If your life had a soundtrack, what would it be?

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Springsteen. Been
a fan since the
summer of 1973.
I was amazed to find
this guy who sang
about me, the Jersey
shore, and nights
in NYC. Even more
Michael Chiorazzi
amazed when
everyone else
discovered him. Not a day goes by when
I don’t listen to his music and think about
getting to another concert (22 and
—Michael Chiorazzi, Associate Dean for
Information Services, James and Beverly
Rogers Professor of Law, and Professor
of Information Resources & Library
Science, Daniel Cracchiolo Law Library,
University of Arizona Rogers College of
Law, Tucson
This is such a
revealing, intimate,
and thoughtprovoking question!
These six songs
have always deeply
resonated with me.
They are my life’s
Shauna Wiest
• “Higher Love” from Steve Winwood’s
1986 album, Back in the Highlife.
It is a song of possibility, faith, and
redemption. This song always gives me
the perseverance to push through, even
when all I want to do is give up and
• “For What It’s Worth” (also known as
“Stop Children What’s that Sound”)
written by Stephen Stills and performed
by Buffalo Springfield in 1967. I was
born the same year it was written
and released in my hometown of Los
Angeles. The lyrics describe a decade
of social and soulful unrest and a
counterculture’s peaceful response.
AALL Spectrum
July 2014
If your life had a soundtrack,
what would it be?
• “California Love” by 2Pac featuring
Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman, released in
1995. This unforgettable tribute to my
home state rocks every major city by
name, including where I was born—
• “Comfortably Numb,” from Pink Floyd’s
1979 double album, The Wall. I was
sitting front row when I heard Roger
Waters perform this song live—it still
sends chills up my spine whenever
I hear it.
• “On My Own” (Epinone’s solo) from
Les Miserables. When I first saw Les
Miserables in 1992, I was living alone,
had recently broken up with my
boyfriend, and attended the play alone.
There are few songs with lyrics so
emotionally connected, powerful, and
thoughtful than this.
• “Crazy Train” from Ozzy Osbourne’s
1980 album, Blizzard of Oz. Show
me a person who has never felt like a
passenger on a crazy train, and I will
show you an unexamined life. But
seriously, the guitar riffs by the late
and great Randy Rhoads absolutely
rock this track.
—Shauna Wiest, Law Librarian, Stoel Rives
LLP, Salt Lake City
If my life had a
soundtrack, it would
be the song
“Happy” by Pharrell
Williams. This year I
retired from my law
practice, finished my
MLIS, and started
Lisa Foster
working in February
as a reference
librarian for Thomas Jefferson School of
Law in my hometown of San Diego. I was
always a pretty happy lawyer, but I’m a
happier librarian, and I’m optimistic about
the future in my new career.
—Lisa Foster, Reference Librarian,
Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego
“Vertigo” by Bernard Herrmann from
Hitchcock’s masterpiece. Mystery, romance,
suspense . . . or maybe that’s just what
I’d like to have playing as the soundtrack of
my life!
—Christine Stouffer, Director of Library
Services, Thompson Hine LLP, Cleveland
A bizarre mishmash
of the Seinfeld
bass line, the Law &
Order clang, and a
lone Beatle singing
“there will be an
answer . . . .”
Eve Ross
—Eve Ross, Assistant
Librarian/Research Specialist, McNair Law
Firm, P.A., Columbia, South Carolina
"As" by Stevie Wonder. The message for me
is to believe and trust that everything in the
universe is exactly as it should be, that God
(or a higher power, or the Easter Bunny,
whatever you prescribe to) has a plan. Love
and kindness are supreme, and as long as
our lives are filled with both, it's all good.
It makes me want to dance and reminds me
of great times with my friends on rooftops
in the summer.
—Lusiella Fazzino, Legal and Electronic
Services Librarian, Connecticut
The soundtrack of
my life is the song
“Morning Is Broken,”
because that’s
what is usually going
through my head.
(“Morning has
broken, like the first
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morning . . . Black
bird has spoken, like
the first bird.”) I like the song. Sometimes
I even sing it, but I try to sing quietly,
so as not to bother co-workers.
—Janet Lewis Reinke, Head of Research
Services, Florida International University
College of Law Library, Miami