May 4, 2006


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The professor for Intro to Wines, when discussing an unusually terrific wine, loves to joke that you could see God in it. What a fucking snob! While clearly going for laughs, I couldn’t help but think that in the back of his mind, he really believed it. “Wine culture is nothing but ‘sophisticated’ bullshit,” I thought.

It took me a while to realize though that he’s completely right. I still don’t know the first thing about wines, and there’s a horribly good shot that I’m going to fail this class, but I believe him. I must just simply not get it yet.

After all, while people may or may not think I’m just throwing words out there too, I know as well as I could know anything that there’s pure Truth and Beauty in great music. Call me a snob, but I know that the best music out there makes me learn real things about the world and look at everything differently.

This only applies to the best music, of course, but this music makes me feel alive like little else could. Here’s a list of some albums that I guarantee, if you close your eyes and concentrate on them, will change your life:

The Zombies, Odyssey and Oracle; The Moody Blues, Days of Future Passed; The Velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground & Nico, White Light/ White Heat, The Velvet Underground; Stevie Wonder, Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book; Talking Heads ’77; The Beatles, A Hard Day’s Night, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sergeant Pepper’s, Magical Mystery Tour, the White Album, Abbey Road; Todd Rundgren, Something/Anything; Roxy Music, Country Life; Van Dyke Parks, Song Cycle; the Beach Boys, Pet Sounds; Frank Zappa, Freak Out!; Simon & Garfunkel, Bookends; Carole King, Tapestry; The Doors The Doors; David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust, Hunky Dory; Radiohead, OK Computer; Kate Bush, The Kick Inside; Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Déjà vu; Margo Guryan, Take a Picture; Love, Forever Changes; Harry Nilsson, Nilsson Schmilsson; Goldfrapp, Felt Mountain; James Taylor, Sweet Baby James; Dusty Springfield, Dusty in Memphis; Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road; Joni Mitchell, Blue, Court and Spark; Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn; Leonard Cohen, Songs of Leonard Cohen.

Archived article by Jared Wolfe
Sun Staff Writer