Life’s soundtrack makes memory last
Elton John and Human League bring personal history crashing back
Music is the answer. This is a theory I’ve had for years and I think, in fact, everyone will already know it, but perhaps not really have thought about it. Or at least such that it could be described as a theory. It’s more of an opinion on memory stimulus. Have you ever put your mind to those defining moments in history or in your own personal life? And when you’ve really concentrated on remembering a time, almost straight away will spring a song to go with it. Right from way back when you were a little kid even. Try it now . . . When I was about 13, we used to go blackcurrant picking in the summer holidays on a farm. I remember getting bored pretty quick trying to fill a whole bucket with blackcurrant’s especially when given 80cents for my toil. But what comes with that memory is the song Don’t Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John and Kiki Dee. I hear the song now and I immediately recall a pleasant warm summer picking blackcurrant’s with my mum, and vice versa. When I was 20 the girlfriend dumped me to The Human League’s Seconds. The memory is very specific, painful even. Just when the thunder clap crashes after the word ‘‘second’’. Bang. I felt my world ended just there. And I still feel that emotion when I hear the song. So music is linked to time is linked to visual memory and emotion. Thats my theory. Driving along on holiday, camping for summer or on a road trip with a bunch of friends. That memory, that time, will invariably be linked to a whole album, or a single song. What are your kids currently listening to? What are you listening to? Because the good times of now will be marked by a tune - future history on a personal level. ● In between enjoying all the outdoors fun Wanaka offers Eddie Spearing works in the creative web industry.