There's a new application on Facebook called Living Social. It allows you to pick your top 5 choices in any given category; like favorite TV shows, best movies, top books, etc. One of the categories that intrigued me was, "5 albums that shaped me."
I thought back to my earlier days of listening to the 12", 33 1/3 rpm vinyl albums (oh, those were the days!). Don and I had quite the collection and I have very fond memories of the days when you had to take out the disc from it's sleeve, dust it off, set it on the turntable, and carefully place the needle to the vinyl. [mentioned for history sake] Boy, has music changed over the years.
I also found myself reflecting on the music itself. And then I thought about the name of this category in which I was supposed to pick only five albums; albums that shaped me. I don't think any albums really shaped who I am, or even who I was in those earlier years. I think I listened to the music I did (and still do) because of who I already was.
That brought my thought process to 'can music shape a person?' I thought back into my childhood to an even earlier time. I can remember some of the music my parents listened to, mostly when we took car trips. I remember listening to specific music at my grandparent's house. I remember the old hymns I grew up with. I even remember children's songs that I listened to when I was quite young.
I'm not sure I can say that music shaped me, but it most likely had an influence on my music preference in later years. If nothing else, it gave me an appreciation for music - for melody, for lyrics, for song.
So, when I picked out the 5 albums that shaped me, I really picked albums that meant a lot to me during that time. I ended up making two top 5 lists because I couldn't just pick 5. I could have picked even more than 10, but I stopped myself. Here are the 10 I picked.
Aqualung/Jethro Tull, Led Zepplin 4, The Wall/Pink Floyd, Tea for the Tillerman/Cat Stevens, Barbra Streisand (I listened to anything by her)
Breakfast in America/SuperTramp, Hotel California/Eagles, Thriller/Michael Jackson, The Best of Bread/Bread, Bridge Over Troubled Waters/Simon and Garfunkel
What would be your top 5 albums - not that shaped you, but held a special place in your collection, and in your heart?