Albums that changed my life
This was fun. I wanted to keep going, but I figured ten was enough.
- •Songs You Know By Heart by Jimmy BuffetI'm pretty sure this is the only album I really remember listening to growing up in Florida. I knew and still know every sign by heart.
- •The Chronic by Dr. DreI don't think I ever heard hip hop or rap music before I heard "Ain't Nothin' but a G Thang", but I know that I couldn't stop listening to it and loved hip hop and rap forever after that.
- •Before These Crowded Streets by Dave Matthews BandYep...I refer to him as Dave like I know him and he's the only person in the Band. (Yes, I capitalized "Band", too. Shut up about it.) I know every song they've/he's ever recorded, and I've sat close enough at a concert that I could've hit one of the Band members with my phone. This is, by far, my favorite album in their collection (including live albums). Honorable Mention: Live at Red Rocks/Live at Luther College/Crash/Under the Table and Dreaming/Live at Radio City Music Hall
- •It Was Written by NasI got a hold of one of those BMG Music scams and managed to get my 14-year-old hands on this gem. I listened to this and Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die while working on the computers in Drafting class (Thanks, Mrs. Gannon.) Favorite song: The Message
- •In Pieces by Garth BrooksI went to a Catholic middle school where all the girls listened to country music, so all the guys listened to country music. I wore this CD out.
- •Doggystyle by Snoop DoggI bought this from a music store in Merritt Square Mall in Merritt Island, FL. I walked right up to the counter and bought it even though I was only 14 and it had explicit lyrics. It was like trying to buy beer or tobacco under age. I couldn't believe the guy sold it to me. Favorite song: Gin and Juice
- •Welcome to Our World by Timbaland and MagooMy friend Jeremy bought me this for Christmas (a gift that stood the test of time). It was the first time I had heard beats by Timbaland. I've loved everything he's worked on since, including Bubba Sparxxx.
- •Souterhplayalisticadillacmuzik by OutkastI think I "acquired" this in cassette form from a friend of a friend. It might've been recorded on to a cassette. I don't remember. I just remember that it was incredible. I've also loved everything Outkast ever since.
- •They're All Gonna' Laugh at You by Adam SandlerIt made me cry laughing and was my first introduction to comedy albums. I used to listen to it in Spanish class. I later learned and forgot how to play the Chanukah Song.
- •Heavier Things by John MayerSay what you want, but John Mayer is an amazing guitarist and lyricist...and this album let me cry on its shoulder as an emotional 20-something. I've also liked all his other albums. Even Room for Squares has grown on me. Favorite song: Come Back to Bed