Jennifer Pickrell

YA Writer

My Massive Music Survey


I’ve seen some music memes floating around, about albums that changed your life, etc, etc, but I always have trouble narrowing stuff down, so I made up my own survey.

(note that I did cap off some questions, otherwise I might have given a million answers and gone on forever)

Feel free to fill out yourself and pass along


1. What’s in your CD player or at the top of your playlist?

(CD) Dulcinea – Toad the Wet Sprocket

2. What song is stuck in your head right now?

 Ingrid Bergman – Billy Bragg’s cover of the Woody Guthrie song

3. 5 albums you can listen to over and over again

Dog Days – Blue Mountain

Mermaid Avenue – Billy Bragg and Wilco

American Beauty – Grateful Dead

Becoming X – Sneaker Pimps (who saw this one coming?)

This mixed CD one of my friends made me that has artists like Sufjan Stevens and Railroad Earth. 

4. What’s on your music wish-list?

Telephantasm – Soundgarden


5. Album you bought on a whim and ended up loving

Velvet Underground – Velvet Underground.  I was in a used music store years ago and the album cover caught my attention.

6. Concert

Sick of it All at Nation in DC was probably the most fun I’ve ever had at a concert

Hackensaw Boys at Strasburg Theater in Strasburg VA and Kansas at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock VA were two of the most kick-ass rockin concerts I’ve been to

Lynyrd Skynyrd at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Front Royal VA was memorable because I’m a huge Skynyrd fan


7. Album that left you disappointed

Not sure if I’ve ever bought an album and thought, “Wow, this is complete crap.”

I think I fell in and out of love with Matchbox 20 quickly around the “Yourself and Someone Like You” period

I bought a Charlatans UK album once at a Roses store going out of business, but I never listened to it before I gave it away.  But that’s not the band/album’s fault

I used to love “Pieces of You” by Jewel when I was about 16, but when I listened to it again recently, it wasn’t as earth-shattering as I remember it being

8. Concert

It’s a toss-up


The time my friends’ band got booked to play at a bar in Harrisburg PA and after spending the quick show feeling uncomfortable and freaked out, we finally realized that we were in a Nazi Bar


Shellac at Black Cat in D.C. when I passed out in the middle of the show because I was dehydrated and had to be taken away in an ambulance


9. Album

One of my older cousins bought me Tunnel of Love by Bruce Springsteen.  I think I was eight and I think he did it as a joke, but joke’s on him, because I became a Boss fan that day.

10. Concert

(I’m excluding local bands) Chris Cornell at 9:30 Club in D.C., September 1999, when he was on tour to promote Euphoria Morning.  Great show.


11. Concert you went to

I went to an experimental music show in Strasburg – that was months ago, though.  Not quite as adventurous as I once was.

12. Album you bought/song you downloaded

(to give as a gift) Baby I’m Bored – Evan Dando

13. Last song you YouTubed

Faithfully by Journey – I want to marry that song and Steve Perry’s hair (song goes under #17, too)


14. Farthest you’ve ever gone for a concert

From Virginia to Asbury Park, NJ for the New Jersey Metal Meltdown in April 2001 – I knew some of the guys in one of the bands, wouldn’t have driven up otherwise, although standing in an elevator with two German dudes holding flying-V guitars did pretty much make my year.  And the memory still makes me smile.  So totally worth it.

For my own listening pleasure, it would probably be Latrobe PA for the Rolling Rock Festival in 2000.

15. 5 road-trip songs/albums

Drivin on 9 – The Breeders

Blood Sugar Sex Magik – RHCP

Combat Rock – The Clash

I have a friend who makes kick-ass mixed CDs, so anything from her

See #19 and #20 below


What 5 songs make you:

16. Happy

Peaches –The Presidents of the United States of America

Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper (could also go under #20)

Blister in the Sun – Violent Femmes (well, most every VF song makes me happy)

Accidentally Kelly Street – Frente

Rebel, Rebel – David Bowie

17. Cry (or moves you, you don’t actually have to shed a tear)

Johnny Cash’s cover of “Hurt” – pair it with the video and I’m guaranteed to start bawling like a baby

All I Can Do is Write About It – Lynyrd Skynyrd

River – Joni Mitchell

Always on My Mind – Willie Nelson

I Know – Fiona Apple

18. Nostalgic

Jersey Shore – The Promise Ring

Far Behind or Cover Me – Candlebox

It’s Been Awhile – Staind

Brightest Star – Santana

From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea – The Cure

Everything in the World – Starling

(I cheated and added more than 5)

19. Pumped up (or cheered up)

Checkin’ It Out – The Donnas

Dream On – Aerosmith

Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses

Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin

Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi (this goes on #20 list, too)

20. Scream out the lyrics

Hunger Strike – Temple of the Dog

I Want You to Want Me – Cheap Trick

We are the Champions – Queen

Mountain Music – Alabama (also could go under #21)

Hot Blooded – Foreigner


21. 5 songs/albums your friends would be surprised to know you loved

Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio

Say it Right – Nelly Furtado

I’m oddly moved by “She’s Got a Way” by Billy Joel

I’m lately liking “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z/Alicia Keys

I have also been known to YouTube Taylor Swift (her damn songs are so catchy)

22. Most bizarre CD you own/song on your playlist

Hung for the Holidays – William Hung (it was a gift)

23. Weirdest thing to ever happen at a concert

Going to see a friend perform at a swingers’ club and halfway through the show, the drunk man who had been dancing like “Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts’ gang” (as another friend described it), suddenly got very emotional during a cover of Adam Sandler’s “The Chanukah Song” and started crying/yelling about God and war.  He was soon after escorted out by the owners.

24. Song you inexplicably know all the lyrics to

A friend and I once learned all the lyrics to “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” by REM.  We were so serious about it, too, practicing over and over again, although our attempts to scream along usually ended in laughing and I can’t remember more than a few words now.

25. Sappy/cheesy song you secretly love

She’s Like the Wind – Patrick Swayze (damn you, don’t judge me!)

All Out of Love – Air Supply (although I’m not really ashamed to admit I love this song)


Author: Jennifer Pickrell

I write YA contemporary filled w/ romance, angst & family drama. Things I like: cats, snacks, baseball, green tea, taking pictures of trees & movies so bad, they’re good.

2 thoughts on “My Massive Music Survey

  1. Ahh! Ahh! Freaking out because Mermaid Avenue is one of my top 5 of-all-time albums, and I am constantly wandering around singing “Ingrid Bergman” to myself.
    Nice choices!

  2. Glad I’m not the only one 🙂
    I bought the album initially because I liked “California Stars,” then I ended up loving the whole thing

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