:: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 ::
Ten more life-changing albums, straight from the ghetto
So Jeff of JukeBox Hero took the bloggedy blog challenge and posted the top 10 albums that changed his life. (By the way, Jeff, Pink Floyd is actually better when you're not stoned.)

Jeff's post is in two parts, and it's one of the more eclectic lists we've seen to date -- or at least it's the most ecumenical, as it includes Donny Osmond (Mormon), Jimmy Hendrix (rock god) and Stryper (Christian metal). The list includes a lot of Christian music, and Jeff explains why in his disclaimer: "from 1986 till about 2000 I was stuck in the ghetto we know as CCM (Contemporary Christian Music). It isn’t that I am embarrassed by the music that I was listening to then, because that’s what I was listening to at the time. There are many criticisms of CCM, and many of them are valid (and I won’t get caught up in a rant at this time), but what I was listening to had a great impact at certain times of my life."

An excerpt from part one of his list:
4. Songs In the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder

The musicality of Mr. Wonder blew me away. I used to go in my sister’s room and steal this record and listen to it when she was out of the house. I could sense his genius even at 12. His voice amazes me. I want(ed) to sing like him. When my voice changed and dropped an octave (picture me: 5?3? 100lbs with a BASS voice) I was completely heart-broken that I could no longer sing with this record. I remember seeing Stevie on the 2nd incarnation of the Donny and Marie show. Donny and Marie were sitting next to him around a piano and Stevie was having them sing with him. Donny and he were singing “My Cherie Amour” and Donny was watching Stevie and started crying. I thought to myself…”a dream come true, singing with a genius and your idol, I would have cried too…I totallly understand dude”.
And from part two:
Soldiers Under Command - Stryper

Metal up yer ass (at least for Christians). The album that made me want to rock for God and not for evil. Well, I still wanted chicks, but in a good way. They had the hair, the coordinating outfits, the RAWK! I was able to see that you could seriously rock for Jesus and it made me really, really, really want to be in a band. My first band did a cover of theirs. Their music still kinda “does it” for me. My kids like “The Singalong Song”. A lot.
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