18 August 2010

River of Dreams

Long, long ago LiLu was in a competition of sorts, and had to write about the 3 musical moments that have impacted her life the most. After reading her post, I started thinking ... and it took me all of 15 seconds or so to compile my list.

  • Billy Joel; River of Dreams tape; Sony Walkman; my dad's fishing boat. My dad used to take me fishing with him when I was a kid. The problem was we would have to leave really early in the morning, and I would get bored after about 5 minutes of not catching anything. Thus, us fishing usually consisted of my dad actually fishing, and me curled up on the bow of the boat for a mid-morning nap. One of my favorite childhood memories is doing just this, laying in the warm summer sun, listening to Billy Joel's River of Dreams on my Sony Walkman. What 9 year-old loves Billy Joel? ... this kid.

  • Wallflowers; Counting Crows; VA Beach Amphitheater; my first real concert ... with my parents. When I was in middle school, my parents took my sister and me to see the Wallflowers & Counting Crows concert at the VA Beach Amphitheater. It was a crisp night, I was in love with Jakob Dylan, my sister ended up falling asleep at some point, I wasn't mortified that I was with my parents, Adam Duritz dropped the f- bomb more than once ... excellent first concert.

  • First cd player; Alanis Morissette; Presidents of the United States of America. In the 7th grade, I saved up money for what seemed like forever in order to purchase my first cd player. I settled on a Magnavox boombox from Circuit City, that was on sale (... this may have been the beginning of my frugal ways as well.) As an added bonus, my mom let me pick out 2 cd's. Thus, my first 2 cd's were Jagged Little Pill and Presidents of the United States of America ... great choices, I know.

  • Honorable Mention: Last year, when I sailed from Virginia down to Miami, FL with the EYE boys, we had a set shift schedule. For whatever reason (anchored, or in port), it just worked out that I never had a watch shift for the morning sunrise (5.00am - 8.00am). That is, until we were off the coast of Florida. I was excited to say the least. Shortly after I was on watch, I realized there was an endless wall of clouds on the horizon. There was no morning sun peaking over the horizon. I got to see the night slowly fade to an overcast morning ... and it happened while Rusted Root's 'Send Me On My Way' blasted through my iPod. Spectacular? -Not really. Memorable? -Definitely.


  1. My first pop music tape was Presidents of the United States of America. I thought that was funny when you mentioned it. It had some good songs though like "Lump" and "Peaches".

  2. yeah, it's funny that that is the only album they ever put out (I think?) ... but most people will admit to still recognizing Lump and Peaches

  3. Clearly we grew up together. Jagged Little Pill and PUSA were two of my 1st CDs as well.