Paula Cole, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Paula Cole“The first album that I remember being given to me was a John Denver record. And I listened to it all the time.

But when I was growing up, we didn’t have very many records around the house. My parents made so much music at home, and so most of my earliest musical experiences were from a live situation rather than recordings. It was very old-fashioned in a way, kind of turn of the century parlor music where we’d sit around and play songs after supper.

My parents did have one or two Dolly Parton albums that I really liked. And Buck Owens and Simon & Garfunkel.

But I didn’t start buying albums until I was in high school, and then I remember buying ‘Synchronicity’ and Eurythmics. When Eurythmics came out, I immediately fell in love with them. I identified so much Annie Lennox’s voice. It’s such a strong voice, but at the same time, it’s lush and gorgeous. It definitely isn’t a little girl voice. I’ve always been drawn to nice fat timbres, you know?”

Singer-songwriter Paula Cole headlines the annual River Street Festival on River Street in Troy on Saturday. The festival runs from 10am-6pm Saturday, and Cole is slated to take the stage at 4:40pm. Admission is free.

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