Thursday, July 03, 2008

memories through music...

[I know that I really have not been blogging that much about education-centered topics...but hey, it is summer, and it is nice to stretch out my brain muscles on other things]

Last night I ended up watching 4-hours worth of VH1's "Top 100 Songs of the 80's" series. I just could not turn it off. Now understand that the 80's were the critical foundation years of my life - in 1980 I was finishing up 8th grade and in December of 1989 I graduated from college. All of my formative years were during this time period. It was amazing that EVERY song (and I am not exaggerating there) they played, I had some memory of doing something to that song.

Just some of the memories that came flooding back to me were: numerous school dances, couple skating at the Roller King, road trips with friends, breaking up with a girl, playing in my friend's pool, my first concert, all night study sessions, my first solo ride in my first car, cramming for an impossible final, numerous mixed tapes, BS-ing with friends around a camp fire, hanging out at an under-21 club, proms, homecomings, my first day in high school, my last day in high school, and even my first trip to a "gentleman's club" (trust me, if you have ever been to one of these places, you will NEVER be able to hear "Pour Some Sugar On Me" by Def Leppard the same way again). Every one of these memories were chronicled by a song and all of this well before there was such a thing as an iPod.

Music is such an emotion-stirring catalyst. I have always heard that our brains are so powerful that they actually have stored every memory, experience, conversation and words read that we have ever had - the problem is we just do not know how to tap into it. And with all the wild flashbacks I was having last night, I completely agree that it is all stored up there somewhere.

Wow...I sure did love the 80's!


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Darren said...

Well, duh. Of course the 80s were great--could the music get any better? =)

dwilli58 said...

I have degrees in music, and I taught music at a performing arts high school, so I'm more than in agreement with your perspective.

Our senses are so attached to our affective side. I can still walk into a strange kitchen and if there's the smell of cinammon and cloves, then I'm immediately transported back to my grandparent's house and those wonderful Thanksgiving get-togethers. Music has the same power to conjure up memories for me. I loved marching band in high school, and to this day I can still remember a chilly, Friday night football game and the smell of popcorn when I hear a marching band. There are songs on the radio that instantly transport me back to college, a gig or a young lady I was in love with.

I think music and the arts, in general, are something all of us can relate to this way.

Thanks for your comments on my education post. They were appreciated!


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