July 20th, 2018

Rock Ramblings: Music and the time machine effect

By Medicine Hat News on April 12, 2018.

Ever hear a song that sparked a thousand memories? A tune that transports you right back to a time when you were innocent, naive and full of curiosity? A song that makes you feel shivers or maybe it brings back memories of some not-so-fond events?

We all have songs that define our youth. Yesterday, I was making a playlist and I came across a song that I haven’t heard in years. It was ‘Everybody’ by Stabilo. All of a sudden, I was 14 years old in my parents’ house with my older brother hearing it for the first of a hundred times. I could almost smell the way that old drafty house full of love smelled. I could remember what it felt like to be five feet tall (yeah, I hit my growth spurt late).

In my early teen years, I really got into music. Started to search through tons of genres to figure what I was into. I fell in love with songs ranging from Pearl Jam to Josh Groban that I played on repeat. I remember feeling free and excited every time I threw on my headphones to get lost in an hour or two of music. So I guess it’s fitting that I not only went into radio, but became a producer!

I think the greatest thing about music is the memories you can associate with it. It works kind of in the same way as the sense of smell. Think of your first love for a secondÉ do you remember what they smelled like? Does thinking of that bring you memories of your time with them? Suddenly you’re back there if you caught a whiff of someone wearing the same perfume or cologne. Music has the same nostalgic effect.

Another song that brings me back is ‘Long Time Running’ by the Tragically Hip. Although released in 1991, I think I first heard it around 2005. There was something about the sincerity of the tune and the music that made my heart race every time I plugged my headphones into my Walkman. Then nearing the end of the Pyeongchang Olympics this year, figure skating duo Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir preformed a tribute performance to Gord Downie as they danced to that song. The memories it brought back literally choked me up. It was beautiful.

Let yourself get lost in the music. Don’t forget to give yourself the time to just sit back and listen to the lyrics. Let yourself make more memories, maybe 10 years from now you’ll listen to a hit from today and it will hit you right in the feels. Till then, I’d encourage you to get back to your roots and find the songs that struck a chord with you in years past. It’ll be the best afternoon of your life.

Melissa Thomas is a producer at 105.3 ROCK and on air Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday evenings on 105.3 FM and http://www.1053rock.ca

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