Thursday, June 15, 2017

Soundtrack of My Life

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I'm a regular Spotify snoop when it comes to my friends' playlist choices, so naturally I was excited when Olivia wrote a soundtrack themed post and adopted the idea for myself. I love being able to get to know someone through their musical selections; a person's favorite pieces of music can say a lot about them, and it's always interesting to find out what attracted them to certain albums or songs at specific points in their life.

The First Album
I honestly can't remember, in part because my parents bought me many, many CDs when I was young. However, knowing how into Disney Channel I was as a youth I'd be willing to bet it was something by Aly & AJ or a Hannah Montana soundtrack.

The Long-Term Relationship Album
Ceremonials by Florence + the Machine. Like many others I first fell in love with "Dog Days Are Over" when it was on the radio, and I then moved on to some of her other earlier releases (namely the a Lot of Love. a Lot of Blood and Rabbit Heart EPs). Since then, I've bought every album she's released and listened to each many, many, many times. My favorite album of hers is Ceremonials, if only because its release coincided with getting my driver's license and I would drive everywhere with it on repeat.

The Songs That Make Me Happy
"Next to Me" by Emeli Sande
"You've Got the Love" by Florence + the Machine
"Keeping Your Head Up" by Birdy

The Songs That Make Me Want to Dance
"Elevate" St. Lucia (along with everything else they've made)
"Midnight City" by M83
"Hung Up" by Madonna

The First Gig
I went to a number of concerts with my parents when I was young, but the first gig I chose to go to with a friend was when I was 12 and Drake Bell, Corbin Bleu, and Aly & AJ toured together (I was a Disney kid through and through).

The Songs I Wish I'd Written
I'm obsessed with songs that are emotionally raw; in a music world that manufactures hits like a machine, it's refreshing to find artists that write deeply personal lyrics.
"Liability" by Lorde
"Alaska" by Maggie Rogers
"Never Again (iTunes Session Version)" by Kelly Clarkson

The Songs That Remind Me of Being a Teen
I spent much of my late teenagehood playing albums on repeat in my car whenever I drove, most of which were released around the same time.
Ceremonials by Florence + the Machine
Halcyon by Ellie Goulding
The Truth About Love by P!nk
Stronger by Kelly Clarkson
Dark Passion Play by Nightwish
Riot! by Paramore

The Sweatiest Gig I've Ever Been To
The first time I saw Bastille (May 2014). It was held at The Ritz in Raleigh, which at the time did not have air conditioning and was ventilated solely by 9 ceiling fans (The Ritz was synonymous with sweat in my head for the longest time).

The Karaoke Song
I'm a firm disbeliever in karaoke so I've never picked one.

The Best Gig I've Been To
I've been to a number of good ones, but three make the top cut:
- Kelly Clarkson; January 2012. It was in a fancy theatre venue with incredible acoustics, and she blew me away by how much better she is live than on studio albums.
- Billy Joel; February 2014. Billy Joel has been a literal lifelong favorite of mine; my dad has played his albums for me for my entire life, so when he came to Raleigh it was a dream come true.
- The Killers; September 2016. I saw the Killers last year at Music Midtown, and it was a prime example of why I love seeing bands live: a huge crowd experiencing something amazing together.

The Songs That Remind Me of Home
When I think of songs that remind me of home, I think of anything that my dad played in our house growing up which tended to be full albums.
Greatest Hits by ABBA
Tarzan soundtrack by Phil Collins
The Dance by Fleetwood Mac
12 Gardens Live by Billy Joel

The Artists I Listen to When I'm On My Own
Most of the artists I love are not ones I share mutually with friends or siblings, so artists like Banks, Hӕloes, Kate Boy, and Tove Styrke, are ones I play when I'm on my own.

The Ultimate Desert Island Disc
This is such a difficult question... I have so many albums that I love equally but for different reasons. If I had to narrow it down to three, it would probably be Billy Joel's The Stranger, Florence's Ceremonials, and Nightwish's Showtime, Storytime.

The Song I Want Played At My Funeral
"Scenes From an Italian Restaurant" by Billy Joel


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