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Your Life is Your Story, Issue #051 – Music and Memories
March 16, 2008

"Your past is your story up to now. The future is the story yet to come. The present is where you live with that experience, your hopes and your dreams."

Your Life is Your Story Newsletter

March 16, 2008
Issue #051 – Music and Memories

From Tom Gilbert – Editor and Writer,

In this Issue:

Opening remarks: The Wild Life
Featured Article: Music and Memories
Resources You Can Use: Your Life Changing Event, MemoryPress, Magical Memory Tour

Opening Remarks: The Wild Life

I watched "Into the Wild" last night. This powerful movie (great cinematography, good performances by the ensemble cast including Emile Hirsch, William Hurt, Marcia Gay Harden, Catherine Keener and Hal Holbrook, well-directed by Sean Penn) is based on the true story of a young man (Chris McCandless) who rejected the life his parents and society expected of him. After graduating from college he took off on a journey to discover real life. He hitch-hiked around the country, rode the rails, worked in Iowa wheat fields, paddled a kayak from the Grand Canyon to Mexico, and ultimately followed his bliss to the wilderness of Alaska.

This type of adventure and life is not for everyone. He was one of those rare souls. But the movie, and his story, has certainly stayed with me. Even though he was powerfully motivated by being alone in nature and living off the land, the influence of other people had a huge impact on him. He learned the need to forgive the family he left behind and the importance of unconditional love for and from the new friends he met on his journey.

Life is an adventure for all of us, whether we live in urban or rural settings. Here’s to your story.

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While the main focus of this newsletter is to share thoughts, ideas, and insights on life story writing you should know that I offer various services and also mention some products and services that can be helpful. You are under no obligation to purchase anything, but if any of these products or services are helpful and you decide to utilize them then I am most grateful.

Thanks for reading. – Tom

Featured Article: Music and Memories

Copyright By Tom Gilbert - reprint of 2004 article

You have experienced this many times in your life. A song comes on the radio or stereo and you are instantly transported back in time. For some people the memories resurrected from a well-loved song are so powerful that your senses participate. Again you see, hear, smell, taste and even touch the time the song evokes.

Why all this happens probably has something to do with how our brains work, but I'll leave that to the scientific community. All I know is music can be a great way to help us reminisce. There are countless songs from my past that always heighten my recall of days gone by. This is especially true when the songs are about relationships and events that speak specifically to our stories

Of course, music plays a bigger part in the lives of some than others. I've spent most of my career involved in the radio industry and I make no bones about the major motivation. I wanted to work where I could play music I liked and I'm just not a good enough musician! So, being a radio DJ was the next best thing.

It doesn't matter whether the songs are by big band swing crooners, heavy metal rockers, country twangers, classical pianists, alternative-post-modern-grunge rock or contemporary pop hits. If the music was, and is, part of your life, it's valid.

Read the full article here.

You can read other articles on life-story writing here.

Resources You Can Use

Your Life Changing Event

Chances are you’ve had at least one life changing experience with an impact so great it has altered how you live and how you view your life.

Your Life Changing Experience is worth writing about. Whether it was your marriage, recovering from a life threatening illness, the birth of a child, an incredible adventure, life altering career change or spiritual awakening, this seminal event in your life holds the key to unlock your life lessons and values. You could write about this in a few pages or as the basis of a book. Read the article here.


MemoryPress Books are a great way to share your life story. You can create beautiful books that commemorate a wedding, anniversary, graduation, career, your life story, funeral book or for any worthwhile reason.

You can start your MemoryPress Book process right away and for just $50. When you purchase your $50 publishing credit, you use MemoryPress FREE. It’s an incredible and user-friendly online way to build your story into a book. Upload pictures, invite others to contribute writing, select a cover and revise, edit and proof your book and then a turnkey process binds and prints it. Your entire $50 will go straight to publishing when you are finished with your memory book!

You can do the whole thing yourself with great customer support and instructions. If you find you need more help, like a writer or editor, I am available for hire to assist you and get that long awaited story to print. You can find out more at here.

Magical Memory Tour

The power of a song to trigger memories has been recognized by many of us. Scientists in England are conducting a new study about memory and your memories about the Beatles might help them learn more about how the brain functions. Roll up for the Magical Memory Tour and participate.

Closing Information

That’s it for this month’s issue. Thanks for reading. Be sure to visit our blog regularly, and here’s to telling your story. Do give it some serious consideration because I just know you’ve got a great story to tell! Be sure to see the Get Started section.

Any comments, ideas or feedback is greatly appreciated. Just reply to this ‘zine and tell me what you think!

Until next time, – keep your story alive!

Tom Gilbert

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