Telling Your Story with My Last Soundtrack
Sue Kemple, the CEO of startup My Last Soundtrack, has lots of reasons why she does the kind of work she does. She?s a serial entrepreneur, a creative thinker, a prolific writer, a garage band musician, and a human being who has been through more instances of personal loss and grief than she can count.
But one of her driving reasons for doing this particular work is that she strongly believes in the power of story. In fact, she told us a story to illustrate this point.
?Towards the end of her life, my grandmother used to come from her home in New Jersey to visit my family in North Carolina,? Kemple begins. ?I used to joke that I was the one who drew the short straw every time I had to take her the hour and a half drive to the airport for her flight home.
?But as it turns out, I was the lucky one. Nana had so many stories to tell me about her childhood, her younger years, her dreams and ambitions, those that she realized and the many more she didn?t ? so many stories that I never knew. Of course, this was the 1990s, and it’s not like we had smartphones then where we could just press the record button and capture a story forever. I wish though that I had invested in a small tape recorder so I had a record of hearing my grandmother tell her stories before she died at the turn of the millennium ? stories that, in their way, were also my stories.?
Kemple concluded, ?You know, everyone has a story to tell. And everyone?s story should be told.?
Studies show that as we get older, we begin to think more about how we want to be remembered. The digital world in which we live often dictates this for us, without our conscious input. The traces we leave on the web are in places both obvious and obscure ? in emails, on social media, in online versions of high school yearbooks, in the dark recesses of traffic court and real estate records. Most of us, if given the chance, would like to choose how we want to be remembered, rather than have random pieces all over the internet be our legacy.
My Last Soundtrack (MLS) is the coolest tool online to give us the ability to do this ? not just so that those who come after us know who we were, what we stood for, and what mattered to us. But also, because our stories are ultimately their stories.
The site is designed to be incredibly easy and intuitive, and the end result is a beautifully crafted page that reflects the intent of the its designer. You start with music, because at MLS, they feel music is a powerful way to begin to tell someone’s life story and to express the things that one finds important or beautiful. But there are also other ways to tell your story… there are spaces to write your biography, to upload photos, to create a slideshow, to convey your values, to muse about life lessons, to leave advice ? or just to share memories like your great-grandmother?s chocolate chip cookie recipe. Whatever it is that matters most to you is what your site will reflect.
And just because it’s called a ?last? soundtrack doesn’t mean it’s the last word when you shut your computer down for the night. Kemple reminds us that you can create a soundtrack, publish it, and go back to it, day after day, month after month, year after year, and continue to update it to reflect the way your life has changed and the way that you’ve grown.
Want to check out My Last Soundtrack for yourself? Go to their website at www.MyLastSoundtrack.com, create an account, and publish your story. Because after all, you have an amazing story to tell. And you should be able to tell it the way you want to.
- Lori Thomas has decades of experience as a caregiver. Her writing for SeniorAdvice.com is informed by years of research as well as hands-on family experience caring for her now late mother, who had chronic health issues for most of her life. Lori is an integral part of the SeniorAdvice.com management team, acting as Vice President of Marketing and Chief Editor.
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