Rob, over at the V-Pub https://weight2lose2013.wordpress.com has nominated me for this challenge (Thanks, Rob). I’m super excited, but also feeling how one must feel, when giving an awards speech. I hope I don’t leave anyone out!
Don’t take too long to think about it. Sixteen albums you’ve heard that changed the way you thought about music…
if you are too young to have owned albums you can surely chose songs.
List the first sixteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.
Tag two friends, or more if you have the time, and then tag me because I’m interested in seeing what albums my friends choose.
Here goes ( in no particular order):
The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers
Jeff Buckley: Grace
David Bowie: Space Oddity (A.K.A David Bowie)
Neil Young: Harvest
David Gray: White Ladder
Ray LaMontagne: Trouble
Merle Haggard: That’s The Way Love Goes
Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin
Beastie Boys: III Communication
The Mars Volta: Deloused in The Comatorium
Explosions In The Sky: The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place
Willie Nelson: Red Headed Stranger
George Strait: Strait Out Of The Box
Bright Eyes: I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning
RadioHead: Every album ( I know I’m getting all bendy with the rules, but Thom Yorke has been reinventing himself since 1993’s “Creep”. If he’s wiling to bend, so am I.
Citizen Cope: The Clarence Greenwood Recordings
So there you have them. This was a really tricky challenge, and I was honestly surprised by my picks. I chose some albums that are a bit more mellow or sing-song-ey than I expected. I was also surprised by the amount of Country albums I picked. Over the past year, I’ve been getting back to my roots a bit, and it’s almost impossible to have Texas roots without Country music. The common thread of all of these albums, is that they are connected to very specific memories, very distinct moments in time. And yes, almost all of them acted as a soft shoulder to cry on, when I was nursing a broken heart, or sparked extra electricity when I felt like I was falling in love.
I really wanted to add cover art below every album listed, but my IPad is not cooperating. I’ll leave you with a video of a song from one of the albums, instead.
Before I do that, I’ll list my challenge nominees:
Bright Eyes: Landlocked Blues
Emmy Lou Harris adds the harmony to this song, and it’s still so beautiful to me.