I love music. Music is emotive, music is connecting, music is a soundtrack that runs through my life. It has always connected me to memories of events and feelings in my life. Single songs can remind me of entire memories while other albums evoke one feeling at the beginning only to close with another by the end. It constantly amazes me that within the first seconds of hearing a song open, I can know exactly what song it is and the memories I’ve attached to it. Every time I hear We Still Kill The Old Way by the Lostprophets, I am taken back to the first time I visited Paris on my own. I am awash with fond memories of walking around the 3rd and 4th, with my iPod in my jacket, my messenger bag with Paris Guide, 3rd edition (an old and outdated guide left by the last tenant of my sister’s apartment) in tow.
The list of songs and memories goes on by the hundreds, if not the thousands, which brings me to this post. On a recently (delayed) flight from Seattle to San Francisco, while waiting in the departure area I put together an on-the-go playlist to listen to on the flight. I thought I’d share the playlist along with some info on each.
- Fill Me In, Born To Do It, Craig David
Ami bought this album for me, bringing it to me in a visit to Seattle in summer of 2001. My sister, I believe, had stumbled upon Craig David at some point and was turned on to his music and shared it with me. This one alaways reminds me of living in Redmond, working as an intern in Microsoft, driving around an Avis rental car for a summer, and trips to SeaTac to visit San Diego.
- Last Time, Something Like Human, Fuel
- Hemorrhage (In My Hands), Something Like Human, Fuel
- Scar, Something Like Human, Fuel
- Knives, Something like Human, Fuel
My first experience with Fuel was with the track Shimmer, found sometime in high school. That song is undoubtedly a favorite of me and my sister. I can’t recall how I bought this album, or even why I put so many of the tracks on my playlist. Hemorrhage, the title track from this, holds no special place to me, although I did use it often as a song at the gym when I had moved to Sunnyvale from San Diego.
- Push It, Version 2.0, Garbage
I listened to Version 2.0 incessantly in the summer of 2003 when I was in India. For whatever reason, I attached myself to that album in a particular rough patch between me and Ami and ever since then it reminds me of that hard time.
- Til I Hear It From you, Empire Records ST, Gin Blossoms
Empire Records = junior high school? I saw the movie for the first time at a sleep over at a friends house.
- If You Only Knew, Power in Numbers, Jurassic 5
Jurassic 5 always brings me back to UCSD. I was hooked from the very first time I saw them play a free show at Price Center Plaza probably half way through first year. In many ways, they are responsible for turning me on to small name hip-hop, and their references in their music artists such as Dilated Peoples connected me in to a much larger world of a music than known of before.
- Holier Than Thou, Metallica, Metallica
- The Unforgiven, Metallica, Metallica,
Metallica is another band that I found in college. I remember I bought this album at the Tower Records in UTC first year, and the summer (2000) between first and second years, I took my first flight I’d ever flown solo up to Oakland to meet Jeff and to see Metallica’s concert at Candlestick Park with Derek and Manny.
- Samba Tranquille, Frequent Flyer – Rio de Janeiro, Thievery Corporation
I picked up this album in SFO (some of the most interesting music has been an impulse purchase in an airport, waiting for a flight) on my way from SFO to San Diego on a recruiting trip this year. I listened to it while spending the week in San Diego, catching up with old friends and working out of the San Diego office.
- Keynote Speaker, Quality, Talib Kweli
- Rush, Quality, Talib Kweli
- Get By, Quality, Talib Kweli
Ah, Talib. The best track one of any hip-hop album ever is Rush from Quality. And to come up with a track two like Get By handily puts Quality in first place for the best track one + track two combo. I bought Quality after hearing a recommendation from Manny about Talib that it was the best album he’d hear of the year and after seeing a show of his at 4th and B. I bought the album and the rest is fabulous memories.
- What A Mess, Man vs. Machine (Bonus Disk), Xzibit
- My Life, My World, Man vs. Machine (Bonus Disk), Xzibit
At UCSD, there used to be a vendor during vendor fair that sold at ridicilus prices the promo CDs that music labels used to give to radio stations (you can easily recognize them by their covers: if they have a large notch in the spine, they’re promo disks). I picked up this double-disk set in my third year and only ever listened to the bonus disk, since it was the only one that had any lyrical quality.
- Rewind, Born To Do It, Craig David
This one is interesting. While it’s on the same Craig David album I talk about earlier, this song is entertaining for the reason that only my sister and I will ever find amusing: the incessant use of the word “Selecta” throughout it. We’d heard this song on the album and in Europe in the summer of 2001, vacationing with my family, we saw the Selecta vending machines throughout train stations and airports and have never stopped finding it funny since.
- The Chemicals Between Us, The Science of Things, Bush
- 3 Libras, Mer de Noms, A Perfect Circle
- Magdalena, Mer de Noms, A Perfect Circle
I’m not fully certain when, if every, I bought these albums. The Science of Things was huge when I entered college, and I frequently listened to it my first quarter at school. I have no idea about Mer de Noms, outside that it’s an excellent prog-rock album.
- Clubbed to Death (Kurayamino Mix), The Matrix ST, Rob Dougan
- Furious Angels, The Matrix Reloaded ST, Rob Dougan
- Chateau, The Matrix Reloaded ST, Rob Dougan
I picked up the first Matrix soundtrack in either my first year at UCSD or at the end of senior year of high school. Clubbed to Death was one of the best tracks on it, and I immediately picked up the soundtracks for the other Matrix’s when they came out simply to get the Rob Dougan tracks.