Songs from The Nightingale 2017

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by Gabrielle Riel on Tuesday, 26 December, 2017

Songs saved The Nightingale in 2017.

In spite of a very difficult year for me personally, I, Gabrielle Riel, feel that I reached a whole new level artistically as a music presenter and I am thrilled that I was able to share that on Radio Riel.

My shows have always been good. They were good from the first time I clicked “play” on my broadcasting software in 2006, but in 2017, my shows were outstanding, with a few being, in my opinion, the best shows I have ever played.

Perhaps I reached the magic 10,000 hour mark in 2017. The author Malcolm Gladwell posits in his book Outliers that “the key to achieving world‐class expertise is a matter of practicing the correct way, for a total of around 10,000 hours”. I have been an Internet radio music presenter for over 11 years, so I have likely clocked 10,000 hours by now!

I also think it was the magic‐psychic connection that I have always had with music. I blasted so much psychic energy out in my shows this year because they were the one place where I could just be myself. It was the only way I could fully express my feelings.

Whatever the reasons, the results were amazing. I am proud of the musical work I did this year. Here are, in my opinion, my best three shows of 2017.

Best of Songs from The Nightingale 2017

Third Place

Songs from The Nightingale: Midsummer Night 2017 — Originally broadcast on Tuesday, June 21, 2017 — — More Celtic, Folk, Roots Music and Country‐influenced than what I usually play, but it was perfect because my inspiration for the show was from a place of pure love.

Second Place

Songs from The Nightingale: Endings‐Beginnings — Originally broadcast on Sunday, September 3, 2017 — — Amazing transitions in terms of key signatures and beats per minute and it contained all of the energy of me ripping my heart out of my chest, slicing it open and putting it on a musical platter.

First Place

Songs from The Nightingale: The Darkness vs. The Light — Originally broadcast on Sunday, March 5, 2017 — — This is the best show that I have ever played. I crafted it perfectly in terms of theme, transitions and build. The first half of the show was about The Dark. The second half was about The Light and I made the switch between the two at the EXACT half way point in the show.

Songs from The Nightingale on YouTube

Radio Riel listeners are used to Early Music, Classical Music, Jazz and eclectic pieces on the seven Radio Riel streams, but unless you are a regular listener of the Songs from The Nightingale programs, you might be a bit shocked to learn that I (Gabrielle) am, and always have been, a full‐on Club Girl. Pop. Synth‐Pop. Electronic Dance Music.

I created a Songs from The Nightingale 2017 playlist on YouTube this year. It is the first time that I have ever done this. I selected two songs for every month of the year. I featured all of these songs in my shows in 2017.

Each of these songs has deep personal meaning for me and yet the playlist looks like something compiled by someone who is NOT a Gen‐X‐aged radio station director for a station that features mostly Classical and Jazz.

However, these are the songs I selected as the most important songs to me in 2017. Let’s chalk it up to me being young at heart. And I promise to keep bringing that “youthful” vigor to Radio Riel in 2018 and beyond!

Songs from The Nightingale 2017 YouTube Playlist:


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