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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.

Life in Seven Songs The San Francisco Standard

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 35 Ratings

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.

    How comedy saved Margaret Cho’s life

    How comedy saved Margaret Cho’s life

    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.

    • 33 min
    ‘Life in Seven Songs’ full theme song

    ‘Life in Seven Songs’ full theme song

    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!

    • 1 min
    He shaped the iPhone—so what shaped Jony Ive?

    He shaped the iPhone—so what shaped Jony Ive?

    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.

    • 35 min
    D’Wayne Wiggins on Tony! Toni! Toné!, Beyoncé and beyond

    D’Wayne Wiggins on Tony! Toni! Toné!, Beyoncé and beyond

    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.

    • 27 min
    The truth hurts with SF Mayor London Breed

    The truth hurts with SF Mayor London Breed

    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.

    • 30 min
    Introducing ‘Life in Seven Songs’

    Introducing ‘Life in Seven Songs’

    “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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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

tgk047 ,

Such fascinating interviews

I am loving Life In Seven Songs so far! Talking about music is such a great way to bring out personal stories from the interviewees. Sophie is a fantastic host — her questions are so thoughtful. Highly recommend this show!

EB Greenwhich ,

Immediately hooked

A must-listen for music lovers and anyone interested in fresh, intimate and emotionally rich personal stories. Sophie Bearman's interview style draws out compelling stories from her guests, many who are household names that we’ve never had the chance to get to know on this level before.

cora212 ,

thoughtful and interesting

i was very moved by the London breed interview, i found her early life growing up in public housing and her relationship with her sister and brother, who both faced very, very different fates from her, quite powerful. her music choices struck me as well. the wiggins episode was less deep, but fun and the music is groovy. planning to give the show another couple of listens

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