Why do some tunes bring back such vivid memories?

I’ve just managed to pull my shit back together.

I managed to recover the tune and all the music that I found throughout the summer before my laptop broke and I stupidly didn’t backup the majority of my music.

95 tunes that I downloaded to play out over the summer… I forgot about some of them and now my emotions are running high, it’s pretty amazing how music can move you in different ways. I’m pretty positive I could never get this same emotion from death metal or opera but that’s my personal preference and I’m sure intense emotions have been felt by different people over every genre out there.

Suddenly, there it was… Long gone by Al Zanders. I don’t know what it is about this song considering the first 2/3 minutes are actually pretty boring. It’s just a certain memory I have listening to it.

It was around 9am at Love International, a few people left dancing, the sun beaming on my face… I was actually feeling pretty weird and emotional at the time but anyways I was DJ’ing but I really wasn’t feeling it, then I played this by accident, I was feeling shady about it because like I said the start of it is relatively boring.

One of my friends was running round in a technicolor dream coat and an Irish woman I really wish I’d stayed friends with was sticking post it notes on her head… good times.

I don’t even remember when I downloaded it… but it worked and the tune picked up and the sun was out and everyone around me was dancing and I felt amazing and I’d forgotten anything bad that had happened in the world.

Over three months have gone by now and I have listened to so much music since that I’d completely forgotten about it, I heard it earlier in one of my recovered files and it took me back to that exact moment… I had never really thought about that morning before, but I just started crying. It was so weird. What a feeling?

As it turns out there has been A LOT of research done on the topic.

What amazed me the most was a study done by Baird & Sampson on people who had suffered traumatic brain injuries and as a result had suffered from memory loss.

They played popular number one hits to patients and amazingly patients were able to recite a certain time period in their lives that they weren’t able to remember before. Not necessarily the time that it was number one but a time period that the song reminded them of.

I’m not a neuroscience expert so I’m not sure exactly what this means but I do think its amazing how certain memories can be pulled out of the back of your brain down to a certain melody.

So in some way I’m recovering files from the depths of my mind as well as inside my computer.

Can someone get an external hard drive for my head?

I wonder which other tunes bring out super strong memories to different people?

 

 

 

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