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Music: The Hidden Vault of Memories

By Emily Peterson

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Though my memories of elementary, middle school, and my childhood in general are now diluted and blurry, and my brain’s having more trouble remembering things. However,  I can recall small moments in time, insignificant life events, all thanks to music. I remember when my dad first started introducing me to ‘indie’ music, when it actually WAS indie music, right around the transition of elementary to middle school when I was having trouble adjusting. He showed me Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service, Phoenix, and a plethora of more I can’t attempt to list. All of those bands represent a different stage of my life now. I recall being on the bus on below-freezing winter mornings where I’d forget to wear gloves and lo and behold, the heating didn’t work. I spent the majority of my time those unbearably cold mornings listening to The Postal Service’s only album, Give Up. Every time I listen to it, I can remember staring into the infinite darkness of the winter morning, the headlights slightly lighting our path, and snowflakes attacking the windows.

 

More recently, I have been fascinated with how music and our brains interact with each other. Music can have a great connection with our emotions and memories, helping us remember small, sometimes insignificant moments. (Example, if you were driving to a new place and Wham!’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” came on the radio, every time you hear that song, you associate it with that memory.) I became interested in how music has affected others, so I talked to some students and staff of FHS to see how music has affected them, and some songs that hold a special place in their hearts and memories.

A few interviews from FHS-comers who have a particular attachment to music:


Justina McCormick: “All of Me” by John Legend reminds me of my favorite year of track. It’s a bittersweet memory because I still believe that was the year I felt I had the most fun, but while I remember the happiness, I remember the sadness I felt on the last bus ride home that year where we all sang that song together. It was kind of our team song that year.

David McGregor: I remember listening to “Red and Blue Jeans” by Promise Ring and driving to school in the morning when I was a teenager. I remember turning onto Carpenter Road and still to this day, I think of that song whenever I drive to work. Another song, “Brain Stew” by Green Day, reminds me of being in middle school listening to that song on the bus. I remember us dropping off the high schoolers, listening to that song and really diggin’ it.”

Kaelee Farver: “Hey Ya!” by Outkast reminds me of when my sister used to pick me up back in elementary school. I remember one day, we were driving down River Road and it was autumn, so there were leaves piled on the sides of the road. My sister then decided to PLOW THROUGH THE PILES OF LEAVES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ROAD WITH HER TINY YELLOW CAR. She CROSSED LANES to plow into the leaves with the music cranked all the way up.

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