Music in the corners of your mind

3 05 2010

It amazes me how music will tuck itself away in your brain for years, and then pop out to remind you it is there. I have snippets of music going back to primary school in my head, and I often don’t know they are there until something reminds me of them and I realise they’ve been crouched there, waiting all that time.

I was reminded of this when I was (very dedicatedly) doing my homework for next term’s choir concert, by listening to the pieces on Naxos. As I started listening to Faure’s Messe Basse, I realised ‘I know this!’ and not just know it… ‘I’ve sung this!’  But when?? I’m thinking the most likely situation would be either in Junior Choir, or maybe with the Bach Choir. Maybe. The only memories it brings back is of singing it in a church – very helpful considering most of my choral experience has been in churches.

Usually my musical memory gets quite specific with feelings and memories that it brings up when I hear a tune. In fact, there are some songs that I’ve had trouble re-listening to, because they remind me of bad times. It’s only in the past year or so that I’ve been able to listen to that song ‘More than Words’ by Extreme, because it was constantly playing when we moved to Wellington and I had to start a new intermediate school midway through the year. *shudder* It used to give me this horrible stomach twisting feeling whenever I heard it. Now I can listen to it and I’m fine. Hurrah for eventually working through 18 year old issues !

The reverse of this situation is when you remember a piece of music but have no idea what it is or where you heard it first. Incredibly annoying. And google has no search function (that I know of) that lets me hum into my laptop so it can go searching for me! But then, on Bones last night, Sweets said he had an Iphone app that let him hum music into it and it would identify the song!! Would it work for classical music?! I MUST HAVE THIS APP!!

Any music that gets stuck in your brain from years ago? Or provokes a severe reaction?

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3 05 2010
Jenni

Totally know what you mean. I remember I was driving my sister and her family to the airport a couple of years ago and she started singing a lullaby to my niece, although I hadn’t heard it for years and years I started singing along because I still knew all the words. It was ‘Morningtown ride” which we had on a record of kid’s songs. Here it is, in case you’re wondering:

I can’t think of any songs that I have a strong negative reaction to, but if I do I will let you know 🙂

4 05 2010
sok

I know that song too!! I think my nan and pop had it on a record. awwww love it!

4 05 2010
Jenni

the record we had it on also had Puff the Magic Dragon and one about unicorns being left behind the ark.

4 05 2010
Debbie

One of the side-effects of having kids is that your brain becomes squeezed full with kiddy songs. I pretty much always have some Yo Gabba Gabba track or ‘We going to the zoo, zoo, zoo’ stuck in my head. Or maybe that’s not parenthood. Maybe that’s just an indication that I’m going mad. 🙂

I used to find that if I ever heard Cole Porter it tended to stick in my brain for several days, especially ‘Anything goes’ but that’s a jaunty tune which is quite nice to have on constant repeat in your mind’s iPod.

I don’t know that I’ve ever had a piece of music that I associate with one particular memory though. Hmm…

4 05 2010
sok

Oh kids jingles are ridiculously catchy! Now I have ‘going to the zoo zoo zoo, how about you you you…stuck in my head!!

4 05 2010
Giffy

There are certain songs that def remind me of trips to Hokio. That damn Triple J and his top 100 or however many it was!

4 05 2010
Jenni

Triple J Hottest 100 volume 4. Also Chef Aid and Zephfi’s Paul Simon album. Those all mean Hokio to me too!

4 05 2010
sok

Aqua and The Prodigy all say Hokio to me 🙂 WOo!

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