Sound Memory

Sound Memory

According to an article on Live Science, sights, sounds and smells can all evoke emotionally charged memories. A new study suggests why: The same part of the brain that’s in charge of processing our senses is also responsible, at least in part, for storing emotional memories.

It’s incredible how hearing a song, even 10, 20, 30 years after an event took place, that song can take you immediately back to that memory in time. It can be a positive or negative memory, but for me, I can always picture that scene as soon as I hear the song that triggers the memory.

Here are some songs that bring me back to a place and time in my life, and probably always will…

Vengaboys “We Like to Party” reminds me of when my best friend and I went to Zero Gravity, a teenager friendly night club in the suburbs that was all the rage at the time. We went to see the Vengaboys perform, but I remember distinctly being on the dance floor in front of a platform were the group was singing and I remember the exact dance they were doing at that moment.

Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” brings me back to my wedding when the dance floor was packed and I was dancing with my husband, my brother and my brother’s best friend, being sandwiched more specifically.

Linkin Park’s “Bleed It Out” reminds me of a Linkin Park concert we went to at the First Midwest Theater in Tinley. It was a tour with other bands, Linkin Park being the headliners. I remember it was a younger crowd and My Chemical Romance really got the crowd going and pumped up. When Linkin Park came on and sang Bleed It Out, I remember everyone went crazy, jumping in their seats, singing at the top of their lungs, completely rocking out. It was the song I remember above all the others I heard that day.

Coldplay’s “Yellow” brings me back to a time with my ex-boyfriend, mainly because he said the song reminded him of me. Enough said about that.

B-52’s “Love Shack” reminds me of when I was in high school and we attended our local Octoberfest. Me and my friends got on stage and sang awful karaoke to that song on a stage, in front of a pretty big crowd of people. We were later interviewed for the local paper and made the article for our rendition.

Billy Joel’s “She’s Got a Way” reminds me of my husband who said he thinks of me every time he hears it.

Elton John’s “Your Song”, the Moulin Rouge version, also reminds me of my husband. We both fell in love with the rendition we heard when we first watched Moulin Rouge and when I hear it I think of dancing with him to it in our living room.

It’s pretty interesting how our brains work and how some lyrics combined with some musical tones combined with an experience are forever stamped in your memory, always there, just waiting to be reminisced.



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