K and I were driving to and from Chicago a couple of days ago, listening to music, and singing and dancing in the car. Yes, we do this, and often. It makes us laugh. We have a lot of fun together. While all of that was going on I noticed certain songs, which made me think of certain albums, that always seem to be my go-tos. I make a lot of playlists, always have. Before digital I was burning CDs, before CDs I was making cassette tapes. Music is a passion of mine and so when I find a great album, one that provides more than just one or two songs I enjoy, I tend to go back to it over and over, mining the good stuff for whatever new playlist I’m working on.
During the drive I started making a list in my head of albums that, in my mind, are complete. Meaning an album that’s worth a listen from beginning to end, the majority of the songs enjoyable. To me this is actually a rare thing. One of the reasons I make playlists is because it’s rare to find an album I want to listen to from beginning to end. Those albums have to have a variety of sound, the songs have to blend well together, and most of the songs on the album have to be good.
So I started listing some albums in my head and thought it would make an interesting experiment, here on the blog, to see how many I could come up with, and what those would be. I would imagine the list will change, as I remember more and add them, but for now, today, these are the albums I’ve come up with. Albums that are worth a listen. And yes, of course, this is subjective. And yes, of course, there are a few duds on some of these albums. But, overall, I like them very much. Feel free to list any others you enjoy in the comments section, and don’t judge my list. It’s mine.
Here we go….
Crosby, Stills, and Nash – Daylight Again
Dishwalla – Opaline
Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
Michael Tolcher – I Am
Maroon 5 – Songs About Jane
Indigo Girls – Swamp Ophelia
Karla Bonoff – Restless Nights
Melissa Etheridge – Lucky
Eagles – Hotel California
James Taylor – Greatest Hits 1976
Steve Miller Band -Greatest Hits 1974-1978
REO Speedwagon – hi Infidelity
Boston – Don’t Look Back
Sarah McLachlan – Fumbling Toward Ecstacy
Dan Fogelberg – Age of Innocence
Billy Joel – Songs in the Attic
Jon McLaughlin – Indiana
Adele – 21
Jim Croce – You Don’t Mess Around With Jim
Van Morrison – Moondance
James Morrison – Songs for You, Truths for Me
Bob Seger – Nine Tonight
Three Dog Night – The Best of Three Dog Night
Survivor – Vital Signs
Rob Thomas – …Something to Be
Andrea Bocelli – Romanza
Moulin Rouge – Soundtrack
Eurythmics – Touch
Genesis – Genesis
M, my friend, I love to you. I know your heart is breaking as you get ready to start your journey. This trip, in one sense, signifies an ending, but I know in my heart it will also end up being a celebration of a life well lived.
I believe the people we love never truly leave us. She lives in your heart, she lives inside of you. Her spirit is with you…
She’s there in the sound of footsteps and the rain falling on roofs and the feel of the wind on your cheek. In the rushing of the waves and the ceaseless movement of the tides. In small kisses and the purring of a furry friend and when you are wrapped up in a warm hug. In the emotions brought on by the pages of a good book and in the beats of great songs. In hope and joy and laughter and in the sunlight through the trees. Inside deep conversations and thoughts of love. During moments of celebration and sadness. In the quiet space on either side of a breath. In the flapping of birds wings overhead and in the lightly falling snow. In the moonlight, the moving of the planets, the rushing of the blood inside of you. She resides there. In all those moments. In so many moments. Strong, eternal, full of grace, and overflowing with love.
Love surrounds you my friend, as it surrounded and surrounds your Mom as she steps to the next place on this amazing cosmic adventure.