Now that the year is almost over, I’ve compiled some of my favorite songs of the year on a short series of mixtapes. This, the first one, is a tad more reflective, solemn. There’s thoughts of Schubert and Johnny Cash, traditional hymns, and songs I’ve been enraptured with when Nick Cave, Laura Marling, or Trixie Whitley performed them live in a theatre, an abandoned boarding school, a church. Like Inside Llewyn Davis, it ends with a visit from Bob Dylan, a man whose work I’ve consumed in bulk this year (alongside that of Bruce Springsteen and Fleetwood Mac). Like Davis’ Ulysses, the cat in the picture above, I’ve spent much of 2013 on trains, rolling across Europe like so many clouds. 2014, I promise, will be the year of the boat.