For a little over 20 years, I've been compiling select "favorite music" in one form or another. Some of you have been swapping and/or listening with me since college. And some of you are encountering this for the first time. Welcome.
Obviously, this is super "late". And while I had completed the list back in January, I confess that I did not plan on sending it out this year for a variety of reasons that are for a different time and place. But after a number of you continued to ask and/or presumed that I had "de-friended" you, I've decided that it's still a list worth sharing.
This year's compilation is entitled United In/Difference
with two playlists: United in Love
and United in Grief
. It's musically inspired by my favorite album of the year, Kendrick Lamar's Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers
. It's thematically inspired by, well... the year, the experiences, the thoughts, and the state of music. Rather than "explain away" each playlist, I'd rather they speak for themselves.
I hope there is a song, an artist, a lyric that is worth listening to a few times. My only requests are to listen through, in order (at least once), and to share with me your own favorite(s) – whether from this particular list or otherwise.
BobP.S. Since I have waited this long to send it out, I may as well give an early 2023 shout-out for Kelly Reed's (formerly i.e. kokoro) latest single "The Blue", which I helped produce. It is currently out on Spotify and Apple Music (full album on April 7th).