The Soundtrack of My Life

The Soundtrack of My Life

Inspired by British music magazine NME and Liv Purvis' postI decided to create and share with you my very own "The Soundtrack of My Life." Music has been apart of my life for as long as I can remember. For me, it has served as an inspiration, mood-booster, moment-maker, and a form of therapy, too. Music has defined so many moments in my life, and with an ever-growing collection and eager ear, I am certain that it will continue to. My music taste was undeniably spurred by my parents, but was ultimately self-driven once I got my hands on the internet around the age of eight. Due to my unconventional music taste at such a young age, I never really fit into the mainstream crowd as a child. I remember one time I brought Yes' 90125 (great album) to my friend's 13th birthday party, and feeling sad when no one wanted to listen to it except the parents. I have since then met so many amazing people with similar tastes who have introduced me to even more music. I've never listened to what is popular, but only to what I love. This post is centred around my record collection, which is primarily made up of classic rock, singer-songwriter, disco, and new wave music, however I also adore jazz, classical, and indie music. I hope you enjoy this small peek into my musical world, and discover a few new tunes along the way.

The First Song I Remember Hearing:

It's not one particular song, but the album Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits takes me right back to my early childhood. Although it came out twelve years before I was born, it always seemed to be playing in my house growing up. I have come to truly appreciate and love the album, along with all of the other music produced by Dire Straits. They were such a solid band, and Mark Knopfler has put out some amazing solo stuff. My most favourite album by the band is the highly underrated Making Movies. 

The First Song I Fell in Love With:

Cecilia by Simon and Garfunkel. It is fun and has a great beat. At the time I obviously didn't know it was about a woman who was cheating on her partner, but I would naturally still belt out all the lyrics. I distinctly remember listening to it at school on mum's *fancy* new iPod Classic circa 2005. The song had come up of shuffle and I probably listened to it over and over again about 10 times. I was in grade 4. My High School Musical-listening friends thought the song was weird, but I thought it was absolutely wonderful. I couldn't get enough and eventually went on to listen to the other Simon and Garfunkel songs that were on the iPod, which I enjoyed just as much. Simon and Garfunkel established my love for beautiful lyrics; lyrics that possess thought and a level of sophisticated intellect that is difficult to find in music today. 

The First Album I Bought:

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles. I was probably about 9 or 10 years old and I felt as if I was hearing music for the very first time. I had been listening to the The Beatles greatest hits album 1 at the time, and I was absolutely hooked (and madly in-love with Paul McCartney, with his big, brown, doe eyes). The Beatles, soon after, became the sole reason I existed. It was a highly revolutionary moment for me and my love for music. Sgt. Pepper's was timeless from the moment it was released, and continues to be now.

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The Song I Wish I'd Written:

Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding by Elton John & Bernie Taupin. I am honestly stumped with how to describe this song using words. It is pure magic. You just have to listen to it. The 11 minute piece oozes the drama of the 70s. It wasn't a massive Elton John hit like Your Song or Daniel was, however in my opinion it goes beyond what he's known for in the best way possible. It has everything you could ever want. The first half starts out mysteriously; it is pompous and organ-driven, and then swiftly transforms into a fast-paced and intense instrumental. It is followed by a classic Elton John power-ballad complete with plunking keys, oohs and ahhs, and a strong outro that never fails to bring out the air guitar player in me.

The Best Concert I've Been To:

U2 in Toronto was the best concert I have been to, mostly because I was able to snag front row. U2 organises their floor tickets Springsteen-style (so, essentially, a free for all). My dad and I waited in line all day to make sure we were at the front. I was so, so into U2 at the time, and was therefore very excited to be there. The band had tons of energy and played all of the songs the crowd expected to hear, which was so wonderful. It was a night I won't ever forget. Plus, I touched Bono's hand - 'nuff said. 

The Song That Makes Me Happy:

Regardless of the day I'm having, the song Dancing in the Dark by Bruce Springsteen always puts a smile on my face. It's my boyfriend Pete and I's song, and it became our song in a very spontaneous way. We both know that it's hardly a love song, and rather one about frustration and longing. Yet, every time I hear it I think of him and it makes me happy.

The Song That Makes Me Want To Dance:

I absolutely adore disco music, so needless to say Everybody Dance by Chic has to be my top pick here. Chic knew how to create great dance music. They appeared at the height of disco in the mid-Seventies and punched out some truly killer hits. Regardless of your music taste, I think Chic can always spur on some dance moves. Also, shout out to their bassist Bernard Edwards who clearly knew what he was doing - there's a great little bass solo about half way through the song that totally makes the piece for me.

The Album That Changed My Life:

I really dislike how obvious this one is, but Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon is as popular as it is for a reason. People who claim the album is "overrated" can genuinely just fuck off. It transcends time and has inspired me beyond belief. I used to lie in my bed with the lights out and let the music wash over me, providing a natural high; it was almost a religious experience. The album is intricate, deeply moody, brilliantly orchestrated and produced, and truly changed what music experimentation meant. There are so many parts of the album, big and small, that went on to define the music of Pink Floyd. The sax solo in Us and Them, the small laugh before the band launches into the finale Brain Damage, and the timeless guitar solo in Time. The album works as a single entity, a perfect loop, which is undeniably so masterful on so many levels. I currently own two copies on vinyl, one which is actually sealed and another for listening. 

Must-Listen Album Mentions:

The Stranger - Billy Joel, Rumours - Fleetwood Mac, Minute by Minute - The Doobie Brothers, Led Zeppelin III - Led Zeppelin, Chicago Transit Authority- Chicago, Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen, Blue - Joni Mitchell, I Robot - Alan Parsons Project, Let It Bleed - The Rolling Stones, Songs From The Big Chair - Tears for Fears, Currents - Tame Impala, 2112 - Rush, The Cars - The Cars, Déjà Vu - CSN&Y, 461 Ocean Boulevard - Eric Clapton, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John, Business As Usual - Men at Work, Graceland - Paul Simon, Different Class - Pulp, Local Hero - Mark Knopfler, Toto IV - Toto, Chic - Chic, Kind of Blue - Miles Davis, Murmur - R.E.M., What It Is - Mark Knopfler, Fragile - Yes, The Game - Queen, Crime of the Century - Supertramp, Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd, AND I'm going to stop there, or I will be here all day. If you ever want more music suggestions, please let me know.

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-Meredith

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