What I Love About Music: An Education


From a very young age, music has been in my life. I remember when I was about six, I got a little record player and two record singles, Wham, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, and  Stevie Wonder, I Just Called to Say I Love You. And so it began.

All through Elementary School I tuned in to KEARTH 101 and got my education on the Golden Oldies. I listened to Glenn Miller with my Grandma as she told me stories of her winning jitterbug competitions while she demonstrated her moves.

In Junior High, I’m not ashamed to say, I listened to Vanilla Ice, but I also listened to En Vouge, Mariah Carey, Digital Underground, Prince, and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

By High School I was interested in what everyone else was interested in. My friends and I were listening to The Specials, Sonic Youth, The Beastie Boys, The Smiths, The Cure… on and on. But the two albums I remember most were Radiohead, Ok Computer, and Smashing Pumpkins,  Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness. 

I would put on my headphones, stare out of my window, and daydream. The music would paint stories in my mind,  almost like being in a different place.

To this day music has that ability to transport me. To put me in a better mood, or let me really think about something. To remind me of the past or push me toward the future.

I guess that’s why I love finding new music. I feel like songs have the unique ability to capture time in a little bottle. When you hit play the bottle is opened and all the memories come back. The way I see it, each song is a bottle. Why not  collect as many as you can?

So, in honor of my musical upbringing, here is a time capsule playlist. Enjoy 🙂

Wham, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.

Stevie Wonder, I Just Called to Say I Love You.

Glenn Miller, In the Mood.

The Beach Boys, Wouldn’t It Be Nice

En Vogue, My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It).

Stevie Ray Vaughn, Life By the Drop.

 Digital Underground, Kiss You Back

The Specials, Ghost Town

Sonic Youth, Androgynous Mind

Beastie Boys, Sure Shot

The Smiths, This Charming Man

The Cure, Mint Car

Radiohead, Let Down

The Smashing Pumpkins, Galapagos