I’ve taken a day or two to mention soundtracks for television and movies already and there will be more to come in that regard. But how about soundtracks for real life? That’s a concept I considered a few years back, when I put together a soundtrack for myself.
The first time I took a crack at doing this, the results were mixed. Unlike a film, a personal soundtrack doesn’t really have accompanying visuals to set the scene; it has to stand alone in its depictions. In that way, a personal soundtrack is as much a biographical portrait as an actual soundtrack. As such, it’s easy to make choices that are more literal than figurative, at least it was for me. Nevertheless, Wilson Pickett’s “A Man and a Half” was one of the easier choices to put on my personal soundtrack. Thinking about it again now, that’s a choice I would definitely repeat if I were to update the soundtrack today.