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They're not anything packed with information or profound. They consist mostly of vivid snapshots from the depths of memory. Bubbling up at seemingly random times, clamoring for attention. Once in a while one just has to be noded.

We had been in the unfinished wilderness cabin for a little over a year. The grand plan was to move in and finish it while living in it. Best laid plans. Living in a small cabin in the woods with two year old twin girls and no electricity or plumbing while completing the construction of said cabin may not have been the best plan, in retrospect. You do what you have to do.

Keeping in mind that internet was not available, even if it had existed back in the late 1970's, I had subscribed to MEN. We were, after all, trying to be back to the land homesteader types. I had run across some articles in said journal of self-sufficiency that gave me hopes of having a hot water shower. A simple design, poorly implemented, the shower would consist of a 55 gallon (200 liter) drum with rudimentary plumbing mounted atop the sorriest water tower ever cobbled together by a DIY wannabe. It's a wonder it didn't collapse and crush someone. It lurked in an unused corner of the garden like a kid's jumbo Lincoln Logs project gone awry. My choice of construction material was the doghair pine growing near our house in an old clearing.

The twins were to have the honor of the first hot shower from my Rube Goldberg monstrosity. I checked the temperature every little while once the sun was on the drum by placing my hand on the metal drum. When the temperature was just right, we stripped the girls naked and had them stand under the shower head I had spliced to some garden hose. The water began to flow and the girls turned the bright orange of a Halloween pumpkin. Our iron water had done what iron water does when aerated. The iron had immediately turned to rusty sludge and settled to the bottom of the barrel. That happened to be where the hose was attached to the bung on the barrel. Our daughters were unharmed and the image of naked pumpkin babies was indelibly etched on the retina of our mind's eye.

On Yearly playlists and writing goals

The time has come for the omnipresent Oracle/Algorithm to share its insights about what it has learned about me. Out of all the Algorithms™, the musically-oriented ones may be the least evil of the lot, or at least they seem relatively harmless to me (not that I'm an expert or anything). So, today my friendly neighborhood Spotify app told me that it had crunched the numbers on what I've heard this year (on its platform, I suspect there's more accurate data at Last.fm). Before it fades away, I decided I would store it somewhere, but neither my regular Social Media nor my blog seem fit for that purpose. So, I'm leaving it here. Enjoy, Andycyca's 100 most listened songs of 2019. Comments are welcome.
  1. Fernando by Pink Martini
  2. Una Rosa Es una Rosa by Mecano
  3. Sunflower (Remix) [with Swae Lee, Nicky Jam, and Prince Royce] by Post Malone
  4. Just Give Me a Reason (feat. Nate Ruess) by P!nk
  5. Don't Stop The Music by Rihanna
  6. No Puedo Olvidarme Ti by MDO
  7. Instant Crush by Daft Punk
  8. Bang Bang by Jessie J
  9. Wanderlust - Remixed 2015 by Paul McCartney
  10. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For by Rhythms Del Mundo
  11. Volver by Estrella Morente
  12. Havana (feat. Young Thug) by Camila Cabello
  13. Baila Casanova - Album Version - Spanish by Paulina Rubio
  14. Another Day Of Sun by La La Land Cast
  15. The Winner Takes It All by Carla Bruni
  16. Oye Mujer - J Rythm & Santarosa Remix by Raymix
  17. Como La Flor by Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox
  18. Issues by Julia Michaels
  19. Moscas en la Casa by Shakira
  20. Bela Lugosi's Dead (Official Version) by Bauhaus
  21. Cotton Eye Joe by Rednex
  22. Volver volver - Directo en Nort Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam 2011 by Buika
  23. Arrasando by Thalía
  24. La Puerta de Alcalá (feat. Ana Belén) by Aleks Syntek
  25. Maria by Matt Cavenaugh
  26. Tu by Mecano
  27. Estoy Aquí - En Vivo by Shakira
  28. El Llorar (Crying) by Kronos Quartet
  29. Te Extraño by Armando Manzanero
  30. We Found Love by Rihanna
  31. Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
  32. Knights of Cydonia by Muse
  33. Vete de Mí by Bebo Valdés
  34. De Que Callada Manera by Pablo Milanés
  35. Un Millón de Amigos (Um Milhão de Amigos) by Roberto Carlos
  36. From Now On by Hugh Jackman
  37. Coincidir by Mexicanto
  38. Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) [The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup (TM) Song] by Shakira
  39. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' by Michael Jackson
  40. Temblando - Remaster 2015 by Hombres G
  41. Seagulls! (Stop It Now) by Bad Lip Reading
  42. Man in the Mirror by Alex Aiono
  43. From Now On by Zac Brown Band
  44. Love Of My Life by Queen
  45. Dancing Mad (Final Fantasy VI) by Nobuo Uematsu
  46. Contigo en la Distancia by Christina Aguilera
  47. Danzón No. 2 by Arturo Márquez
  48. Final Fantasy VI (Dancing Mad) by Year 200X
  49. Powerless (Say What You Want) by Nelly Furtado
  50. Montón de Tierra by Regina Orozco
  51. Jueves by La Oreja de Van Gogh
  52. Blue Moon - Take 9/M by Elvis Presley
  53. Scherzino Mexicano by Manuel Ponce
  54. Gone (Julian Marsh Ethereal Mix) [feat. The Where The Sky Ends Choir] by Ben Fankhauser
  55. Grace Kelly by MIKA
  56. Felices los 4 (feat. Marc Anthony) - Salsa Version by Maluma
  57. Don't You Remember by Adele
  58. Exit Music (For a Film) by Radiohead
  59. Beautiful Life by Ace of Base
  60. No controles by Café Tacvba
  61. J'en ai marre ! by Alizée
  62. Without You / I Will Wait / With or Without You (Mashup) [A Cappella Tribute to David Guetta feat. Usher / Mumford and Sons / U2] by Catherine Papworth
  63. Satania - 2015 by Mägo de Oz
  64. The Lion Sleeps Tonight by MC6 A Cappella
  65. Try Everything by Shakira
  66. Palabras para Paula by La Oreja de Van Gogh
  67. Azul by Kike Santander
  68. Love Is A Losing Game - Original Demo by Amy Winehouse
  69. Lo Hare Por Ti by Paulina Rubio
  70. El Día Que Me Quieras by Carlos Gardel
  71. The Way You Make Me Feel by Michael Jackson
  72. Million Years Ago by Adele
  73. More Than Words by Extreme
  74. Flamenco by Adam Ben Ezra
  75. Ballroom Dancing - Remixed 2015 by Paul McCartney
  76. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) by K'NAAN
  77. Te Doy Una Canción by Silvio Rodríguez
  78. Stand By Me by Florence + The Machine
  79. Firework by Katy Perry
  80. Scared of the Dark (Remix) [with Ty Dolla $ign and Ozuna, feat. XXXTENTACION] by Lil Wayne
  81. Bailando Salsa by Mecano
  82. Tonta Canción by El Gran Silencio
  83. Wake Me up Before You Go-Go by Wham!
  84. Venecia sin ti - Que c'est triste Venise by Charles Aznavour
  85. Day Three: Pain by Ayreon
  86. Un Montón De Estrellas by Polo Montañez
  87. All I Ask by Adele
  88. Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri
  89. Madre Tierra (Oye) by Chayanne
  90. The Lion Sleeps Tonight - Full Version by Lebo M.
  91. Colgando en tus manos (con Marta Sánchez) by Carlos Baute
  92. BOSS by Capcom Sound Team
  93. Some Nights by fun.
  94. The Sound of Silence by Pentatonix
  95. You Lost Me by Christina Aguilera
  96. Después de Ti by Alejandro Filio
  97. Thunderstruck by AC/DC
  98. Hey There Delilah by Plain White T's
  99. Macarena - Bayside Boys Remix by Los Del Rio
  100. Fiddle de Chocobo Live at Alfredo & Amy's House (From "Final Fantasy VII") by Mariachi Entertainment System

While transcribing this list, I thought it would be a good idea to write about why I like these songs so much, and/or what they represent to me. I'm not sure how I'll do it, but seems to me like a good writing challenge to start the new year. Maybe I'll cross-post it here, with the caveat that De Que Callada Manera has already been fulfilled in a somewhat academic form.

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