Albums that changed my life

  1. Cocktail Soundtrack
    This is the first album I remember listening to on repeat. It was always in the car when my family went on road trips when I was a kid. It introduced me to a lot of great artists, and let's not forget about Kokomo.
  2. Abbey Road - The Beatles
    This could have been any Beatles album to be honest. I just like Abbey Road the best. If you want to learn how to write a perfect song, just listen to these guys play.
  3. Follow the Leader - Korn
    The first album I bought for myself. This got me out of my 50s and 60s music phase when I was around 13. Then it was a continual cycle of trying to find the next rock album that made me feel something the way this one did. It may not have been a good feeling, but finally music was speaking my language.
  4. White Trash, Two Heebs, and a Bean - NOFX
    This was the next thing I was looking for. Punk rock. Finally I had a band that spoke the way I spoke and sounded the way I felt. From here, I would discover countless other punk bands like No Use For a Name, Lagwagon, The Bouncing Souls, and more. It's still the album I look to when I feel like revisiting high school.
  5. Mule Variations - Tom Waits
    Tom Waits is not everyone's cup of tea. His voice is not traditional, and his songs can be a little, well, out there. But from the very first moments of the first track, Big In Japan, I knew I was hooked. Suddenly I had a love for the singer/songwriter genre. I would go on to find other Tom Waits albums that I like more, but none of them have been as influential on my tastes, and to this day Hold On is one of my favorite songs.
  6. Company - Stephen Sondheim
    I'd always liked theater. It was a fun thing to do in my spare time. Then I heard this. I had never heard rhymes like this; I didn't even know you could rhyme like that. I had never heard melodies like this; I didn't know melodies were allowed to do that. Suddenly theater wasn't something to have fun with. It was something to conquer.