2016 has drawn to a close, and we here at Currys Music LLC are taking a moment to reflect on a long, complicated year. As always during the holiday season, the temptation arises to wax poetic. I’m going to indulge, briefly, in a bit of sentiment:
Viewed from 30,000 feet, 2016 was a tumultuous year. The globalism that accompanied the dawn of the Internet age has been undermined by a resurgent nationalism, as legitimate concerns about economic and national security mount around the world. Genocide in Syria and Iraq… terrorism in Europe and the U.S…. bigotry, partisanship and misunderstanding across the globe… Even for the optimistic, silver linings feel hard to come by.
We have also suffered the loss of so many of our idols. Over the course of this year, we have lost the women and men who taught us how
to laugh Gene Wilder
to speak Shimon Peres
to watch Gwen Ifill
to make George Martin
to play Alan Rickman
to pray Mother Mary Angelica
to dress Craig Sager
to be Alexis Arquette, ourselves
to write Harper Lee
to sing Debbie Reynolds, in the rain
to fight Carrie Fisher, among the stars
to float Muhammad Ali, like a butterfly
to fly John Glenn
to act Anton Yelchin
to share Guy Clark
to cry Leonard Cohen, the baffled king
to dare David Bowie, from funk to funky
to love Prince Rogers Nelson, with a kiss
to move Sharon Jones
to live Elie Wiesel, while walking, at night
In due time, the curtain comes down on each generation. Our heroes relinquish their seats at the table of art, science, and politics to those who come after–to us. But it is challenging to lose so many icons in such a troublesome year. We have been left with big shoes to fill; we must step up to the task.
Even as we mourned these losses and worried over the state of the world, our little eponymous musical enterprise has quietly continued to grow. We released our second album; we travelled all over, from Florida to Illinois to Massachusetts; we played 125 shows in 365 days. We played to old friends, to new fans, to audiences both big and small, in homes, in concert halls, at festivals. We lived in a minivan for months at a time, and we survived. We welcomed new additions to the Curry clan: an old friend, a new in-law, a beautiful baby girl.
Life is nothing if not contradictory. A difficult year for the globe proved to be a pretty good year for the band. We are deeply grateful, and humbled, and concerned. Over the past year, we have been provoked, encouraged, disappointed, inspired. To begin the new year, we intend to capture what we can of this current moment, to record in note and word what we have felt and seen and heard.
So here’s to hoping that things improve for everyone in 2017, no matter your vocation, identity, or nationality. From the three of us Currys: we wish you a happy new year!
All my best,
(PS: The picture at top is from our New Year’s Eve show in Port St. Joe at the Thirsty Goat with our adorable furry friend Curry–named for the band!)