Friday, July 7, 2023

Friday 5 for July 7: Midyear examination

More questions from Scrivener's Friday 5 page.

1. What has been a nice surprise in this first half of the year?

Nothing surprisingly nice has happened to me so far. Most of the time everything stays the same.

2. What’s the best new (new-to-you or brand-new) music, TV, or reading you consumed this year?


If I had to rate my top 20 "new" songs so far this year, this is what it would be (based on chart performance of my weekly Current Top 20 Hits that I post here and here  - click the links).

Rank                     TitleArtistPeakWAPTotal Weeks
1GhostTom MacDonald1721
2Anti-HeroTaylor Swift1523
3Love AgainThe Kid LAROI1210
4End of the WorldTom MacDonald featuring John Rich1210
5Wish You The BestLewis Capaldi1211
6FlowersMiley Cyrus1213
7I Feel Like DancingJason Mraz1213
8PointlessLewis Capaldi1216
9Karma / Karma (featuring Ice Spice)Taylor Swift128
10Lux ÆternaMetallica129
11Eyes ClosedEd Sheeran1112
12LostLinkin Park1114
13Get Her BackMichael Ray119
14Blind For LoveAmerican Authors2314
15I'll Be Seeing YouIam Tongi216
16EvangelineStephen Sanchez3213
17Lavendar HazeTaylor Swift3111
18I'm Feelin' Good (Steve Miller Band)King Calaway3111
20BejeweledTaylor Swift3112

Key - Rank | Peak Position | Weeks at Peak (WAP) | Total Weeks on Top 20 

Rapper Tom MacDonald has held the #1 position on my Current Top 20 song longer than any other this year with his song "Ghost". It's an indie record (like all of his others) that most radio stations refused to play, even though this is just a simple love song to his significant other Nova Rockerfeller, who is the producer of most of his videos. MacDonald has amassed a large YouTube following and has sold many records / songs / digital downloads.

TV (My Top 10 TV Shows this year; old and new; I watch a lot of YouTube)
1. 1883 (Paramount+) Yellowstone prequel series
2. 1923 (Paramount+) Yellowstone prequel series
3. Star Trek Strange New Worlds (Paramount+)
4. The Expanse (Seasons 1 - 3 so far; 4 -6 to be watched soon; Amazon Prime)
5. Babylon 5 (Tubi TV - Classic scifi from 1993-1998 - rewatch)
6. Sleeperdude  / Sleeperdude 2 (YouTube - A family that fixes old cars)
7. The Flight Channel (YouTube - airline crash accounts / computer simulations)
8. Airline Videos (YouTube - live streaming from LAX, CA. take offs and landings)
9. Adventures Made From Scratch (YouTube - A guy who crushes cars at his junkyard)
10. Melinda (YouTube - Vinyl Record Reviews)
11. Kilauea Volcano Live (YouTube - USGS live feed of active volcano in Hawaii)

I take a long time going through books since I skip around from book to book. None listed right now.

3. What have you learned so far in 2023?
4. What is the outlook for the rest of your 2023?

Uncertain and most likely more expensive.

5. What can you do this week to make someone else’s 2023 better?

Be a better listener.

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