I don't want to get too sentimental about 2007, and I'm not about to bust out any year end "best of" lists of my own, but it was a really, really good year. I've been blogging for several years now, in this form just a little over a year, and I'm humbled by the response I get from people who take the time to read this site, especially when at times, it's very personal.
My year was a good one, and each step lead to something better. The friendships I've made have been deeply rewarding. Losing my job lead to me finally finding my niche professionally and I'm now at a job that I love, that I can actually now, for the first time ever, see as a career. Becoming an aunt has taught me about love in a way I had never experienced. My writing here resulted in my freelance work for CityBeat. Everyday, I am grateful to live in a place that I love, and while I always felt like San Diego was a small town, the link to this community that I've experienced makes me feel extremely fortunate and shows me everyday that the only way it's small is because people care about people, neighbors look out for neighbors, and this music community is extremely tight and interwoven.
If I were to start a thank you list, it would run deep, like those Oscar speeches that run too long, so I'll save it and just say a big, general, but deep thank you to everyone who has touched my life in 2007. To my family, my lifelong friends, to all the new friends I've made, to all the bartenders who serve my drink 'nfl', to the publicists and labels who filter information and new music to me, to the bands whose talents impress me everyday and who've been so welcoming in letting me behind the curtain (and who put up with my ever-flashing camera), to the club owners and bar managers who've helped me keep this little music blog going by allowing me through the door, to the radio friends who've given me access, and to those people who read my blog regularly who are total strangers to me. Thank you all. I am truly, deeply grateful.
I can't wait to see what 2008 has in store for all of us.