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I often fantasize about finding a woman who would find my iPod and fall in love with my music– finding that we shared a lot of the same tastes, discovering new favorites, talking about my experiences around the songs …and hopefully providing me with new tracks I can add to the mix and wrap new memories around.

I thought it might be fun to sample the eras here, music that made deep enough marks as to find a home on my iPod…  You can find Part 1 “The Early Years” here and Part 2 “The Awakening” and “First Love” here


After my first love & I broke up I dated E., a wonderful gal who was much more plugged into the modern music scene, what was called at the time “college rock” or “modern rock” but soon got labelled “alternative.”  She turned me on to a few bands that knocked my socks off, and since Richmond radio sucked and didn’t play this music I started combing through Spin and other magazines trying to find more.  And boy did I find more!

Throwing Muses, Dizzy

E. turned me on to two of my all-time favorite bands, The Pixies and Throwing Muses.  The Pixies just had this hard-edged driving primal energy that was perfect to drive to, ride to, work out to.  Throwing Muses was a different animal… I loved to put on my headphones and let the hypnotic music wash over me while I listened to the odd lyrics and the contrasting vocal styles of Kristin Hersh and Tonya Donnelly.  Tonya’s angelic lilt was so mesmerizing that when she left the Muses and formed Belly I jumped ship, but while she was with the Muses my heart was faithful.  Hunkpapa was the first Muses album I bought, and Dizzy was my favorite single.

Sonic Youth, Teen Age Riot

I’d heard of Sonic Youth before, but the descriptions I’d heard of their music gave me the impression that they were more concerned with feedback and noise rather than melody.  I’ve always been a fan of good pop music at heart, so I didn’t think Sonic Youth would be up my alley.  Then I read the review of their album Daydream Nation in either Spin or Rolling Stone, described as epic, a masterpiece…  I decided to take a leap and purchase the double album, and I was not disappointed.  When I got my iPod, I made sure to download a couple songs from Daydream Nation onto it, including this opening track.

Cowboy Junkies, Sun Comes Up, It’s Tuesday Morning

My musical tastes cover a wide swath of genres, but one that I’ve never gotten into has been country music (with just a very few exceptions) which is why I nearly missed out on Cowboy Junkies.  The band name alone had me making assumptions on what sort of music they made, but I kept running across reviews in the magazines I read giving them praise.  One day I was hanging out with my dad and his second wife, and we stopped by a friend of theirs’ house for a brief visit.  Since there was no one my age there, I ended up wandering over to the guy’s CD collection and ran across The Caution Horses — now if that’s not a country music title what is?  Still, I was curious because of the reviews, and heck– I had the album right here to sample, so I asked if I could listen to it.  I quickly found myself mesmerized by this opening track, smitten by Margo Timmons’ deep voice and lyrics conveying loss, longing and yet triumph at the same time.  Yes, the accompanying music could probably best be described as country, and yet somehow when paired with Margo and the lyrics of the songs it became something different, something utterly irresistible.

Blake Babies, Out There

When I first read about Blake Babies I knew instantly I’d love them and bought Sunburn without even listening to it.  I instantly fell in love with Juliana Hatfield’s sweet, little-girl voice singing biting and tough lyrics, all encased in the band’s melodic rock and roll music.  Out There is one of my favorites off the album, and the chorus still gives me goosebumps.

There’s nothing to do, it’s so hard to talk to you
And people never do what they want to.
I don’t know what and I don’t know where
But I know it’s out there.
I must be out there somewhere.

Smashing Pumpkins, I Am One

When I graduated from college I couldn’t find full-time employment so I worked three part-time jobs to make ends meet.  One of them was a food delivery driver, and when the tape deck in my car broke I was a very, very sad panda (see above statement about how awful Richmond radio was).  However, while scanning the dial late one Sunday night I ran across a program on the classic rock station dedicated to Modern Rock– a cool, crisp glass of water in the middle of a programming desert.  I remembering hearing I Am One by the Smashing Pumpkins and being totally engrossed by the sound.  Years later as I was putting songs on my iPod, I looked to Gish rather than the over-exposed, over-played songs from Siamese Dream for my Smashing Pumpkins fix.

Deee-Lite, Groove is in the Heart

When my younger sister went to college about two hours away, I used to go visit her on the weekends as often as I could.  She had a great group of friends who loved to get together and party, or go out dancing.  The group included quite a few gals who I had mad crushes on, and I’d fortify myself with plenty of liquid courage and hit the dance floor with these lovely ladies.  Groove is in the Heart was one of many great dance tunes that carry me back to those fun times.

Primus, Tommy the Cat

One night one of my sister’s friends/mad-crushes & I were drinking and ended up alone in a dorm room.  She wanted me to teach her the lyrics to this song by Primus.  Considering the chorus line included the words “say baby, do you wanna lay down by me?” I was more than happy to teach her the words.  I wish I’d had the nerve to try to make a move on her but if I remember correctly she had a boyfriend at the time.  I should’ve tried anyway, no?  Nonetheless, listening to this song always brings a smile to my face.

The Stone Roses, I Wanna Be Adored

I remember getting the Stone Roses’ debut album and really liking it a lot, but it wasn’t until I put it on while really, really stoned that I fell head over heels for their sounds.  It made me realize why the 60s psychedelic music was so popular, something about that swirling, rhythmic music just resonates when your brain is heavily buzzing.

Lush, For Love

This band was so aptly named, and the single For Love could certainly be well-described as lush.  Miki Berenyi’s voice was pure sex to me.  When I went to the 2nd Lollapalooza tour the main draw were Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, but I was personally very happy to get to see Lush as well, and Miki was just as sexy in the flesh.  Sigh.

Screaming Trees, Make My Mind

I first became aware of Screaming Trees when their single Nearly Lost You was featured on the awesome soundtrack for the movie Singles.  I really liked the song, but not so much that I really invested in hearing more from the band.  Then I started reading about their new album Dust and it was being given rave reviews.  I decided to go ahead and buy it and wow– it was incredible.  I rate it as one of my all-time favorite albums, and was really sad that it was the last the band recorded together.  Quite the swan song.  A year after the album came out, I remember listening to it coming home from going to see the movie Titanic, and something about the emotional aftermath of the movie plus the music and lyrics of Make My Mind had tears pouring down my face.

Beau Jocque & the Zydeco Hi-Rollers, Beau Jocque Boogie

I first became aware of Ellen Barkin in the movie Sea of Love (with Al Pacino), and was totally blown away by her incredible sexiness, so I began watching some of her earlier movies.  I ran across one set in New Orleans called The Big Easy, and for kicks decided to buy some Cajun food — which I’d never had before — to cook up and eat for dinner while watching the movie on the VCR.

As I ate the spicy food and was marvelling at the fantastic flavors (even from the store-bought box version of the food), I started the movie– the opening is an aerial shot of the New Orleans bayou as the zydeco band Beausoleil plays “Zydeco Gris Gris.”  I was totally blown away by the unique sound of zydeco and its high energy.  Something about the food and the music just latched into my heart.  Over the next couple years I found local and nearby Cajun festivals to go to, where I could eat real, freshly prepared Cajun food and listen to wonderful zydeco along with all sorts of other great New Orleans music.

Some of the best zydeco I ever heard I ran across while perusing the slender Zydeco section at Tower Records.  The album was called “Git it Beau Jocque!” and it was a live album by Beau Jocque and the Zydeco Hi-Rollers.  With an album and band name like that, how could it not be some of the greatest zydeco music of all time?  I’m pleased that I got to see them perform at the Bayou Boogaloo in Norfolk a year or two before Beau Jocque’s untimely death.

Check back soon for Part 4 — the last part I promise!  Bringing us to the more current songs that have found a home in my heart and my iPod…

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