Foundations and Development of the Lifetime Soundtrack
Lauren Istvandity [+]
University of the Sunshine Coast
In this chapter the author further develops the original concept of the Lifetime Soundtrack as the framework to better discuss and theorise musically motivated autobiographical memories. With reference to interview narratives, the chapter will firstly demonstrate the inception of the Lifetime Soundtrack as it occurs within early childhood. The development of the soundtrack is then shown to be effected throughout childhood, adolescence and adulthood by a number of influences both within and external to the self, including family and friends. Stories from participants exemplify the changing use of music throughout a lifetime, illustrating the significant effect that the passing of time has on musical memories. The chapter introduces ideas of home, space and place, and identity as key factors that can be linked to the development of the Lifetime Soundtrack. The chapter describes the changing ways in which the Lifetime Soundtrack is engaged with and reflected upon throughout the life course as evidenced in memory narratives from participants of different ages and generations.