My best of 2017 🙌

This year was a big one for me. I bought a house, married the BEST girl, ran a half marathon and discovered I really like sushi (but i’m not as great at making it.)

Photo by The Cole Portfolio.

Here are a few other things which made 2017 a great year.


The Tiny Desk Concert Series

If you love music and you have never watched a Tiny Desk Concert from NPR, you are missing out. As the title suggests, the concerts take place in an office behind a tiny(ish) desk. The stripped back office setting makes for an intimate, light hearted set and it’s been a great source of new music for me.

They’re all really good but some particular favourites from this year included Randy Newman, Maggie Rogers, Chance the Rapper, Nate Smith, Gallant and Sampha.


Streetlights Audio Bible

I stumbled upon Streetlights earlier this year and it’s become one of my favourite things to listen to during my morning commute. In their own words:

“Streetlights is an urban tailored audio Bible. It is the Word of God spoken word for word by contemporary vocalists set over music produced by exceptional musicians. The result of professional gifts merged with the powerful content of the Word of God is dynamic! You have to listen, and engage to truly understand. The driving force behind Streetlights is our passion to see youth with low reading levels and limited knowledge of the Bible engage and learn the Word of God.”

All of the Streetlights books are free to download online along with loads of other great spoken word and music by humble beast.


Vulfpeck

I was introduced to the music of Vulfpeck by my friend Josh earlier this year and I quickly became a bit of a super fan. It’s so funky and it’s low volume. In fact, It’s pretty much the only music I’ve listened to for half the year.


Fun Therapy

I’ve listened to the Relevant Podcast for a few years now and this year, they launched the Releavnt Podcast Network, an umbrella group of spin off podcasts, one of which is Fun Therapy, hosted by Mike Foster.

Each episode features a different ‘therapy’ session with influential guests talking to Mike about tricky parts of their lives. It’s a great concept and gives a great insight into counselling and having meaningful conversations. Guests included Jason Russell from Invisible Children, Ryan O’Neal from Sleeping At Last and Jay and Katherine Wolf who talk about how life changed when Katherine had a stroke. It’s a strangely uplifting show and well worth a listen.

Fun Therapy »


Revisionist History

Another of my favourite podcasts from this year was Revisionist History, hosted by Malcolm Gladwell. It’s a hard show to explain but each episode focusses on something from history that was overlooked or misunderstood.

This season focussed heavily on the civil-rights movement and highlighted the issue of racism in America and around the world. Every episode is excellently written and always left me wanting me.

There’s also an episode entirely about Mc Donalds fries.

Revisionist History »


Netflix

In my opinion, Netflix won the TV war this year.

Some shows/films that Anna and I enjoyed included 👻 Stranger Things 2, 👶🏻 Jane the Virgin, 💉 Icarus, ☕️ Gilmore Girls, 🍕Master of None, 👫 Lovesick, 👽 Black Mirror, 🔴 The Circle and obviously🔥 Fireplace 4K: Classic Crackling Fireplace from Fireplace for Your Home.


Thanks for reading this far! If you have any podcast or Netflix recommendations, let me know. Happy New Year! 🙌