I talked to junior Theatre Arts & Audio Radio Major, Amy Gruttadaria. She’s a cool cat, you can usually find in the radio station or in RAC, behind the desk being the awesome stage manager she is. She shared me some of her music faves. Hope you like it!
What album do you think had the greatest effect on your life?
It would have to be Pure Heroine by Lorde. I think that she writes for the person who never fits in, and that was very much me in high school.
As I was entering senior year, I was really struggling with a lot of things and listening to such a well formed album with great lyrics and melodies really helped me get through a lot (a big break up, and figuring out who I am and what I want to be).
Favorite song on the album?
My favorite song is called ribs. It’s her telling the story of how one night her parents went out and she threw a party and how we are all searching for one night to be crazy. Even though we may find that night, craziness is not always a good thing. I touches on human nature.
How would you describe the album?
She [Lorde] writes personally. She will try to find interesting ways to write her lyrics.She taps into an emotional place, without going to a dark place. And I respect that so much from a 17/18 year old.
What current album would you recommend?
I recommend Back on Top by The Front Bottoms. They are a band from New Jersey, known for sounding like Blink-182 but also known for their lyrics that tend to not always make sense.
I knew one or two of their songs but when I went to college, I became a huge fan. So last fall the released Back on Top. They had then signed to a big label, and everyone was worried that they would sell out and sound like every other pop-punk band, but every song on the album is solid and hits me emotionally.
Why is that your pick?
Every song on that album gets me through a lot of things. Even though they are all in their late 20s and early 30s, they write from a college student’s standpoint. Drugs, unrequited love…All the issues I don’t talk about with people, I can deal with by listening to their music.
If you could pick an album that could some up who you are, what would it be?
The Hair soundtrack, the original. There is something about the rawness of the original that came out in the 70s. So much of who I am is deliberation. I don’t know who I want to be, but why not be everything while I can? I don’t what I want to fight for, but I will fight for everything.
Can you tell me about your history with the album?
“My mother had her original record player so I think I was 13 when I first heard it. I didn’t understand what all of it meant, but the songs stuck in my head all the time. I was always curious about what Let the Sunshine In meant.” After seeing the show (hear at Fredonia), I found myself being in the audience and listening to the music thinking, ‘I feel like they are pulling my thoughts and putting them into a show.
Do you consider yourself a modern day hippy?
“Oh yeah! I could tell you I have never hit anything or anybody. I am very slow to anger which I think is a hippy thing, except when it comes to activism. I try to see everyone’s side, which is the best you can do for a modern day hippy.