I always try to credit songs/albums that stir my imagination and create visuals in my head with invisible waves of music.
Of course, writing about music is like dancing about politics but I'll try:
In no particular order:
1. Smashing Pumpkins "Pisces Iscariot"/ "Siamese Dream"
I know my first choice is a compilation album, but I absolutely love everything about it. My Ukrainian childhood was very challenging record-wise. It was near to impossible to procure cassettes, records let alone CDs of the music I liked. My outlet was MTV Germany and somehow my Dad managed to record the songs we liked best on our old tape-recorder from the TV. Magic! But looking back I wouldn't want to change a thing, as music was a gift that I learned to value like a friend. I liked the idea of it being hard to get. With Smashing Pumpkins, I remember recording tapes from the radio, having it on every day after school so I wouldn't miss the song in case they played it. What I felt when they finally played my long-awaited song, was probably something I feel now, too. It's a stroke of luck that my feelings haven't changed, my excitement at listening to something that I used to love 20 years ago is the same. With Smashing Pumpkins, I enter my own personal dream world, that I can carry it anywhere with me. The best thing is that it's always expanding.
Radiohead "OK Computer"
This is the soundtrack to my school days. However, I don't just stay with music because of memories or because it was there at the right time of my life, but because it chooses to stay with me. It's a two-way relationship. Music is not passive, in my opinion, and it certainly is not "just there". It finds you and follows you. Like they say "Love will find the way", so I believe music will, too. I feel like we never have to spice things up with Radiohead. It is just the purest ever-exciting, ever-evolving love.
3. Tori Amos "Little Earthquakes"
Tori is the epitome of a musical goddess for me. The way she plays, sings and just is, is what I wanted to be as a girl. We all choose different paths, but I am pretty sure I have a part of me, that's Tori. This album feels incredibly personal and I have only listened to it in the premises of my room, drawing on my bed or just daydreaming and wishing for things. The only time I listened to Little Earthquakes in another's company was an emotional experience and made me a little teary. I joke about Tori's music being a lie-detector for me. It feels so close to my core, that if I knew an important secret and the enemy would be playing Tori Amos on tape while interrogating me, I'd give in. Don't do this to me, okay? I've said too much haha!
4. Kate Bush "Aerial"
My music for extreme relaxation. It takes me far and beyond the lands of this world and into other worlds.
I love listening to this in the late evenings or early mornings. There is a sense of successful beginnings to every song on this record. It is very encouraging, meditative music and feels like the warmest embrace! Kate Bush, undoubtedly, is a goddess, too, and I worship her almost daily by singing and dancing to her wonderful melodies.
5. The Beatles "White Album"
Need I say more? Of course, I love it. I grew up with the Beatles, dreaming of being their back vocalist! Ha! I learned English through their songs and I am amazed as to how much timeless enthusiasm and thirst for life and love there is in their music.
6. The Cure "The Head on the Door"
The Cure make me jump and laugh and dance...then feel a little melancholy...and then resume jumping, laughing and dancing.
7. David Bowie "Hunky Dory"/ "The Earthling"
David Bowie is like a family member (I actually have his photos on my wall along with those of my parents and friends). I celebrate his birthday with my friend, but having said all that, I don't consider myself to be an obsessed fan, but rather a highly sensitive recipient of his cosmic energy. Did what I just said prove I am an obsessed fan? ;-)
"The Earthling" is, as far as I know, not a popular choice, but it has the craziest song in the world, which in my opinion is "Seven Years in Tibet".
8. Cocteau Twins "Treasure"
I am not sure anything more beautiful and harmonious has ever been written. It is a diamond of an album. And my personal "portkey" to Scotland.
9. Mondo Cane "Mondo Cane"
This, obviously, is a strange choice. It's an album of covers of Italian songs by Mike Patton. Sounds ridiculous, but Ennio Morricone's "Deep Deep Down" performed by Patton got so deep down inside me that I started learning Italian and took a series of trips to this country, which, as a result, left me hopelessly in love with Italy.
10. Genesis "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway"
Two words: "Carpet Crawlers"
11. Nirvana "Nevermind"
I don't know what to say; it's a perfect album. "In Bloom" is my absolute favourite.
12. Nick Cave "Abattoir Blues/Lyre of Orpheus"
Nick Cave is great and if you don't think so, I am afraid you are mistaken.
What appeals to me most is how masterfully he balances deepest emotions, satire, embarrassing revelations, sarcasm, and oh so many other things. His songs are of many colours and shades and this album demonstrates it wonderfully. From the deepest despair to the highest ecstasy.
13.The Divine Comedy "Casanova"
Neil Hannon and co brew songs that are remedies to almost all sorts of problems. Also, I once took a National Express coach from Skye directly to The Divine Comedy's gig in London. (For those who don't know The Divine Comedy's best-loved song is "National Express" and it is recommended you listen to it "when your life is a mess" :-) or even if it isn't!)
14 Blur "13"
I used to prefer Blur to Oasis at school (I loved Oasis as well, the other day in the shop they were playing Defintely Maybe, and I just couldn't leave till it finished, I HAD to buy something afterwards as I spent too much time singing along while staring at the same 3 dresses) but this album was not typical Blur, was it? Like Radiohead's "Kid A", "13" came out at the time when I was also becoming more mature, more observant and thoughtful. It was fascinating as I realised the music was changing together with me. I love every song on this. I sometimes meditate to "Caramel" and "Trimm Trabb".
15. Miles Davis "Bitches Brew"
I love jazz every now and then. "Kind of Blue" is a wonder, and I still have a dream of having an apartment in a big city and inviting friends over for Friday cocktails and dinner and listening to it.
"Bitches Brew" is another story. It is bloody magical! It is magic. It is a journey that you have to take on without any distractions.
16. Belle and Sebastian "Tigermilk"
It is hard to choose one album by this band, they are my love and I am so lucky I came across this album in a second-hand store many many moons ago. I love you, Belle and Sebastian ♡
17. Jimi Hendrix "Axis: Bold As Love"
Who doesn't like Jimi? (see Nick Cave) "Bold as Love" is also my favourite song by him. It makes me want to dance and sing in a way that I can't physically do. It just turns me inside out. Makes me want to love with so much power and energy, it's crazy.
18. Johnny Flynn "Been Listening"
Beautiful, thoughtful poetry from Johnny Flynn. If you haven't listened to this but appreciate folk music that is soulful and touching, give this a try. This album found me one autumn when I was in the mood for long walks, making up stories in my head and enjoyed a luxury of long daydreaming afternoons.
19. Pyotr Tchaikovsky "The Nutcracker"
This is my favourite piece of classical music from start to finish and I can proudly and animatedly hum all of it! A spell of joy in a musical form.