Albums of my life

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.

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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?

Music Moment – Driving

love to sing in the car, especially in the summer with the sunroof open and the windows down. Since I am always searching for new songs to add to my car CDs (I don’t have an IPod connector unfortunately!) I asked my brother Andy for a few suggestions. Here are the songs he tells me are perfect for a sunny summer drive. Consider adding these hits to your own driving playlist to change up your everyday routine.

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  1. Too Young Too Kill – Brite Futures
  2. Golden – Parade of Lights
  3. Mr. Right – A Rocket To The Moon
  4. Hymnals – Grizfolk
  5. Miracle – Ghost Beach
  6. Scarecrow – Alex & Sierra
  7. Baby I’m Yours – Breakbot
  8. Dreamers – Savoir Adore
  9. Weekend – Smith Westerns
  10. We Could Run Away – Needtobreathe

Music Moment – Summer Mornings

I, like most people, am always looking for new music to add to my list of favorites. Luckily for me, my little brother Andy is quite the music aficionado. He started playing the guitar when he was six years old and is always introducing me to new songs. I decided to include a playlist that he recently made for me, which he calls, Summer Mornings. He told me this playlist is for those early mornings. As you pour your first cup of coffee, listen to these songs to get your day started off on the right note.

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“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Cheap Sunglasses – RAC
Sail into the Sun – Gentlemen Hall
Call Me in the Afternoon – Half Moon Run
Red Hands – Walk off the Earth
Tapioca – New Navy
Baby I’m Yours feat. Irfane – Breakbot
Cool Kids – Echosmith
Anna Sun – Walk the Moon
Celeste – Ezra Vine
Last Night – The Vamps

I think my favorites are #8 & #10, let me know which is yours!