Music Is What Feelings Sound Like

musicToday we did an exercise around music and what it means for us.  We used some of the methods from “Turntable” which is a project that helps individuals and communities connect through music and story.  Some of the questions included

  • What music were you listening to when you were 10 and what influenced that?
  • What music were you listening to when you were 15 and what influenced that?
  • What music were you listening to when you were 20 and what influenced that?
  • What was the first concert you attended and what were your thoughts about it?

The responses people gave were really fascinating.

It did bring up a lot of stories including;

  • How people thought they knew everything at the age of 15
  • Moving out of the family home
  • Getting their first job
  • Life influences

The responses enabled people to identify music with memories from their past.  There was a lot of hilarity around the various fashions people wore, weather it be a “Bay City Rollers” tartan scarf or a pair of “Bros” trainers!  It was fascinating to see the changes in people’s music tastes while growing up and how certain pieces of music reflected those changes.  While listening to music can trigger good memories and some not so good, it still proved to be a very worthwhile exercise.  Below is an interesting article from

Music shapes the brain in many ways — it can alter brain structures in musicians, and enhance cognitive skills in children and adults alike, research shows. Still, scientists are continuing to learn much about the way the brain responds to music.

Here is a look at one way that music is known to affect the brain.

Unearthing patients’ lost memories

  • Music has the power to bring back memories, leading some researchers to say that music could be used as a treatment for people with memory problems.
  • In one recent study, researchers found that music could bring back old-age memories in people who had memory problems after sustaining traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
  • In fact, the musical treatment, which involved playing hit songs from different periods in people’s lives, was better than an interview at eliciting past memories, according to the study published in the journal Neuropsychological Rehabilitation in 2013.
  • Other investigations have found that for people with severe memory problems as a result of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, music can affect the memory when nothing else does. The effect can sometimes be so great that experts have likened it to “awakening” a patient who has been unconscious.

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