Part of the attraction to music, for me, is the way it tells a story, conveys meaning, emotion, feelings without explicitly putting an image in your mind – the precise visual element and the relevance to your own personal story can be left completely open.

The same song can mean one thing to one individual and something else, whether subtly different or completely contradictory, to the person sitting next to them.

It’s this personal interpretation that means, for me at least, that however I’m feeling, whatever I need, wherever I am, there’s always a song out there that’s perfect for the situation – and a lot of the music I’ve written about up here this year has come along at the “right time” to have significance in or relevance to my own life.

But sometimes you just want a party track…and this is mine from this year:

Pitbull - I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)

Pitbull – I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) [HypeM]

As far into the future I can see at this point (erm…NYE 2009?)…I will not tire of singing along to this, pretending I know the words to the Spanish part and counting with the accompanying hand gestures.

One, two, three, four…UNO, DOS, TRES, CUATRO!

They had better play this tonight. Wondering if I should burn it to a CD for the DJ just in case…

Happy New Year folks! May the coming year be better than the last.