I spent 6 months of 1986 living in Sydney, and while I was there, I went to a Paul Kelly concert in a hall somewhere and my friend Jo thought the drummer was cute, and I bought his album Post, and I've been playing it ever since.
This month I put Post in the car cd rotation, and it has made me very happy. I've read research about why we love the songs of our youth so much more than recent music. It has to do with emotions and hormones and memory and other stuff. There's a general-audience summary here, if you are interested.
"Kensington Road runs straight for a while before turning" is a line from the song Adelaide that I can't get out of my head right now. I love how it paints a clear sense of place with such efficiency. That's what I want in my own writing. Sherman Alexie is really good at this kind of thing, and I once read an interview in which he down played the work that went into creating his sentences, saying they were just tools to get his ideas across, but I think that's a too simplistic description of his craft.