Albums I Couldn’t Live Without

Lisa over at Just Under The Surface blogged recently about the top 5 desert island picks for music, and she got me thinking…what music couldn’t I live without…

So here’s  my completely subjective short list:

pink_floyd_-_dark_side_of_the_moonDark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd.

This is my favorits album of all time and is number one on many best of lists.  Able to enduce its own narcotic state without one having to take a single puff…

Best if listened to from beginning to end, since the songs blend seamlessly…not a bad piece for the rocker who likes to do yoga and meditate…I did to this album once…an etherial experience to say the least.

The Joshua Tree-U2You would think that my favorite band of all time, U2, would be my favorite album choice…My problem is that I love every album and it’s hard to pick one.  The newest, No Line on the Horizon, I would put right up there with the best of their work, but I’d like to pick the ultimate here, so it has to be The Joshua Tree.  Although Tree is perhaps the most depressing of all U2’s albums, it’s lyricism cannot be matched.  Songs like Red Hill Mining Town and A Trip Through Your Wire never made the top 20 song list, but are some of the best songs written by Bono and the gang.  Grammy Awards abound.

SongsFromtheBigChair-Tears For FearsWhat can I say…I’m an 80s girl so I have to include another dynamic 80s album, and a British band that was one of the best at the time:  Tears For Fears — Songs From the Big Chair.  I played this album until I wore out the cassette (yes, we still had cassette players in our cars, kiddies) until I got the CD, which I still carry in my little blue leather CD case.  I know every word to this album, if you can believe it.  The profound lyrics, based on a psychologist’s studies of how fear affects our lives, tells you how to face those fears, demolish them, and live your life…”Only we can…only we can, work it out!”

Beatle - LoveNext pic:  The Beatles: Love.  I love, love, love the Beatles.  The White Album or Let It Be may be their best albums…but for me I love this collection…why not get the best of the best in one shot.  I would have picked The Beatles No.1s, but this album sequences the songs brilliantly taking one on a spiritual Beatle journey.  Eleanor Rigby stops the heart….Later the acoustic version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps will make you “gently weep.” 

Peace…Love…The Beatles…

The Four Seasons - VivaldiA few years ago I was a teaching assistant for my daughter’s violin class and I presented a story about Antonio Vivaldi, much to the fascination of the 6th graders I attended.  Vivaldi was a Catholic priest in Venice, nick-named The Red Priest because of his flaming red hair, where he taught violin and choir to orphaned girls housed at the church.  Unholy he was, however, keeping a young opera-singing mistress on the side while he served masses for the church, of which he was known to leave in the middle of the consecrations of the mass, sometimes not returning, simply because lines to a musical composition struck him and he would leave in order to eradicate it immediately lest he forget later.  He unfortunately was not well known at the time for his music.  He died a pauper, his music unknown, and was buried in an unmarked grave in Italy to which it is said a road was built over.  For some 200, yes, 200 years his works, like The Four Seasons, lay dormant with moths and dust balls in some closet in Venice, until about 60 years ago when they were discovered.    My favorite part of The Four Seasons is Summer.  Have the violin sheet music…but could never play it fast enough as written.

I leave you with a question today:   If you were told that you had only five minutes left to hear for the rest of your life, what song would you want to hear?


9 Responses to “Albums I Couldn’t Live Without”

  1. Lisa Chapman Says:


    Love this post, it was great seeing your list. I am going to find a way to listen to the Vivaldi, I mean come on, I have to after that intro right?! Dark side of the moon is tied to memories of the ex and I agree with you, it’s a great album/CD. The Tears 4 Fears choice made me smile. As for the big question – I have 2 go think about that one, as it is only one that I can choose this time!

    Love, Lis


  2. Jennifer Rains Says:

    If you’re not familiar with the Vivaldi, I bet you’ll recognize it when you hear it. Parts of it have been used frequently in advertising and such. Is “tied to memories of the ex” a bad thing? I have some music I can’t listen to for that reason (in this case old, old boyfriends from before the married days who sucked the life out of me–I have to avoid a lot of Springstein because of this. You may have noticed…I didn’t post the one song I’d pick either…I have to think about it also.

    Thanks for your e-mail. Do you want me to leave it posted here in comments or delete? Use my which I’ve posted on my front page for mine.

    And we have another fan of Rescue me–now that the shit is over–Sarcastic Bastard wrote a nice Dennis Miller blog yesterday! Had no idea she loved the show–new to it this season like me, but still. Speaking of which you like the quality shows and I wondered if you loved or watched at all the best drama show that has ever been on TV…The Sopranos. Not an HBO subscriber, I decided that we were going to rent the shows when it came on A&E. We still rented when the network went on a break with the last season. Nothing has come close for me.

    Love, Jenn


  3. This was a really fun post.

    If I had five minutes left, I’d listen to Sufjan Steven’s “Concerning the UFO sighting of Highland, Illinois. It’s gorgeous. It makes me feel melancholy and sad. It makes me homesick and settled at the same time. My favorite part is the very beginning of the song, because you can hear the piano bench squeak as he leans forward to play. That’s amazing.


  4. Lisa Chapman Says:


    I’m gonna try and listen to the Vivaldi at the library, I’ll let you know if I recognize anything. About the music tied to the ex-husband, yeah you’re right – it pretty much ruins your enjoyment of some great music doesn’t it?! So SB is also a Tommy Gavin fan eh? I’ll have to check out the post. I’ve never seen the Sopranos but you give it your highest rating, so maybe I’ll watch some of the A&E eps if they’re still on!

    Love, Lis

    P.S. It would be great if you’d delete the email post – thanks!


  5. Sarcastic Bastard Says:

    If I had five minutes left to hear, I’d want to listen to my cats purr and my dog sigh and to hear the voices of my loved ones.

    I loved the info on Vivaldi. I love the music, but didn’t know anything about him.

    Have a safe and happy holiday.

    Love, SB.


  6. Jennifer Rains Says:

    I couldn’t think of anything better to listen to. Quite right.

    Happy holiday weekend to you also.

    Love, Jenn


  7. Great list. I love that there are still folks out there who remember Tears For Fears. They were a great band, great song writers, and one of my favorite groups from the 80’s. Don’t know about you, but I use music as a way to get the brain going when I’m writing. Hmm…you may have just given me an idea for a blog. Great post and good taste in music!


  8. I love this blog…I happened to be wearing the Pink Floyd T-shirt today with my scruffy jeans and skull sketchers…. I wanted to leave you with my other blog site addy…you might find it to be more interesting. ( I am still in love with your pictures and the vision you have for chosing just the right one to post)
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  9. They are all my favorite, but if I had to choose, it would be an orchestral masterpiece form one of the greats of the 18th century. As for the exact one, I believe it would have to have both obo and vilon solos within it since those two instruments can carry away notes like no other.




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