Albums that changed my life
- •Licensed to Ill, Beastie Boys. I listened to that album again and again. I bumped it until my speakers blew out of my Nissan Sentra. My friends and I made a music video to Sabotage for a school project where we jumped around on farm equipment and rapped and danced our hearts out. My parents still have that on VHS somewhere. I still know every word.
- •The Bends, Radiohead. I was 16 when it came out and I had my first "real job" at an IT company. I did data entry all day, ate chicken soft tacos at Chilis, and listened to this album nonstop. Every song is better than the next. I love it to this day. (20! Years later)
- •Nevermind, Nirvana. My friend's older brother played it for us and I ran home and begged my parents to buy it for me. Smells Like Teen Spirit was and is one of the best songs ever made. Obsession of Kurt Cobain followed.
- •Ten, Pearl Jam. This album made me realize how emotional music is. I have nearly 800 PJ songs that stop me dead in my tracks, bring back memories of friendships and what I thought was young love. This music started it. I have butterflies just thinking about it.
- •Shake Your Money Maker, Black Crowes. My dad has great taste in music and when he bought this, I stole it pretty much right away. I wrote about the song Hard to Handle to my second grade teacher in my writing journal. She was a tough cookie, but admitted she loved this song too. I was so shy then, but we connected thanks to this song.
- •There Is No Enemy, Built to Spill. Songs bleed and blend. It's poetic and calming and beautiful. When it rains, I put it on and it feels like my mind can rest.
- •Dulcinea, Toad the Wet Sprocket. Another constant in my adolescence. I saw them in concert a couple of years ago and they played this album start to finish. That was on my bucket list and I didn't even know it. So good.