Five Essential Songs For Starting Over

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Admittedly, 2012 didn’t start out so hot to begin with, but despite a few undeniable bright spots, it sure has ended up as the kind of year most folks will be more than happy to close the book on and move forward. But as we get set to ring in the next 365, we’re sure to need some serious fortitude. Facing the future’s never simple, even if you have an idea where you’re headed, and like most things, it’s easier with the right music to inspire you. With that in mind, here are some tunes tailor-made for taking a deep breath and beginning the whole mad march all over again in a brand new year.

1. Gil Scott-Heron, “I’m New Here”

When he released this low-key ode to renewal, written and originally cut by Bill “Smog” Callahan, HIV sufferer and longtime drug addict Heron had little more than a year to live. But despite appearing (and probably feeling) at least a decade older than his 61 years, and having endured years of soul-shaking tribulations, he was still game for showing a fresh face to the new day and declaring “No matter how far wrong you’ve gone, you can always turn around,” with Oakley Hall/Oneida axeman Pat Sullivan assisting.

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