A to Z Theme 2016
For my 2016 A to Z theme I used a meme that I ran across on the blog of Bridget Straub who first saw it on the blog of Paula Acton. This meme is a natural for me to use on my memoir blog. It's an A to Z concept and it's about me. No research and nothing complicated. I'm given twenty six questions or topics to discuss that are about me.In April I kept my posts short and uncomplicated. In the midst of it all you might learn a few things about me that you didn't previously know.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
When the Music Comes Back to Me (Soundtrack of My Life)
How many songs do we hear in our lifetimes? Thousands? Millions? Each of us probably hears at least one new song per day if we are out and about or listening to some kind of media. Often we might not even notice, but the songs are there.
In this post I offer another in my Soundtrack of My Life series. Robin at Your Daily Dose has been doing the Soundtrack of my Life posts on her blog for a while now. I had done a few of my own "life soundtracks" on my Tossing It Out blog as well as the song series (starting at this post) I did for my 2014 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge on Wrote By Rote. Be sure to visit and follow Your Daily Dose for more Life Soundtrack info. If you like you can listen to this version of "Lover, Come Back to Me" while you read the post.
Evocative Music That Haunts Us
Of all the many songs we hear in our lifetime, some we like, some we don't, and some are basically background noise like an unnoticed soundtrack of a film. The music is always there even if only in our heads or some faraway place in memory. Why are humans so drawn to music? Or more specifically, why do certain songs tap into some distant hidden place within us?
Even for those who may claim they don't like music, don't pay attention to it, or willingly resist it--what would the world be like without music. Think, if you will, of a movie without a musical score or television commercials with no trace of music. Okay, some do exist, but not many. Think further of a club or a party with absolutely no music--that might be your preference some times, but most people might find this a bit awkward. Music is a soundtrack to many things. Even armies march to music.
Music can affect us in the moment or take us back into our pasts. Therein lies what is for me a mystery. Why do certain songs affect us deeply? Sometimes the melodies haunt us like ghosts, while sometimes they softly brush past us like a soft kiss of a loved one from another time and place. A sweetness of sound. A stirring that is as vital as the sound of our own breathing and our hearts beating. There are times when a song comes back to me and reminds me of something specific or some vague thing that I can't quite recall.
Recently when I saw the the film Deep in My Heart, I heard a song that I hadn't heard in many years. "Lover, Come Back to Me" is a tune that I've heard since childhood. It's a song that has been recorded by many artists. The melody is the kind that seems melancholy and poignant even though many of the recordings are done in an uptempo jazzy style. Even with that happier sound, this melody makes me reminiscent and perhaps a tad sentimental. To me it's just that kind of a melody. Maybe it is attached to some specific childhood memory or perhaps it merely evokes some undefinable wistfulness that is attached to a time, a place, or even a person. Or maybe it is just one of those kinds of songs that causes a gentle swell of passing emotion. There are songs like that for me.
I wonder if others feel the same way about certain types of melodies. There is probably no universal melody that moves all of us in the same way. Undoubtedly some of the feelings brought about by music are generational, cultural, or based on personal experiences. What works for me might not work for many people or maybe no one else. Still these types of evocative melodies and songs are part of my life soundtrack.
If my life were a movie, I'm sure "Lover, Come Back to Me" could work well in a scene or two. To me it's a beautiful song and I can't explain exactly why.
What songs move you deeply? Do you prefer slow songs or faster songs? Why do you think our memories are stirred by certain songs?
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