Creative Thinking Prompt: Write A Musical Autobiography
How might a series of songs represent your life?
As you begin to plot your autobiography, jot down songs or sounds that might represent you or an event in your life.
Step 1: Write out your timeline
- You can start with your birth or include a little bit of your family history.
- Think about events that changed you.
- Think about how you will organize your timeline. Do you want a song for each year of your life or certain life events?
- Are there certain movies or TV shows that “define” parts of your life?
- End your timeline with at least one future goal you have for yourself.
Step 2: Identify the characters in your life.
Are there particular songs or sounds that can represent people and/or things in your life?
- What were your favorite toys, activities, games, or books? What song or sound can represent these?
- Did or do you have a favorite pet?
- How might your sibling(s) or being the only child influence you?
- What about friends? Coaches? Others who have been mentors to you?
- How about your parent(s) or other family members that have been strong influences on you?
Step 3: Collect Songs and Sounds
- With an adult’s help, download the songs you have chosen. Make sure you legally download your music.
- Put the songs in order of your timeline.
- Add a title to your song mix such as “All About Max.”
Think Deeper: Write an autobiographical poem.
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- Jamendo Music
This is all independent music. So if you’re looking for a big name artist, you’ll probably have to go elsewhere (try YouTube Music or Spotify). Or pay at iTunes or Apple Music.
You’ll need a music downloader app to help organize it all (here’s a list of them).
Go to Jamendo Music here.
PureVolume is a site that features lots of free music downloads from a range of different artists.
Check out PureVolume here.
- Amazon Music
Check out Amazon Music’s free music download section here.
SoundClick offers free downloads from thousands of artist websites. That includes signed, unsigned, independent, and everything in-between.
Manage your collection with a music downloader app.
Check out SoundClick here.