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“…Then came the Fourth of June
On that sleepless night,
Well, I tossed and I turned
While the thought of her burned
Up and down my mind…”
I almost always have a soundtrack going in my head. Anything can trigger a new song. Even a pattern of syllables can pop something into my head that has a matching rhythm. Or, songs can morph from one into the next in ways that make perfect sense to me, but nobody else.
“How did you get from that song to this one?” my wife will ask incredulously.
“Can’t you feel how related they are?” I ask, knowing that she cannot. Maybe it’s a form of synesthesia on my part. Maybe it’s just the way my brain arranges things. It is certainly true that I have multiple types of song triggers. Almost anything can set one off.
I was thinking about this since two recent dates set off songs, and I know another is coming soon.
The first date was the 24th of May, Queen Victoria’s birthday. In Canada, it’s a holiday, although now it wanders as many of our holidays wander to Mondays. That date always triggers off Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers “The Pits” in my head.
Then there was the 3rd and 4th of June, which triggered an old Neil Diamond song, “Désirée.”
And then we have the Fourth of July coming up soon. You think that would trigger off all sorts of patriotic songs? No, this is what pops out:
Do you have a constant playlist running in your head? What are your song triggers? Do particular dates pull up song associations for any reason?