In 24 Frames – This is Your life
In the last year or so a number of friends and family have died. Part of it is I’m just at that decade when life catches up with some of them and while every life is different it kind of makes you stop and reflect on your own mortality too.
I’m grateful for all the people who have shared their lives with me. When you know someone for a longer time there are lots of little moments that are worth celebrating and remembering.
What helps me remember people is music. I associate pieces of music with most people. In fact music and memory seem to be very tightly linked for most people.
When remembering a life or the life of a person you know music is a way to metaphotically travel through time and space and make those connections.
And connections are what help us make sense of life and the lives of others…
Not surprisingly there is some actual science on the music / memories area now.
There is ongoing research on this as noted in this post Why Do the Songs from Your Past Evoke Such Vivid Memories?
“A 2009 study from the University of California, Davis mapped the brain while people listened to music and found specific brain regions linked to autobiographical memories and emotions are activated by familiar music.
The UC Davis study (link is external) titled, “The Neural Architecture of Music-Evoked Autobiographical Memories,” was published in the journal Cerebral Cortex.”The discovery may help to explain why music can elicit strong responses from people with Alzheimer’s disease, said the study’s author, Petr Janata, associate professor of psychology at UC Davis’ Center for Mind and Brain. The hub that music activated is located in the medial prefrontal cortex region—right behind the forehead—and one of the last areas of the brain to atrophy over the course of Alzheimer’s disease.
“What seems to happen is that a piece of familiar music serves as a soundtrack for a mental movie that starts playing in our head. It calls back memories of a particular person or place, and you might all of a sudden see that person’s face in your mind’s eye,” Janata said. “Now we can see the association between those two things—the music and the memories.”
The track below from Jason Isbell deserves to be huge. It is one of those songs that hints at greatness and if my ears are right it will be a sleeper. It has a kind of Springsteen hook but the songwriting is what I love about it. In 24 frames….this is your life.
Photo of Jason Isbell by @stagepicker