Monday, June 8, 2009

5 Albums That Changed My Life

This is a tag post that is going around, here are 5 albums that changed my life and why:

Marie Antoinette OST
I am now realizing that most of my favorite albums are soundtracks - probably due to the interesting variety of songs. The music truly "made" Marie Antoinette. Somehow the 80's tunes worked with the 18th century costumes. This soundtrack and movie "changed my life" by inspiring this blog - Modern Marie. It introduced me to beautiful classical piano pieces as well as great 80's bands (and I wasn't a fan of any sort of 80's music before this). The songs are formal, sexy, pretty, depressing, and joyful - they evoke all sorts of emotions. This movie and soundtrack gave me aesthetics that I try to apply to the artistic aspect of my life: femininity, lightness, ornateness, and decadence.

Garden State OST
This started my trend of buying soundtracks to movies and shows I have never seen. I didn't see this film until 2 years after my dance teacher introduced me to the music. We warmed up and danced to this album in dance class my freshman year, so the songs bring back random memories for this album was on constant replay. It introduced me to Coldplay (I only knew their Clocks song at that point), Frou Frou (Imogen Heap), Simon and Garfunkel (therefore finding more 60's hippie music), The Shins and Zero 7. Before I only listened to the the top 40, but this CD introduced me to the wonderful and Kooky world of indie rock. This CD was the start of something new lol - a MUCH MUCH better taste in music and an obsession.

Grey's Anatomy OST
I still have never watched this show... but do I love the music! This mix of songs made me research these artists, buy more of their music, and then link to other artists that they suggested - basically an infinite domino affect that costs lots of my money lol. Roisin Murphy, Maria Taylor, Tegan and Sara, The Ditty Bops, Psapp, Inara George (of the Bird and the Bee), and Rilo Kiley are artists featured on this album whom I now consider my favorites. I think I purchased this before my junior year. Finding these artists and linked artists made me the "go to girl" in high school for finding weird/cool/different music. My dance teacher used a ton of the songs I gave her for her pieces - most of them I found through owning this CD. And like I mentioned before, it introduced my to Rilo Kiley which introduced me to...

Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins: Rabbit Fur Coat
On the Rilo Kiley page on itunes, it says I might like Jenny Lewis so I clicked and listened. Low and behold she was the lead singer of Rilo Kiley lol. This album is definitely my favorite album - Ive probably listed to it all the way through like 50 times and know all the words. She got me into liking a "country twang" added to songs - something she does ever so beautifully. Before I don't think I liked folksy, country songs, but now I am in love with them. Ryan Adams, the Ditty Bops, Neko Case all stem from liking Jenny Lewis - and I thank her infinitely for that!

Chicago OST
I think I was in 7th grade when I saw this movie. Chicago the movie started the whole new era of bringing back the movie musicals. Seeing this movie - with the songs and choreography- made me want to act and be in musicals and plays. It seemed like a fresher idea than all those old school musicals (which now I love) and enticed me! After seeing that I went to acting camps, classes and was in 7 plays during high school - and now its my MINOR!!! I'm not sure if i have posted that yet, but I decided to minor in Theatre :D I am so excited and cant wait to see where it takes me!

***What 5 albums changed your life?


Erika said...

Garden State Soundtrack
Gossip Girl Soundtrack
Marie Antoinette Soundtrack
The Postal Service

Who knew that soundtracks could be so life-changing? :)

LAUREN said...

Garden State Soundtrack
Spring Awakening Original Broadway Cast Album
Across the Universe Soundtrack
Dreamland - Joni Mitchell
Fearless - Taylor Swift

la petite fashionista said...

great idea for a post &greatpicks. I don't know if I have albums that have affected my life; more like individual songs. I have an eclectic taste in music :)

Allie said...

Thanks I love them (those boys) and I meant every word about a career.... I just have to work on mine :) a little harder. But yes, your blog convinced me to make a blog, so I will keep you posted on how that goes :).. as for your Albums I LOVE THE M.A. one of course, the arrangement and assortment of songs are brilliance. And I LOVE JENNY LEWIS/ Rilo Kiley I have seen them a thousand times and it never gets old.
P.S. you were my first comment so I am really excited right now:)

emie said...

TLC's "Crazy Sexy Cool." this was the first album i ever owned (it was actually a casette) and is what first got me into music. i was in the second grade.

a mixed album that my best friend in the 10th grade made for me, called "Why Can't Troy Have Trampolines?" this album introduced me to indie music, and is what got me really passionate about music.

cursive "the ugly organ" and bright eyes "lifted or the story is in the soil keep your ear to the ground," are the albums following "troy" that i would listen to constantly. i knew every lyric of every song, and sometimes i would listen to them and cry. really emo, kind of pathetic, but i still really love these albums.

the postal service's one and only album. this is the album that got me through my freshman year of college, and was always on for paper-writing inspiration.


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Amelia said...

Hmm, I haven't listened to any of these. I should probably get the Marie Antoinette one, since I loved the movie.

Life-Changing Albums:
Wincing the Night Away (The Shins)
Vampire Weekend
Hopes & Dreams (Keane)
Plans (Death Cab)
Begin to Hope (Regina Spektor)

jessica said...

i love how they're all linked :]

Anonymous said...

why these albums really did change your life, amazing! those soundtracks definitely upgraded my music taste, there were so many bands i didn't know existed before garden state!

little shadow said...

The Marie Antoinette Soundtrack changed my life also.
It's really nice to read about somebody else's personal experiences with it.
Fantastic post!

CKA said...

Love the Marie Antoinette and Chicago soundtracks, too! I posted my 6 favorite albums on my blog. I know I was meant to do 5 but it was too hard...
-Only by the Night - KOL
-Stripped - Christina Aguilera
-Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette
-Stadium Arcadium - Red Hot Chili Peppers
-Light Grenades - Incubus
-Morning View - Incubus

LJ said...

i love chicago OST!
xx-LJ from SOS!

donna AND navaz said...

Love Sofia Coppola's soundtracks. I remember seeing Lost In Translation on holiday in New York and when I listen to that soundtrack (esp the Jesus & Mary Chain at the end - amazing), it brings all those lovely memories back!
My top 5:
Grease soundtrack
Duran Duran - Rio
Combat Rock - The Clash
Pet Sounds - Beach Boys
High Land Hard Rain - Aztec Camera

Fun post!

B.A.C.K. said...

Spring Awakening - original Broadway cast
Rent - original Broadway cast
Once - original soundtrack
The Execution of All Things - Rilo Kiley
White Album - The Beatles