October 27, 2009
Decade's end: The Year 2001
Paris photo by Stuck In Customs
We know 2001 as a demode Michael Bay movie come to life. Literally, a few hours when we thought civilization was ending, or at least that is what it seemed like here in Washington. I don't like documentaries about that day because they always begin with how pretty the weather was and how la dee da... and then you know what is coming and you can't do anything about it. You know that, in the space of one hour, wars will be spawned and there will be years of pain and tears. It's just beyond depressing, even now.
The nice thing about 2001 was that I spent Christmas in Paris [ed: this is not a normal occurrence]. One night I went out in a misty rain, alone, and walked the length of Île Saint-Louis, peeking in the windows of those tiny, dark restaurants with wood beams and little lamps on the tables. When I got near the end of the road, there was suddenly a choir singing - the voices filling the street from a Christmas concert inside the Saint-Louis-en-l'Île Church - and I literally started to cry. One of those rare moments when you know you're truly happy and that you will always remember this place at this time.
A bit more introspection and less pop on the music list for this year.
Top Songs Of 2001
Shelby Lynne Killin’ Kind
Alison Moorer No Next Time
Dar Williams After All
Mark Kozalek Up To My Neck In You
Rufus Wainwright Grey Gardens (or Tower Of Learning?)
Teddy and Richard Thompson Persuasion
Kings Of Convenience Winning The Battle…
Mary J. Blige No More Drama
Kylie Minogue Love At First Sight
Mercury Rev Nite And Fog
Ewan MacGregor and Nicole Kidman Come What May
Ronan Keating Lovin’ Each Day
Prefab Sprout Blue Roses
Stevie Nicks Planets Of The Universe
I left a lot off this list!