Well, it seems like this is the one year anniversary of TGOG. Congratulations to me.
In all seriousness, the blog has exceeded all my goals and expectations. Certainly, I think that the content has vastly improved over the course of the year as I figured what it was I was trying to achieve. Also, figuring out the software helped a great deal. I know that there are plenty of areas where I can improve as far as content, writing, formatting, etc is concerned and I appreciate the patience with which I've been treated as TGOG struggled (and continues to struggle) to find its voice.
Whatever success I've had with this blog is due to you guys, my loyal readers. All four of you. I can't thank you enough. Every time somebody visits, leaves a comment, sends an email, subscribes to my feed or in any way interacts with the blog, you do me a great honor. I just try to be worthy of the time that you lavish on my little corner of Al Gore's Interweb.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
And now on to the celebratory video (like you didn't know that was coming).
Aimee Mann is one of my favorites. Great voice, great writer. And she put on a fantastic show when she was in town a couple of weeks ago. So here's some Aimee Mann for you:
Freeway (from the new cd Smilers)
Red Vines (off the Magnolia soundtrack and the Bachelor No. 2 cd)
King of The Jailhouse (easily my favorite Aimee Mann song)
Going Through The Motions (these last three songs are the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th tracks off of The Forgotten Arm and are just devastating back to back to back; The Forgotten Arm is just an extraordinary piece of work; it got labeled as a "concept album" which is the kiss of death commercially; what the work has is narrative and theme (and great songs); it may be the best album of the decade)
Looking For Nothing (another song off the new cd; there's so many just flat out good songs on Smilers that it's tough to choose what to put on here; this is a great live video too-it looks like the guy taking the footage was in the front row)