Music, memory, emotion weave unbreakable threads

4 thoughts on “Music, memory, emotion weave unbreakable threads”

  1. After my father passed, I kinda stopped singing, I noticed. I’ve started again but it was a very hard time so I understand that. I have songs that bring me back but mostly to my teenage years for some reason- I guess I was having the time of my life, living care free. I was born in 70. So, of course I was a huge Michael Jackson fan (I still am of his older stuff). You know which songs bring back the most and best memories for me would be the songs from the 80’s. No mortgage payment, no worries, just get passing grades and the rest was all fun and games. 🙂 This is a great post. I wish I could be more specific for you but I don’t think you have the time – LOL! I enjoyed watching some of your videos. Especially some of the classical music – you had/have great taste in music PT!
    I hope you noticed I didn’t know most of the classical music was classical at the time. (“Classical!? Ewww. That’s what stuffy old people listen to!!”) It was ’40s and ’50s TV show music. I can’t take any credit for that. Some of my earliest music exposure, though, was the old 78s my parents owned, and almost all of it was classical. So some of those melodies were imprinted early; decades later would come the realization … oh, that’s the name of that piece!

    The ’80s had great music. I associate it mainly with my son’s teen years and his tastes then. Fortunately for both of us, we enjoyed the same music.

    The videos were included only because I didn’t know any other way to link readers quickly and easily to specific songs/individual MP3 files. Not a part of my aging geekiness. 🙁

  2. The music director where I got married discouraged “Here Comes the Bride” as well, but for different reasons: It’s from an opera, and the bride is murdered when she reaches the altar. Once I heard that, it was Trumpet Voluntary all the way.

    I wanted “Linus and Lucy” as the recessional, and as this was a Unitarian-Universalist church, they didn’t care, but my ex-husband wanted something else–Handel’s Water Music–so that’s what we had. I still think Snoopy music would have been cooler.
    If my Presbyterian music director had told me that story, I might have felt a lot better about Trumpet Voluntary. Not that it mattered on D-Day. I was too busy concentrating on not tripping on my train, keeping my head up, not walking too slowly or too fast, doing that little hesitation step that brides are taught to do, and not crying. Music? What music?

    “Linus and Lucy” would have been a great recessional! And why not? The service is over, the vows have been repeated, you’ve been officially pronounced man and wife, you’ve kissed. Celebrate! I had to look it up just now but my recessional was Campra’s “Rigadoun.” Yawn. I hope it was played in a more upbeat way than I can locate atm.

  3. I guess it’s to be expected that those of us of a similar age have similar memories evoked by similar or exactly the same music. I think I’ve always been partial to instrumentals, but I really liked folk songs back when Joan Baez, Judy Collins, The Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul & Mary were on top of the charts. I too can visualize Victory At Sea scenes when I hear the “Theme Of The Fast Carriers” and “The Pacific Boils Over” or really any of the other titles. Demetri Tiomkin was the John Williams of movie theme songs back then. Who can forget Gary Cooper walking down the dusty street alone in the movie “High Noon” with “Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darlin” in the background? There were many, many others.

    You’re right. Remembering music makes you remember other things you thought you’d forgot.

... and that's my two cents