1986: cydi lauper. i remember playing her cassette tape over and over in my childhood living room while my brother complained.
1986 - 1989: new kids on the block & dirty dancing soundtrack. new kids is a no brainer, right? wasn't everybody listening to them at this time? now, dirty dancing... my cousin and i took this to an entirely different level. we danced, sang and performed to this soundtrack every minute of every day. it was seriously out of control. if i was our parents, i would have 'accidentally' broke the tape.
1989 - 1991: the cure. i think we can all agree that my musical taste approved drastically during these years.
1992 - 1993: "red, red wine" & "brown eyed girl". these two songs were played at every junior high pool party that existed. we would all sing along, flashing our colored-band braces when we smiled. i can literally smell coppertone sun tan oil when i hear them.
1994: counting crows. the summer before high school will forever go down as the best summer of my life.
1995: "the dance" by garth brooks. this was the theme song of my first love and first devastating break-up. i would play it on repeat and just lie in my bedroom and cry for hours.
1996 - 1997: natalie merchant, 10,000 maniacs, rusted root & dmb. these artists made up my mixed cd's as i drove around in my red little mario-cart of a car conquering the world of a teenage girl.
1998: phish. senior year i surrounded myself with amazing, inspiring people that liked to smoke a lot of pot and go to concerts. this is what i did and i loved every minute of it. i put on my hippy skirt and danced on a lot of hills with a lot of fun-loving people.
1998 - 2000: phish, phish and more phish, with a splash of bare naked ladies. i can remember sitting in my best friends dorm room, freshman year of college, thinking how life, really, couldn't get any better.
2000 - 2002: "run" by george strait. another heart-breaking break-up. apparently, when i'm sad, i like to listen to even sadder country music.
2002 - 2004: norah jones & madeleine pereux. these two lovely ladies got me through very late nights of working towards my masters. i would sit for hours in our city sunroom... in front of my computer, drinking coffee and smoking cigs while creating and learning.
2004 - 2006: coldplay. i still to this day, feel that x&y could be the very best cd of all time. there was a very special person around this time that taught me to enjoy the present and not fret about the future. i am so grateful for that friend.
2006 - 2008: ryan adams. a true mess of a man with a lovely voice that transports me to the time of equal sadness & happiness as my son was born and i navigated life as a single mother.
2008 - 2009: ingrid michaelson & regina spektor. i will forever by the lileth fair type of girl.
2009 - 2013: too close to tell... i'll let you know if in few years.