Every December for the past 5 years I've made a "Best of 2009" mix cd. I create a list of my top 15 albums of the year, my top tracks of the year, and lastly a list of my top 15 movies of the year. It's something I very much enjoy doing. The act of editing is something more of us should practice in ALL aspects of our lives and this exercise has proven to be the perfect way to end the years so far.
I usually make an edition of somewhere between 10 and 15 and hand them out to friends and family. Each year I create a new cd-holder construction and book style.
If you are interested to know what any of my past years' lists have been (2004-2009), just ask! I'd be happy to share.
Best of 2009 Albums (updated)
1. Washed Out - Life of Leisure
2. Atlas Sound - Logos
3. Bibio - Ambivalence Avenue
4. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - s/t
5. Moderat - Moderat
6. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
7. Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangement
8. The Radio Dept. - David Ep
9. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest (don't even ask how I forgot about this one)
10. The Dead Sea - s/t
11. Kings of Convenience - Declaration of Dependance
12. Junior Boys - Begone Dull Care
13. A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Ashes Grammar
14. Neon Indian - Psychic Chasms
15. The Drums - The Drums ep
16. Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport
As my wedding date gets close and closer, things begin to get more and more in focus and at the same time, more chaotic. Thoughts about our future as motivating individuals as well as an evolving couple, start to gain substance and importance. How do we push ourselves, and each other, to grow and become better at what we love to do? We both know this is the key to happiness: Junia (juniaisabel.blogspot.com) with her writing, Andres with his design.
My first step is to start blogging again.
My main goal for this year is to start documenting my growth and my life in more accessible ways. This, in turn, may open up more doors, motivating myself as an individual (and as a direct result, helping my relationship evolve in better directions).
Sounds Like You and Me is now officially the Andres Montano style and portfolio blog. I will document new projects and inspirations that push me as a designer.
All that being said. Here's to 2010. The year we all do we love to do.
Since I'm spending most of my free creative time thinking about Popote, I figure I'll post our new stuff on here since we don't have a blog for the co. yet. Things are definitely going slower than I'd hoped but I guess that's to be expected when the medium we're using is readily available when I want it to be. One day Junia and I will get our own machine and we can get really crazy.