Your Song Changed My Life- With Big Data

July 20, 2016

I like music, you like music and of course, your favorite bands like music.

"What song changed your life?"

I was asked this question a while ago and it has stuck with me ever since. Music is such an amazing thing from how it can turn smiles in to tears or take you from your car to half-way across the world with just a few notes, that I became fascinated with finding out what other people's life-changing songs were.

This week, I checked in with Big Data to see what their life-changing tune was. 

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"Many songs have changed my life over the years, but one memory that stands out is the first time I heard Self's cover of The Doobie Brothers' "What A Fool Believes," from the album Gizmodgery. First, that song stands out in my mind as one of the greatest pop songs ever written. It has five distinctly different sections, it's extremely musically complex, it changes key on the choruses, and yet it's somehow still instantly memorable and hummable.

"Self's cover of the song in particular stands out because of how it's arranged. Every single sound on that record is recorded on Fisher Price toys and other children's instruments, but it's recorded and mixed so well, that it hits very hard and could light up a dance floor... You really wouldn't know it, if someone didn't tell you. 

"I heard it for the first time when I was in high school. I had a friend that was a few years older and was back home from college - he was sort of a musical guru for me, growing up. He played me that cover, and I remember being blown away by it. It was one of the first times I learned to think about the deliberate choices behind how sounds are made in recording... That sometimes there can be more to the sound of a recording, that there can be a story to it, too, and that can make a recording even more interesting (when used in the right way).

-Big Data

What song changed YOUR life?