Music That Moves You with David Yoon

Music is the universal language. It brings people together, it colours our memories, it moves us. And now – perhaps, more than ever – is the perfect time to celebrate the joy and beauty music provides.

Every other week, we will profile a different community member who will share how music moves them. We will then share links to library resources based on their personal tastes so that Kitchener Public Library can help you discover new music to move you! 

“I have an unabashed love for all the cheesey one-hit wonders from the 80’s.” – David Yoon

David Yoon sitting in a recording studio speaking into a microphone.
Photo: Jessica Rediker

David Yoon is a community member and library user. He reads books and knows things (at least that’s according to his Twitter profile!)

Share one of your favourite musical memories?

“High school summer heading out to a bush party in a friend’s rattletrap Chevette. We’re driving under a canopy of trees barely illuminated by the car’s headlights. Cresting a darkened hill, the opening bars of Mountain Song resolve into Perry Farrell’s scream. It was my first introduction to Jane’s Addiction and I’ve loved them ever since.”

Who is your favourite guilty pleasure?

“I have an unabashed love for all the cheesy one-hit wonders from the 80’s. Gimme some Taco, Toni Basil, Men at Work, Howard Jones, Nik Kershaw, Thomas Dolby, Nena, Yaz – I could go on. Unlike leg-warmers and Ocean Pacific t-shirts, the music still lives on.”

What are your top five desert island albums?

“Rheostatics – Whale Music. Hands down, the single best Canadian album ever. Prove me wrong.

Faith No More – Angel Dust. I will listen to almost anything Mike Patton puts out from Mr. Bungle to Lovage – but this is the Patton’iest Patton yet.

Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti. How do you choose really. The island needs some Zeppelin and this is a double LP so it wins.

Tori Amos – Little Earthquakes. Tori Amos has had a prolific career in music but nothing has ever topped her 1992 debut. This is a perfect album.

Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique. Wall to wall samples including everything from the recognizable Beatles, Public Enemy and Cheech and Chong to the obscure Alphonse Mouzon and Idris Muhammad. There’s something new every time.”

Share David’s tastes?

Library staff love music, too! Based on Jesse’s responses, we were inspired to create a personalized playlist with Freegal – a music streaming service that you can access for free with your library card!

David's Personalized Playlist: Kim Carnes "Bette Davis Eyes", Survivor "Eye of the Tiger", Sultans of Swing "What a Feeling", The Bangles "Walk Like an Egyptian", Hall and Oates "Kiss on my List", U2 & BB King "When Love Comes to Town", Men Without Hats "Pop Goes the World", Simple Minds "Don't You Forget About Me", Pet Shop Boys "West End Girls", Men at Work "Down Under", Jungle George "Tarzan Boy", Matthew Wilder "Break my Stride".

Listen to the playlist. You may be asked to login using your library card. (Need a library card? No problem – sign up here.)

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Looking for more?

Not sure what to read next? Looking for new music or shows to binge? Ask us! Our staff can suggest new items from the library collection, picked out just for you. Let us know what you are looking for and we will create a personalized suggestion list for you. Fill out the form here.