I always enjoy reading simple question and answer pages in my weekly magazines because I like to like answer the questions myself! I like questions that make me think about music and songs during certain periods of my life.
The first album I bought with my own money.
“Out of the Blue” by Debbie Gibson. I listened to every song on that album probably a hundred times. Even though I didn’t pay attention to the “rivalry” between her and Tiffani (“I think we’re alone now”), my first purchase cemented on Team Debbie forever. Plus, I admired her for writing her songs.
The first song I was obsessed with.
“She’s in the Love with the Boy” by Trisha Yearwood. The song made me fall in love with Trisha and introduced me to country music. I still have all of her albums, and I still love the song.
My first concert.
Nelson — I’m 90% sure Nelson was my first concert.
The song that can make me cry.
“The Rose” by Bette Midler.
The song I can’t listen to anymore because I played it over and over and over.
“The Freshmen” by Verve Pipe. I loved the song so much I put it on a ton of mixed tapes. My college best friend and I took a road trip to Arizona to see the Grand Canyon, and I’m pretty sure we listened to every single song on every mixed tape I made at least a dozen times. By the end of the trip, “The Freshmen” was completely ruined for us, but at least the song brings back fond memories of the Arizona road trip.
The song I can listen to over and over and over.
“Hold On” by Sarah McLachlan. I was first introduced to the first version — more uptempo — and I remember playing it loudly and dancing to it in my bedroom. For the longest time, I mistook the background vocals as my mom yelling, “Jenny! Jenny!” and I would stop the music to find out what my mom wanted, which was nothing because she wasn’t yelling my name.
During the height of Sarah’s popularity, I worked as an copy editor at a daily newspaper and ton of high school seniors listed her as their favorite singer. What irked me was 90% of the seniors completely misspelled her last name, and I always corrected the error (well, that was my job). True Sarah fans should know how to spell her last name correctly.
The music I love that might surprise people.
Broadway musicals. I absolutely love “The Sound of Music” soundtrack, and I have a very hard time watching the movie without singing along. I was obsessed with the “Rent” soundtrack for a couple years, and to this day, “Another Day” and “Finale B” are my favorites. Listening to “Turn It Off” from “The Book of Mormon” makes me smile and happy.
My love song.
My husband and I consider “A Kiss to Build a Dream on” by Louis Armstrong to be our song. But before I met my amazing husband, I figured I could convince my future husband that “Come What May” from the Moulin Rouge movie would be “our” song. Charlie gave that idea a huge thumbs down.
The songs I want played at my funeral.
“Down by the River to Pray” by Alison Krauss, “Nothing More” by Alternate Routes and “Ends of the Earth” by Lord Huron.