2019 was a blur

Years now fly by. 2019 feels more of a blur than any previous year, which is probably the ageing process. Some great highs this year, but sadly some deep, dark lows. 2019 was definitely a year where I’ve felt like there’s been a lack of ‘thinking time’, but despite that I always seem to do enough to pull together an annual cultural highlight list.

Music

Yeah I still do albums:

  1. Michael Kiwanuka- KIWANUKA (album of the decade?)
  2. Nina Nesbitt - The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change
  3. The Cinematic Orchestra - To Believe
  4. Shura - forevher
  5. Bring Me The Horizon - amo
  6. Kindness - Something Like A War
  7. Anna of the North - Dream Girl
  8. Sam Fender - Hypersonic Missiles
  9. Charli XCX - Charli

Books

Didn’t read nearly enough but here are some highlights:

  1. This Could Be Our Future - Yancey Strickler
  2. An Elegant Puzzle - Will Larson
  3. Shape Up - Ryan Singer
  4. Daisy Jones and the Six - Taylor Jenkins Reid
  5. The Sun Does Shine - Anthony Ray Hinton
  6. It Doesn’t Have To Be Crazy At Work - Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

Cinema

Limited cinema trips this year:

  1. General Magic
  2. American Factory
  3. Toy Story 4
  4. The Biggest Little Farm
  5. Apollo 11
  6. Rocketman
  7. Last Breath
  8. Vice

TV

Four notable crackers:

  1. Chernobyl (HBO)
  2. The Morning Show (Apple TV+)
  3. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  4. The Mandolorian (Disney+)

Shows/Gigs

  1. Chvrches @ Princes St. Gardens (wettest gig ever)
  2. Filament
  3. Tim Minchin
  4. Vikki Stone - Songbird
  5. Tom Brace - Brace of Spades
  6. La Galerie