I took a walk recently and listened to my only playlist. One of the songs, When You Say Nothing at All by Allison Krauss, brought me back to my stepdaughter’s wedding reception in 2005.
We were watching a 1942 movie, Random Harvest, the other night. The main character has amnesia and is about to marry the ‘wrong’ girl. During the rehearsal, he hears a song from his earlier wedding to the ‘right girl’ and his memories start returning.
Both of these made me think about songs and the memories they evoke.
I also think the research is pretty solid that musical memories can help people with Alzheimer’s disease. Here is a quote from the Mayo Clinic:
‘Research suggests that listening to or singing songs can provide emotional and behavioral benefits for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Musical memories are often preserved in Alzheimer’s disease because key brain areas linked to musical memory are relatively undamaged by the disease’.Jonathan Graff-Redford, M.D.
That brings me to my only playlist, labeled the Hospital Playlist. Our daughter compiled it for me in 2016 just before I was admitted to the hospital for my first chemo treatment. I’m not a music buff by any means, which might be why I only have a single playlist.
Here is a sample of the songs from my list, with the accompanying memories:
- If I Fell by the Beatles
I am back in the mid 60’s when George was my boyfriend 😊, because my first friend had already dibs Paul.
- A Summer Song, by Chad and Jeremy
I am in 8th grade and my meilleur ami and I are going to our first concert with BOYS!
- Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes by Jimmy Buffet
My husband and I are both Buffet fans and have loved his concerts
- You Belong to Me by the Duprees
This is sort of our song
- A Case of You by Diana Krall
This brings back our 1990’s in California and yearly attendance at the Monterey Jazz Festival
- When You Say Nothing At All (Allison Krauss), Should’ve Been a Cowboy (Toby Keith), Carrying Your Love with Me (George Strait)
Road trips in the 2000’s with our daughter to and from Washington, California, and around Montana
- On Eagles Wings, Here I Am, Lord, Be Not Afraid by John Michael Talbot
Songs from my Catholic initiation in 1999 and to give me courage during my treatment
- Viva La Vida by Coldplay
The only somewhat new song (2008) because I like the words
We put the playlist together quickly and I left off some of my favorite artists, such as Jackson Browne, Van Morrison, and many others. I also forgot my favorite song, Landslide by Stevie Nicks.
But back to Lightnin’ Strikes. This song reminds me of being in 8th grade and I am transported back every time I hear it. So, if that gets played at some point when I am in a care home, watch out!