My Top 3

On October 31, 2011 by Eddie

The other day, someone asked me what three records I would take with me on a desert island. That question always strikes fear in my heart because secretly I’m really insecure about my musical foundations. I grew up only listening to Christian music, and pretty embarrassing Christian music at that. My first concert was Geoff Moore and the Distance, my first CD was Go West Young Man by Michael W. Smith, I was steeped in the Christian music scene from a young age.

When I went to college, I had a roommate that introduced me to Dave Matthews, John Mayer, and David Gray. From there, the rest is history. My wife continued the education, constantly filling my head with classic rock that she grew up with. For Christmas a few years ago I got the entire Beatles box set and I devoured it for months. I’d never listened to it before, and turns out people were right. They really were amazing.

I’m still self-conscious about my lack of pop music history knowledge, but I think I can answer the question about my musical influences:

I love keys-driven melodic rock, like Aqualung, Coldplay (I know, I know), Keane, the Killers, etc. I also love listening to great story-telling songwriters like Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, David Bazan, Ryan Adams, and Ben Folds. Some of the more recent things I’ve found that really inspire me are Jonsi (Go Do), and Dawes (Nothing Is Wrong). I also have a strange affinity for electronic pop, like Owl City, Imogen Heap, and Passion Pit.

As for my three records…

– A Rush Of Blood To The Head – Coldplay

This album will always remind me of the spring I lived in England, some of my favorite memories ever.

– Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles

Unbelievable record that changed music forever.

– Rockin’ The Suburbs – Ben Folds

I can’t endorse every song on this record, so please don’t quote me on this. But “Still Fighting It” and “The Luckiest” are some of my favorite songs, ever.

What about you? Top 3 records of all-time?

4 Responses to “My Top 3”

  • There is no shame in Coldplay. It’s basically the same thing that happened to Mumford & Sons but over a longer period of time. i.e. They’re too good to just appeal to the proud, die-hard audiophile. Haha.

    1. Coldplay ~ “Parachutes” (The hidden track “Life is For Living” is legendary)

    2. Snow Patrol ~ “Eyes Open”

    3. The Head and the Heart ~ S/T

  • Top Three?? What about Top 5? Okay, I’ll stick with the rules….

    – August and Everything After – Counting Crows

    – Dulcinea – Toad the Wet Sprocket

    – Automatic for the People – R.E.M.

  • Eddie,
    Could not agree more on the Ben Folds – Rockin’ The Suburbs album. Seeing you write that made my heart warm and fuzzy. That whole album is money.

    Mine are (so far in life):
    1. El Ten Eleven – El Ten Eleven
    2. Tycho – Dive
    3. Ben Folds – Rockin’ The Suburbs

  • I agree, three is tough. Also agree on my musical background insecurities – I think my first concert was Sandy Patti and Larnelle Harris (tough to even type that.) In any case, sticking to the rules…

    mutemath – mutemath (one of the few records I can listen to start to finish with little hesitation)

    Mike Viola and the Candy Butchers – Falling Into Place (amazing voice, amazing pop songs)

    self – breakfast with girls (pure genius I would have never discovered had I not lived in Nashville for a spell)

    An interesting parallel question – do you have a top 2-3 “Christian” record list? Probably a somewhat loaded question but I would put Russ Taff’s self titled album on that list, stands the test of time in my opinion. It doesn’t hurt that Jack Joseph Puig had a heavy hand in the album.

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