Albums that changed my life
In no particular order, each one these albums had a profound impact on me as a kid, and each one is associated with a memory.
- •Secret World Live - Peter GabrielI fell in love with the visual and auditory theatrics of this concert and I connected with every song. It also introduced me to "world" music.
- •Live at Folsom Field - Dave Matthews BandThe two-disc cd stopped working because I wore it out from playing it so much. The flow from one song to the next made for one long song to me. Growing up I had gone to several small concerts and this cd made me want to experience a "big" show. My first big concert was at the amphitheatre in Florida to see them play.
- •The Police - Live!This is another one I could listen to forever. I can't tell you how many connections I've made with people simply because we both love this album. A distinct memory I have from highschool is going to a restaurant to sing karaoke after a play. I got up and sang -verbatim- the version of Message in a Bottle that is on the live album, complete with lyric runs and dance kicks. Also - listening to this is the reason I wanted to play bass.
- •Pato Banton - Never Give InThe most inspirational, powerful but simple lyrics ever written are on this cd. I've been lucky enough to see Pato Banton in concert several times. His spirit, humility & positivity are always uplifting. My family and I know these songs all by heart.
- •Dropkick Murphys - The Warrior's CodeThis is associated with so many memories for me: my first Scorsese movie, my first Tampa Bay Rowdies game, my love for actual Celtic music with and without the punk pre-fix, etc.
- •Beastie Boys - License to IllWhat can I say? This is a must have on anyone's list. I can remember googling the lyrics of these songs and my mom had a fit. "What are you listening to?" she said.
- •Sammy Hagar and The Waboritas Live: HallelujahWatching Mona play bass and rock as hard as the guys was I think really important for me. I love it when she plays on stage with Michael Anthony and they harmonise. Plus, Sammy Hagar is the man.
- •Foo Fighters - There is Nothing Left to LoseTwo words - Jack Black. I LOVED him in the 2000's. Watching music videos after school one day I saw him in the Learn to Fly video. Immediately went to Sound Exchange and bought the cd. I won't say that everything by Foo Fighters since this cd is garbage, but... Regardless, I loved this particular cd and it definitely influenced my music and movie choices.
- •Aerosmith - A Little South of Sanity LiveThank you Rock n' Rollercoaster. I wore an Aerosmith t-shirt until there were holes in it and blasted this cd.
- •Big & Rich - Horse of a Different ColorBelieve it or not - I grew up riding horses and was in the FFA in 9th grade - I went through a serious country phase when these guys were at their peak. This was the first time I had heard that Jon Rich wrote a lot of the songs that were on the radio, and I can remember the wheels turning as I started to figure out how song writers and producers were all a part of the music I listened to.
- •Reckless Kelly - MillicanMy mom and dad used to go to Skippers Smokehouse when we were kids. This is a band that they saw the most. This cd was always on every time the family drove somewhere. I grew up with this band.
- •Reckless Kelly - Under the Table and Above the SunThis is when I finally realised how awesome Reckless Kelly was. I had this cd jacket in my binder for school and wore "don't mess with reckless" shirts. When Nobody's Girl had its own music video and it came on CMT I freaked out and called everybody to tell them about it.