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05-10-2004, 09:38 PM
this kinda goes along with the song of the day post... but this is more of an album type... if this has already been done before, im new so please forgive me :)

OK the Most Inspirational/Life Altering is _______ and why?

Boy Sets Fire - After the Eulogy

This is the CD that lead me toward an activist lifestyle. It opened my eyes to politics and corruption in politics. and it eventually led my way to veganism because of the activist lifestyle.

The music is amazing. Some hardcore, some melododic, each takes you on a journey of life, power, and struggle.


05-11-2004, 12:59 AM
I have several, and I won't bore anyone getting into the why of each, since there are a few :)

in no particular order...or clearly its the order of my recollection

The Doors - The Doors
The Beatles - Sgt. Peppers and Abbey Road
Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
Nirvana - In Utero
Bob Marley and The Wailers - Kaya
Stevie Ray Vaughn - Texas Flood
Jimi Hendrix - Are you Experienced (have you ever been...)
Lois Armstrong - various

Ok I better stop :D The gist of these is that they are all powerful, beautiful, moving, englightening and original. They all gave me different perspectives and powers to draw upon.

05-15-2004, 02:58 PM
Ani Difranco's first and self titled album. And even a couple after that but the first was the strongest. Just a woman and her guitar singing about love, pain and politics. The song though that touched me most is Self Evident off of her live album So much shouting, so much laughter and goes as follows(please read this or find it and listnen. It is worth it:

self evident
(inspired by the WTC disaster)

us people are just poems
we're 90% metaphor
with a leanness of meaning
approaching hyper-distillation
and once upon a time
we were moonshine
rushing down the throat of a giraffe
yes, rushing down the long hallway
despite what the p.a. announcement says
yes, rushing
down the long hall
down the stairs
in a building so tall
that it will always be there
yes, it's part of a pair
there on the bow of noah's ark
the most prestigious couple
just kickin back parked
against a perfectly blue sky
on a morning beatific
in its indian summer breeze
on the day that america
fell to its knees
after strutting around for a century
without saying thank you
or please

and the shock was subsonic
and the smoke was deafening
between the setup and the punch line
cuz we were all on time for work that day
we all boarded that plane for to fly
and then while the fires were raging
we all climbed up on the windowsill
and then we all held hands
and jumped into the sky

and every borough looked up when it heard the first blast
and then every dumb action movie was summarily surpassed
and the exodus uptown by foot and motorcar
looked more like war than anything i've seen so far
so far
so far
so fierce and ingenious
a poetic specter so far gone
that every jackass newscaster was struck dumb and stumbling
over 'oh my god' and 'this is unbelievable' and on and on
and i'll tell you what, while we're at it
you can keep the pentagon
keep the propaganda
keep each and every tv
that's been trying to convince me
to participate
in some prep school punk's plan to perpetuate retribution
perpetuate retribution
even as the blue toxic smoke of our lesson in retribution
is still hanging in the air
and there's ash on our shoes
and there's ash in our hair
and there's a fine silt on every mantle
from hell's kitchen to brooklyn
and the streets are full of stories
sudden twists and near misses
and soon every open bar is crammed to the rafters
with tales of narrowly averted disasters
and the whiskey is flowin
like never before
as all over the country
folks just shake their heads
and pour

so here's a toast to all the folks who live in palestine

el salvador

here's a toast to the folks living on the pine ridge reservation
under the stone cold gaze of mt. rushmore

here's a toast to all those nurses and doctors
who daily provide women with a choice
who stand down a threat the size of oklahoma city
just to listen to a young woman's voice

here's a toast to all the folks on death row right now
awaiting the executioner's guillotine
who are shackled there with dread and can only escape into their heads
to find peace in the form of a dream

cuz take away our playstations
and we are a third world nation
under the thumb of some blue blood royal son
who stole the oval office and that phony election
i mean
it don't take a weatherman
to look around and see the weather
jeb said he'd deliver florida, folks
and boy did he ever

and we hold these truths to be self evident:
#1 george w. bush is not president
#2 america is not a true democracy
#3 the media is not fooling me
cuz i am a poem heeding hyper-distillation
i've got no room for a lie so verbose
i'm looking out over my whole human family
and i'm raising my glass in a toast

here's to our last drink of fossil fuels
let us vow to get off of this sauce
shoo away the swarms of commuter planes
and find that train ticket we lost
cuz once upon a time the line followed the river
and peeked into all the backyards
and the laundry was waving
the graffiti was teasing us
from brick walls and bridges
we were rolling over ridges
through valleys
under stars
i dream of touring like duke ellington
in my own railroad car
i dream of waiting on the tall blonde wooden benches
in a grand station aglow with grace
and then standing out on the platform
and feeling the air on my face

give back the night its distant whistle
give the darkness back its soul
give the big oil companies the finger finally
and relearn how to rock-n-roll
yes, the lessons are all around us and a change is waiting there
so it's time to pick through the rubble, clean the streets
and clear the air
get our government to pull its big dick out of the sand
of someone else's desert
put it back in its pants
and quit the hypocritical chants of
freedom forever

cuz when one lone phone rang
in two thousand and one
at ten after nine
on nine one one
which is the number we all called
when that lone phone rang right off the wall
right off our desk and down the long hall
down the long stairs
in a building so tall
that the whole world turned
just to watch it fall

and while we're at it
remember the first time around?
the bomb?
the ryder truck?
the parking garage?
the princess that didn't even feel the pea?
remember joking around in our apartment on avenue D?

can you imagine how many paper coffee cups would have to change their design
following a fantastical reversal of the new york skyline?!

it was a joke, of course
it was a joke
at the time
and that was just a few years ago
so let the record show
that the FBI was all over that case
that the plot was obvious and in everybody's face
and scoping that scene
the CIA
or is it KGB?
committing countless crimes against humanity
with this kind of eventuality
as its excuse
for abuse after expensive abuse
and it didn't have a clue
look, another window to see through
way up here
on the 104th floor
another key
another door
10% literal
90% metaphor
3000 some poems disguised as people
on an almost too perfect day
should be more than pawns
in some asshole's passion play
so now it's your job
and it's my job
to make it that way
to make sure they didn't die in vain
baby listen
hear the train?

05-15-2004, 03:17 PM
that is actually pretty good lyrics, is the music well also?

05-15-2004, 03:23 PM
I caught her show last year up here near Chico in a town called Paradise. It was her solo acoustical tour thang. Made a fan out of me. She performed that song last, very moving.

05-15-2004, 03:42 PM
The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon, both by Pink Floyd. I can't really explain why. Not sure I'd like to, either. ;) Sorry.

05-16-2004, 07:07 AM
Originally posted by PeriledSoul
that is actually pretty good lyrics, is the music well also?

The music is very powerful when you get to it. It starts out as a kind of spoken word poem that after a bit gets into a slow bluesy beat. It is breathtaking to hear it and to this day will still make me teary. You may be able to download an mp3 or something.

05-24-2004, 02:00 PM
Originally posted by PeriledSoul
Boy Sets Fire - After the Eulogy

This is the CD that lead me toward an activist lifestyle. It opened my eyes to politics and corruption in politics. and it eventually led my way to veganism because of the activist lifestyle.

The music is amazing. Some hardcore, some melododic, each takes you on a journey of life, power, and struggle.


Boy Sets Fire is a favorite of mine as well. Had a chance to see them here with Snapcase but missed out. Was probably a great show. They're not vegan but you might like the band Kudzu Wish.

05-24-2004, 03:54 PM
i have a couple..is guess from different times in my life...

bob dylan - john wesley harding
the smiths- strangeways, here we come
the levellers - levellers
nirvana - unpluged in new york
belle & sebastian - tiger milk
ani difranco - ani difranco

i guess they all spoke to me...and unlike morrissey, they said something to me about my life...

and my latest inspiration album is...

Morrissey - you are the quarry
i have listened to nothing else all week :)

05-24-2004, 05:07 PM
top 4 (no particular order):

This Business of Art--Tegan and Sara (I love more for me most, but I love every song on this CD)

If It Was You--Tegan and Sara ( I love this CD too...I find their music empowering..maybe its the power chords or the lyrics..I'm just always in the mood for their music)

Liberation--Peta (I really liked this mix, there may be one or two songs I'm not a fan of, but the rest is awesome..and proceeds went to Peta, can't go wrong)

Beautiful Midnight--Matthew Good Band (too bad they broke up, it was a really great CD...lots of variety and insight)

Can you tell I'm a big Tegan and Sara fan?:)

Husky Corn Star
05-26-2004, 05:11 AM
too many too mention I think - depends on what i'm going thru at the time,

Husky Corn Star
06-13-2004, 05:01 AM
I think - 'Hedwig & The Angry Inch'

06-13-2004, 08:38 AM
The Smiths- Meat is Murder....only for that song of course, the last track on the album, I cried to this before, it's really melancholy.

Goldfinger- Free Me..I first heard this when I was watching that Peta video on it, and it was really moving! Needless to say, I cried during this song too.

ok besides, those obviously inspirational songs. I LOVE The Cure. So...
The Cure- Disintegration

06-16-2004, 07:05 PM
Dusty Springfield - "Dusty In Memphis" - for too many reasons. Dusty is one of my absolute all-time favorites and has been since I was in grammar school. She was one of the first artists (her and Chrissy Hynde) who inspired my musical pursuits.

Yeah, I had very unusual taste in music for a 4th grader.

09-13-2004, 11:35 PM
I couldn't name a particular album, but I shall pay homage to the musicians that have had major impacts upon my life.

Victor Krummenacher, solo, of Monks of Doom, of Camper van Beethoven
Matt Wilson, solo, of Trip Shakespeare, of The Flops,
John Kimbrough, solo, of Walt Mink
Frank Black, solo, of Pixies

Victor Krummenacher is the raddest of them all. I met him after a Camper van Beethoven show in Minneapolis. He was the only band member to come out and sign autographs after the show (nobody cares about the bass player so I got to bend his ear for quite some time). I had just purchased his latest solo cd and had him autograph it and spoke with him for a bit. Almost a year later, the Monks of Doom announced a reunion tour (he plays bass and sings in the MOD). I flew out to LA for the first two shows (there were less than ten people at the first show and maybe a dozen at the second - awesome for me, bad for the MOD, although the San Francisco shows sold out). The first night, I saw Victor and walked up to him and said, "Hey, I'm Jason". Before I could give him the speech I had practiced in my head about what he meant to me, he said, "Yeah, from Minneapolis, right?" He remembered me, some random fan from some random night almost a year previous. He'll always be my superhero.

Tracy G
09-14-2004, 12:09 AM
When I was ten, my father created a slide show about our family. Each of us had a song to accompany our photos. For me, he chose "Songbirds" from Fleetwood Mac's Rumours.

For you, there'll be no more crying
For you, the sun will be shining
And I feel that when I'm with you
It's alright, I know it's right

To you, I'll give the world
To you, I'll never be cold
'Cause I feel that when I'm with you
It's alright, I know it's right

And the songbirds are singing,
Like they know the score
And I love you, I love you, I love you
Like never before

And I wish you all the love in the world
But most of all, I wish it from myself

And the songbirds are singing
Like they know the score
And I love you, I love you, I love you
Like never before, like never before

My father died in 1995. But I sometimes remember this song, and it brings me comfort.

09-14-2004, 10:53 AM
Tracy, your story brought me to tears. What a wonderful man your father must have been. I have the Rumours album and never thought of that song as having to do with anything other than romantic love, but now I see how perfect the lyrics are for a father to let his daughter know what his hopes for her are and how much he loves her.

Thanks for sharing.

09-14-2004, 10:21 PM
I don't know if it's necessarily life altering, but My Bloody Valentine - Loveless is pretty high on the list. :thumbsup:

09-15-2004, 12:43 AM
I don't know if it's necessarily life altering, but My Bloody Valentine - Loveless is pretty high on the list.
Oh, I loved that album in high school!, with all the fuzzy guitars. Thanks for reminding me. I might have to go dig that out now!

09-15-2004, 07:56 PM
Oh, I loved that album in high school!, with all the fuzzy guitars. Thanks for reminding me. I might have to go dig that out now!
High school? Ok, now I'm feeling old. :p I remember being pretty influenced by them in college...actually saw them live in Athens, GA with Dinosaur Jr. (another old fave)...thought my eardrums were going to perforate during that show! It was loud, but awesome! Cool to meet another fan! :thumbsup:

09-16-2004, 01:50 PM
Tracy I too was moved to tears. Yes, I am a very emotional person but I also have a very close relationship to my papa. I wanted to let you know, that is one of my favorite songs. I have a version of it by Eva Cassidy that wrenches my heart.

09-16-2004, 01:54 PM
A lot of the albums by Ani Difranco have inspired me in my life. Her strength, perserverance(sp?) her raw honesty. She can insite me to activism or bring me to tears.

Tracy G
09-16-2004, 04:34 PM
Thanks for your kind words, kimmysoo and catlike. I'm not an extremely emotional person myself. And yet... I so far haven't been able to purchase my own copy of Rumours. I've thought about it many times, but it's just too... weighty. I do agree the Eva Cassidy version is heartachingly lovely.

For me, one of the most difficult aspects of my father's suicide was that it happened two months before my wedding. So he didn't get a chance to walk me down the aisle, which is something he had said he wanted to do, and I believe that the part of him which was struggling to live really did want that. (Today's my wedding anniversary, BTW... my hubby and I are celebrating nine years of marriage.) Dad was indeed an amazing man--witty, charismatic, and a brilliant teacher. But also a complex and troubled character.

09-16-2004, 09:53 PM
Tracy, I'm so sorry to hear about your father. His death must have been an amazingly tough and complex situation for you and your family to deal with. My heart goes out to you.

Hope you and your husband had a wonderful day together... :love: