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New Years Music – Songs stuck in my head while hiking


New Years Eve is a festive, musical holiday.

So, I thought I would put out a few New Years Eve songs.

Keeping on theme, I figured I’d combine with notable songs that have stuck in my head while hiking through the years.

More than anything, I just wanted to toss out some music!


Turning the calendar to a new year is filled with varied emotions.

Sometimes it’s about wishing humanity safe travels and luck on their journey.

Sometimes, it’s about looking back on the amazing friends, family and moments that have made you who you are today.

Sometimes it’s about simply dancing and having a good time.

And, sometimes, just sometimes…it’s about Fighting For Your Right To Party!

Here’s a selection.

And, Happy New Years!


“Messages” is an amazing song about wishing someone you love, good luck with life and the “changes that will come”.

It reminds me of parting ways with life’s countless great aquaintances.

The ones you almost certainly won’t ever see again.

We pass through each other’s lives, affecting each other, much more dramatically than we imagine.

“With each gift that you share
You may heal and repair
With each choice you make
You may help someone’s day
Well I know you are strong
May your journey be long
And now I wish you the best of luck”.

-Xavier Rudd- “Messages”



On a lighter note, enter Lionel Richie, “All Night Long.”

I once got this song stuck in my head for the entire length of a week-long backpacking trip in Smoky Mountain National Park with my friend Scott.

Any song will feel like it’s haunting you after a week.

However, I put it to you to find a more cheery and upbeat song to wake up to in a rainy tent on day 4.

I think Lionel summed New Years up perfectly…

“Well, my friends, the time has come
To raise the roof and have some fun
Throw away the work to be done
Let the music play on

Everybody sing, everybody dance
Lose yourself in wild romance
We’re going to party


-Lionel Richie-

 P.S. Check out the costumes!  Wow!  




Macklemore has become a house hold name in 2013.

“Thrift Store”, “Same Love” and “Can’t Hold Us” all went big throughout the year.

I introduce a song called “Cowboy Boots”.

I’ve never heard a song that makes me think of my best old friends and the amazing times that we’ve had, more than this song.

Think back…

Remember when you and some friends, simply OWNED the moment you were living.

I’m lucky to have been in many situations when I knew I was a part of a “special place and time”.

You know what I’m talking about.

Be that your senior year in high school, that spectacular coffee shop job in college, your first transformative year of seasonal work or sitting on the front porch of the ski resort enjoying a pint as the sun goes down.

Whatever that moment is, your life was forever changed and memories of it lift your soul!

This song does that for me….

“And acquaintances turn to friends,

I hope those friends they remember me

Hold the night for ransom as we kidnap the memories

Not sure there is a way to express what you meant to me

Sit around a table and use those years as the centerpiece.”

-Macklemore and Ryan Lewis-



Then there’s the immortal, simple wisdom of the Beastie Boys…

“KICK IT”!!!




I would love to hear about the songs that get stuck in your head.

Leave them in the comments!


Happy New Year!

Let us toast to the Bright Future of 2014!

May it be a good one!

To Life,

Marc Ankenbauer