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November 15, 2010

Monday Meme: Music That Changed Your Life

Kate Hart
Author Amy Reed posted this meme on her blog last month, and seeing as I am a sucker for memes, music and lists... here we are. I may be about to out myself in some serious geekery. Please go easy on me.

In chronological order according to their appearance in my life:

1. How Blue - Reba McIntire (1984) and  
Untasted Honey- Kathy Mattea (1987)

Look, I SAID it would be embarrassing. AND I am cheating. Already. But these albums taught me to sing harmony (with help from my mom and sister).

2. Greatest Hits - The Beatles

Also cheating, so as to avoid picking a favorite. But my family had this particular collection on cassette, and it made an appearance at least once every camping trip. 

3. Ten - Pearl Jam (1991)

My first step from "rock my folks like" to "rock I like on my own." Also my first concert on my own (with the BFF , of course).

4. Little Earthquakes - Tori Amos (1992) 

Either you got it or you didn't, and in my junior high circle, those of us that got it (or thought we did) considered ourselves writers. I stuck with Tori up through Scarlett's Walk (2002) but she's lost me since then. :(

5. Singles Soundtrack (1992)

aughgh still so good (except for the Paul Westerberg songs I always hated).

6. Eat a Peach - The Allman Brothers (1972) 

My husband and I had (and still have) a tight group of friends from high school. This was part of the soundtrack for most every hiking trip.

7. Greatest Hits - Parliament-Funkadelic

And this was the soundtrack for every party.

8. Moondance (1970) - Van Morrison

My first real girl crush was on my friend Tess. She was artsy and hippied out and generally all the things I wasn't. We spent the entire summer before high school together and wore this album out. (Tupelo Honey also gets a nod for the role it played early in my relationship with the husband. We narrowly missed seeing him play live in Ireland once. I almost cried when I found out we were a day late.)

9. Amorica - The Black Crowes (1994) 

I didn't get into this album until my freshman year of college (98-99), but once I did, it was on constant repeat for... years, probably. Still my all-time favorite.

10. Live Art - Bela Fleck and the Flecktones (1996)

In college, we had some buddies from Chattanooga who paved our way into bluegrass. This was the first album to change my mind.

11. OK Computer (1997) / Kid A (2000) / In Rainbows (2007) - Radiohead

I'm cheating again, because otherwise Radiohead would take over the entire list. OK Computer = my first foray into true Radiohead fandom. Kid A = mind blowing in the college years. In Rainbows = a perfect accompaniment to my first months getting back into writing.

12. Twilight Soundtrack (2008)

WAIT! Please don't click away in hysterical judgmental laughter! I had stopped listening to new music for a long time when this came out, around the same time I started writing again, and from this album I gradually branched out into lots of other new things. It was a big deal! It's a solid lineup... mostly!

oh hush.

13. The Eraser - Thom Yorke (2006) 

This was one of the things I branched into.

14. For Emma, Forever Ago - Bon Iver (2008)

As was this.

15. Lungs
Florence + the Machine (2009)

And this. All three figure prominently on my writing playlists.

What are your life-changing albums? If you play along, leave me a link so I can check it out!


  1. This list--and the fact that we can both go from Moondance to Twilight-- is why we are friends.

  2. I make no judgments (I'll meet your old school Kathy Mattea and raise you an old school Patty Loveless :) ) And the rest of your list is pretty darn epic if you ask me.

  3. I still say that the Singles soundtrack is one of the best soundtracks of all time. And I totally agree about the Paul Westerberg songs too!

  4. People that hate on the Twilight soundtrack are totally wrongheaded IMO. You can think whatever you want about the movie/books, but that soundtrack is empirically awesome.

    I once heard someone complain that a song they really liked was on the soundtrack, and "now all the tweens will like it." UM. are we hoarding awesome music now? No.
    Rock on.

    (also, Pearl Jam was my first concert too!!!)

  5. Hee hee, I love Moondance and Twilight soundtrack, too! And also LOVE Amorica and OMG, TORI AMOS! (she lost me at the same place as you) Big fan of certain Radiohead songs, too.

    I'd have to add to my list:

    U2 War and Under a Blood Red Sky--fueled my earliest forays into my creative side

    The Cult Electric
    General Public All The Rage--both huge during my high school years

    Alannis Morrisette--Jagged Little Pill
    The Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magic--both helped me navigate an insane breakup

    Counting Crows---August and Everything After

    and probably a billion more that are escaping me at the moment!


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