Maybe some of you have witnessed friends on Facebook posting albums that had an impact on their lives. I challenge all of you to do that here.
1. Find the album art and share it.
2. Give a few blurbs as to why. (the facebook challenge says not to do that, but I'm always curious as to why people like the music they do.)
3. Do it in any order that you'd like. This isn't a ranking of which one was the most impactful, but do that if you'd like.
-This album sat in my '96 Chevy Cavalier from 2006 till 2008. I listened to it in full at least once a month that entire time period.
-The soaring vocals of Delp and complicated layered riffs Scholz really helped me delight in the wonder of pure Arena rock.
-Provided a great soundscape as I came of age during high school.
-This band finally popped onto my radar during my years at the University of Toledo, and it coincided at just about the time I started posting here.
-I started to analyze things much more deeper, perhaps more than I needed to, and the layers that Gilmour and Walters compressed together on this album kept me busy in my mind.
-This became my gateway to concept albums and eventually the blues due to Gilmour's guitar solo work.
-I was around 10-11 years old when this album hit my social circle. It changed everything for me
. I started to look into different forms of rap I liked, tried to find more edgier rock which helped me discover punk, and gave me another interest to obsess over.
-It was a period of life when I was wrestling with hypocrisy inside my private Lutheran school, trying to make sense of my own father and the demons of his past, and looking for some sort of music to call my own.
-Linkin Park ended up being the first band I went on my own to see in concert without parents four years after this album released.
-One of the best things my wife has done for me is introduce this album to me. She sparked another hobby and interest of mine in musical theater thanks to this album.
-Lin-Manuel Miranda does a fantastic job of weaving history, stage craft, rhymes, and catchy melodies together in crafting such a thought provoking two hour piece of music.
-Gave me a great soundtrack for my late 20s and into my early 30s to refer to in times of need.
Everything Went Numb by Streetlight Manifesto
-in 2005 I finally found a really cool way someone could play trombone other than typical marching band, jazz band, or concert band type things.
-This catapulted me to become better in marching band.
-Ska almost made me consider trying to be a music educator, not a knock on you Clem at all, but the daunting task of learning all the instruments and a lack of job security chased me away.
-My mom met my step-dad a few months after my parents split. I remember riding with him in his '94 two door maroon Monte Carlo with the sun roof open on a cool and humid summer evening, after we spent time discussing video games and wrestling, and he tells me "rocket, I'm going to play you something. You might not like it, and that's okay. Just tell me to stop if its too much." I immediately hear a thumping bass drum, some whiny guitars, and then the chugging main riff hits. I was sold.
-As I grew older, I started looking more into classic rock.
-I credit my step-dad for a large portion of my music taste.
-So I always knew of this album. This was mainly because as a Language Arts teacher I knew she butchered the idea of irony, and I used it quite often in class to show non-examples of irony.
-I had a weird identity crisis the summer of 2015 and I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do. Part of me felt the pull back to Ohio, and another part of me felt the pull to stay in Alaska. I came across more and more Alanis on one of my Pandora stations I listened to that summer. I walked close to 30 miles every week that summer, and this album helped me keep my head clear.
- The line "s that no one's really got it figured out just yet." became my mantra for the summer. I kept re-evaluating and I credit some of my decisions in life to this album.
-In high school I played trombone, and this also meant I'd be in jazz band. I knew I liked jazz music, I enjoyed playing it, and towards the end of high school I discovered the blues scale. Unfortunately I discovered it a little too late
-At the University of Toledo I took a history of jazz course as an elective, and I felt I needed to learn more.
-One day we listened to the opening track "So What" and everything finally clicked. The following weeks I dove deeper into Miles, discovered "Jean Pierre", listened to a cool cat named Marcus Miller, and really got into Dave Brubeck.
-I also had my first serious date in my life at a jazz club, partially due to my love of this album, and accidentally ended up at a cemetery in the inner-city of Toledo rather than Murphy's Jazz Club. Don't worry, we quickly made it to Murphy's after I reached the dead end.
-The first song I remember ever being played, along with being hooked, was "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus, but the first ever album that I loved was The Hits by Hal Ketchum.
-I realize this is a greatest hits compilation, but it truly sparked my love of music at age 3. There's something to his voice, his guitar work, and the overall atmosphere of his songs that truly resonate with me going on 3 decades. He's an unsung hero of country music.
-This hits compilation was played a ton on cassette as we took family trips on the weekend mornings out to Geauga Lake. Soo many good memories are associated with this album and late 80s to mid 90s country music. Hal Ketchum along with other neo-classical country artists became a staple road trips albums for me in my life, and they still gets play today. My wife now associates many 90s country acts with road trips we ourselves take.
-I sort of gave up on new country music after listening to Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, and Zac Brown Band. I got tired of pop bands masquerading as country acts because they had a banjo or a bit of southern twang. Then Florida Georgia Line happened...
-By chance, I found a site named Saving Country Music, and the website talked about Sturgill Simpson with tons of high praise. I gave his album a shot, and the title track pulled me in.
-I realized with this album there's an entire untapped market of truly authentic country music that won't ever get played on the radio, and I have discovered soo much more great music thanks to this album.