My Record Collection - August 17, 2015

My Record Collection by Scarlett Jane
by Kim
by Kim hmv Toronto, Bio Music, film, cats, yoga - repeat Canada Editor,

My Record Collection by Scarlett Jane

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians' souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their record collection are. This week, it's the turn of harmonizing, songwriting guitarists Andrea Ramolo (above, right) and Cindy Doire – a.k.a. Scarlett Jane. Let's see what they pick out…


The first record I ever bought with my own money was…

Andrea: “The Band - The Last Waltz. It’s a classic and I was so drawn to the collaboration that made this album what it is. Eclectic and soulful and a real, true representation of how music brings people together. It’s an all-star cast and many of my favourite voices along-side one another… I had to have it.”

Cindy: “Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik. I remember sitting on my bedroom floor with the lyric booklet in my hands, and learning all the words to ‘Under the Bridge.’ It felt like freedom. I must’ve been eight?”



The record that made me want to be in a band was…

Andrea: “Janis Joplin and the Full Tilt Boogie Band - Pearl. I was 13 and fell mad for this woman. Her power, her grit, her soul - the way she’d just lay it all on the line with no apol-ogy. ‘Cry Baby’ made me want to pull my hair out and ‘Bobby McGee’ was the first song I ever learned to play on the guitar. Actually… it also marked my debut in New York City on a grade 10 school drama trip where I escaped from my hotel room and teacher supervision to sit in with some cover band at a nearby bar. I got up with them and gave them my best ‘Bobby McGee.’ It was the highlight of my trip.”

Cindy: “TLC - CrazySexyCool. Ha. I loved that album, and those girls seemed so badass to me. I totally wanted to be in that band when I was 11.”


The record I've played more than any other is…

Andrea: “Fleetwood Mac - Rumours. It’s why I love music. It’s simultaneously the most painful and uplifting record of all time with the grooviest rhythm section. ‘Go Your Own Way’ became an anthem for me early on in my life… and remains so. And although I am a huge Stevie Nicks fan for all sorts of reasons, Christine McVie’s ‘Oh Daddy’ is way up there for me. I finally got to see them live this past year in Toronto. It was a dream come true. ‘The Chain’ is still the coolest gang vocal harmony tune of all time.”

Cindy: “Dirty Dancing Soundtrack. Does that count? It wasn’t even a choice, as my parents used to always play it at the cottage to drown out the late night noise they were making by the fire while we were trying to sleep.”

The record that always makes me feel good is…

Andrea: “Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill… mostly because I know every word to every song and it brings me back to my pre-teen angst which constantly reminds me that life could be a lot worse in moments. Like I could still be 12 with painful pimples and a training bra I forced myself to wear even though I didn’t need one. And the boy I loved from the other school broke my heart again. And man… what an album. Every song a hit! Those songs and the many nights I stayed up belting them out with my girlfriends at various slumber parties carried me into my teens and made high school bearable.”

Cindy: “Manu Chao - Próxima Estación: Esperanza. That album is so great, and it was the soundtrack to some of my first solo traveling adventures. Always makes me feel like some-thing amazing is about to happen.”


The record I turn to when I'm feeling down is…

Andrea: “Well… there are definitely a few of those. No better way to process heartbreak or a hard day than really allowing yourself to fall into the pits of that despair with an equally heartbreaking album. Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska is a go-to of mine… especially late at night. Ryan Adams’ Heartbreaker too. And Emmylou Harris’ Wrecking Ball has seen me through some of my darker days.”

Cindy: “Bettye LaVette - I’ve Got My Own Hell To Raise. That record got me through some hard times and some of those songs still devastate me. If I’m down, I sometimes like to dig even deeper and bask in the darkness for just a little while.”


The record I think is the most underrated of all time is…

Andrea: “Anything by the Skydiggers. They are an incredible band both in the studio and live on stage. I’ve learned a lot from watching them and every song is well-crafted and powerfully executed without being overly dramatic. They are fine musicians and their craftsmanship, perseverance, and constant evolution should be recognized by so many more.”

Cindy: “Lhasa de Sela - Lhasa. That album is beautifully written and crafted. Her voice. The space. Sadness and patience are both so eloquently captured on that record. Sadly, she passed away shortly after the album was released.”


The record with my favourite cover art is…

Andrea: “Rickie Lee Jones - Pirates. It’s a black and white copyright photo by Brassai that’s simple but reminiscent and as powerful an image as one of my favourite Alex Colville paint-ings ‘Soldier and Girl at Station.’ It speaks strongly to me about longing and goodbyes.”

Cindy: “Humble Pie - The Beardsley Album as it is often referred to. That album introduced me to Aubrey Beardsley’s artwork, which I love love love.”

The record with my favourite title is…

Andrea: “Madonna - Like a Virgin. Bold and definitely intriguing.”

Cindy: “Martha Wainwright - Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole. You just remember a record and song title like that, always.”

The record I can't understand why everybody loves is…

Andrea: “Is there a record ‘everybody’ loves? I doubt it. I say whatever floats your boat.”

Cindy: “Joni Mitchell - Blue. There, I said it. But I still appreciate her great songwriting.”


The last record I bought was…

Andrea: “The New Basement Tapes - Lost on the River. This is a killer album with an incred-ible concept. T. Bone nailed it on the production. Every song is a nouveau folk master-piece. Fantastic writing of course from the one and only Dylan, and really beautiful tones and melody lines infused by all the musicians. I can’t get that tune ‘Kansas City’ out of my head. And Johnny Depp plays on it which is nice cuz I’ve always wanted to marry him.”

Cindy: “Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica. I’d been looking for that record on vinyl for quite some time, and I finally found it. I must admit that I have yet to spin it; there’s a time and a place for Beefheart.”


The record I'm most looking forward to hearing is…

Andrea: “Aretha Franklin - Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington. I’ve been looking for a copy everywhere and I finally caved and had it ordered online. My ex-boyfriend owned a copy of it and we would lie in bed, light candles, and let ourselves be carried away by the power and charm of this record. Aretha’s voice floors me. It’s a record where I get to trav-el through time and lose myself in it.”

Cindy: “I look forward to hearing Patrick Watson’s Love Song for Robots. Actually, I’m going to listen to it right now!”


The greatest record of all time is...

Andrea: “Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. Period.”

Cindy: “Yeah. What she said.”

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