In a recent Wall Street Journal MarketWatch column, “Do Chefs Make Better Financial Advisers?” I was honored to be featured along with several other advisors who transitioned into financial life planning from other careers, benefitting from a deeper level of client empathy than had they leaped straight into the financial fray. I noticed there were no former rock stars turned advisors listed in the article. Perhaps there should have been.
First, on the eve of the Fourth of July (and my own Third of July birthday!) what career could be more American? Those performers literally sweat independence. Second, surprising gems of financial wisdom are often heard if you pay attention to their lyrics. To help you celebrate the Fourth, here are a few of our favorites, from some Rock & Roll Hall of Famers and related luminaries:
- A person is a success if they get up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between does what he wants to do.
– Bob Dylan
- Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you a yacht big enough to pull up right alongside it.
– David Lee Roth
- And if I had a million dollars
If I had a million dollars
Well I’d buy you some art
A Picasso or a Garfunkel
– Barenaked Ladies, If I Had a Million Dollars
- It’s not having what you want. It’s wanting what you’ve got.
– Sheryl Crow
- What you got ain’t necessarily what you own.
– Doug McLeod
- Money, it’s a gas
Grab that cash with both hands
And make a stash
New car, caviar, four star daydream
Think I’ll buy me a football team
– Pink Floyd, Money
- If you follow every dream, you might get lost.
– Neil Young
- Cause I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love.
– The Beatles
- If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street.
If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat.
If you get too cold, I’ll tax the heat.
If you take a wax, I’ll tax your feet.
– The Beatles, Taxman
- Don’t believe the florist when he tells you that the roses are free.
- Cash Rules Everything Around Me
C. R. E. A. M. Get the money, dollar, dollar bill y’all
– Wu-Tang Clan, C.R.E.A.M.
- There is nothing so stable as change.
– Bob Dylan
- You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need.
– The Rolling Stones
- Oh Lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz.
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends.
So oh Lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz
– Janis Joplin, Mercedes Benz
Whether or not it leads to a filmmaking career or a Benz of his own, a mother couldn’t be prouder of her musician son Devon and his bandmates in Sprechen sie Awesome. Check out their Rockumentary inspired by “This Is Spinal Tap” and enjoy! (Who remembers watching this 1984 mockumentary of the world’s loudest band?)