May 11th: Write a Fan Letter

So when I came across this thing to do there was no other person/group/celebrity to send a letter to than The Revivalist. The letter describes my love for them… you can read it below… One of my tasks earlier in the year was to go to a new music venue, I went to see them. They are amazing. If you haven’t heard of them you should check them out. If you like them you should go see them live… they are more amazing live!

“Hi Revivalists,

I just wanted to put out there how much I love you guys. It’s been a while since I have found a band that I connect to so much!!
I work at a small pizzaria/music venue in Denver and always create playlists for customers to listen to… I had asked a regular for some good new music to add to the list last Fall and she told me about you guys after she saw you at a festival up in Buena Vista… I’ve been hooked ever since.

I had the chance to see you in December at the Fox Theatre and then at the Ogden in February!

I look forward to seeing you guys again at the Westword Music Showcase!

Thanks for the great music! Can’t wait to hear more.

Big fan,


March 31st: Make a List of my 20 Favorite Songs

This is actually much harder than you might think. It is also a very fluid idea because my favorite twenty songs today are probably very different from a year ago, and I am sure in a year they will be different again. 

But here it is, as of today:

1. Imagine John Lennon

2. Let Me Be Xavier Rudd

3. Alaska Maggie Rogers

4. Diamonds on the Inside Ben Harper

5. Matilda Alt-J

6. Norwegian Wood The Beatles

7. Lay Lady Lay Bob Dylan

8. Be Happy Brendan James

9. Weird Fishes Radiohead

10. Magic Coldplay

11. Rodeo Clowns Jack Johnson ft G. Love

12. Let Go Frou Frou

13. Soulshine Gov’t Mule

14. Hallelujah Jeff Buckley

15. 99 Problems Hugo

16. Crosses Jose Gonzalez

17. Work It Out Jurassic 5 ft Dave Matthews Band

18. Down Marian Hill

19. The Wanderer Marc Broussard

20. Glory Bound Martin Sexton

And now that the list is done I honestly think I need like a 100 song list. That comes no where close to all my favorite songs and I am sure I missed some…

March 28th: Listen to Classical Music

I have always heard classical music can calm you, make you think more clearly, and overall just out you in a more serene mood. I have to say, I did feel all of these things.

I had some marketing work to do today so thought I would listen to classical music as I did it.

There are plenty of articles that support this but these infographics explain it pretty well too.

March 14th: Learn to Read Music

I found this great site that really walks you through, step by step of how to read music. But phew. 

How to Read Sheet Music
I find this interesting and will continue to explore it but even after reading it I do not think I have any idea how to actually read music. 

I am in no way musically inclined… I have always lived more of an athletic life. So maybe this thing is a miss.

At least I tried… 🎼

March 9th: Lay Down and Listen to Music

This is quite possibly one of the most relaxing things I could have done for myself. It is almost meditative. As with almost everything else on my list, I almost always say, I should do this more often! And I should. I need more me time, time to just relax, stop thinking, and just breathe. 

As I get deeper and deeper into the year I realize that this list is going to be hard to keep up with but I think if I keep at it my life will be better for it.

March 6th: Listen to Jazz

So this should be a daily habit now that I have a record player… but I just do not have enough good stuff. I have spent the last hour or so doing some graphic work and marketing stuff… and have just been walking to the living room to flip my Miles Davis record over, again and again.

There is something relaxing about jazz, even in the moments when things are heightened and almost edgy. There still seems to be a sense of relaxation from song to song. Anyway, here is my task for the day: Listen to Jazz and that is what I am doing… and probably will be doing for the next few hours before I hit the pillow and get some zzz’s.

I am still in my 30 days of purging items and I would say it is going rather well. I keep getting to different areas of my room, or closet, or kitchen space… and kind of just throwing everything away. It feels good to minimalize.

Bonus for today: I decided to grab two bags out of my closet, see what was in them, and throw out what I could. I only ended up throwing away one old box of unused black and white photographic paper… I am pretty sure by now it has become exposed and would not print anything anyway. But I found multiple boxes of my old darkroom prints from college. I did not go through them yet, but I will, and am excited to see what is in there. I will probably throw a bunch away. But maybe I will put others up on my Facebook or Instagram and try to sell them! I think there is some good stuff in there!

February 6th: Buy Something Extravagant 

How exciting! When I made my list I had no idea what this would be. But everyday as I go through my list to pick something out, one thing really sticks out… listen to a record player. Only thing is I do not own one and was not sure how I would make this happen. 

So today!!!! I bought a record player. 

Nothing really fancy. Or even expensive but I think it qualifies as extravagant. It is a Jensen 3-Speed Stereo Turntable with AM/FM Stereo Radio – Brown (JTA-222).

I am so excited to get it. It should be delivered by next week. Only thing to do now is buy a record… maybe I will start a collection. 

January 5th: Ask Friends for Music Suggestions and LISTEN

Needs no explanation. Great friends=some great music. It’s an ecclectic mix, which is what you want… in friends and music! I have to say above everything else, I am amazed by this simple experience. As I listened to each song I saw the person that recommended it to me in the lyrics and melody. It made me smile and love the music even more.

Megan Madden Suggestion– James Townes Earl- Harlem River Blues

Beth Walker Suggestion– Trout Steak Revival- Brighter Everyday

Brian Walker Suggestion– Traveling Wilbury’s- Last Night

Greg Hoffman Suggestion– Metallica- Moth into Flame

Dominic Martel Suggestion– Maren Morris- My Church

Jason Tutin Suggestion– Violent Femmes- Issues

Jared Bos Suggestion– Head Automatica- Beating Heart Baby

Nancy D’Amico Suggestion– Suzanne Vega- The Queen and the Solider

Heidi Koontz Suggestion– John Lennon- Watching the Wheels

Lynette Schneider Suggestion– Frank Sinatra- Strangers in the Night

Sue Davidson Coyne Suggestion– The Beatles- In My Life

These suggestions are AMAZING and I thank those friends that made them. Music for me to listen through the entire year. I have to add in my suggestions from the Claffey Niece’s which probably are the best… Thanks ladies!

G Claffey Suggestion– Just Like Fire- Pink

C Claffey Suggestion– Shake It Off- Taylor Swift

L Claffey Suggestion– Driedal Song 😍- Artist Varies 😎

I hope everyone enjoys the music selection!