You’ve probably read enough posts about the deaths of 2016, so I won’t belabor the losses — Prince, David Bowie, Merle Haggard, Ralph Stanley, Leonard Cohen, Sharon Jones, George Michael, to name a few — that hit some of us aging music fans especially hard.
But death and loss give urgency to living, and nostalgia isn’t really our thing here at hissing lawns.
Yesterday, I listened yet again to Car Seat Headrest’s Teens of Denial (if this blog awarded an album of the year, that would probably be the winner) and thought of all the talent out there. I hear lots of people bemoan the state of popular music, but everywhere I turn, I see passionate and skilled musicians finding audiences. As my co-editor Tom might say: turn off the TV, go to a show, take a chance on something new.
For this year-end post, I’ve assembled some of my personal favorite photos from 2016, with the most recent at the top. (Look for full galleries of A.M. Rodriguez and Murder By Death early next week.) Several key members of the Savannah music community moved away in 2016, and I’d agree with others who have noted that it was a year of transition for the local scene, but I’m excited to see where things go from here.