A compilation of local musicheads' wishes for the New Year
These are heady, uncertain times we live in. As such, holiday wishes and hopes for the New Year carry extra significance as we look toward 2009. What follows are the (somewhat) heartfelt hopes and dreams of various members of Vermont’s music community. This year, we received far more submissions than we had space to print, so you can read the rest on the Seven Days music blog, Solid State .
Kyle Thompson 
DJ, MC, owner of Steez
Daryl Rabidoux 
Strangeways Recording/Not-for-Profit Stuntman
I wish for an armored ATV/ Popemobile-style vehicle that will drive Mikey Dread and I around so we both don’t have another year like this last one.
Singer and guitarist, formerly with Be That Way and Johnny Vermont
The Free Range Chicken
WRUV DJ & general community do-gooder
Michael Chorney 
Composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist
I hope Santa brings a hammer and one final nail to drive into the coffin of postmodernism.
I would like a crystal-clear description of the niche my newest set of songs fits into so I can decide how tight my jeans should be, what bands I should make friends with, and what clubs would fall over their beer-soaked rugs to have me on their stage. This would save a lot of hair-pulling, poring over concert calendars and unanswered emails to Tick Tick. Barring that, a house with a recording studio two hours from every East Coast city.
Patrick Joseph Fitzsimmons 
A Seven Days music critic who is more knowledgeable and less clever, more in-depth and less hip and jaded. Someone who actually reviews the songs on a CD and not merely lumps them all, as well as the artist, in some tidy category of said critic’s own making. And if said critic refers to said artist’s history, he/she should feel some obligation to actually get it right.
I would like the City Market parking lot to be redesigned, and preferably not by someone who enjoys demolition derbies and screaming hippies. Simply making it one-way would seem adequate.
Joel Abbott 
The Go Ahead And
My usual answer to “What do you want for Christmas?” is, “to be free of obligation.” But since you asked. . .
I want satire and irony to be taught in schools.
I want listeners to value the dynamic content of their music, rather than just how loud it is.
I want people to listen to albums, rather than “collections of singles.”
Sean Altrui 
Creston Lea 
Guitar maker, rock ’n’ roller
I wish that all the vocal microphone grilles in all the bars and clubs in Burlington will have a nice, long, wintry soak in disinfectant this holiday season.