Whether we subconsciously do so or not, many of us have a soundtrack of our lives or have a particular song that we relate to in a pivotal moment we’ve had.
An Article by Penny V
It’s amazing how a song, a scent or an image can inspire such feelings and memories within you. The scent of lavender makes me think of my partner, while eating a runny-egg sandwich or sharing a plate of cheese and grapes with a glass of wine will eternally remind me of late nights with my father.
Music is much the same for me. Listening to Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Fauré stirs up some serious melodrama within me, because I listened to it quite frequently during a particularly emotional period several years back.
It’s these intangible moments and devices onto which we leave our emotional imprints on. Something where years from now, listening to that song, hearing that voice, or recognising that cologne can instantly dredge up emotions and memories long past.
While like the majority of the population, I take more visual cues than auditory or kinaesthetic ones; music rather than imagery can hold me in an almost catatonic-like state when it’s particularly near and dear to me. There are also those that simply remind me of journeys home, travels, people and even stories. I am pretty sure all of us have an ever-changing and eclectic soundtrack in our lives that we imagine or even listen to as we ride the train, have our first kiss and even think of when we say goodbye to someone; and those that are too painful to listen to ever again.
After silence, that which comes neatest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
– Aldous Huxley
In fact, how we imprint and encode our slices of life onto different pieces of music is down to a science, based on material changes within neuronal structures. That’s some pretty heavy stuff right there, that has to do with the different facets of music (rhythm, frequency, tempo, harmony, et.al,) melding together with our emotions and syncing with them. It also stimulates the release of endorphins, which leave long-lasting imprints and affect our physical state: how we feel and function.
Theoretical impressions aside, music is something we subconsciously connect with and use as a tool to express and emote. It may fit our sombre mood and uplift us from a dull moment, you can’t deny that we can’t do without music and that we probably mentally mix together a playlist or soundtrack of our day, week or a period in our lives.
It’s even that ‘Happy’ playlist you have on your iPod. Those songs will forever be ingrained in your memory with happy moments. That is to say not all of them will have grave importance or a shred of sentimentality, but your inner state might just be in a happier or lighter state whenever you listen to them.
Like I said earlier, it never fails to stir up emotions when I listen to Cantique de Jean Racine, so I’m sharing that with you. What about you? Have a playlist or song that you love that speaks of a little slice of your life?