5. Contento - Dale Melón, 2020:
Contento: happy, contented. The two expatriate Colombians, based in Geneva which I knew well, who go by the name of Contento like to make people feel happy. Their '20 single is guaranteed to get you all dancing:
6, Tenderlonious - Impressions
From "Ragas from Lahore: Improvisations with Jaubi", 2020.
Maybe not quite my thing but I admire it and think you might do too:
I have posted this many times. It is nothing less than my favourite song/video of this year because as soon as it was released I thought it was Britain's main Covid song. And it is. I have throughout my life had three key stereotypes of people in my mind, not that I ever realised it until now. Woman as angel. Well, maybe time and reality take its toll on that one. I think I have to recognise that I am the most terrible dreamer. Older man as security and authoritative. Well, that faded with trauma as I came to realise that was me and no one, least of all women, were having it. And young lads - by which I mean 18/19 ish - who I was so remote from at 15/16 and yet came to identify closely with by that age among very practical dreamers.
I think I still do really, I could have fathered any boy in a realistic way - even earthy - from 0 to 20 but I would have been very disappointed if he hadn't been for nature and maybe music and even an idea of love for community and friendship rather than relationships. I should not have wanted him to be relationship confined. Oh my God. That son is me. Dreams. Ideals. A sense of confinement and how can we negotiate this to which most accept happily their walls. I dunno. This is the single of the year. That it is from Cornwall which as the fantastic Simon Reeve has recently shown is hardly all beauty adds to it in many ways. The Covid cut offness. Ludicrous as it may seem, identify closely with these blokes. It's kind of in the frustrations and the dreams. What it isn't is physical. It's an aura of closeness. I can't explain it anybetter than that.
Single/Video of the Year......it's from Cornwall:
7. Full Colour - Times Change