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Ten Albums

So this meme has been going around Facebook, so I thought it would make a good post. It's easier to wax eloquent about the albums and songs in a blog post, rather than a Facebook post.

Here goes!

Rules: 10 Albums in no particular order that have stayed with you in some way. Music that still resonates, regardless of quality or artist. Don't take more than few minutes and don't try to list the "right" or "great" works. No more than one album by any given artist, and nothing too recent.

  1. Dixie Chicken, Little Feat
  2. American Beauty, The Grateful Dead
  3. Crown of Creation, The Jefferson Airplane
  4. Nick of Time, Bonnie Raitt
  5. Hot Rats, Frank Zappa
  6. Sweet Baby James, James Taylor
  7. Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles
  8. My Son the Nut, Allen Sherman
  9. That Was the Week That Was, Tom Lehrer
  10. I Think We're All Bozos on This Bus, The Firesign Theater

I was waking up one morning in the dorm when the DJ on WHFS played Willin'. I got up, skipped class, and went right down to the record store and bought this Dixie Chicken. It's still my favorite album from my favorite band.

American Beauty is my favorite Grateful Dead album, especially the lovely lullaby Ripple. Okay, it might not officially be a lullaby, but it's just as soothing as one. I used to sing SonnyeBoy to sleep with it.

I love Crown of Creation -- it makes me feel strong. The title cut is one of the Airplane's best anthems, in my opinion.

Bonnie Raitt won four Grammys for Nick of Time, and no wonder. It's her most complete album, and the title song is one of her best.

Ah, Hot Rats! Most people like Zappa's strictly commercial tunes, like Yellow Snow. I prefer his instrumental pieces. I love this album, especially Peaches En Regalia.

On the other hand, James Taylor's Sweet Baby James, made when he had long hair and was dating Carly Simon, is a soothing, sweet, and melancholy. Good night, you moonlight ladies...

Sergeant Pepper. Enough said.

Allen Sherman was the Weird Al Yankovic of the 60s, and My Son the Nut has some of the funniest song parodies ever. I fell in love with Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah when I was 11 years old and I can still sing it from memory.un

A couple of years later I heard That Was the Year That Was, with the brilliant Tom Lehrer's topical tunes. While they may be slightly dated, they are still relevant.

Finally, the Firesign Theater, amazing, hilarious, and subversive. Of course, Bozos is my favorite of their albums. See you on the Funway!

You may not known that these albums all mean something to me, but now you do. And now I will finish watching Claudette Colbert as Cleopatra, and then I will head to bed.