It's hard to believe that it's almost over -- 2002, that is. The months blew past in an endless blur. And the older I get, the worse my memory gets. On the phone, I forget why I'm calling. At the grocery store, I forget what I'm buying. That's why I take my cues from music. I may not recall where I left my car keys, but I can tell you where I was when I first heard Jim Dickinson's new album, or, given the proper drum beat, easily recite the lyrics of the Reigning Sound's "You're So Strange." With audio cues, I can pinpoint the last time I ventured out to hear Alvin Youngblood Hart or even recall the subtle nuances of Lily Afshar's guitar work. Music, you see, makes my world go 'round -- and Memphis music helps it spin a little slower. So, without further ado, my list of the best local music 2002 had to offer, listed alphabetically by artist or band
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