Do you ever hear a song and it automatically makes you think of an event or exact moment in your life? And I don’t mean like the lyrics were deep, I mean like, you happened to have heard that song when doing something thing and now they’re forever tied together.
Let me give a few examples:
My brother and I had a phase where we were really into Rollercoaster Tycoon. We sat for hours down in our dusty basement playing that game on a super-slow computer and loved it. While we played, we had a small radio on the desk next to us. It was set to a local top 40s station and that summer we must have heard Chris Brown’s ‘Yeah 3X’ like a million times. I don’t even like Chris Brown, but every time I hear that song now, I think of Rollercoaster Tycoon. Sometimes I can hear the little computerized theme park sounds (the people’s chatter or the carnival music) too. It’s weird. And nice actually. It brings me back to a happy time where my brother and I had fun. Speaking of my brother, he says the song does the same thing for him too. It’s odd.
Another example is with the song ‘Dead Girl Walking’ from Heathers The Musical. I was obsessed with a few songs on that soundtrack and would listen to them as I walked to and from classes. Now, when I hear that song, especially a certain part near the end, I think of a path I’d take on campus. A specific left turn, actually. I guess that if I played the song when I left my dorm I’d be at that part of the song by the time I reached that turn on the path. Luckily my campus is really nice so it’s a sweet mind picture! 😛
A third example is a few years ago when my family and I went to Vancouver. Right before we left I decided to download a bunch of new music to fill the long hours of travel or silence. I had just found a new band called McFly and downloaded a handful of their songs. So while in Vancouver, I listened excessively. So now when I hear ‘Five Colours In Her Hair’ or ‘The End’ I think of wandering around on those gorgeous Vancouver mountains or taking a ski-lift through complete fog.
I could give you a few more examples but I won’t.
The point is, I think it’s a very fascinating thing. How music can be wired into our brains and bring such random, specific memories. I’m sure there’s a whole science behind it. Psychology is crazy. But I don’t want to ruin the magic. For me, they’re all good memories. And as long as keep hearing the songs, I’ll have those memories. And I can only get more memories. Maybe the next song I listen to will be the next memory trigger song.
Do you guys have any songs that evoke memories in you? Leave a comment and tell me! Link the song too, if you want. Share the music!
That’s all for now!