Re: Your life's soundtrack...?
hrmm... 8 - 12 songs that influenced me or changed my life. well there have been several that meet that criteria so i'll try to explain why on each one.
Murder by Death - Devil in Mexico
This was the first song I was introduced to that was truly outside of the Christian pop genre and opened my eyes to massive amounts of music I had never heard and couldn't wait to try. It was actually the album "Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them" that opened my eyes, but since we're doing songs and this is the first song I figured it would make sense.
Interpol - Obstacle 2
This is the song that got me to start looking past the drums in a song and looking at the lyrics. Lyrics like "I'm gonna hold your face and toast the snow that fell" and "Friends don't waste wine when there's words to sell" completely captivated me.
Interpol - Say Hello To The Angels
This song is along the same lines as the previous song, both are on the "Turn On The Bright Lights" album, because of the lyrics. I honestly can't understand alot of what he is saying but the way he said it caught me.
Eminem - Kim
First off, this is an incredibly violent song that has caused alot of controversy. But I discovered it in the middle of my divorce. As I started learning what Eminem was going through I realized that I was going through alot of the exact same things. As I explored further into his music and realized the entire range of emotions he had gone through that I was currently going through. All in all this song helped me through one of the hardest times in life and led me to definitively say that Eminem is really the only rapper I can stand.
The Blood Brothers - Ambulance vs. Ambulance
This song led me to start discovering harder music. I won't quote the lyric that really grabbed me out of this song since there are kids who read these posts, but I still say to this day that it is the best lyric in music. Most people don't agree with me, but w/e it's my opinion. =D
Radiohead - Electioneering
Interpol taught me to listen to the lyrics, Radiohead taught me to listen to the entire composition of a song and fully capture the beauty of a song.
Led Zepplin - Communication Breakdown
This is where I discovered the great Bonzo. Nuff said.
The Mars Volta - Drunkenship of Lanterns
This entire album completely blew my mind. I discovered John Theodore which completely changed my view of a drumset and led me to start discovering other incredible drummer. i.e. Buddy Rich, Billy Cobham, Steve Gadd, on and on and on.
I'm not putting a song on here because even though Travis's playing amazed me, it was a comment from him that forever changed my line of thought while playing the drums. The comment was: "Drums are more than a beat machine". Think about it next time you're playing with your band and tell me it doesn't make you change things.
And that about does it. While i could mention more, I'll stop myself here as I've doubt anyone has actually read my post the whole way. hahaha, at least I know I would've stop reading half way down. Stupid selective ADD. =D