Written by Julianna Bonnett
WIt causes you to feel a certain way. Whether it be to celebrate a new job or to help you pick yourself up after a bad breakup.
When you hear a song for the first time, it can give you that adrenaline rush, the motivation to be the best, or it could make you relive that one painful time in your life.
Have you ever heard that one song that can evoke the same memory every single time?
Music is a sensory gift that allows listeners to be taken back to a moment so minuscule, that they forgot it was even a memory in the first place. Songs trigger memories and those memories are often complete.
They include not only the song and the performer but also how we felt the first time we heard it, where we were when we heard it and the events that were happening in our live to shape that song into what it has become in our minds.
Music can be used as background noise to lighten an awkward conversation, to helping patients with dementia bring back momentary colour to a darkened mind but the most critical part about music is that it can bring an element of calmness to our bodies and allow us to travel back to a moment long passed.
Music isn’t simply a mixture of beats, tones, keys and beautiful lyrics. It’s a gateway for individuals to escape.
According to a few Canada wide studies, listening to music can help reactivate areas of the brain that are associated with memory, reasoning, speech and some motor functions. It can also reduce anxiety, blood pressure, pain and help with sleep patterns.
Music enriches our souls daily and can make us relive that one joyous time we wish we could get back. Whether it's at a big concert, in the car or in the shower, music has the eliminate to bring us all together, no matter the situation.
Today, tomorrow and every other day, it's something we should be thankful for. After all, it is the little things that are able to bring serenity to us.
What music brings back compelling memories for you? Comment below