i’d say that there are two things that inspire me the most in my life: nature and art. within art, i’d place literature, painting, graphics, photography, drama, film, and… music.

through nature i find my grounding. my being. my purpose. i am reminded that what’s important in life is simply the act of being alive.

through art, especially music, i find that my emotions, feelings, thoughts, and values are expressed in ways that i could not even come close to expressing. you see, i am not so much for making my own music, though i can twinkle my fingers on a keyboard and carry a tune. however, i much more enjoy simply listening and soaking up the sounds of instruments and letting the lyrics touch my soul.

this year, i even went so far as to create 12 different playlists, one for each month. i created them in celebration of my love for music, for life, and to share that love with others. it was an amazing experience, and i am continuing my little mixed tape project into 2016!

i use spotify to create and share my playlists, and spotify has done a cool thing and created a way to get statistics of your year in music.

so, to round out 2015 musically, i thought i’d share with you what my year sounded like. what i loved, who i listed to most, and how long i listened – it’s insane how much i listen to music!

so, let’s get down to the info:

i started my year with this song. the first song i listened to in 2015. how very fitting, as i was on the verge of moving out of my home in asheville and moving back to sweden. it was truly all about letting go of what had been, and embracing the new. a perfect new year’s day song, don’t ya think?

you can listen to the song by clicking on the image below:

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here are some crazy, crazy stats for 2015. they’re in swedish, since i live in sweden, but i’ll explain:
// i listened to 15,000 minutes of music.
// i listened to 878 different artists.
// i listened to 2,073 different songs.

i was fairly well-rounded, i think. trying lots of new things. making a playlist every month definitely helped!

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my most played genres were… hey, i like what i like. no judgement.

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my top 5 albums

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my top 5 most played artists

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my top five (most listened to) songs

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my most popular playlist in 2015:

you can find all of my mixed tapes (playlists) by clicking >>> right here!

to sum up, i listened to a lot of new music. and loved finding new songs. making playlists is one of my favorite things to do. and, i clearly, most definitely loved elephant revival, sara watkins, sarah jaroz, of monsters and men, and the avett brothers the best. not a big surprise for me. those artists were for sure on repeat a lot. and they pretty much appeared in every playlist. expect to see them popping up in 2016’s mixed tapes as well. hehe.

so, tell me, what have been your favorite songs of 2015? is there a song that sums up your year? if so, what would that be? or did you discover any new artists that have now become a favorite? do tell! share away, and give me some music tips! a new year is just around the corner, and i’ve got lots of music to discover + share!

and if you’d like to find our your statistics, according to spotify, just click >>> here, scroll down, and log in to your account.

peace, love and rock ‘n’ roll. xoxo