Recently, I have started listening again to music I loved when I was much younger, like Pearl Jam and Nirvana. I’ve also been rediscovering music I listened to frequently a few years ago – Joni Mitchell, Ray LaMontagne, Ani DiFranco. It has made me realize the degree to which our favorite music can feel like the soundtrack of our lives.
Listening to music from my past has been bringing up a lot of old emotions for me. It has helped me to realize how far I’ve come and how, in some ways, I am still the same. I’ve been reminded of the reasons I was drawn to particular songs at particular times in my life. Listening to the radio yesterday, I heard Danny’s Song by Kenny Loggins, a song my father used to sing to me when I was in grade school. It still evokes the safe, peaceful feeling of childhood.
Music, like poetry, has the ability to intensely capture a particular moment in time. It’s like a snapshot of an emotion. Perhaps that is why it impacts us so deeply, and why a song can so poignantly evoke old emotions.