When my mother was trying to get her three boys to go to sleep she would often start to sing “Little boy, don’t you think it’s time you were in bed?” The lyric comes from a song called “Old Toy Trains” by Glen Campbell. It’s a Christmas song but because of this habit it had a year-round presence in our house.
In the early fall of 2016 we were already for the year to end and for the artificial demarcation of January 1st to provide us with an altogether more enjoyable existence. I was ready to get married in the Twentieth Century Women’s Club just a couple months after our first woman president was inaugurated. Instead the wedding was one of few bright spots in a year of personal and national trauma.
The media I gravitated toward this year was anything that made me feel good. To be honest that’s what I always go for. I’m never going to be the guy that wants to watch Manchester By The Sea. I’m sorry. So without further ado here are ten of the many songs that got me through this year.