2 on the Lights-Camera-30 countdown!
Camera: Photo #2
When it comes to aerial photography some of my favorite times to capture images include the moments just before dawn and just after sunset and also the morning following snow storms. This shot from over the Annisquam River looking out toward Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester, Massachusetts was taken following early morning snow squalls last March.
#2 Kate Bush
Anyone who has known me for any length of time knows that I am a Kate Bush fanatic. Her voice and her enchantingly unconventional style of music mesmerized me from the first moment I heard a Cape Cod Top-40 radio station play her 1985 single "Running Up That Hill." They may have only played that song once, but that was enough to win me over.
One year after joining my college radio station, 90.7 FM WKKL, I had become the morning show host & program director and I played her 1989 album, "The Sensual World" until the Technics 1200MKV turntable needles threatened to dig holes clear through to the other side of the record. This year, three other Kate Bush albums marked milestone anniversaries, as one of my all-time favorite people in music celebrated her 60th birthday!
Both her debut album, "The Kick Inside" and her second record, "Lionheart" were released in 1978 and turned 40-years-old this year. I just got both of these remastered on 180-gram vinyl as part of the first of four box-sets released in November. However I'd like to turn your attention to her 1993 album, "The Red Shoes."
This seventh studio LP celebrated its 25th anniversary this year and has received thousands of spins in my CD player since I first left a trail-of-fire behind me on my way to the record store to buy it! If you're not that familiar with Kate Bush, it would be impossible for me to choose one song that adequately demonstrates what she does. Instead I'll simply share my favorite track from this album. It's called "Top of the City" and it's waiting for you know on the Anniversary-30 playlist. Happy listening! -Kristen
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