ashley dean

Let me start by saying this has never been an effort to be contrarian.

I have never made a New Year's resolution.

The idea just seems very "meh." Not stupid or pointless, just...*insert series of uncertain facial expressions and hand gestures*. It doesn't help that no one ever talks about how well they did at following through on these things.

Call me apathetic.

But this is 2013, the first year since 1987 to have four different numbers, and if random factoids can't inspire me to action, what can? This year, I'm making some music resolutions. Some will be easy because you have to set yourself up for a least a little success. Others might be downright impossible, but as the late, great Douglas Adams once wrote, "Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable. Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all."

So here goes:

* 2012 is over. I will stop making bad "Call Me Maybe" jokes.

* I will stop pretending I don't love Mumford & Sons (though I will maintain they're over-hyped).

* I will buy more merch at shows because, 1) I like merch, and 2) It helps struggling bands. At least one of my resolutions should help someone else out.

* I will go to at least one bluegrass festival. Living in Colorado and missing out on these feels wrong, not to mention that I have a newfound appreciation for the banjo.

* Also, I'll go to an EDM festival. Someday I'll be too old for crop-tops and glowsticks, so I should really savor the phenomenon now.

* I will find better ways to describe jam bands than "a genre-bending fusion of funk, soul, rock, etc." ad infinitum.

* I will listen to "Thrift Shop" until I OD and can finally move on from this addiction.

* I will top holding out hope for an OutKast reunion. This is delusional.

* I will write down the names of openers I like. There's a reason the opening bands are paired with bands you already like, but even when people show up for the opener, they forget who it was. Time to pay better attention.

* I will pay for ALL of the music. (Stop laughing.)

I don't want to tell you how to live your life, but maybe you'll join me for a few of these. It's pretty universally agreed that 2012 was not so hot. 2013 could be our year.