Posted: May 18, 2011 in getting personal, Music
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I got this idea from Pitchfork. They usually ask artists what they were listening to at each 5 year intervals of their life. So, here is my 5-10-15-20:

Age 5
I was doing a lot of singing at age 5. Most of my musical preferences at this time came from my mom. We’d sing in the car a lot–duets. I think singing in the car really developed my ear at a young age. I was singing some real “oldies.” A couple songs that we frequented were “For Me and My Gal” and also “When the Red Red Robin.” These were songs that the likes of Judy Garland, Dean Martin and Al Jolson sang. Something I heard every weekend on the record player was Pavarotti singing E lucevan le stelle. I remember recognizing my name in it and wondering how someone could make music so emotional and sad. ‘How could my name be in something so sad?’ These were the thoughts of a 5 year old.

Age 10
Around this age, I was really into listening to the radio. At that time the radio station I listened to was called Alice in STL and Star in LA. I had no idea what most of the songs were called or what the artists were, (I actually found out years later that I had been listening to Sneaker Pimps’ songs…a band that I like very much now but is sadly disbanded). I’d make my very own mix tapes by pressing record really fast when I heard the song I liked on the radio. That way, I could rewind and have a nice selection of songs. Backstreet Boys were my boy band of choice–especially Nick Carter. I had a poster above my bed (along with Spice Girls), and I despised their “rivals” N’Sync, although I like JT’s solo albums a lot more now. I had the tapes and when CDs became the new thing, I bought all of them in CD form.

Age 15
The Beatles. Again, my mom got me into them with her records, but around this time I began collecting all of their CDs. I was obsessed post Beatlemania. I could play every CD in order and start singing the next track before it would switch. It was a talent. I used to belt out “Happiness is a Warm Gun” and it thrilled me to hit the falsetto pitch perfectly after “happiness is a warm, yes it is…..GUNNNNNN”

Age 20
Radiohead. Thom Yorke became my famous musician crush. I still think he’s a genius. Radiohead defined my early early 20s. I can pretty much listen to any song, and it will bring me back to that time. ‘Idioteque’ and ‘Karma Police’ were probably my first favorites. Going to the Radiohead show while I was in college was definitely something I wont forget (not to mention my music history teacher came along with me).

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