Each record marks a different stage in my life. This is something that I've only experienced with Lana, and whilst in recent years I haven't been very connected to her music, she's always in my heart and will forever be my favorite artist.
Born To Die; Reminds me of my teenage years, especially with songs like Blue Jeans, TIWMUG, Carmen, SS and National Anthem. It reminds me of the summer and of my freedom before life got serious and it inspired me to be creative through my image and my life in general. Each song was like a movie and it will always hold a special place in my heart for the album that set me off in my own song writing.
Paradise; Such a sexy album! I remember this came out about the same time I lost my virginity and with songs like Cola, Body Electric and Gods & Monsters I can see why. I used to wake up to the artwork every morning as I had a poster of it on my bedroom wall so again it reminds me of being a teenager. It really made me appreciate Lana as a visual artist when Tropico came out and I went to see her live in concert after this album so hearing all the songs live with my Mum holds dear memories for me.
Ultraviolence; This represents a really sad time in my life, suffering from depression and anxiety, I cried every time I listened to the song Ultraviolence because the guy I loved didn't know it and we went to the same college and seeing him around killed me "I could've died right there, cause he was right beside me". I also used to listen to it on the extremely long journey to and from work (I used to finish work at midnight and it took a 45 minute bus ride home) again feeling very lonely and isolated from everyone, I only had myself and Ultraviolence as a friend. I still love the album though and I don't resent it despite the hard times.
Honeymoon; Talk about life imitating art. When Honeymoon came out I had just moved to University and whilst I was in a better way, I was living life in like a day dream and everything was chaotic, I was chaotic. So listening to songs like 'Salvatore' and 'High By The Beach' I could escape real life and live in the fantasy of Honeymoon and be exported to the stories Lana told, which was easy to do with jazz music. 'The Blackest Day' broke my heart and still continues to do so, I think because again I was lonely, it really felt like "it's not one of those phases I'm going through, or just a song, I'm on my own again, on my own" but Honeymoon is a great album I don't care what anyone says.
Lust For Life; So I transferred Universities and moved home to my boyfriend, I got a dog and she's my baby and I take walks every day and life seems so much clearer to me now. Don't get me wrong I get down like everyone, but I'm getting my Lust For Life back and whilst it's a slow process I am working on fulfilling my dreams. I can't wait to carry a new LDR album into my life with me like I have done with every previous one. And like Lana with her features, I might let more people into it.