"The Song That Changed My Life,"

Joni Mitchell heard Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” and wanted to write beautiful music.

Dave Grohl saw Chicago punks Naked Raygun, and knew he wanted to be a musician.

Brian Wilson credits George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody In Blue” with getting him through the darkest period of his life.

Ray Lamontagne awoke to his clock radio playing a Stephen Stills song and– on the spot– decided to quit his shoe factory job and start writing songs.

Sheryl Crow heard 16,000 sing along to a James Taylor concert and knew she wanted to spend her life singing.

Billy Joel (and who knows how many others) wanted to play music because he watched The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show.

The Song That Changed My Life

The Song That Changed My Life seeks those moments, posing the question: “What forces, what moments, what music combined to create the artist we know as _______?” We’ve asked that question (and a whole lot of other questions) to fantastic, inspiring artists like Dar Williams, Howard Jones, Over The Rhine, Duncan Sheik, Mike Peters (of The Alarm and Big Country), Sixpence None The Richer, Joe Henry and more.

The Song That Changed My Life is a chance for artists to tell the story they want to tell, to reach beyond the typical gossip and “how did you pick your band name?” questions. It’s their chance to take us backstage, back home, down the creative well and into their roots.

We’ve learned that The Song That Changed My Life is different for everyone. Even if the song itself is the same (which it hasn’t been yet), the way songs affect one person’s life is so personal, so intimate, and drastically different from the way the very same chords, lyrics, and sound waves might affect the life of another.

Sometimes the “song” isn’t even necessarily a song. Maybe it’s a moment. Maybe it’s a concert. Maybe it’s an album. Maybe it’s an entire arc of life-changing events and influences on a musician’s work and career.  We know how music has changed our lives. Now we want to know the things– music, songs, moments– that shaped the artists and music we love.

That’s why we ask, “what’s the song that changed your life?”

Launched in 1998, Kaleidoscope Pictures’ goal has been to positively impact peoples lives through the powerful influence of media.

Located at the based of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains in the heart of Historic Downtown Provo Kaleidoscope is a full-service production and creative entity, with a specialized niche in high-impact, principle-centered media.

Known for their innovative & award-winning work, Kaleidoscope’s productions include television series, feature films, music videos, and documentaries.

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