My column this week was inspired by an early graduation gift I received from my father: a 4-CD package containing "Sandinista!" and "London Calling" by The Clash, "The Joshua Tree" by U2 and "Darkness of the Edge of Town" by Bruce Springsteen.
The note included said these albums are part of a master's degree in rock and belong in any "graduate-level music library."
This got me thinking about essential music ...
I've gathered quite a diverse musical collection over the years. Hit shuffle on my iPod and you could be rockin' out to Neil Young or Tom Waits, gettin' jazzy with Etta James or Ella Fitzgerald, swingin' with Dean Martin or Frank Sinatra, dancin' to Miley Cyrus or ABBA, relaxin' with Otis Redding or Alison Krauss, head bangin' to Rob Zombie or The Distillers, skankin' to Dropkick Murphys or the Mad Caddies — droppin' the "g" off all your progressive tense verbs.
You get the picture.
No matter how varied my taste might get, or how often it might change, I always come back to a few core bands/musicians.
Nirvana, the Beatles (much to my husband's chagrin), the Smashing Pumpkins, My Chemical Romance, Neil Young and Regina Spektor are a few of my standards. I may go months — or years! — without listening to them, but when I come back around they never let me down.
What music do you think is essential to any collection?