Funny How a Melody Sounds Like a Melody
It’s amazing how certain songs can be linked to such vivid memories. I realized this the other night while I was at a worship night at my college. The piano started playing and before the title even appeared on the screen my heart was filled with warmth. The familiar tune of This Is My Father’s World shortly filled the chapel. I had not sung the song in years, let alone heard it. This hymn has special importance to me because we used to sing it at the summer camp I grew up going to. The memories linked with this song are of the best friendships I ever had, of campfires, of standing out in Chapel of the Pines on a warm summer Sunday morning listening to the creek below and the birds in the trees.
This isn’t the only song that holds special memories for me. When I listen to ACDC I think of the time I crashed my first car as a teenager. I was angry with my mom because she had started dating someone a few months after my dad’s death. The roads weren’t that bad, but with my heightened emotions I slide off the road and my car rotated 180 degrees before being stopped by two trees.
When I hear certain Taylor Swift songs I have memories of road tripping with my boyfriend’s family during the summer and how perfect those road trips always felt.
When I hear any song from the 3 Days Grace One-X album, I think back to the torturous bus rides home in middle school. I blasted this album to block out the taunting coming from the other kids on the bus.
My best summer ever and the song Swing Life Away. Memories of hiking barefoot in the woods, of exploring old railroad tracks, of friendship and learning to unicycle together.
No matter what the song, the genre, the artist, there are memories made. If I’ve heard the song hundreds of times, or for the very first time… So why not try to make each time you hear a song a good memory?
Eric Church is one of my favorite artists. In his live recording of the song Springsteen he explains how the song was written with the memory of his first real performance. How a melody was linked with a memory.