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What songs tell your life story? Host Sophie Bearman asks this question of some of the world’s most fascinating people. Through seven songs, guests reveal the milestones—and the music—that have shaped their lives. New episodes every other Tuesday.

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Raunchy, risk-taking and always hilarious, Margaret Cho has had a legendary career as a stand-up comic, actress and musician. She says her success is because of all the trauma she’s survived, not despite it. These are her songs. (They Long to Be) Close to You — Carpenters Eleanor Rigby — The Beatles Doot-Doot — Freur Our Lips Are Sealed — The Go-Go’s Groove Is in the Heart — Deee-Lite Wonderwall — Oasis Chandelier — Sia Listen to Margaret Cho’s full playlist on Spotify. Find the transcript of this episode at lifeinsevensongs.com. Thoughts? Guest suggestions? Email us at lifeinsevensongs@sfstandard.com.
We’ve received numerous requests from our listeners about our theme music, and we're excited to share the full track with you today! Composed exclusively for 'Life in Seven Songs' by the talented Kate Davis and Zubin Hensler, this music is an integral part of our show. Enjoy!
You may not know his name, but you certainly know his work. Sir Jony Ive is the former chief design officer for Apple, and the mastermind behind devices most cannot imagine living without—the Macbook, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods and more. He joined Apple at just 25 years old, and together with Steve Jobs, transformed what was a financially troubled company into a juggernaut. These are his seven songs. De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da – The Police Main Theme / Carter Takes a Train–  Roy Budd Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone –The Temptations Don't You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds Define Dancing – Thomas Newman 40 – U2 This Is The Day – Ivy Listen to Jony Ive’s full playlist on Spotify. Find the transcript of this episode at lifeinsevensongs.com. Thoughts? Guest suggestions? Email us at lifeinsevensongs@sfstandard.com.
Music producer and musician D’Wayne Wiggins has mentored superstars like Beyoncé, Kehlani and Zendaya, all while touring with his own Grammy award-winning band Tony! Toni! Toné!. In this episode, D’Wayne reveals how he found his sound and helped others do the same. These are his songs. Hot Fun in the Summertime - Sly and the Family Stone Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix Strawberry Letter 23 - The Brothers Johnson Imagination - Earth, Wind & Fire The Jam - Graham Central Station Be Thankful for What You Got - William DeVaughn What's Really Going On (Strange Fruit) - D'Wayne Wiggins Listen to D’Wayne Wiggins’ full playlist on Spotify. Find the transcript of this episode at lifeinsevensongs.com. Thoughts? Guest suggestions? Email us at lifeinsevensongs@sfstandard.com.
Host Sophie Bearman sits down with London Breed, the 45th mayor of San Francisco, and the first Black woman to hold the position. London opens up about how her life was shaped by the challenges that plague San Francisco, how she’s been criticized for being outspoken, and why she says that makes her uniquely qualified for the job. Here's her playlist. Get Me Bodied – Beyoncé Candy Girl – New Edition Push It! – Salt-N-Pepa End of the Road – Boyz II Men I’m Every Woman – Whitney Houston Ex-Factor – Lauryn Hill Truth Hurts – Lizzo Listen to London Breed’s full playlist on Spotify. Find the transcript of this episode at lifeinsevensongs.com. Thoughts? Guest suggestions? Email us at lifeinsevensongs@sfstandard.com.
“Life in Seven Songs” is a new podcast from The San Francisco Standard. In each episode, host Sophie Bearman brings you closer to influential figures through the music that has shaped their lives. “Life in Seven Songs” premieres on June 18, with new episodes released every other Tuesday.
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