Music is such a powerful mnemonic for me.
My first career was a a West End Stage Manager – rehearsing, staging and opening massive musicals on time and under budget. Naturally a lot of my memories of that period are hooked to music .. in fact I can still listen to scores of certain shows and literally “chant” all the lighting cues alongside the music.
I can hear music and instantly recall the steps and blocking of whole scenes for whole groups of dancers or companies of actors. Not too shabby considering that some of these shows were over 30 years ago now.
Music of my adventures in my youth instantly make me feel young, vibrant, braver and perhaps more reckless when I hear it on the car radio. I can access the feelings, the emotions of those moments, the names and faces of my “partners in crime” what we wore (I was a child of the 80’s – don’t judge!)
I can hear a piece of music that I used to play and my fingers – although older and slower now remember how to pick the melody out and trip over the keyboard with a mind of their own.
Music – the glue that holds so many of my memories together .. so I was so delighted to read in TheBigThink.com that research upholds the theory that the part of the brain responsible for cataloging music, and appears to be a stronghold against Alzheimer’s and dementia.
I see this with relatives who are becoming neurologically challenged – that their favourite music still elicits strong emotional responses .. but now at last we have the beginnings of the research that bears out this observation.
Curious to read more – no worries .. HERE is the link to the article in question. I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter.