January 4, 2016

When you think it of, nothing has changed in the last four days except for the fact there’s now a “6” at the end of the year instead of a “5”, yet I find my mindset changes. Do others feel the same? Me, it makes me want to do more house cleaning, as if getting rid of 2015’s dirt and dust will somehow make a difference. But it’s still just the same kind of housecleaning one would do any other time of the year.

But with January comes a mindset change in terms of music. In the spring my mind turns to surf music – probably in the anticipation of the summer months. Come summer through early fall I enjoy classical music. Fall usually brings with it a desire to hear Pink Floyd music mixed with classical. January? For some reason a new year makes me want to dust off my Exotica and Tropical Breezes music collections. I rang the New year in listening to some classical Cuban music, and with all the fireworks and smoke in the neighborhood I was waiting for the Fidelistas to come pouring over the back wall!

And while Les Baxter and Martin Denny are the mainstays of classic Exotica, the Tikiyaki Orchestra’s Swingin’ Sounds for the Jungle Jetset is as good as it gets when it comes to modern Exotica. Their follow-up to Swingin’ Sounds, Aloha Baby! is also top-notch, while the predecessor, Stereoexotique makes me think of Kava Kon, for some reason. But it’s all good.

January is also a month for cleaning up my Blogroll links, replacing outdated links, removing sites I no longer frequent, and adding new ones I’ve discovered. To that end, I found a great new blog about all things Las Vegas, called Vital Vegas. I know of a few Goodboys who’ll want to check that one out!

Francois, Newfoundland is on the other side of the island from where my Mom’s family is from, but I still enjoy this video tribute to that part of “The Rock” so much, it makes me want to just melt away and disappear to the land of (part of) my heritage. Just the phrase “Canadian Maritimes” has always had a magical ring to it.

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