Given that Christmas just ended, many of you are probably just now emerging, bleary-eyed, from the traditional yuletide gift coma.
Welcome then, friends, to the end of the year.
That means, of course, that it’s time to dig through your closets and slip on your retrospection toboggans (or beanie, if you’re not from around these parts).
What? Not quite ready to tackle the task of considering the last 360 odd days?
OK, then. We’ll take it slow.
Grab a cup of coffee, if it’ll steady your hands and thoughts. Stop shoving, if you’re one of the foolish multitudes who have braved the endless lines for Boxing Day gift returns. And take a deep breath, if you’ve succumbed to some bizarre desire to hold it.
All right, here are three of the biggest entertainment events that impacted me this year:
'Time' snubs Miley. We — by which I mean “all of humanity” — deserve a collective pat on the back for not having to live in a world in which Miley “Twerker Train Wreck” Cyrus is 'Time Magazine’s' Person of the Year. That was a terrifying proposition, even for an annual feature that once dubbed Adolf Hitler as top of the heap in 1938. Cyrus was a finalist for the title, but ultimately lost out to Pope Francis, who I believe we all can agree was the better choice.
A Bonnaroo crowd at Riverbend. This year’s festival featured a booking home run in bro country giant Florida Georgia Line, who Joe “Dixie” Fuller snagged just weeks before they became one of the biggest acts around. As a result, they weren’t placed on the Coke Stage — though they could have packed it out — but instead played to a sprawling crowd of about 10,000 on the Bud Light Stage. That sea of people snaking down Riverfront Parkway wouldn’t have looked out of place on the farm in Manchester and is a sight I won’t soon forget.
A banner year for Track 29. Let’s start with the sellouts: Neutral Milk Hotel, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Flaming Lips, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, The Black Crowes and Bassnectar. Add to that, overall ticket sales that made the venue the third most successful in the Southeast (and 78th worldwide) based on Pollstar ticket sales during the first half of the year. Given that evidence, Track 29’s impact on the music scene during its second year is pretty hard to overstate.
There’s probably more, but my space is limited and my time is short. Want to share your top moments of 2013? Email me and we’ll discuss.
Contact Casey Phillips at cphillips@timesfree press.com or 423-757-6205. Follow him on Twitter at @PhillipsCTFP.
Casey Phillips has worked as a features reporter in the Life department since May 2007. He writes about entertainment, consumer technology, animals and news of the weird. Casey hails from Knoxville and earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism and a bachelor of arts in German from Middle Tennessee State University, where he worked as the features editor for the student newspaper, Sidelines. Casey's writing has earned numerous accolades, including first and second place ...