Thursday, April 21, 2016

Throwback Thursday: My 30/30 Playlist (Part 1 of 3)

Tomorrow is my birthday. I haven't been nearly as preoccupied with it as I usually am, but I am going to take the time to compile the 30 songs for 30 years playlist that I shared song-by-song on Facebook when I turned 30. It's a pretty good playlist. I'm just going to share it exactly as I posted it on FB.  

30/30 Playlist #1 - Glory of Love by Bette Midler

Bette Midler - Glory of Love - From "Beaches" - Full Version

In honor of my looming 30th birthday, I've decided to compile a list of 30 songs that I've loved, related to or that just remind me of certain times in my life. I'll post one every day.

I don't know when my mom picked up a copy of the Beaches soundtrack but I was pretty young. When I got my little hands on it, I adored every single song on it. Here's one that gets to me every time I hear it.

"You've got to laugh a little, cry a little
Until the clouds roll by a little
That's the story of,
That's the glory of love"

30/30 Playlist #2 - Palisades Park by Freddie Cannon

It was hard to pick a song from "Fun Rock", the 4 album set that I rocked out to as a child. When I looked up the track list, there were a lot of contenders but this one made the cut. Why? I'm not sure. I guess because I remember it made me feel hopeful that there would be fun and adventure and love when I grew up.

I also remember Mom recording the records onto cassettes and how careful I had to be to not jump around and make the records skip. I seem to also remember that I was trying to memorize my times tables while that was happening.

(Here's a link to the album, if you're interested:

30/30 Playlist #3 - Sullivan Street by Counting Crows

I distinctly remember buying a copy of August and Everything After on cassette at the mall. I don't remember why I did (I guess I just loved Mr. Jones) but it was the first album to really burrow its way into my heart and stay there.

I thought this album was tragic and beautiful and perfect. It spoke to my soul. What can I say? I was an angsty 11 year old (back then I just thought I was "deep").

"I'm almost drowning in her sea
She's nearly crawling on her knees
It's almost everything I need."

Runners up: Anna Begins, Rain King

30/30 Playlist #4 - If I Wanted To by Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge was the first person that I knew was gay, understood what that meant, and thought "Who the F cares?" In the shadow of her lyrics and rich voice it seemed unimportant. Of course, Yes I Am dropped when I was 11, so I didn't really get the politics of all that. I was just drawn to the honest emotion on this album and wished that I could rock out like she did. I still do.

Runner up: Silent Legacy, which I liked when I bought the album but didn't appreciate until much later.

30/30 Playlist #5 All I Really Want by Alanis Morissette

Jagged Little Pill came out in 1995. I was 13 and I was angry and Alanis Morissette got it. She captured the loneliness, the feeling of not being good enough and I felt like if I could be like her, I could demand the attention that I needed and maybe not be happy but at least less isolated. But I couldn't be like her, so instead I just sang along to her CD at the top of my voice and drove my parents crazy, I'm sure.

"And all I really want is some patience
A way to calm the angry voice
And all I really want is deliverance"

Runners up: Perfect, Not the Doctor"

30/30 Playlist #6 When All the Stars Were Falling by Lisa Loeb

Oh how I wanted to sing like Lisa Loeb. And how adorable was she in the video for Stay? Those glasses!

I was attached to Tails (1995) as much as any other album but there's not much of a story behind it. I aspired to the kind of balance and I found in her songs, the pretty, peaceful sound of them, and love (see Sandalwood).

Runner up: Snow Day

"i could be restful, i could be someone's home,
if i fell down"

30/30 Playlist #7 - Love Song for a Savior by Jars of Clay

I got into Jars of Clay before I became fully immersed in the Baptist church and I still enjoy them to this day. They have a couple of good songs on their self-titled album (1995) that I thought about posting but I think this one embodies the early Christian era of my life the best.

Runners up: Art in Me, Boy on a String

30/30 Playlist #8 - Lumina by Joan Osborne

Not a lot to comment on with this song. I just love(d) it.

"Here is the place, now is the time
Let's invent the kiss"

Runners up: Spiderwebs, St Theresa

30/30 Playlist #9 - Lost in the Supermarket by the Clash

I've been listening to the Clash off and on for my entire life and I can pick different songs of that remind me of different stages of my life. Since my playlist timeline is still roughly in high school, Lost in the Supermarket it is. The other option was Bankrobber.

"I came in here for a special offer - guaranteed personality."

30/30 Playlist #10 - It's Too Late by Carole King

This song reminds me of a few times in my life. High school, when I just loved Carole King and before I realized I didn't have the ambition or talent to be a successful singer-songwriter. It reminds me of karaoke. It reminds me of breakups. It's perhaps not my favorite song from Tapestry but it is the song that has stuck by me most through the years.

Runners up: So Far Away, Tapestry

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