The Soundtrack of My Life – Volume 1

So technically this is not a new blog “entry” but it is something I wanted to share with everyone again now that I have started Tones of Yo.  I have added more detail in this post than what I initially had when I posted this as a Facebook note almost two years ago.

The purpose of this exercise is to create a soundtrack that explains your life and there are two views on how it can be created.  One way to go about this endeavor (and I do mean endeavor because it is a tough task) is to pick songs that meant a lot to you at different pivotal points in your life.  The other way to start this project, and the way I chose to use, is to view yourself from another person’s perspective and create the soundtrack based on what they would play during the movie about your life.  I highly recommend all music lovers to try this at some point.

I threw my iPod on shuffle and listened to every song that was on it at the time when I started to think about what songs I wanted on my soundtrack.  The task can get tedious when you have 11,000+ songs, so there is no way that I got through every song (side note: I am now over 15,000).  However, I was unemployed at the time and making the Nashville-Memphis-Nashville trek at least once every two weeks so I did make it through a good bit.  I gave every song a chance by listening to it for at least one minute before skipping to the next song and I actually discovered some new songs and artists that I might have normally skipped if I did not try this project.  I remember my initial list of songs came to about 35 and I had to narrow down from there. You are probably tired of reading my narrative by now, so I will get on to the music.  A post on why each song made the cut will come soon.


  • No more than 20 songs
  • Must fit on one disc


1. Blind Melon – “No Rain”

2. Cary Brothers – “Blue Eyes”

3. The Killers – “Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll”

4. Modest Mouse – “The World at Large”

5. Aerosmith – “Dream On”

6. The Doors – “Break On Through (To The Other Side)”

7. Jeremy Kay – “Have It All”

8. The Beatles – “In My Life”

9. Bill Withers – “Lean On Me”

10. Cake – “Friend is a Four Letter Word”

11. Dashboard Confessional – “The Places You Have Come to Fear The Most”

12. Survivor – “Eye of the Tiger”

13. Gov’t Mule – “I’ll Be The One”

14. The Beach Boys – “When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)”

15. Ben E. King – “Stand By Me”

16. The Weepies – “Can’t Go Back Now”

17. The Meters – “Mardi Gras Mambo”

18. Bobby McFerrin – “Don’t Worry Be Happy”

19. Wade Yohanek – “Adam”

20. Semisonic – “Closing Time”

Bonus Track (because “Adam” is not recorded anywhere): Ben Harper – “Glory & Consequence”


One thought on “The Soundtrack of My Life – Volume 1

  1. minda jo

    finally read all of your blogs!! im getting back into the fb/twitter swing of things. i love, love, LOVE them! and, of course, the ‘soundtrack of my life’ holds an extra special place in my heart : ). keep them coming, i will be reading : )


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