There was an article in Conscious Living linking music to increased immunity. When I am down, I want to listen to music. Not just any music. I want music from my high school and college years. Music from before I got sick. Songs that when heard can transport me back to a very specific time in my life; a carefree time when I am healthy.
My friend Liz recently told me that she had heard about music therapy and Alzheimer’s Patients. The theory was that if music was played from a time when the patients were younger, thought memories could be evoked. I found this information on the Alzheimer’s Foundation (Most people associate music with important events and a wide array of emotions. The connection can be so strong that hearing a tune long after the occurrence evokes a memory of it.)
This is all the more reason for me to blast the oldies when I am home by myself or to download a few of these to my ipod and stick my ear buds in my ears and listen even when I am not by myself. I hope you enjoy my selections from my past.
Maggie May by Rod Stewart takes me right back to a local drive-in hanging out with friends from school.
There are many more songs that can take me back to a particular time and place. Recently my sister and I were talking and reminiscing about songs on our drive back from the Daffodil Festival and Daffodil Hill. One of the musicians we began thinking about was Gordon Lightfoot. As we drove home, we tried to remember all the words to this song. I was a senior in high school about this time and my sister was a sophomore.
From my college years is Roberta Flack
So what songs would you BLAST from your stereo? What kinds of memories would they bring back to you?