Albums That Changed My Life
These albums each transport me to a specific time in my life. It's a little sad that I almost never listen to whole albums any more because of technology.
- •Paula Abdul's Forever Your GirlWhen I was 8 and this came out, I thought I was destined to become the next Paula Abdul. "Opposites Attract," "Forever Your Girl" and "The Way That You Love Me" shaped the way my pre-pubescent self understood love. I was so obsessed with Paula, I also bought the cassette for the dance remixes of these songs, "Shut up and Dance!" It was not as good.
- •Garth Brooks' No FencesWhen I was 12, I moved to a new town and the first friend I made introduced me to country music with this cd. I loved "Two of a Kind, Working on a Full House" the most, even though I had no idea it was a reference to poker.
- •Dixie Chick's Wide Open SpacesThey sang about "Wide Open Spaces" the year I graduated from high school. It felt like no one had ever understood me before the Dixie Chicks released that single. It was a gateway to a lifetime of Dixie Chicks fandom.
- •10 Things I Hate About You music from the motion pictureI loved the movie and each song helped me recall a certain scene, but my love for this album was more than that. "Your Winter" by Sister Hazel and "The Weakness in Me" by Joan Armstrong just got me somehow.
- •Vienna Teng's Waking HourThe guy I had a years-long unrequited crush on introduced me to Vienna with "Waking Hour." Now she's the artist I've seen in concert more than any other, upwards of 10+ times. Listening to her haunting piano is synonymous with my 20s.
- •Hamilton Cast RecordingI never thought the cast recording of a musical I've never seen could be so addicting. It's been 90 percent of what I've listened to for the past 2 months, and individual lines continue to blow me away because of their cleverness, nerdyness or their sheer rhymability.