Music transports one to a past event.

mrsnacks's picture

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When I hear a song especially a ballad it instantaneously transports my mind to the past when I either first heard the song or there is an association with the song and another person. This all happens spontaneously. For example when I hear the song ( Bridge over troubled waters) I have thoughts usually sad feelings follow of a past relationship or a event when I heard the song etc.It seems music has a power that activates thought. Certain thoughts arise. t seems past events effects one more now than it did when the happening happened in the past.Christmas carols are very magical. all kinds of mental images come up. And the feelings are relived again.Being a musician/ songwriter , I constantly am in this cycle or present to past.
It seems so long ago yet it seems like yesterday. What does this mean ? Any comments ?

lysha's picture

hey there i think - on a

hey there

i think - on a scintific level , however of a very basic accord - each thought correlates with a wavelength and thus emits a frequency. like thoughts , music too has a certain wavlenght. my only guess as to why you recall a thought which evokes a feeling is that the song and the associated thought have the same frequency. like attracts like!

remember that!

take care


lysha | Mon, 10/05/2009 - 06:04
mrsnacks's picture

Thanks for your input. A

Thanks for your input. A musical note has a certain frequency but a song is just a bunch of frequencies for there are many many notes which are being played by quite a few instruments.

mrsnacks | Mon, 10/05/2009 - 09:38
seeker's picture


In Vipassana you discover among other things that the power of music is most probably the fact that it vibrates the parts of the body.

Emotions are merely body sensations and music manipulates by the vibrations the body sensations hence our emotions. Every cell of our body records memories and once a certain body sensation is repeated the memory associated with the previous time this specific sesation occured is emerging.

When you do the Vipassana you actually experience and realize this in process.

seeker | Mon, 10/05/2009 - 13:14
lalo's picture

smell even more

Vision is the sense we mostly count on (as opposed to most animals who count on smell).

Hearing is the sense with the most influence on our feelings (thus the greatest effect of music).

And smell is the sense that trigger memories the most (maybe due to its relatively marginal function in our daily life).

lalo | Mon, 10/05/2009 - 14:31