Music has played an important role in human civilization since the dawn of our species. For those of us who have lived in the age of mass media, it also marks the emotional roller-coaster of our lives.
During childhood, jingles and holiday songs invade our innocent minds, tied to the seasons and their cultural highlights; as we mature, we are exposed to musical genres that reflect both our upbringing and our personal experience. Associated with strong emotion from life events or close relationships, certain songs trigger memories until death or dementia intervene.
Music seems to be especially potent in this regard. As a writer, I try to provoke thought and elicit passion in readers but my success pales in comparison to those who write or perform music. When lyrics are tied to a beautiful or stirring melody, they resonate in both our mind and our soul and their link to our past is forever sealed.