Remember in November: It takes only one song to bring back a thousand memories
“That’s my song!” “They’re playing my tune!” Do you relate? How many of us have exclaimed like this when we’re out with friends and our favourite song is played, or at a concert, when you hear that one amazing song that you’ve waited all evening for.
Music plays a really significant part in many of the most memorable moments of our lives – the big milestones – from hearing and singing “Happy Birthday” year after year, to the Christmas songs that evoke warm memories, the songs of those special summers of our youth, the music we choose for special occasions like weddings and of course funerals all take their place in the soundtrack of our lives. From the opening notes and words, they become the shortcut to remembering special times and special people.
Most of us will identify with the feeling of being stopped in our tracks by a song on the radio or when our Spotify algorithm catches us off guard with a reminder that someone is reaching out across the airwaves. Like the white feather on the path or the robin in the garden, music floats into our lives to remind us to take a moment, just a few minutes, to remember, to attend to our memories and to connect with that loving warmth of remembrance.