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PLAYLIST: Growing Up Marissa

marissa_framariniHi there! My name is Marissa, and I have been writing for and living the dream with Infectious Magazine since February. I have always known that journalism was the right path for me, and I cannot thank Angela Mastrogiacomo enough for giving me this opportunity to combine my passion for writing and music by joining the team.

My parents raised me on a healthy diet of The Who, Cyndi Lauper and the Rolling Stones. While these legends will always be at the crux of my nostalgia and childhood memories, I have taken it upon myself in recent years to build upon and diversify my iTunes collection, frequenting the music scenes of Boston, Ithaca and London.

I am so excited to share with you now seven of the artists and songs that have influenced my life. Hope you all enjoy this list, and make sure to check out the other growing up playlists from other Infectious Magazine staff writers!

1. Neil Diamond— You Don’t Bring Me Flowers: “Forever In Blue Jeans” 

I’m not sure how I managed to make it 20 years of my life before discovering this 1979 classic while reading Rob Sheffield’s “Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke.” The Neil Diamond track (like most) is completely over-the-top, and packed with some of the most ridiculous lyrics (“Honey’s sweet/ But it ain’t nothing next to baby’s treat”). But the beat is simply inescapable. Oh, Neil, you have ruined my life.

2. Damien Rice— O: “Delicate”


I first stumbled upon Damien Rice’s work when a high school peer incorporated this album into his dance recital. I remember being so moved by the songs that after the curtains closed I couldn’t do anything but sit in the auditorium sobbing. “Delicate” is the opening track of O, but do yourself a favor and listen to the entirety of this near-perfect album.

3. St. Vincent— St. Vincent: “Regret”

Annie Clark is living proof that rock does not have to be a man’s world. Just let that riff sink in.

4. David Bowie— The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars: “Moonage Daydream”

It’s been more than a decade since I was first introduced to David Bowie, and I still lack the words to describe the sheer genius behind the man and what this album even means. It was the first music I listened to that I experienced a radical shift in consciousness.

5. Timothy Jackson Scott— But From This Endless End: “Something New” 

I’m not one to talk much about fate, but I think I was destined to walk through the doors of Clark’s Tavern in Milford one summer night a few years back when this young lad, Timothy Jackson Scott was performing. Just breathtakingly beautiful.

6. The Flaming Lips— Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots: “Do You Realize??” 

I have powerful memories of the distant summers I spent at summer camp jumping around to this song. I’m not sure how the tradition started, but the counselors would always put on this song, and in unison, we would  run laps around the basketball court—arms spread out like wings. In one of the most tragically depressing songs ever written (“Do you realize// That Everyone You Know Someday Will Die”), I was able to find comfort and solace. That’s something I can never forget. Thank you.

 7. Wheat— Hope And Adams: “Don’t I Hold You”


This track is notorious as one of the go-to break up songs of the ’90s, but for me, it is a thing of perfection. It captures the aching beauty of moving on and vulnerability of mankind, while also demonstrating the sheer and deep power that music holds.

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