Music Triggering Memories

Labyrinth DVD Starring David BowieJust before setting aside time to write this article I was editing the video for the Oliva Connecticut Reserve review on Stogie Review. In between tasks I imported my classic rock folder into Winamp and hit shuffle. The usual stuff began playing, then something came on that I haven’t heard in years.

All of a sudden this song stopped me in my tracks and sparked a vivid memory of my childhood. Back when I was very young, less than ten years old, my grandmother used to watch me for a couple of hours after I finished school. From time to time I used to sit and watch a movie on VHS. One of the more entertaining ones I watched was entitled Labyrinth starring David Bowie.

Labyrinth was a movie about a girl that gets sick of watching her baby brother and wishes that monsters would come and take him away. Just as you would expect, monsters come and steal the baby away. When the girl realizes her baby brother is no longer crying, she goes to check on him. After a bit of a panic, an owl flies through the window and transforms into a wizard, David Bowie.

In order to get her baby brother back, the girl must travel through a labyrinth and claim her brother at a castle before he is transformed into a monster. Along the way the girl befriends various characters and eventually makes her way up and into the castle to save her brother.

The monsters reminded me of Sesame Street characters, or Muppets with an evil twist. Somewhere throughout the movie, David Bowie and the monsters break out into song and dance to Magic Dance. When I was young I thought this whole thing was very entertaining.

After talking about this movie, I think that I may just order it so that I can laugh at it and relive a little of my childhood.


Labyrinth Movie Trailer

Have you ever had a song trigger
a memory and stop you in your tracks?

6 comments On Music Triggering Memories

  • Great topic!! Music has played a big role in my life. The last track that stopped me in my tracks and me go into a “Remember When” mode was GnR’s November Rain. I was 15 when the album came out in 1991..Sept. 17th to be exact. At the time, I was good friends with a girl and we went to some rally at City Hall and I had my Sony Discman…remember those? LOL. We sat there listening to Use your Illusione 1 and 2 while the rally went on and the following day I asked her out and we’ve been together since. When I listened to that track the other day, I was amazed that the song is 18 years old!!!! Sometimes listening to certain music makes me realized how friggin’ old I am.

  • I agree with Carlos. Annie Lennox Why? reminds me of when my mom died (I kept playing that song over and over again in 1992).

    And U2’s the Joshua Tree reminded me of a girl I had a crush on back in University.

  • Yes – all too often good and bad memories. The greatest invention of the last few years– ipod, keeps me filled with lots of good and bad ones, as well as helps develop new memories.
    The mind responds to multiple sensations. If you try to learn something and involve more senses, then you will learn something far easier — write, listen, read, smell, even taste. So, invoke good memories.
    Too bad they wouldn’t let me smoke a cigar while I took tests

  • Walt,

    I have and it mostly brings a smile to my face. I’m glad too because if I hadn’t of heard the song in the first place, that memory might have been gone forever!

  • Wow, where to begin, I’ve been a musician for a really long time and I am constantly reminded of someone or something in my past. Especially when my guitar students bring music I haven’t heard in ages. Perpetual Nostalgia!

  • I have. Old country song: Deanna Carter – Strawberry Wine. It came out when I was in college and reminds me of a girl I met in Canada who I fell head over heels for. Didn’t work out (since she was in Canada), but it still puts a smile on my face. Thinking about it just did too. Great topic.

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