Monday, June 20, 2011

The Musical Trigger

I’ve decided that life should be set to music. Seriously. Like, when a baby is born, the nurses should assign them a life theme song. Not a permanent one. Just one to get that person started, going, inspired, until he or she outgrows that theme song and needs a new one.

I could swear every memorable moment in my life has some kind of music or song involved, or at the very least, there’s a song that reminds me of those moments. And when I hear those songs, I’m transported in time and place, and suddenly, I’m five again and singing, “Li’l Red Riding Hood” (by Sam the Sham and the Pharohs) in the living room of our tiny house in the Nevada desert. Or I’m fifteen, learning to drive to the sweet harmonies of Wilson Philips. (Am I crazy to admit that?)

Because of this, I have a tendency to unconsciously assign theme songs to books as I read them, heightening the book’s emotional impact.

Do certain songs trigger memories for you? Which ones?


Rachel Morgan said...

I totally get this! My life seems to have "theme songs"... One holiday when we were little we watched George of the Jungle SO MANY TIMES! If I ever hear that movie theme song (George, George, George of the Jungle...) I will always think of that summer holiday in Cape Town with my cousins :)

PS. I tagged you in a game of blog tag :-)

WindyA said...

i am totally with you on this one. and anyone who denies it, well, then i think they just aren't listening hard enough :)