I have always been vocal in my opposition to year-end best lists, but lately I find myself becoming somewhat addicted to them. My change in attitude, I think, is related to the realization that my list really doesn’t matter – it’s just a blood drop, spreading out until it’s imperceptible within the busy, empty space of the hive mind.
What follows is not a “best” list, but a scrapbook of sonic memories . . .
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“River of Love,” from “Lighthouse”
This ragingly heartbroken version of a song by her brother Barry, who died in Hurricane Katrina, anchors Cowsill’s fierce tribute to the family’s adopted hometown.