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Day 7, Wednesday. Five songs that bring back memories.
In no particular order:
1. CSNY, “This Old House.” American Dream was arguably the worst CSNY album ever produced (and Rhapsody has it listed as a Crosby, Stills and Nash album, even though Neil Young is right there on the front looking all Neil-Young-y), but at seven years old I didn’t know any better and so I listened to the damn thing on repeat for a year and a half. I loved “This Old House” – how ironic that it’s become an anthem of my generation since the housing bubble burst.
2. Up With People, “The Sound of Peace.” This is potentially even more embarrassing than admitting to my nostalgic love of CSNY. But Up With People’s “Rhythm of the World” album was performed in its near-entirety in Sing Out Kalamazoo’s 1992 show, and I listened to the cassette until it wore out. I’m a little embarrassed to admit I can still sing along to the whole thing – as the cats can attest to right this moment.
3. Alanis Morrissette, “Jagged Little Pill.” I could actually have listed any song off that album here, since I had the thing on repeat for about three years straight. Jagged Little Pill changed my young life: I was thirteen, hypersensitive to all the social messages intended to “keep me in my place” as a woman (capsule version: if she says no, she’s a bitch; if she says maybe, she’s a tease; if she says yes, she’s a slut), and it was the first time I had ever encountered a woman who spent 11 tracks saying “@@(*# YOU ALL AND THE HORSES YOU RODE IN ON” (and one track saying “fall in love with someone who treats you like a human being!”). I needed that.
4. Train, “Drops of Jupiter.” The local radio station had this on repeat the entire four years I was in undergrad. To this day it conjures up images of the university’s ice rink for me.
5. Benny Goodman, “Mission to Moscow.” Along with Alanis Morrisette, the Cranberries, Nirvana, and Soundgarden (SHUT UP I WAS A VERY TROUBLED YOUTH), I had Benny Goodman’s greatest hits on repeat for all of middle and high school. Also Andrew Lloyd Webber.
….For someone who has spent over half her life studying music, my musical tastes are actually kind of terrible. But then, lyrics have always interested me far more than music. I like language and all that.