There have been moments in my life where someone introduced me to a song or a band and i said to myself “what…..is…..this….? How have I lived without this music?” Here is a timeline and examples of some of these moments:
1st-5th grade: Michael W. Smith- Change Your World. Just the whole CD. I would make up dances in my room to Colorblind and I Will Be Here For You.
6th Grade: The Smashing Pumpkins-1979. Me and my sister were not allowed to watch MTV. Which made sense since I was like 12. But there would be times that I would get to sneak a few minutes of the top video countdown. I remember one sunny afternoon sitting 10 inches from the TV and seeing the video for 1979 for the first time. It was quite a moment.
7th Grade: Mariah Carey-Always Be My Baby. My friend made me a mix tape with this song on it, along with Brandy’s “Sittin’ Up in My Room”. I would put the tape in the tape player, fast forward to Mariah, play and rewind it over and over.
8th Grade: The year of SKA. OC Supertones, No Doubt. The Song that made me stop in amazement was “Don’t Speak”. I remember going to a Jennifer Knapp, OC SUpertones, Audio Adrenaline concert with my fellow Ska friends and having a conversation as Audio Adrenaline was setting up. We swore to each other that there would NEVER be a time we didn’t love ska. Never. How could we ever NOT love ska? Welp 10 years later I see the flaw in that logic.
9th grade: Lauryn Hill “That Thing”. I loved this song, and I loved the entire Miseducation of Lauryn Hill album. This album made history. I wrote down all the lyrics to “That Thing” so that I could have them memorized word-for-word just in case the song ever started at a party and I needed to do a solo. I still know every word to this song- “girl you know you better watch out….”
10th Grade: This was a dark age of music for me. I was somehow tricked into listening to KS 107.5 and enjoying it. It made me feel “cool”. Fortunately there was a very important bright, shining moment for me musically this year. This was the year that Coldplay released Parachutes. My sister and I still argue over who discovered “Yellow” first. I swear it was me.
11th grade: This must have been a pretty sad year because I can not remember any music that struck me during this time.
12th grade: Radiohead: “Exit Music (for a Film)”. Need I say more? This was the year I turned off the radio and started diving into the world of Radiohead, The Cranberries, The Smashing Pumpkins, Counting Crows, and U2 thanks to a couple key friends who made mix CD’s for me. The first time I heard “Exit Music” I stopped and said “what…..is…….this….?” I was in awe.
19 years old: I met Dustin in England. He asked if I had ever heard Bjork before. I really liked Dustin so I said yes I had, when in fact all I knew was she was the chick who wore a goose around her neck. He said you need to hear this song and played for me “Joga” from Homogenic. Wow. Incredible. Dustin and I have now gone to see Bjork 2 times at Red Rocks. She changed music for me in an important way. This same year I discovered The Flaming Lips, The Streets, Jeff Buckley and David Grey. This was a HUGE year for me musically.
20 years old: The Smiths- “There is a Light that Never Goes Out”. Enough Said. If you know The Smiths you know how important this song is.
21 years old: Music has changed since I have been married. Maybe there is less drama in my life to attach songs to emotionally, but I haven’t had the same poignant moments with music as I did in High School. Everything felt so raw, new, emotional in High School. But when I was 21 I was newly married and loved listening to Ryan Adams Love Is Hell Part One. Favorite Song: Avalanche. Ryan Adams is special to me and Dustin.