Our Marketing Rockstars Present: Songs + Stories – Tony’s Playlist

Tony’s Playlist:

Soundtrack of my life


Music has a way of rejuvenating the soul. It stands the test of time and can actually make time stand still. It also brings back memories, smells, tastes, locations and friendships along the way. It can make or break a good party!

Music tells a story.

I decided to capture the stories from my journey. This is the soundtrack of my life…going back as far as I can remember.

Music is in my blood

My family came from Italy, and music and food was always front and center. My grandfather played in the Italian army band and they asked his unit to play for the historical meeting of Mussolini and Hitler in Rome.

My grandfather played in the Italian army band and his unit performed at the historical meeting between Mussolini and Hitler in Rome.

Little did he know that, soon after, he would be in the battlefields and on battleships stranded for days after numerous attacks. He once told me that music and prayer

were the only things that got him through the desperation.

The family made it through the war and quickly boarded a ship for Ellis Island in search of a better life in America.

MY musical journey begins

Fast forward to the early 1970s and Grandpa convinced my parents to throw a huge accordion on my back. Even though I won a duet recital, I knew listening to music and going to concerts was much more enjoyable than playing an instrument that weighed more than me.

That’s when I fell in love with music…and my parents’ basement.

I’ll never forget the stereo credenza, 33/45 record player and 8-track tape player in my parents’ basement. It changed my life.

There was a wall with four vertical mirrors and a stereo credenza, 33/45 record player and 8-track tape player. My friends and I would imitate John Travolta in Grease or Saturday Night Fever in front of the mirror, play air-guitar like Angus Young of AC-DC, or drums like Neil Peart from Rush.

The years continue to fly by and the stories build. Below is a small sampling of songs that created memories for me along the way…


Tony’s playlist

Monday (the Early Years)

Boogie Shoes – KC & The Sunshine Band

That’s the Way I like It – KC & The Sunshine Band

Rodney Dangerfield version of “Funiculi, Funicula” from the movie “Easy Money”

Lou Monte – C’e La Luna

The Who – Baba O’Riley

Tuesday (The 80’s and 90’s – High School and College)

YES – I’ve Seen All Good People

U2 – I Will Follow (Joshua Tree concert was amazing)

OAR – Hey Girl (Met my wife in College at Ohio State and we saw this band on campus & band was from Ohio)

The Samples – Feel Us Shaking (Another college band)

INXS – Good Times (Caught the drum stick at concert in Rome)

Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Under the Bridge

Wednesday (2000’s – The New Family Years)

Dave Matthews – Ants Marching (Just reminds of the sleepless nights)

Justin Timberlake – Suit & Tie (DJ tracks from kids’ birthday parties)

Phil Collins – Trashin the Camp (Kids road trip with Tarzan movie)

Peter Gabriel – Solsburry Hill (Keeping me sane)

Train – Hey, Soul Sister (First song my son memorized)

VIC – Wobble (Way too many weddings!)

Thursday (Vacation Tunes)

Jack Johnson – Better Together

John Mayer – Why Georgia

Zac Brown Band – Toes

Zac Brown Band – Island Song

Quinn XCII – Another Day In Paradise

Friday (Feel Good Fridays)

Rob Thomas – Street Corner Symphony

Queen and David Bowie – Under Pressure

John Mayer – Say

Mercy Me – I Can Only Imagine

Pearl Jam – Daughter

Dave Matthews Band – You & Me


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