Weird fact about me and music:
I used to listen to a lot of the same artists during the beginning of college that really I loved. Then one year during school, I went through a sad period that really rocked me. It was a combination of a few things, but mainly a breakup, stress/pressure from nationals, and serious insomnia issues. For some reason, during this period in my life I stopped listening to the music I loved. Those songs would instantly bring back memories that were attached to this time in my life that I didn’t want to think about, so I just stopped listening altogether.
I’ve gone through a lot of phases like this over the years where I’ve stopped listening to certain songs because of the memories they were attached to. Isn’t it crazy how intensely music triggers the parts of our brain that evoke emotions? Emotions enhance the memory process and music evokes strong emotions, which is why music is such a big player in the formation of our memories. Collide by Howie Day reminds me of high school love and learning how to drive. Gravity by Sarah Barielles reminds me of rebuilding myself after a breakup. Ellie Goulding songs remind me of when I first moved to Chicago and went to her concert. And for some reason The Weeknd reminds me of falling in love with Conner (😂so romantic).
It’s funny how now that I’ve made peace with past situations that have put little scars on my heart, I’m able to listen to that music again without the negative emotions. Music will always bring back memories, but just because it reminds us of harder times doesn’t mean we have to push them away. We have to learn to embrace the memories because they’re a part of our unique story.
I’ve never been able to define my taste in music, but it’s a lot of the same female vocalists, acoustic versions, covers, and piano led songs. Songs that make you feel something and that have a melody that captures you within the first few seconds of the song. Lately I’ve been in a really good headspace where I’ve felt at peace with the things happening in my life which is what inspired this playlist. Sharing it with you with hopes that it eases your mind and gives you something pretty to listen to..
What songs trigger vivid memories for you? Is there a specific artist or album from the past that stirs powerful emotions in you that transport you back in time? Let me know tonight on Instagram so I can respond 🙂