The best part of my job, by far, is that I get to talk to musicians -- tribute bands, jazz players, hip-hop artists, bar bands, singer-songwriters, indie rockers and others -- about what they do and why they do it. In addition to covering national acts who came through our state, I spent a great deal of time in 2013 talking to artists with Connecticut ties, and they said some entertaining, insightful, often hilarious things. I enjoyed every minute of it. Here's a quick rundown of my year on the Connecticut music scene. -Michael Hamad is the music writer for CTNow and the Sound Check blog. These are his picks for the top Connecticut music moments of 2013.