In order to celebrate the launch of a brand new year we have asked our staff to reflect on 2009 a little prior to tackling 2010. So we asked them to answer a few simple questions:
5 Favorite Songs of 2009
4 Favorite Albums of 2009
3 Favorite Movies of 2009
2 Favorite TV Shows of 2009
1 Favorite Moment of 2009
NAME: Rebekah Markowitz
TITLE: Manager of New Media
- “Uprising” – Muse
- “My Mirror Speaks” – Death Cab For Cutie
- “Be Calm” – fun.
- “1901″ – Phoenix
- “Aha!” – Imogen Heap
- Muse – The Resistance: Muse is just one of those artists that consistently puts out great music. The verdict is still out for me whether or not I like this as much as “Black Holes and Revelations,” but I love this album regardless and had it on repeat for weeks.
- Sleeping At Last – Storyboards: Sleeping At Last is one of the most underrated bands out there. Their music is not only beautiful, but well thought out and orchestrated. The lyrics are thought-provoking and introspective while speaking right to the heart. If there’s band you check out in 2010, it’s Jimmy Eat World… and then Sleeping At Last.
- This Providence – Where Are You Now?: Ok, this album is a little cheese indie alt rock/pop, but I can’t help that I just love it. It’s so catchy.
- fun. – Aim & Ignite: I had been waiting for this album for a long, long time. Being a fan of the lead singer’s former band, The Format, I was excited for it. I can’t say I loved it as much as I was hoping to, but its a great album to listen to when you want something “fun” that doesn’t require you to think much. There are some really good songs on here.
Disclaimer: These are not necessarily the songs and albums I listened to most this year. These just had the most spins out of what was released in 2009.
- Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince
- Star Trek
- 500 Days of Summer
It was really hard for me to narrow this down because 2009 was a great year. The most surreal (but definitely good) moment was holding my new niece, Rachel, for the first time when she was born on Christmas Day. My proudest moment was watching my little brother get married. The moment where I laughed the most was at my best friend’s wedding. The most musically amazing moment was the Jimmy Eat World Clarity x10 Tour on my birthday in Chicago.
But the event that was most life changing was my trip to Israel. It’s hard to pinpoint a favorite moment on that trip because different moments were amazing for different reasons. What I loved about the trip was that it wasn’t a pilgrimage. While we did some touristy things, we mostly went to serve the people there. We immersed ourselves in the culture, heard heartbreaking stories from the locals (Jews, Christians, and Muslims), met and prayed with so many hurting people, and hung out and befriended a bunch of kids in a local youth group. I could never sum up what I experienced on the trip or explain what we learned, but I really wish I could. My life and worldview will forever be changed by the people I met over there. (Read more about it in our blog about missions.)