Each week, the pop culture website Pop-A-Looza shares some posts from my vast 'n' captivating Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do) archives. The latest shared post is another chapter from my book in progress The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1), specifically the chapter celebrating the beauty, the splendor, and the wonder of Eytan Mirsky's "This Year's Gonna Be Our Year."
After the year we've had, it's a safe bet that most of us are looking for 2021 to be our year, or at least a year that's not as miserable as 2020. "This Year's Gonna Be Our Year" is a call to arms: an expression of optimism that recognizes, sure, cynicism has a valid point, but remains determined to believe in the power of hope. It should be THE New Year's Eve anthem everywhere. Last Sunday, the magnificent pop duo The Kennedys treated fans to a stirring cover of the song in their weekly livestream. Their entire one-hour presentation is worth enjoying in full, and "This Year's Gonna Be Our Year" provides the perfect showstopper:
Eytan Mirsky's incredible song will also be the subject of this week's video rant in my Greatest Record Ever Made! series on YouTube, and that should post later today. 2020 kicked us in the teeth, and worked its way south. We're not givin' in. This year, man. This year. A simply wonderful tune called "This Year's Gonna Be Our Year" is the subject of the latest Boppin' Pop-A-Looza.
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Carl's writin' a book! The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1)will contain 165 essays about 165 tracks, each one of 'em THE greatest record ever made. An infinite number of records can each be the greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. Updated initial information can be seen here: THE GREATEST RECORD EVER MADE! (Volume 1). My weekly Greatest Record Ever Made! video rants can be seen in my GREM! YouTube playlist. And I'm on Twitter @CafarelliCarl.