OK, your life may never be made into a television movie starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. But that doesn’t mean you can’t design your own soundtrack to fit your whole life just for kicks. We do it for weddings and funerals, so why not life itself?
To begin, I suppose you could start with whatever song was playing when you were conceived, though that might gross you out to even KNOW it to begin with. So maybe skip that one and go with something your mom played while you were in utero, or maybe something she sang to you as a lullaby. I’m racking my brain to remember anything like this from my own childhood but I can’t, so I have no ideas to share. You could use the one I sang for my daughter, “Tiny Dancer,” if you don’t have one. I don’t mind sharing and neither does she.
Next you might want to add something from your childhood, which, for me, is a mixed tape of Roxette, The Supremes, MC Hammer, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on tour soundtrack. Yeah, I wouldn’t listen to my life soundtrack if I were you. How about sharing some of yours and maybe I’ll borrow them? We can swap songs. In all seriousness, though, this should be something that helps you remember your life, so it’s better to go with what you really listened to or remember.
Your teen years will probably feature some of the most powerful, memorable songs for you. Don’t we all get through those years with the help of our favorite songs? Even though the late 90s/early 2000s were my teen years, I still identify more with oldies music—stuff from the 60s, 70s, and 80s—best because that’s what my parents mostly listened to. My boyfriend and I would just lay in my room listening to records—Journey, ELO, Kansas, REO Speedwagon—and ponder the meaning of life. Or just hold hands and wish we were alone and making out. There’s some country music that reminds me of that time, too. Of course, if you play some Radiohead or Nirvana or Beck or Marcy Playground, yes, it’s going to bring up some powerful memories, too.
Right now, as a mom, you might think that my life soundtrack revolves around Raffi or Ella Jenkins or the Laurie Berkner Band, and yes, we’ve listened to them. But my daughter often asks for Led Zeppelin, the Cranberries, or Adele in the car; she is six and already has some taste, in my opinion. It’s when she asks for “The Final Countdown” I get worried…
How about making your own Life Soundtrack and sharing it here at Living to Do?