Shaken Not Stirred

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Music

Does anyone else get strong recollection or the delving of memories whenever you hear a song on the radio. Some of these memories are so strong that I can feel the feelings I felt then, even sometimes remember the aroma of the air around me at the time. It's weird, but somehow fantastic.

I can give a for instance, cause once the song fades away, the memory does too. But suffice it to say, that a lot of Rascal Flatt's first album does just that. It conjures up memories of a summer gone by--and meeting some of my friends which would have the biggest influence of my life. Babette the song "Moving On" always makes me think of how we held on to our friendship and moved on with certain aspects of our lives, how we continue to build our friendship and also grow. I can smell that funky cigar that Christopher (was that his name) would smoke between lectures.

It's funny how little things like this tap certain areas of our brain and conjure up such strong images and memories.

21 Comments:

  • I totally agree. In fact, I'm running a contest where you can enter to win an autographed picture of a major internation rock act at
    http://www.metal-mixtape.blogspot.com/

    By Blogger Theodore, at 1:49 PM  

  • You are right.
    Sometimes, if I want to purposely remember something or if I want boyfriend to remember something. I will say look at my face, smell my perfume, listen to this song, look at your surroundings...I want you to remember this moment.
    You would be surprised at how well that works to jog your memory of that moment.

    By Blogger Lee Ann, at 4:07 PM  

  • Smells are a direct connect to memories I think.

    I can remember smells from when I was 4 or 5 and they never fail to take me back.

    By Blogger Tai, at 4:41 PM  

  • Smells are indeed one of the strongest triggers of memories, according to scientists.

    But those that are more auditory and musically inclined, a song or even a melody can take you back.

    A couple songs make me feel an actual physical pain, the emotions are so strong. Like "Baby's Got Back," for example. I get an aching in my hips, my body remembering all those dance moves from the clubs when that song came out.

    Memories....

    By Blogger The Phoenix, at 5:21 PM  

  • I hear an early Elvis song and I can't help but smile. His early songs remind me of my best friend and a road trip we took... wow, 20 years ago...

    By Blogger JJ, at 7:33 PM  

  • I feel ya. But what is even stronger to me is going back to live in a house that I grew up as a child. That brings back alot of forgotten memories.

    By Blogger Drywall Mom, at 8:37 PM  

  • I luv how music does this.

    By Blogger :P fuzzbox, at 11:29 PM  

  • Great memories, Angel! Oh what fun to share good chat. Even the bad stuff had a ring to it.
    Phoenix, thanks for conjuring up "Baby's Got Back!" I was humming this tune at work..hehehehe!

    By Anonymous Babette, at 11:48 PM  

  • Oh def!!!

    When I listen to some songs from
    Sublime, Pearl Jam, Beastie Boys, Nirvana, 311, chili peppers, silverchair

    So many good and (not so good) times....

    I can remember them like they happened yesterday....

    Actually since I have been unpacking I have encountered so many things from the past...I still have a letter that my 6th grade crush gave me!!!

    Can u believe it!

    I hate to throw things away...

    By Blogger Cari, at 8:50 AM  

  • Oh def!!!

    When I listen to some songs from
    Sublime, Pearl Jam, Beastie Boys, Nirvana, 311, chili peppers, silverchair

    So many good and (not so good) times....

    I can remember them like they happened yesterday....

    Actually since I have been unpacking I have encountered so many things from the past...I still have a letter that my 6th grade crush gave me!!!

    Can u believe it!

    I hate to throw things away...

    By Blogger Cari, at 8:50 AM  

  • Some days when I am feeling a bit melancholy, I'll throw on some songs that take me back to high school and just try to enjoy my "moody moment". There are quite a few songs that remind me of old times. Mostly good times, too =)

    By Blogger the_mrs, at 9:33 AM  

  • Angel, I know exactly of what you speak. I have mentioned this same sentiment several times in my blog. Although I don't listen to country anymore I do have that first rascal flatts album and a lot of those songs, especially 'Moving on' really moved me. That song reminds me of when I made the decision to leave the police force and enter a new phase in my life. There are certain songs that remind me of places I've been and you're right.. I remember things like what perfume I used to wear, certain foods I ate, even the smell of my facial cleanser. It's really weird... but I love that something like that can remind us of memories that may have been put away in our mind.

    By Blogger LostInTX, at 10:49 AM  

  • Phoenix: I think you should make a video of your dance moves of 'Baby got back' and put it up on your blog. i'm sure we'd ALL love to see that. Lol... :)

    By Blogger LostInTX, at 10:50 AM  

  • I remember past relationships and encounters. Sweet and sour but I wouldn't have it any other way.

    By Blogger Christopher, at 3:03 PM  

  • Sort of like a Prustian moment with audio. that Nkcelback song Photograph talks about that with pictures. But songs do the exact same thing.

    By Blogger White Dade, at 6:09 PM  

  • Agreed. Execpt food triggers many memories for me as well!

    By Blogger sabatkes, at 1:38 AM  

  • Happens to me too :-)
    May be when they store memories in our brain they some how store sights, sounds and smells too ...

    By Blogger Wriju, at 4:25 AM  

  • I was listening to a John Denver CD a couple years back, and heard a couple songs--instantly I was taken back to my extreme childhood, and the station wagon with the eight track. I could see the old John Denver eight track cassette tape in my mind's eye as clearly as if I was holding it again.

    Other than that one instance, no, music doesn't usually spark memories for me.

    By Blogger blackcrag, at 4:53 AM  

  • Apparently scent is the sensation that reminds us most potently of past times/events...

    but music really does that for me, too.

    I loved this post, Angel.

    By Blogger ziggystardust73, at 5:45 AM  

  • You're not alone--that happens to me all the time.

    -- david

    By Blogger David Amulet, at 11:02 AM  

  • yes i associate memories with
    music - but what really annoys
    me is i often don't hear the
    words correctly and sing
    the wrong lyrics!

    By Blogger sophie, at 2:37 PM  

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