Friday, April 13, 2018

Life Sountrack

One of the ways Jamie and I got to know each other while dating was through a series of questions and questionnaires that we would ask each other.  We still do it now occasionally with the phrase "it's to you," meaning it's your turn to ask a question for us to both respond to.  They have been deep existential and spiritual questions ("where do you see yourself in five years," "what is your greatest struggle") and they have been profoundly simple and silly ("who is your favorite Muppet").

The questionnaire below is one that I think I initially raised and had us both do.  We even created mix-tapes to exchange with each other.  Jamie took this and uses it in her class each year as a getting-to-know you exercise, as it really can reveal a lot about a person - music taste, attitude, outlook, thought processes, etc.

Mine has been updated and revised since that initial creation, but that's more a reflection of my relationship with music.  My answer to favorite song always changes because it becomes more about what is speaking to me at the time.  Plus, there has been a lot of new music that has been absorbed in the interim.

So, below, you will find the soundtrack to my life, if I got to score that movie.  I would love to hear some of yours if you want to include in the comments below.


  • Opening Credits - "Sing, You Sinners" by Tony Bennett & John Legend
  • Waking Up - "Ain't No Other Man" by Christina Aguilera
  • Average Day - "That's Life" by Michael Buble
  • First Date - "I Saw Her Standing There" by Matt Belsante
  • Falling In Love - "When I Fall In Love" by Nat King Cole
  • Love Scene - "Mine" by David Phelps
  • Fight Scene - "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" by Cake
  • Breaking Up - "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore" by Elton John
  • Getting Back Together - "Lover You Should Have Come Over" by Jamie Cullum
  • Secret Love - "You Don't Know Me" by Harry Connick, Jr.
  • Life's Okay - "I've Got The World On A String" by Michael Buble
  • Mental Breakdown - "Hurt" by Johnny Cash
  • Driving - "Route 66" by John Mayer
  • Learning A Lesson - "Some Lessons" by Melody Gardot
  • Deep Thought - "Jesus, He Loves Me" by Edwin McCain
  • Flashback - "Yesterday" by Eva Cassidy
  • Partying - "Bourbon Street Parade" by Harry Connick, Jr.
  • Happy Dance - "Jump In The Line" by Harry Belafonte
  • Regretting - "Gravity" by John Mayer
  • Long Night Alone - "I Get Along Without You Very Well" by Diana Krall
  • Death Scene - "Angel Band" by David Phelps
  • Closing Credits - "Good Night, Sleep Tight Medley" by Danny Kaye and Louis Armstrong

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