Has Music Changed Your Life?

Here’s a post that’s all about the comments, so it’s over to you to talk about the songs, albums, gigs that have changed your life, changed your mind, saved your sanity. Please tells us what where and how in the comments below:

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  1. Posted October 3, 2010 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    ‘Many Rivers to Cross’ – Jimmy Cliff

  2. Posted October 3, 2010 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Seeing Mostly Autumn at the now-closed Jilly’s Rockworld in Manchester in 2005

  3. Posted October 3, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Probably the day Ralph McTell failed to turn up at the Truro Town Hall gig, so the local musicians had to keep the evening going without him.

  4. Posted October 3, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    My own life-changing records include Dusk by The The, Hypocrisy Is The Greatest Luxury by the Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy and Back To Basics by Billy Bragg.

    Dusk was a record about doubt, questioning, hope and grace.
    the Disposable Heroes album was a view of the world that at the time I wasn’t hearing from anywhere else – proof of Chuck D’s description of Hip-Hop as CNN for Black America.

    Back To Basics just because it was the first Billy Bragg album I bought, and was my introduction to a catalogue of work that has inspired and challenged me for 25 years.

  5. Posted October 3, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    “Christian Contemporary Music” is a very mixed bag in terms of its lyrical, music, spiritual and indeed ethical quality. But at various times in my life it has kept me afloat when other channels for divine grace have for whatever reason been closed down. Current favourites: Hillsongs.

  6. Mike
    Posted October 3, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    I think Billy Bragg is far more spiritually challenging and uplifting than anything from hillsong

  7. steve thack
    Posted October 3, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    been 5 or 10 years since i listened to any thing from hillsongs but from what i’ve heard its life changing to the extent that i’m likely to comite manslaughter next time anyone subjects me to either their music or theology.

    disposable heroes i loved the album. but wouldnt decribe it as life changing. (prob should have been but it didnt really turn me on to anything else at the time)

    dusk i wish i’d got into at the time, it could have been life changing then, i found it too late.

    levellers – levelling the land – simply cos i got into it first year at uni while discovering who i was, shaping my politics and the direction of my music collection.

    other albums more soundtracked changes than being themselves catalists.

    martyn joseph – though the change was from a live bootleg (oporto 1990 bootleg recorded by the sound man) dont think any other recording of mj impacted me the same way. seen him live before then and heard treasure the question but i was this bootleg that made me a fan. and stayed with me for years.

    nick cave – the boatmans call
    waterboys dream harder (not the best album but its about personal impact not album recomedation), scotts solo stuff was very important to me.

    a lot of the music that changed my life was live. i can list half doz bands who have truely impacted my life that i either dont own albums by, or didnt at the time they were most important, or never actually got an album out (or when they did it wasn’t lifechanging just pale imitation of the live experience)

  8. John David Clifton
    Posted October 3, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    How depressing. The usual slanging match.
    We are asked to mention the music that changed our lives in some way or another, and once again we see the opinionated witterings of those who have some axe to grind about a particular genre of music, for whatever reason, and can’t resist criticising and commenting upon another contributors personal experience.
    How sad that Messrs Thack and Mike are unable to simply answer the question, and can’t resist taking the unasked for liberty of making a pot-shot comment to demean another contributors offering. In case you hadn’t noticed, nobody has actually asked you to give your opinion of anyone else’s musical preference. You were just asked for your own experience. A positive one, not a negative one. Or is that too much too ask?
    Anyway, greetings from East Tennessee.
    Oh yes. Bluegrass music. Better than it sounds.
    Oops….I seem to have caught a dose of Thackmike.

  9. Posted October 4, 2010 at 5:16 am | Permalink

    “Charlie M” on album Full Force by Art Ensemble of Chicago. Its 30 yrs ago. I was growing up listening a lot to edgy hardcore jazz. Even thought I could learn Giant Steps… I was getting a bit tired by Art Ensembles eclectic freeform stuff (solos on duck wistles 45 minutes tunes) when this fantastic tribute to Charles Mingus appeared on my stereo. The effect of a finite tune in all the free fabulations still makes me dance. Maybe it is about timing. Great stuff.

  10. Posted October 10, 2010 at 3:22 am | Permalink

    Concert: Yes in 1985. I went in a guitarist and came out a bass player after seeing Chris Squire live. So I’d count that as life-changing.
    Album: Like Minds by Gary Burton. I had been taking gigs based on pay and had become miserable after several years of jobbing. This album, and the liner notes that explained the inspirations behind making the album, reminded me that music is supposed to be fun. Life is short, play the music you love with people you love. Let somebody else play “Celebration” by Kool and the Gang for the tenth time in a month.