It’s time for Tanya Donelly to have a Top Ten list. She’s another of my Favorite Artists that I’m surprised I’ve not done one for already. Its never too late though, so I’m compiling one now. I’m considering her Solo work, her work with Belly, and any projects she’s done with other Artists. I’m not including Throwing Muses in my list selection, I’ll save them for a List all their own at some point.
I did experience Tanya Donelly first with Throwing Muses, a band I obsessed over in the early 90’s when I was first living out on my own. Belly would come quickly, and I’d fall hard and fast for their first Album. There are many memories attached to Star. 1993 was a big year in my life. King in ’95 is full of its own trunks of memories. Oh the 90’s, in many ways they were more of my “coming of age” years than my teen years were.
It was the late 90’s when Tanya went solo with Lovesongs for Underdogs. I felt like an “underdog” myself and was in the midst of a lot of issues, many which did a lot of damage to my self. But, there were good parts in those last years of the 90’s. I had found the internet and online communities that would change my life for the better. Lovesongs was with me through recovery and starting over. It was with me when I took big steps with love and change and a brand new life.
2002 and Beautysleep. “Keeping You” still makes me cry. This was the year my second child was born. It was a year of many wishes coming true. It was a year that was beautiful and hopeful, and full of promise. It didn’t last, not all of it, but I still remember the way it all felt.
There’s been other Albums and Songs, but none impacted me in quite the same way. All of the above though, I’ve kept and carried with me, and I still listen to all of those Albums often.