Cynical And Southern: 950 albums that made a difference in my life

A couple years ago, out of boredom, I started doing video reviews talking about all my favorite records. It was fun to gush about the albums that moved me to pieces, and complain about the albums from my favorite artists that sucked. With thousands of CDs in my collection, it was a project that I planned to finish but I eventually just lost steam.

When I found out I had a week off from column writing due to Martin Luther King Jr. day, I got inspired to pull out the video camera and start talking about the music I loved once again. At first my goal was to finish out the Prince albums I loved and maybe get to The Pretenders. Then in a flurry of inspiration, I pulled 450 albums off the shelf that I wanted to talk about. So much for taking a week off.

If my column is about anything, it’s about the life and times (and observations) of one eccentric gay boy living in the South. I would be nothing I am without these albums that I loved. To see my opinions of 950 different albums click here.

Which reviews do you agree with? Which do you disagree with? Pull up a chair, let’s talk music. I’m not sure what heaven is, but Josey Cotton’s “Frightened by Nightingales” and Jill Jones’ “Two” album sure come pretty damn close.

I never believed in God, but I’ve always believed in music. From the moment I heard “Heart Of Glass” by Blondie when I was three years old I was hooked. Since that fateful day, I’ve been a pop culture aficionado growing older with the likes of Madonna, Stevie Nicks, Sonic Youth, and dozens of others. These artists provided the soundtrack to my off-center and adventurous life.

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