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Brains are weird

I decided to buy some early (released in the 70s) Scorpions CDs to replace the albums I foolishly sold in the 80s.

The Scorps are really popular on hard rock radio these days, but usually only their 80s stuff (e.g., "Rock You Like a Hurricane") gets played.

So I'm listening to music I haven't heard in at least 25 years. And it feels so familiar, like I listened to it only yesterday. A week ago I wouldn't have been able to sing a melody from any of these songs, but now, listening to it, I can anticipate the next several bars, so the memories are obviously in there.

Often listening to music I haven't heard in a long time brings back strong emotional memories about what was going on in my life when I was first listening to it a lot. This music doesn't bring back any memories like that. It only brings back really vivid memories of itself.

Sheesh, what other 25 year old memories do I have stored away in such good condition? What would it be like if I could access them all at will?

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marykaykare
Feb. 27th, 2004 07:32 pm (UTC)
Music doesn't necessarily provoke emotional memories, but I can often remember exremely clearly what I was doing when I listened to a song 30 or more years ago.

But I'm old

MKK
usqueba
Feb. 27th, 2004 09:24 pm (UTC)
I know how you feel. My brain works the same way :). I'm amazed what's lurking in the back of my brain.
eck
Feb. 28th, 2004 07:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, being able to recall arbitrary memories from 25 years ago (and everything in between, natch) would be so cool!
spiderdust
Feb. 28th, 2004 11:36 pm (UTC)
Wow, I wouldn't have pegged you for a Scorpions fan. Cool!
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