The Music of My Life

9 Sep

1. Rubber Soul by the Beatles: Listening to my mother’s record was one of my first music moments of my life. The first record I knew by heart–I found the whole album to be extraordinarily soothing.

2. I Get Around by the Beach Boys: When I was 4 I would listen to this song jump up and down on the bed and imagine the whole room dancing along.

3. The Final Countdown by Europe: Unfortunately this goes down in my personal history as my first owned tape. I begged for it after some kids were playing it on the last day of fourth grade.

4. Faith by George Michael: The first song I remember being on the radio at the time, when my awareness of pop culture had grown.

5. Luka by Suzanne Vega and I think we’re alone now by Tiffany: Playing incessantly on the radio on a family road trip to Georgia, my older sister got to pick the radio stations.

6. Beat the System by Petra: My older sister was also into Christian rock. This was the album I liked the best.

7. Motorcycle by Daniel Amos: Another Christian rock album, except this one was subtle and beautiful. I still like it.

8. Nevermind by Nirvana: Grunge music is old hat now, but at the time it was such a welcome change from the hair rock and kiddie pop that came before it. For the first time music didn’t have to be happy. This sounded incredibly NEW then.

9. Everybody Else is Doing it so Why Can’t We? The Cranberries: What a pretty atmospheric album. I listened to this half to death at the time–perfect laying in your bed and longing music.

10. Ok Computer, Radiohead–Maybe the definitive 90’s album, absolutely haunting. I hated it the first time I heard it, but put it back on 6 months later and loved it. Go figure.

11. Electric Warrior by TRex–Many late nights spent with this one on repeat.

12. New World Record by ELO–to go with TRex. More late night listening.

13. Parachutes by Coldplay–for whatever reason I would play this whenever I was reading. Still reminds me of green tea and David Foster Wallace.

14. Best of Ed Harcourt–oh this album brought me through some dark times. A voice of realistic optimism.

15. Hedwig and the Angry Inch–because he might as well have written Wicked Little Town for me.

16. Songs from the Coffee Lands Putameyo–adult lullabies, would just have this on in the background for hours.

17. Confessions on the Dancefloor, Madonna–because it was really fun to dance to.

18. Gloria by Laura Brannigan–BEST HOUSECLEANING SONG EVER. Really!

19. Hunky Dory by David Bowie–he had other great albums, but this one came from how I felt, particularly in my 20’s.

20. The Living Road by Lhasa–“Soon this place will be too small” pure poetry.

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