Music – “Takin’ You Back To The Old Skool”

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It’s amazing how music can bridge the gap between the past and now.

Doesn’t matter whether it’s months or years there is a song that ‘takes you back.’

I read a great book called “Your Brain On Music” by Dan Levitin – it explains how music recognition works within the brain and reveals the amazing fact that an imprint of every song you’ve ever heard is in your brain – just waiting to be reactivated.

It is a wonderfully interesting book if you love music and is definitely worth checking out.

But I digress…

I love that feeling, almost like a rush of adrenalin, when you hear a track you haven’t heard for ages and you’re suddenly catapulted back to the past.

For some tracks it’s a specific memory, I recently heard ‘Stop’ by The Spice Girls on TV and I remembered my mate’s Dad driving us home, with that on the radio (it was No.1 at the time I believe), the morning after all night session at another friend’s house.

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Others are more generic memories – Bran Van 3000 ‘Drinking In LA’ popped up on random on my ipod a few weeks ago and I was back to the summer it was released. No specific memory, just a feeling of it being sunny and warm.

I remember having ‘Turtle Power’ by Partners In Kryme taped on VHS with loads of other stuff we recorded off the Chart Show on TV. Me and my brother played the video all the time and dancing/messing around. Happy days. I heard it for the first time in years last week and I was transported back.

I also find it amazing that small children can pick up on things so quickly and almost all of them love music. My 2 year old daughter now has her own playlist on Vidzone of stuff she likes. She loves dancing around to it: Abba ‘Mamma Mia’, La Roux ‘In For The Kill’, Prodigy ‘Warrior Dance’ – she sings along with everything.

One of the best musical inventions of recent times is the ipod and the advent of digital music.

I remember having tapes in my walkman on the bus to school and as we got more advanced Cd’s in my discman – but it seems so limited. Especially carrying round 10 cds! It sounds insane.

I have a playlist of stuff I’ve rated 4 or 5 stars – it has almost 3,000 tracks in it. There is nothing better than sticking than playlist on random and seeing what comes up.

Plenty of great old tracks to fire up the synapses and get the memories flowing!

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