– Everyone has there own songs that they identify with. As listeners we seem to have are own interpretation of what is considered “good music”. With this in mind I did an interview with Alison Uralli, asking what her favorite songs are and several questions pertaining to her as a music lover.
(1) “Do you realize?” by The Flaming Lips
reason: The first big music festival I attended was called Snowball, I was 15 and the event was held in
Vail in march, so it was freezing and snowy. I went with my 3 best friends from high school, and on the
3rd day the Flaming lips closed out the show. We were just standing there during this show reflecting
on how beautiful our lives were. They ended the show with this song, it was slow and really
captivating, and was saying everything that the 4 of us were feeling at that moment.
- (2) Golden Gate – STS9 This is a song that fills me up. I think I first heard it my junior year of
high school, and it immediately made me so happy. It’s one of those songs that just says
“everything’s going to be okay” and reminds me of the journey I’m on. Whenever I’ve
accomplished something or I’m going through a tough time, this song it’s just a great pick me
up for my heart.
- (3) At the Bottom of Everything-
- (4) Time- Pink Floyd. I love this song. There’s so much truth in it. My dad really likes Pink Floyd
and we would listen to them in the car to go skiing, it wasn’t until I got older that I felt the
depth of the lyrics and all the feeling behind it. There’s also a really good pretty lights remix of
this song that I really like, and its cool because that’s where the PL got his name, was from an
old Pink Floyd poster, and they’re both known for their impeccable light shows and stage
Bright Eyes. I heard this song on a mountain drive, and I’d
always had it on my iPod but sort of rediscovered it then. I love the lyrics and the style of
singing in this song so much. When I’m in a funk its something I can just put on and yell all of
the words to and feel a lot. It was really humbling when I first heard it, sometimes and brings
me to tears a little, and is a good reminder to live without fear.
- (5) I’m God- Clams Casino. This song is also one of my comfort songs. I was struggling with
writing a piece for my creative writing class one day, and so I left school, drove to a reservoir
like 20 minutes away, sat in the parking lot and listened to this song on repeat for like an hour
and wrote this story that I ended up being really proud of that impacted me a lot.
Q: What is your favorite genre of music?
I couldn’t pick, but I like some electronic (like kind of electro funk, if that makes sense), some
bluegrass, indie stuff, rap, and “classic” rock (pink floyd, led zeppelin etc.)
Q: What is the best live performance you been to?
That’s a difficult question, because each performance is good for different reasons. One of the
coolest shows I’ve been to was Pretty Lights at the Ogden theatre last year, he’s an arist
notorious for only playing huge venues and the Ogden is tiny, really intimate and so many of
my friends were there. There were mixed opinions from some of the fans, but I had a great
time and heard a great mix of old and new music, and he did a segment with his live band as
well which was cool. Also an awesome local Dj opened for him, Mikey Thunder, who’s also a
good friend of mine and he did great. Another good one was the Sonic Bloom Orchestra at the
sonic bloom festival in 2013, its a whole bunch of artists from all of the bands that played
(members from String Cheese, Zoogma, Lotus, various dj’s and vocalists) and watching them
all collaborate and put on a show together is amazing, they did a bunch of covers and it was
overall just a blast.
Q: What is your dream concert w/ special guest?
That’s hard. I would have loved to see Jimi Hendrix and/or Led Zeppelin. I also would love to
see daft punk someday, that would be incredible.
Q: What is your favorite part of a song: lyrics or instruments?
I don’t think you can pick, because some instrumental songs say everything they need to say
just letting the music tell the story, others you definitely need the combination of the two. I
can appreciate really good vocals through, when the vocals and lyrics can stand on their own
that’s a beautiful thing.
Q: Did you listen to a specific radio station growing up?
My parents listened to a lot of KBCO when I was growing up, so classic rock and some new
music mixed in there. Also my mom listens to KUNC which is where NPR plays and there was
usually good stuff on there.