I want to start out by saying that these are, by no means, my favorite albums or albums that I would recommend for you to listen to anytime soon. They are, however, albums that are significant in my life for reasons that I will list below. This post wrote itself in my mind a long time ago and it’s time to write it down. I’ll start with middle school and move on to high school, college, and beyond. Here goes nothing.
Ah, middle school… not to toot my own horn but I was way more mature than I should have been and my taste in music was pretty sophisticated. As my husband puts it, I’m more of a teenage fangirl now than I ever was in the past.
Take Off Your Pants and Jacket by Blink 182- The Intro to Teen Angst Album
I was 11 when this came out. Eleven. I don’t even really remember what that was like. Remember those catalogs that came in the mail where you could order a bunch of CDs and get a great deal? Yeah, I picked this one out based on the cover and genre, I’m sure. Evidently being a preteen was emotionally traumatic enough to be drawn to songs like “Story of a Lonely Guy” and “First Date”. I still know every word to this album and I wouldn’t mind singing along with you.
A Crow Left of the Murder by Incubus - The I Hang Out with Older Artsy Fartsy Kids Album
I was in 8th grade when this album came out and undoubtedly some older kid in a studio art class at my combined middle/high magnet school bought this and had it on repeat upstairs in the art building. This album gave me the feels, for real. I’m starting to realize how moody I have always been. Southern Girl and Here in My Room are my anthems from this one.
Milo Goes to College by Descendents - The True Beginnings of all Things Punk
There was a guy. That’s the beginning and end of that story. I suppose the true punk came more from my dad’s stories of his skateboard days and therefore becoming obsessed with Tony Hawk. I just picked Milo because it was given to me. I listened to way too much Ramones, The Clash, Fugazi, Dead Kennedys, and Black Flag. Those bands came back to haunt me when one of my artsy friend’s boyfriend’s was totally into The Dead Milkmen, two-stepping, and shows. That “real punk”… It transformed into me being in love with Pop Punk which coincided with the Bush/Kerry election and Rock Against Bush albums. Let’s just say there was lots of Taking Back Sunday, Dashboard Confessional, Jimmy Eat World, Avril Lavigne, Mae, Greenday, Motion City Soundtrack, and Valencia thrown in during this time frame too.
Phantom Planet by Phantom Planet - The Seth Cohen Will You Be My Boyfriend Album
He’s still so dreamy. The O.C. changed my life, y’all. I couldn’t miss an episode. Not even when we went to Disney on vacation for Thanksgiving. I’ve seen every episode more than once and I own all the seasons. The O.C. is my favorite show second to only one, Sabrina. The show soundtrack really got me into music and seeking out new artists to listen to regularly. Remember how they featured a few artists at the end of each show with info about their album? That was the best. Let’s do that more often. Seth and Summer Forever.
X & Y by Coldplay / Give Up by The Postal Service / or anything by Radiohead or Death Cab for Cutie
The Albums that were Permanently Destroyed by the First Breakup.
I just can’t go there ever again. Good job, you ruined it for me.
Shadows are Security by As I Lay Dying - The I Made Really Bad Friends and Regrettable Life Choices Album
I changed school and found metal. I went to shows where people got beat up for fun. I don’t want to relive that year of my life ever again. It changed me and I’m glad to have learned from it. At least the bass sounded incredible in my car.
Cease to Begin by Band of Horses - The Album I Fell in Love with You to
This album is really the end and beginning of everything in my life. The end of the terrible phase mentioned in the last album blurb and the beginning of the most wonderful journey with my most perfect match. I can’t imagine a better soundtrack to our love.
College and Beyond
Vampire Weekend by Vampire Weekend - The Because We Can Prom Too Album
Perks of having a high school boyfriend while you’re already in college? Endless proms. Those were the best fêtes. This album is one of those that never fails to get me in a good mood. You wrote about it once in newspaper. The beats are bubbly and infectious.
Midnight Memories by One Direction - The Sister Album
I went to college and when I came home my sister was grown! She was her own person. For the first time she was someone I was able to share my thoughts, feelings, and experiences with. She quickly became my best friend. This one is for her, our bonding after so many distant years of a too large age gap, and fond memories.
The 1975 Self Titled Album - The Longing Album
This was my soundtrack to many a drive between Augusta and Charleston the year of our engagement. For me it represents being so close but so far away from something, from someone, I always dream of. It’s raw and emotional but something you can sing along to without feeling too sad. It helped me get to you. I’m happy they were there to share the journey. It got me ready for this new one.
Hopefully those were some funny and insightful little snapshots of my life through some interesting music choices! I couldn’t think of a better way to start back to one of my old blog series, TUESDAY TUNES! Check back weekly for some sort of music news in my life. It might be a new album I’m coveting, a playlist, a song bite, or an interesting article about a musician I adore. The possibilities are endless. See you back here next week.