2016 — may we never go through that again

What. The. Fuck.

Those three words in a text message from a friend on election night pretty much summed up the year.

2016 didn’t start out that way and it kind of whimpered out a without a bang, but that describes it perfectly. Another friend said this in a Facebook post while we were all freaking out on election night, “This is mind fucking.”

Yes, there’s that word again. I’ve dropped a few F-bombs in my time, but I try not to make a habit of it. Still, there was no better way to describe 2016 than fucked up.

Once again, I made a music playlist to remind me of the year that was. Some things new, some things old. If there’s a theme, I don’t know what the hell it is.

  1. We the People….A Tribe Called Quest | We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service
  2. Old Man TrumpRyan Harvey featuring Ani DiFranco & Tom Morello | Single
  3. O.I.L. (Can’t Get Enough of That Sticky)Jeff Beck | Loud Hailer
  4. RainCommon featuring John Legend | Black America Again
  5. Come to MamaLady Gaga | Joanne
  6. Painting In The DarkErik The Viking | Painting in the Dark
  7. Weekly Rate PalaceJohn Calvin Abney | Far Cries and Close Calls
  8. The PlanKalyn Fay | Bible Belt
  9. Don’t Care NoneLevi Parham | These American Blues
  10. Heaven SentParker Millsap | The Very Last Day
  11. Fifty Shades Of HeyTerri Hendrix | Love You Strong
  12. Everything’s Gonna Be O.K.Rachel Bg Tucker | Tribute to the Songs of Joe Baxter
  13. For The Ones We Leave BehindWink Burcham | Cleveland Summer Nights
  14. The TruthPrince | The Truth
  15. Who By FireLeonard Cohen | The Best of Leonard Cohen
  16. Young AmericansDavid Bowie | Young Americans
  17. Stranger In A Strange LandLeon Russell | Retrospective
  18. What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes?Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings | Soul Time!
  19. Take FiveDave Brubeck Quartet | Time Out

Still, it’s a good playlist.

It just seemed like more people died in 2016. Yeah, there were some great ones, but I doubt that there were any more than any other year. It was probably because we lost more than people in 2016; we lost our faith in humanity. Whether that ever returns remains to be seen.

“We can plan, plan, plan. Life will still deal us a hand that we’ll never quite understand.” — Kalyn Fay

Like the earthquakes that shattered peace and left piles of rubble in Pawnee and Cushing, we are still standing, if just barely.