Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Songs and the Memories They Evoke

The editor of this blog saw this "tweet" on the Twitter home page:

"I love hearing old songs I used to love. They're like memories you can always go back to."

The members of the Midwest Vocal Express actively link music and memories as we try to create those life changing moments - for ourselves and the audience - through our "Storytelling through Song" approach to performance. Our coaches, directors and leaders often ask us to recall something from our past as we try to convey the meaning of a particular song and that is usually tied to a specific emotion.  We don't all have the same memories, but by tying it back to personal memories, the emotions we portray as we sing the song are heartfelt and genuine.

Scientists have even attempted to answer the question of Why Do Songs Trigger Specific Memories?

What songs evoke the most powerful memories for you?

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