I always like reading those 1-pager, quick-fire music-related interviews that magazines do with celebrities. And I always like imagining what I would answer if it was me they were interviewing. But since I will probably never be a rock star or even a minor celebrity, that will never happen. But then I realized, hey, I can do this by myself. So here’s my “Soundtrack of my Life” interview ala Entertainment Weekly feature 😛
THE FIRST ALBUM I BOUGHT
Debbie Gibson, Electric Youth on cassette tape
Yeah, yeah, I know both the album and the format dates me. But I can still remember the excitement I got when I went to a record store (I think it was Odyssey or SM) and paid for this album with my allowance money. I then proceeded to play the tape over and over and over and sing all the songs to my heart’s content. Oh those were the days.
THE SONG THAT REMINDS ME OF MY FIRST CRUSH
You’re All I Need, White Lion
Well technically, he wasn’t my first crush. But he’s the first guy that I have a song associated with. It may be embarrassing to like this song now, but back then, I actually studied how to play this on the guitar (not that well) because he liked playing it and singing it. Oh gosh, I hope he doesn’t read this.
THE SONG I WISH I WROTE
C.S Lewis Song, Brooke Fraser
This song perfectly encapsulates how I feel about this world. And it’s about or inspired by one of my favorite writers, so there’s that.
MY GO-TO WORKOUT JAM
The Hamilton Original Cast Recording. Maybe except Stay Alive (reprise) and It’s Quiet Uptown
THE CONCERT THAT CHANGED MY LIFE (update)
All the other three I previously mentioned are runners-up now, because I saw Coldplay last month and amazing is an understatement. I still haven't processed it enough to be able to write a proper blog post, but it was truly life-changing.
I’ve been to a lot of concerts for the past 20 years, but I could probably say that the one that has probably affected me most is Laneway 2016 in Singapore. Aside from the fact that it was my first honest-to-goodness music festival, I think it changed the way I approached concerts and how I behave during concerts and what makes music, both the known and unknown, so enjoyable.
The other one is Death Cab for Cutie’s first concert in Manila because it was the first one I watched alone and since then, I haven’t been afraid to be alone. I wrote about it here.
Lastly, Bon Iver. Because Bon Iver.
THE BEST ALBUM FOR A ROAD TRIP
The Hamilton Original Cast Recording. But only if the people I’m with know and love it too.
THE ALBUM THAT CHILLS ME OUT
There are so many! But currently, it’s A Seat At the Table by Solange
THE MUSIC I WANT PLAYED AT MY FUNERAL
The whole All That You Can’t Leave Behind by U2. Album title is self-explanatory.