A Musical Interlude

This has nothing to do with remodeling, it was just a nice little conversation Mr. Chris and I had last night.

While watching the Olympics last night Chris and I were reminded of a HILARIOUS (yet somewhat offensive) song called "My Dick" by Mickey Avalon (we decided to play it over a figure skating routine instead of the lame music they usually play, it made her routine pretty awesome). And we got to talking about music.

Chris and I met at Tower Records in Davis, CA while I was going to college there. So obviously we bonded early about music. We've listened to so many CDs, talked about so many songs, and shared so many memories that music gives us. It's amazing that certain songs, albums or artists can conjure up such vivid memories in people.

I've always been partial to hip hop, and I think a lot of that has to do with having an older brother and step-brother who influenced my taste in music a lot, (when I was 8 I knew all the words to Tupac songs). But my parents also influenced my taste too, and as a result I like a lot of alternative and classic rock (have I mentioned my love for U2?)

So here are just a few of my favorite memory inducing albums (not necessarily my favorite albums ever, but the ones that bring back vivid memories for me):

1. Warren G - Regulate...G Funk Era

My brothers were SUCH losers when they were little (they weren't really, but they thought they were SUPER awesome). They wore BIG, HUGE baggy pants and humongous basketball jerseys and just thought they were the most amazing things ever. This album will FOREVER remind me of them when they were about 13-15 and just couldn't get enough of themselves. If I ever hear this album it makes me chuckle. I love the songs too, especially "The Shack."

2. Tony Toni Tone - Sons of Soul

This song will remind me of living on Stockton Ave. with my mom right when she met Clarke. She would listen to this album (I particularly remember "If I Had No Loot") while studying for law school, wearing her backwards LSU baseball hat while me and Adam played Sonic the Hedgehog on Saga. We will forever be the Hoohaw family from North, South, East, West Dakota :)

3. Beastie Boys - Hello Nasty

I'll always think of listening to "Intergalactic" SUPER loud in my dad's car while driving to soccer or baseball practice/games. When we came into the garage Wendy would think we were blowing out our eardrums :) Me and my dad always sang this song just as loud as we were listening to it. We were pretty awesome :)

4. TI - Trap Muzik

This album will always remind me of my freshman year at UCDavis. I felt lost and unhappy and was unsure about what was going on in my life. I had always loved music, but this album made me realize that sometimes you don't need people to make you happy, and just being by yourself is okay. I try and always remember that now when other people make me angry.

5. U2 - Achtung Baby

This is BY FAR my most favorite album ever. It brings back memories from all times in my life because I've listened to it constantly my whole life (at least as long as I've ever remembered). When I saw them in concert in Boston last year it was like a DREAM, and now whenever I hear a song from that show on the radio or when I'm listening to the CD it makes me think about how much fun that concert was with my dad and Chris.

6. OneBeLo - S.O.N.G.R.A.M.

This album will forever remind me of the first year Chris and I were together: listening to the album with him in Davis, listening to it while I missed him while I was living in Austin, and then the two of us listening to it together in Austin. I think both of us felt so out of place in TX that we really listened to this album and felt like we "got away." We saw him live in Austin too. His word play is fucking amazing and we still discover new things each time we listen to it. Long album too, that's nice.

7. Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild

Chris and I both LOVED this book, but HATED the movie. We were both drawn to the music and every time I hear it, it makes me think of us, like it defines us in a way. Not as a couple, but just as individuals. I used "Rise" during the credits of a video project I did about my grandmother and uncle having committed suicide. I still can't hear that song without crying. I've probably heard it about 50 times, and each time it still makes me cry. It's beautiful.

8. Beatles - Revolver

This album made me love the Beatles. It reminds me of the baseball trip Chris and I took in '06. We listened to this CD A LOT, and talked about it a lot. "Our song" is "Got to get you into my Life," and I'll always think of listening to this album while driving through North Cascades National Park.

9. Amadou & Mariam - Dimanche a Bamako

I'll always remember Chris listening to this album when he found out his grandfather passed away. I was visiting Davis from TX and it was the first time I didn't know what to do to try and make him feel better, I just tried to be there for him. We talked about this album a lot. It also reminds me of all the amazing, great, cool music Chris has gotten me into, I mean, the guy owns THOUSANDS of CDs and he's always showing me something awesome and amazing.

This album is just for me:

10. Tupac - Me Against the World

I love Tupac. He is one of my favorite figures in popular culture. I have books about him and I own almost all of his CDs (not all the crap they released after he died). You can feel so much hurt, pain, anger, and still, positivity in this album (although most say All Eyez on Me is his greatest). One thing I loved about Tupac so much was that he admitted we were all imperfect, that there is greatness and evil inside of ALL of us, and I feel that so few people really want to admit that. I remember the day he died I sat in the car in the Andronico's parking lot in Berkeley while my mom went grocery shopping and cried while I was listening to the radio coverage.

What albums do you love? What kind of memories do they bring you?


Jayne said...

I have so many albums that I love for the same reasons you do, because of the memories and not necessarily because it's my favorite music. U2's "Joshua Tree", "All Shook Down" by the Replacements, Springsteen's "Born in the USA". And thanks for posting about Eddie Vedder---love his music, but I wasn't familiar with the stuff he wrote for "Into The Wild". You're right, "Rise" is a beautiful song.

meryl rose said...

AWESOME!!! Most people are partial to Joshua Tree, but Achtung Baby really does it for me. So glad you discovered the Eddie Vedder CD, it really is SO amazing!