My Life’s Soundtrack
Music is a big part of my life. One post would never be enough to list all the music that I love, but I will make an honest attempt at compiling the sountrack to my life. It is sort of a self inflicted meme. Heck maybe I can get the rights to all these songs and sell the Logtar’s Soundtrack CD before even the movie gets made. I have one of the weirdest tastes in music, kind of like my food taste I like pretty much anything but refuse to eat a couple of dishes.
My parents met at a dance back then called “aguaelulo”. Those were their parties and at times I wish I could have been part of that time that they both remember with such passion. My Dad can dance, my Mom however is one of the best dancers I have ever known and she is the one that taught me how to dance. They used to dance to the tropical music of the time and if I had to pick a song to sum up that era I would have to pick “Santa Barbara” by Celina Gonzales from her Album Que Viva Chango. The message of the song is a little weird, but musically this is one of my favorite salsa songs of all time.
As I child I listened to a lot of Spanish balads that my Mom used to love, Ana Gabriel, Juan Gabriel, Miguel Bose, Raphael, Pimpinela, Sandro and everyone else from that time period. I still like all that music and it brings very good memories when I hear it. The song that I will pick from this early childhood period would have to be “Desde el Fondo do my alma” by Raphael.(From the bottom of my soul)
The most popular music in the City of Cali where I as born was by far Salsa, so I got to listen to a variety of people. Of course the ultimate Salsa group being El Grupo Niche, by far my favorite salsa band. I remember some of my Salsa education came from the school bus driver that used to blast the local salsa radio station… and who could forget the “un poquito para atras” jingle. (It reminded people to move to the back of the public buses.) The first song that I ever learned all the lyrics to, not just by listening to it over on the radio, but by actually recording it and listening to it and rewinding to learn the words was “Gitana” by Willie Colon.
As I started to get older I developed a taste for American Heavy Metal and began listening to Guns-N-Roses and Metallica. Of course I never really gave up any of the other genres but just adding new ones to what I liked to listen to. I also started listening Spanish Rock to Caifanes, Enanitos Verdes, lost Hombres G and Mecano. For these time period I have to pick two songs, the first is “November Rain” by Guns-N-Roses. The second song has a great significance for me, because one of my schoolmates commited suicide, and after his funeral a couple of my friends came to my house and we played our acustic guitars and sang the lyrics to “Amigos” by Los Enanitos Verdes.
Then “las MiniTekas” started (Colombia’s versions of Raves) and I started listening to House music all the time. This was back when technotronic was excellent. I think the anthem for that era was “Music’s Got Me” by Bass Bumpers.
Once I moved to the US, I became very nostalgic about music and tried to listen to a lot of tropical music, more Merengue than Salsa. The get togethers with the family always involved a little dancing so Proyetco Uno, Cana Braba y Los Hermanos Rosario were all part of the sountrack for that era. This is just a fun song, “El Tiburon” by Proyecto Uno is a party song that no Latin person can resist.
My best friend in high school was from Puerto Rico. I would not have made it through highschool without him, he was a cool guy that got along with everyone. The school I went to could be rough at times and he always protected me. He introduced me to Spanish rap and Vico-C. Before there was Regueaton, there was Vico-C and the song from this era is “Xplosion”. This song is even a little political.
Beavis and Butthead taught me English, well at least the bad words. I know, that explains a lot doesn’t it. I also started listening to a lot of Alternative and Rap. I would listen to some rock at home, but at work and hanging out with people, Rap was the thing. I really liked Nirvana and Nevermind is one of the first albums I ever bought. “Smells like Teen Spirit” is a song that I have to headbang to every time I hear it.
As I graduated high school and started college, a couple of bands really helped me get through rough times and changes. The Offspring and Red Hot Chilli Peppers are playing in the background as I think about graduating. I still remember the first time I heard “Come out and Play” by The offspring. After school when everyone is either getting into their cars or getting picked up I heard a very different sounding guitar, someone was playing it full blast, and I have loved that song ever since. “Under the Bridge” from the Chilli Peppers would also have to be included here.
During college I listened to a lot of new bands that no one had heard of before, some of them were forgettable, but one that sticks out in my mind is The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. I can say I listened to them before they became big. I also started listening to more alternative like the Smashing Pumkins, NIN and Stabbing Westward. I would have to say “What do I have to do” is a good song to represent these years.
One of the only good things to come of my job at a movie theater, as an usher, was meeting one of my best friends, Aaron. He is the biggest head banger I know, and he introduced me to some of the best metal I have heard to date. However if I listen to Black Sabbath, I always think of Aaron so “Paranoid” is the song for ‘hanging out’ during those days is.
One genre of music that sometimes people look at me very weird for when I am just blasting it in my car is EuroDance. I love EuroDance and I am not ashamed of it. I used to request “Set you free” every single Friday night that we went cosmic bowling. But if I have to pick a song from this genre and for driving around blasting the Euro, it will have to be “Lemon Tree” by Fool’s Garden.
After I graduated college and started to become the slave of corporate America, I can remember listening to a lot more club music. It is a good type of music to write code to believe it or not. The “4 The Clubheadz” cd by Mixin Marc was in heavy rotation every time I was writing a program. However when having to pick a song I would have to go with “Played Alive (The Bongo Song” by Safri Duo.
I have always wanted to keep Colombia close to my heart, and musically I listened to everything that comes out of Colombia. Carlie Zaa, Carlos Vives and Shakira are some I have always listened to. However the artist that I think has made the best music to date is Juanes. A song that I love and have dedicated to my love is “A Dios Le Pido” and this song will have to be in the soundtrack too.
I have always been into motorcycles and I learned to ride before I ever drove a car. A Chicago band that is super popular with the Motorcycle crowd is Disturbed, and “Down with the sickness” always makes me think of my motorcycle buddies.
It is no secret that I went through some rough times a couple of years ago, but music helped me get through. Maroon 5 really helped me out and their Songs about Jane album will always hold a very important place in my heart as the album that got me through. The song “Tangled” really strikes a cord and it has to be part of the soundtrack.
I am not a super political person, but I am opinonated. I have loved S.O.A.D. since I heard Chop Suey for the first time. However a song that has really touched me politically is, “B.Y.O.B.” and the questions it asks is something that you should be asking yourself.
After a rough couple of years, the the fun begun and things started looking up. Guns-n-Roses was no more but like the phoenix from the ashes, Velvet Revolver was formed and one of the best songs ever, “Dirty little thing” makes me want to drive as fast as my car can go.
The soundtrack keeps going and now my favorite future song is Color Esperanza by Diego Torres
So now in an easier to read format for all the lazy ones… Is this a CD you would add to your collection?
1.“Santa Barbara” by Celina Gonzales . –*– Listen.
2.“Desde el Fondo do my alma” by Raphael. –*– Listen.
3.“Gitana” by Willie Colon.
4.“November Rain” by Guns-n-Roses. –*– Listen.
5.“Amigos” by Los Enanitos Verdes.
6.“Music’s Got Me” by Bass Bumpers.
7.“El Tiburon” by Proyecto Uno. –*– Listen.
8.“Xplosion” by Vico-C.
9.“Smells like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana. –*– Listen.
10.“Come out and Play” by The offspring. –*– Listen.
11.“Under the Bridge” by The Red Hot Chilli Peppers. –*– Listen.
12.“What do I have to do” by Stabbing Westward.
13.“Paranoid” by Ozzy Osbourne.
14.“Lemon Tree” by Fool’s Garden.
15.“Played Alive (The Bongo Song” by Safri Duo.
16.“A Dios Le Pido” by Juanes. –*– Listen.
17.“Down with the sickness” by Disturbed. –*– Listen.
18.“Tangled” by Maroon 5. –*– Listen.
19.“B.Y.O.B” by S.O.A.D.. –*– Listen.
20.“Dirty little thing” by Velvet Revolver. –*– Listen.
21.“Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. –*– Listen.