A bit about me…
The songs I’ve chosen to analyse represent the progression of my popular music interests over the course of my life, as well as holding emotional significance to important points in my lifetime.
I was seven when, playing around in my uncle’s living room, I discovered Cecilia by Simon & Garfunkel. Prior to this, the only music I had heard was whatever my parents had on, and I had paid little attention. But I can still remember the feeling of epiphany I had when I first heard Cecilia, being blown away and totally loving it.
Into my teens, I developed a taste for heavy metal: Metallica, Pantera, Slayer, Slipknot, Korn etc. But I have another emotional memory about Nine Inch Nails’ The Perfect Drug. I was experimenting with drugs at the time, and the queer beat of the song completely overtook the whole experience, and I really felt it.
Crave was the first song I heard by The Butterfly Effect who, to this day, are remain my favourite band. I was about 20 at the time, and had an intense crush on a guy who hated me. So once again, I felt that song.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole was the song played for the tribute at my dad’s funeral. I probably don’t have to mention the emotional connection there, but Pentatonix Counts (& Sings) to Five, which is from Sesame Street has nicer connotations. I became a mother around the time I lost my own father, and my son is my joy and the light of my life. He loves this song, and as I would rather not have to listen to the Wiggles (and Pentatonix rocks!) it has been included in this analysis.
Lastly, The Butterfly Effect’s Worlds on Fire represents their progression of their music style while also highlighting the changes to my own music tastes, as well as the musical aspects I once appreciated, and still do.