My writing for MAGNET's print edition typically isn't featured online, so I scanned a recent blurb I wrote on Grizzly Bear's Shields and uploaded it to my editorial page just now. Shields came in at #19 in the magazine's Top 25 albums of 2012, and I'm glad I was able to reflect on it, as it is/was definitely a highlight for me this year. 

The process of scanning print work continued as I realized three pieces I wrote at the very beginning of my tenure as a music writer were no longer available online. Uploading features on Milktooth and Winston Audio, as well as a live review of Balmorhea and Tiny Vipers, brought on mixed feelings — it's always bittersweet to come face to face with our early attempts at greatness, isn't it? But it's more rewarding than anything. Behind those stories is an earnestness that is unmistakable, and one that I'm not sure still exists on some days. So it's good to look my younger self in the mirror and remember what it felt like to be excited by an opportunity (any  opportunity) to publish.

Switching gears, I'm including David Bazan's cover of "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" below. I was reminded of the song at Village Chapel this morning as Kim Thomas reflected on the horror of the Connecticut shootings, and how the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow grieved the loss of his wife and severe injury of his son through its creation in the mid-19th century.  

Somewhere there is light, always.