Trending on Facebook recently have been lists of things that influenced you. The premise is simple. You make up a list of books, movies, songs, etc. that have impacted your life, tag a few friends, and there you go. I’ve been nominated for a couple of these things and, instead of bogging down my Facebook feed, thought I’d make some blog posts out of it!
My friend Kassandra nominated me to share some albums that have influenced me. So, without further ado, here are the first five! (In no particular order.)
1. Flogging Molly, Drunken Lullabies (2002)
After I escaped from my country music phase in middle school, this was one of the first albums I got hooked on. In many ways, it was the introduction to much of the folksy music I listen to now. I fell in love with Flogging Molly in eighth grade, under the influence of my older brother, and it’s a love that has sustained me through the years. Choosing a track to feature was incredibly difficult, but I ended up going with “If I Ever Leave this World Alive”, as it’s one of my favorite songs of all time.
2. Classic Disney Vol I & II
In second grade, I purchased this sketchy yellow portable cassette player from a girl at the annual TF Elementary rummage sale. This enabled me to listen to my Disney tapes anywhere and everywhere I wanted. And, oh goodness, those songs became imprinted on my childhood.
3. Ministry of Magic, Goodbye Privet Drive (2008)
I will admit, this was a weirder phase of my music listening career. In high school, I developed a taste for “Wizard Rock”–an underground movement of indie bands themed around (what else?) Harry Potter. I’ve got hundreds of Potter inspired songs on my iPod to this day. At the time, I thought they were fantastic. Looking back, I can see how musically sub par and poorly written most of the songs are. But, hey, they sure are fun! Here’s their song “Sonorous Love”. (Please ignore the poorly made fan video.)
4. Relient K, Mmhmm (2004)
Like Flogging Molly, Relient K was one of the first bands I ever fell in love with. My older brother (once again) brought them into my life after coming home from camp one year. He couldn’t stop singing “Sadie Hawkins Dance”, and soon, neither could I. Relient K was one of my staples in high school, and Mmhmm saw me through all my teenage drama.
5. Top Gun Soundtrack (1999)
Okay, so this one is a bit strange. I’ve never actually seen the movie Top Gun. But back in the 1990’s my mom would play this on repeat in the car. We’d get to the end of the cassette tape, rewind it (’cause that’s what you had to do back in the day) and listen through it again. So, even though I’ve never seen the actual film, I know the soundtrack by heart.
Stay tuned for the other half of my list!