Recently a blogger that I started following, October June, wrote about the albums that defined her. I was immediately inspired to look back on the albums that played a role at key moments in my life. Music has a way of bringing back memories in a way that is hard to ignore. No matter what I am doing, when I hear songs from these albums I am immediately transported back in time.
Ocean Eyes, Owl City – Okay so I am not usually one of those people who are all “I knew that band before they were even popular” but in all seriousness that was the case with Owl City. I knew about him way before he became mainstream. This is all thanks to my cabinmates at my sleepaway camp growing up. They LOVED Owl City so he was basically on repeat all summer. Whenever I hear “Saltwater Room” or “Hello Seattle” I am instantly transported back to those crazy ridiculous days and nights spent in a small cabin in the woods. Every year I looked forward to those summers away with my ridiculous roommates, because every summer it was always an adventure.
Red, Taylor Swift – Oh TSwift, you always seem to put into words how I have feel. This album perfectly encompassed my junior year of college. Since Taylor is a few years older, her songs always coincide with my life (ex: 22 came out right around the time my friends and I were turning 21/22). All Too Well is one of the most played songs on my IPhone because when I was crying over boys this was the only song that made sense of it all.
Legally Blonde: The Musical – Although I have not seen this musical live, it is hands down my favorite (this may be in part because I have never seen Wicked, I know shocking!). I saw the musical on MTV when it was shown live, and hosted by The Hills cast (gives you a sense of how many years ago I am talking!) The soundtrack of this musical has the perfect song for every emotion, whether you need a pump up song “So Much Better” or “Chip On My Shoulder” or a need to just wallow for a moment. Silly but true, Legally Blonde The Musical is in my iTunes playlists and one of my top played albums.
1989, Taylor Swift – Now this is not just because I moved to New York, but truly because Taylor once again seems to just get it. I seriously do not know how to she does it. This album defines my latest chapter in life, graduating from college and moving away from home to the Big City. Somehow Taylor’s music perfectly encompasses how I feel.
Although these are only a few albums, there are TONS of songs that transport me back to a particular memory…
Dancing On My Own, Robyn – Always reminds me of my Australian roommate Alice and I listening to this on repeat and jumping up and down on our beds.
Mr. Brightside, The Killers – Always a song that reminds me of middle school when a few teachers formed a band and performed it for my entire grade. My best friend in middle school and I were laughing and dancing in the back of the auditorium because it was actually pretty awesome.
Let Her Go, Passenger – This song came out when I was in Sydney and was how I hoped a guy thought of me now that I was gone…silly but true.
Joy to the World, Three Dog Night – A song that played at my church confirmation when our group of confirmands walked out of the church. It was a fun way to end the year long work to get officially confirmed.
A Little Bit Stronger, Sara Evans – The song that I play on repeat when I am feeling completely weak and need to get over the barrior in front of me. Somehow it always gives me the reminder that I will get a little stronger in time.
Build Me Up Buttercup, The Foundations – A song that reminds me of a friend that I have lost touch with, but truly miss. It is one of those old school songs that you cannot help but belt out when you hear it.
What albums remind you of your favorite memories? What genres do you tend to gravitate towards? Are there certain albums that define moments in your life?