From: Pittsburgh, PA
This stems from a conversation I was having with my best friend the other day. If you could only listen to 5 albums for the rest of your life, with one being from the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, and 00's, what would they be and why? And if you could only pick one of these to be your only album, which one would it be?
60's Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles.
This was my defining Beatles album. Probably my favourite one since it was my mother's favourite. And it's one of those albums that has great individual songs, but really works well as a total album from beginning to end to evoke a mood and a journey.
Abbey Road and the white album come in close seconds.
70's Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd
Again, this is a really perfect album from beginning to end, evocative of a mood and a journey. Simply great to paint to. Plus, it really brings back college nostalgia.
Runner up would be Abba Gold for completely different vibes, but for the same reasons as above. Except for the painting part. Makes me wanna dance instead!
80's The Joshua Tree by U2
There's no question that U2 has been and will most likely continue to be my favourite band. And if I could only listen to one U2 album for the rest of my life, this would be it. There's so much depth to the layers of music here. Dissecting the harmonies. The way the notes are put together. Again, perfect as an album in totality. This is beyond a doubt the ultimate roadtrip album, and it's been in continuous circulation in my car since 87.
My runner up would be Synchronicity by the Police for most of the same reasons noted above
90's Under the Pink by Tori Amos
I know a lot of my friends who are early Tori fans prefer Little Earthquakes, but this is for me Tori's defining album. Again, perfect from beginning to end as a solid listening experience. Great to paint to. And I find new things within it every time.
Sarah McLachlan's Fumbling Towards Ecstacy is a close second for this decade.
00's Ágætis Byrjun by Sigur Ros
Most of my work that I've painted within the past 2-3 years was painted to this album. Particularly my cello work. This album, like my other choices, is solid solid solid from beginning to end. Wonderfully ambient. And always gets me in the mood to create. Definitely an essential art supply for me.
And if I could pick only one? The Joshua Tree, because frankly, in close to 20 years, I haven't gotten tired of it yet! Plus, Abbey likes trying to woowooo along with Bono, which makes it even cooler now.
So--I've come clean. What are your essentials?
Get out of the vacuum and express yourself!