Life’s sound­track makes mem­ory last

El­ton John and Hu­man League bring per­sonal his­tory crash­ing back

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

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.

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