Thread subject: The Dyscalculia Forum :: MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC
Posted by GaryR55 on January 27 2008 08:07 AM
Absolutely! This brings to mind the connections between music and memory. I've long had the ability to recall the artist, title and year of most any song I've heard and when I've been asked how I do it so well, I tell them it's because I can recall where I was and what I was doing when I first heard the song. Memory is schematic; a web of associations, and a sound, smell, or sight can trigger a whole cascade of memories that have become associated, in our minds, with some event or experience. Even the seemingly mundane moments of a day from your childhood can be forever linked to a song you were hearing on the radio at that moment and, forever afterward, hearing that song will arouse the memory of that moment and what you were doing then. Conversely, thinking back on your childhood, you may recall a song you haven't heard in many years, all because it's become connected with a certain sight or smell or taste or sound in your mind. The smell of diesel exhaust fumes, for instance, always reminds me of visits to my grandmother's house in St. Louis, Missouri in the summers, when I was a boy and that, in turn, always reminds me of my grandmother's young neighbor next door sitting on his front porch playing bongos on one particular summer morning in 1962.
Edited by GaryR55 on January 27 2008 08:10 AM