Is there a song, an artist, an album, a genre, that has sent your life (or at least your taste in music) in a different direction than it had been headed before? An example of what I’m getting at: Lou Reed’s album Rock & Roll Animal. It’s not the record that changed my life, but it’s one of them. As wankeriffic as it can be at times, hearing it propelled me to investigate the Velvet Underground. (This would be around 1977 or so, when I was 16 -17) They, in turn, led to investigating the “punk rock” that I’d been hearing about, which led me to work in a record store, which led me to work in the main office of Tower Records for awhile, which (indirectly) led to my moving to Seattle, which led to my meeting Science Girl. Which certainly led to my writing about music.
It’s a tenuous string of events, I’ll grant, but there is a bit of cause and effect there. Obviously there were other forces at work, and other albums at different times pushed things along as well. Still, it’s sometimes fun to unravel the past and see how it became the present.