The Top 10 Albums That Help Gabe Berman Create

Live Like a fruit fly

Guest Post from Culture Correspondent Justin Bog
San Juan Islands, Washington, USA


In Live Like a Fruit Fly, Gabe Berman shares his recipe for living a more joyful, worthwhile, and abundant life in every way. A witty, entertaining, and insightful read.” — Deepak Chopra

It is my pleasure to introduce Gabe Berman, author of Live Like A Fruit Fly, to readers here at In Classic Style — nourishing our creative muses is paramount. Music helps in the process. I couldn’t live without a tune playing in the background. Animal Collective is taking me on a journey through Merriweather Post Pavilion at the moment and I hope more people discover this band (I know many have). Gabe is the first author to choose an album by The Beatles. Sacrilegious how the rest of us who have filled out our favorite albums list passed over any of their gems, but now Gabe has inspired me to give another listen to Abbey Road. Please welcome Gabe into your reading life:


I’ve literally been waiting my entire life for someone to ask me about my top ten favorite albums of all time. But no offense, Justin, I was hoping it was going to be some exotic princess. She’d say in her sultry accent, “Please tell me you love Jeff Buckley. Please, I beg of you.”

(Okay, Gabe, I am not going to disappoint you in too many ways beyond not being an exotic princess. I love Jeff Buckley, and he was an iconoclastic performer. For anyone who may not know this since the song has been covered by everyone in recent memory, Jeff Buckley was one of the first to cover Leonard Cohen’s gorgeous song Hallelujah. Rufus Wainright probably has the most recognizable version, and only because it was used in the film Shrek.)

Regardless, here’s the list. Not in order.

1. Radiohead – OK Computer

Remember the moment in The Wizard Of Oz when it switched from black & white to color? That’s the way I felt when I heard OK Computer for the first time. It was like I never heard music before.


2. Paul Simon — Graceland

Although I dig Dylan, he’s not the greatest lyricist of our time. Paul Simon is.

“And she said losing love is like a window in your heart. Everybody sees you’re blown apart. Everybody sees the wind blow.”


3. Paul Simon — The Rhythm Of The Saints

“Hard times, I’m used to them. The speeding planet burns, I’m used to that. My life’s so common it disappears. And sometimes even music cannot substitute for tears.”

I’ve heard nothing that captures despair so perfectly.

And the South American rhythms of The Rhythm Of The Saints are so hypnotic they’ll stick to the sides of your soul forever.

The Rhythm of the Saints

4. Bruce Springsteen — Born To Run

This album is a time machine to my youth but the timeless cuts Thunder Road, Born To Run, Meeting Across The River and Jungleland mean more to me now than ever.

bruce springsteen

5. Dave Brubeck – Time Out

This is the only album in the world that sounds the way the album cover looks.

My dad introduced me to Brubeck and I love thinking about how his face lights up from the opening measure of Take Five. Thankfully my dad is still around to listen to it with.

Time Out

6. Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue

By far the best jazz album of all time. Nothing even comes close.

I put it on in the background while I’m writing but invariably, the background becomes the foreground and I just sit there listening without writing a word. It’s that good.

Kind of Blue

7. Pat Metheny – Secret Story

Classifying Metheny as a guitarist is akin to classifying Beethoven as a piano player. They’re infinitely more.

This album was recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra and it makes you feel as if you’re living in movie filled with love, heartbreak and triumph.

Secret Story

8. Sting – Bring On The Night

“Stars will fall from dark skies as ancient rocks are turning. Quiet fills the room and your love flows through me. Though I lie here so still, I burn for you, I burn for you. I burn.”

Bring On the Night

9. Jeff Buckley – Grace

Cut open my heart and you’ll find this album inside of it. If you aren’t in love with Grace, we have nothing in common.


10. The Beatles – Abbey Road

“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

Abbey Road
Let the music play,
Gabe Berman is a native New Yorker who settled in South Florida after graduating from the University of Miami.
An epiphany, a passion, and a trail of breadcrumbs led him out of Corporate America and into a writing career. His columns appear regularly in on
To find Live Like A Fruit Fly at Amazon just click HERE.
Find Gabe on Twitter @GabeBerman or his blog, where he’s currently writing the sequel, The Fruit Fly Strikes Back.
Gabe Berman

Justin Bog
My creative writing blog is here.

Buy my eBook at Amazon by clicking here.
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  1. eden baylee says:

    Whoa Gabe!

    Great choices, especially Miles ;)

    Love the Jeff Buckley one too!

    Thanks for showcasing Gabe’s great taste, Justin. xo

  2. Justin says:

    Hey, Eden . . . your choices have a bit in common with Gabe’s musical taste, and that’s the great point to creation: everything can be similar and different. Thanks for commenting here. Great to see you.

  3. Brett says:

    I am surprised you don’t create a spotify playlist to embed. That way I can copy it and play it. :)

  4. Love all these choices. I, too, am a huge fan of Simon & the Beatles.

    Any time there’s music, I’m SO there.

    Great list, Gabe! (P.S. Luv Grace)

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