This morning, I posted a question, via Twitter.

“If your life had a soundtrack – like a movie – what would be the opening song? What would be the song running with the credits?”

I had a lot of responses, both on Twitter and from my Facebook status, but the question really got me thinking.

What would the soundtrack to my life really sound like?

Of course, I’m a branding advocate. I believe that your story should BE your brand. And as one of my past posts suggest, “iPod, Am I,” I took that simple tweet one step further and extended the parameters to score my entire life (to date)My musical brand?

Before we continue, please understand that emotion and history both weighed heavily while outlining this soundtrack. I’m currently dealing with a very ill family member and believe that that has affected some of this… But it’s interesting to think about what my soundtrack would hold (today).

So, here it is, “Andrew B. Clark – The Musical 2009”

Opening Credits:
“Singalong Junk” Paul McCartney

’68 – ’77 – The Clark Family (A.B.):
“California Dreamin'” The Mama & The Papas
“Heaven on Their Minds” from Jesus Christ Super Star (play the video in the body of the page)
“Joy To The World” Three Dog Night
“These Dreams” Jim Croce
“Home Again” Carole King

Intro: Huss & Family:
“Heard It Through The Grape Vine” Marvin Gaye
“We Are Family” Sister Sledge

Andy Clark
(’68 to ’78) Childhood:
“Lonely Boy” Andrew Gold
“Popcorn” Hot Butter
“Smoke On The Water”
Deep Purple
“Spiders & Snakes” Jim Stafford

(’78 to ’81) Adolescence/Pre-teen:
“Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” Paul McCartney
“Hotter Than Hell” KISS (from 3rd grade… mom loved this one)
“Frankenstein” Edgar Winter

(’82 to ’87) Junior/High School:
“Turn Me Loose” Loverboy
“Our House” Madness
“Oh Yeah” Yello
“Radio Free Europe” REM
“Diamonds on the Souls of Her Shoes” Paul Simon

(’87 to ’91) College/Young Adult (Boston):
“The Lovecats” The Cure
“Rickover’s Dream” Michael Hedges
“We Are In Love” Harry Connick, Jr.
“Scuttle Buttin`” Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble (OMG!)
“So Much To Say” Take 6
“Dance To The Music” Sly & The Family Stone

(’92 to ’94) Young Adult/Early Married:
“What Is Hip?” Tower of Power
“Everybody’s Talkin’” Nilssen
“Kissing A Fool” George Michael
“You Can’t Fall Up (You Just Fall Down)” Tower of Power
“Hey Blue” Tony Rich Project
“Roll To Me” Del Amitri
“Hello” Oasis
“Vasoline” Stone Temple Pilots

Husband and Fatherhood:
“Apples And Bananas” Raffi
“Higher Ground” Red Hot Chili Peppers
“Hello Goodbye” The Beatles (But Paul McCartney’s Live version)
“25 or 6 to 4” Chicago
“In 3’s” Beastie Boys
“1, 2, 3, 4” Plain White T’s

*** although I’m not quite dead yet ***

Closing Credits:
“Black Bird” The Beatles (…the Paul-solo version)

Of course, tomorrow, this could all change. That’s what life, and personal branding is all about. I can’t wait to hear what’s in store for the next act…

What’s on your life’s soundtrack?

Keep Cooking!
Andrew B. Clark
The Brand Chef

  1. Quite eclectic! I was rather surprised to see PWTs on there…but nothing else was a surprise! I don’t know HOW you pared it down to so few songs…that had to be heart-wrenching!