Top 10 Albums of 2016 (Number 1)

1.) The Avalanches – “Wildflower”

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16 years later, the Avalanches are back and they are more creative than ever. Focusing more on going to a psychedelic trip with hip hop beats and ranging on R&B and rare samples, the Avalanches’ “Wildflower” is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that shows that they never lost their edge and fun. The main reason why this is the album of 2016 is not only because of their great return, it’s really because they stay true to themselves and embrace absurdity in music in the most cunning and intricate way. Welcome back to music!

Top Tracks – Subways, Frankie Sinatra, Because I’m Me, Harmony, The Wozard of Iz

Top 10 Albums of 2016 (Number 6)

6.) Michael Kiwanuka – “Love & Hate”

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It would be 2016’s “What’s Going On”, but it’s more personal within Michael’s musical content. Collecting the sounds of Curtis Mayfield, the soul of Marvin Gaye and then stance of Bill Withers; “Love & Hate” evolved Kiwanuka’s music career by balancing and respecting the past to give the present and future something to stand on. And it’s Michael’s storytelling that will give listeners a heads up of what’s to come if action is not taken place.

Top Tracks – Black Man In A White World, Love & Hate, Cold Little Heart

Come Away With Me

By Norah Jones

Come away with me in the night
Come away with me
And I will write you a song

Come away with me on a bus
Come away where they can’t tempt us
With their lies

I want to walk with you
On a cloudy day
In fields where the yellow grass grows knee-high
So won’t you try to come

Come away with me and we’ll kiss
On a mountaintop
Come away with me
And I’ll never stop loving you

And I want to wake up with the rain
Falling on a tin roof
While I’m safe there in your arms
So all I ask is for you
To come away with me in the night
Come away with me

Love is…

By Gary Barton

Love is the lifestyle

That keeps our hearts racing

The original resource

Of united bracing

 

Love is the guideline

That shapes most of us

But for the best moments

It touches all of us

 

Love has no boundaries

No differences or lines

Who are you to say that

Your love’s better than mine?

 

Love is the truth

That expresses who we are

No matter where you’re from

Love conquers all

 

Love is equal

Love is one

Love is forever

Love is…love

 

(To the 50 victims of the shootings at Pulse in Orlando,FL on 06/12/2016)

La Paix de Paris (The Paris Peace)

By Gary Barton
The City of Love
The City of Lights
The Magical Days
The Brightest of Nights

Nostalgic settings
With jovial times
Luxurious fares
With the finest wine

Invigorating
The accents, of course
The heart-melting sounds
No one can enforce

The joy of football
Artistic hours
And let’s not forget
The Eiffel Tower

Underneath the love
There is also peace
Where the noble men
And the women increase
No matter what breaks
No matter what falls
The city will stand
With love guiding all

With The Paris Peace
No one shall falter
Let the lights shine on
And nothing altered

So let the bells ring
Things will be better
For Paris is love
And peace is forever

(Peace to all 129 victims during the terrorist attacks in Paris, France (11/13/2015)