Monday, August 31, 2009

Sometimes a song can change your life.

I have a deep and sometimes compulsive connection with music.

What songs changed your life? Which songs (or albums) do you listen to and automatically cry, or smile a huge happy smile, or which ones take you to a place of total bliss happiness, or take you down a road deep into your memories? Which ones kill your soul and make you regret? Which ones make you want to die?

Because that's what music does to me.

A quick, huge THANK YOU to the best singer/songwriter/musicians I know of, and ANY of whose albums I cannot live without and am completely obsessed with:

I want to know yours, and for those of you who like discovering/exploring new music, here are some of my favorites (Specific songs first, then Albums below):

Songs that wrench my heart, fill my soul, break my spirit, give me hope, and stop time:
I'm Nowhere and You're Everything - Chris Thile
How to Grow a Woman from the Ground - Chris Thile
Between the Lines - Sara Barielles
Can't Stop Thinking About You - Martin Sexton
Something's Missing - John Mayer
Stop this Train - John Mayer
Comfortable - John Mayer
Split Screen Sadness - John Mayer
In Your Atmosphere - John Mayer
Hurricane - Mindy Smith
Where I Stood - Missy Higgins
Wrong Girl - Missy Higgins
Can't Complain - Nickel Creek
Matter of Minutes - Shawn Colvin
(For these songs on iTunes, click HERE.) :)

Songs that I love deeply:
On Ice - Chris Thile
Welcome You - Mestizo
The Special Two - Missy Higgins
Love on the Rocks - Sara Barielles
Spit on a Stranger - Nickel Creek
This Side - Nickel Creek
Green and Grey - Nickel Creek
Beauty and the Mess - Nickel Creek
When in Rome - Nickel Creek
Heart in a Cage - Chris Thile
Dont' Drink the Water - DMB
Too Much - DMB
So Much to Say - DMB
Crush - DMB
Another Kind of Green - John Mayer
If You're not the One - Daniel Bedingfield
I Will Follow You Into the Dark - Death Cab for Cutie
Cannonball - Damien Rice
Colors - Amos Lee
Wake up Alone - Amy Winehouse
Days go By - Dirty Vegas
Winter - Tori Amos
Pretty Good Year - Tori Amos
(Click HERE to get these songs on iTunes.) :) The only one you can't get on iTunes is Welcome You by Mestizo. For that one you need to visit their website at

Artists that shaped me / I grew up with:

Tori Amos
Fiona Apple
Dave Matthews Band
Neil Diamond
Stevie Ray Vaughan

Also, the best road trip albums:

Yourself or Someone Like You by Matchbox 20
Horrorscope by Eve 6
Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette
Blue Sky Invention by Blue Sky Invention

"The four right chords can make me cry, when I'm with you I feel like I could die and that would be alright, alright."

"..You can see I'm not mine anymore. Didn't take much to drive me crazy, 'guess I wasn't that sane before."



Jennifer Hamlin said...

Hey Jenn, have you created a playlist on iTunes for those songs? I have a similar compulsion to music and I bet I could find a few keepers in there!

Jen :)

Anonymous said...

It varies from time to time. Right now?

Passenger - Deftones
Rabbit Heart (Raise it Up) - Florence + The Machine
Vermillion Pt. 2 - Slipknot
The Power of Love - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Iris - GooGoo Dolls
Halo - Beyoncé

And probably many more.


M said...

I love this list. I can only come up with one song that makes my heart smile and want to cry at the same time and thats Bryan Adams, "When you love someone." It forever reminds me of my nephew when he was a baby and how he changed my life.

Also, I love movie scores. I have the Titanic movie score, the Pearl Harbor movie score, the Gladiator movie goes on and on and my dad gets me instrumental music cds.

Carlos said...

the boxer-simon and that douche garfunkel

nancy said...

So nice to see Neil Diamond in there.



Emmett losing weight said...

Love the list, I have to agree with Monica, Bryan Adams " When you love someone "

100in12 said...

Oh my god, we are exactly alike. Stop This Train, John Mayer. I have a hard time listening to that sometimes because it's so...everything. And I LOVE Between the Lines. Little Voice is a great album.

I also love:

Can't Go Back Now - The Weepies.
Come Downstairs and Say Hello - Guster

I was recently introduced to the group Passion Pit - you might like them too!

Cam said...

I have a deep, deep love for music, it is my passion and the single most important thing in my life. I personally think that Bob Dylan is the greatest song writer ever. Check out my blog if you'd like, I have some Haikus and a poem I've written and an essay type thing about folk music and music in general really. I'm pretty new, so I don't have many posts but I plan to post more. So, if you like it, let me know.