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The Soundtrack of Our Lives

The Soundtrack of Our Lives

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.

 

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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.

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3:12AM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

Thanks for sharing. I know exactly what you mean. Rock on, everyone!

10:05AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

Music does take you back and can capture a moment in time. It can change your mood and calm you. Yep those good ol rock and roll feelings are nice to touch upon

9:57AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

Thanks for ...

8:37AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

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3:57AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

Thank you :)

4:18PM PST on Jan 16, 2013

Thank you :)

7:28AM PDT on Aug 21, 2012

Thanks.

11:28AM PDT on Jul 3, 2012

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3:06AM PDT on May 23, 2012

Thanks.

6:20PM PDT on May 22, 2012

thanks!

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