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.
  1. Secret World Live - Peter Gabriel
    I 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.
  2. Live at Folsom Field - Dave Matthews Band
    The 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Pato Banton - Never Give In
    The 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.
  5. Dropkick Murphys - The Warrior's Code
    This 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.
  6. Beastie Boys - License to Ill
    What 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.
  7. Sammy Hagar and The Waboritas Live: Hallelujah
    Watching 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.
  8. Foo Fighters - There is Nothing Left to Lose
    Two 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.
  9. Aerosmith - A Little South of Sanity Live
    Thank you Rock n' Rollercoaster. I wore an Aerosmith t-shirt until there were holes in it and blasted this cd.
  10. Big & Rich - Horse of a Different Color
    Believe 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.
  11. Reckless Kelly - Millican
    My 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.
  12. Reckless Kelly - Under the Table and Above the Sun
    This 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.