I bought Michelle Branch’s The Spirit Room when I was 15. It’s one of those CDs that only a teenage girl would relate to or listen to, full of songs about unattainable guys, unrequited love, painful adolescent longing… But it’s not an angsty album. It’s not angry or vulgar or obscene or emo. Michelle doesn’t sing about wanting a guy for his money or wanting to get in his pants or anything like that. There’s not a single swear word in any of the 11 songs.
The Spirit Room has been one of my most listened-to albums since the day I bought it. I still listen to it, even though I’m 10 years removed from the 15-year-old I was when I first heard it and related to practically every word. I don’t think I will ever outgrow this album, at least not anytime soon, and that’s not because I’m in the same place I was when I was 15. I have a different mentality, and I would like to think I have a different idea of what love really is. I’m past the days of hopeless high school crushes. I love the album because it’s happy, innocent, and easy to listen to.
This post isn’t necessarily about how great Michelle Branch is or about how everyone should quit wasting their time listening to depressing music. It’s about how you never truly “outgrow” the things you love, whether they’re movies, books, TV shows, or music. And you shouldn’t be ashamed to still enjoy what you “should have” outgrown.
What are the things you’ll never outgrow?
Music time! These are my five favorite albums that I physically own (not downloaded). Feel free to share yours in the comments!
1. Evanescence – Fallen (2003)
Genre: Hard Rock
This was the first CD I ever got and it’s still my favorite to this day, even though I’ve come to see some of the lyrics as a little too dramatic for real life. Fallen has never ceased to inspire me when I’m writing, though. Listening to those overdramatic, soaring vocals can be just the trick.
2. The Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream (1993)
This album has been listed as a 90s classic many times. The lyrics may be some of the most depressing, angst-ridden stuff you’ve ever heard, but, strangely enough, the sound is as calming as it is angry.
3. Flyleaf – Memento Mori (2009)
Genre: Hard Rock
I already wrote a review of this album in an earlier post, but it was worth mentioning again. The album is Christian-oriented, but even if you aren’t Christian, you’ll feel the intense emotion infused in every song.
4. Spyro Gyra – Three Wishes (1992)
Genre: Jazz fusion
Totally instrumental, this album will still make you want to get up and move. It is definitely not the kind of jazz that constitutes elevator music or background sounds while you’re on hold.
5. Michelle Branch – The Spirit Room (2001)
There is something about the sweet hopefulness of the lyrics that keeps drawing me to this album. Artistically speaking, it may not be the most unique album in the world, but its positivity is very worthwhile if you’re feeling down.