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Why do some songs have the ability to transport us back to a specific time and place?

Asked by jca (36043points) December 20th, 2011

Sometimes when I hear a song, I am instantly put back into my first grade class, day camp, out in the park hanging out after HS graduation, or any number of specific times and places.

What is it about music and certain songs that have the ability to transport us back to certain times and places, so specifically?

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glenjamin's avatar

I’m guessing it serves as some kind of mnemonic device. Your brain makes these connections subconsciously. This can happen with other senses, such as smell.

ucme's avatar

It’s called nostalgia, tap into it & you have media gold!

mazingerz88's avatar

I’m listening to Tears For Fear’s “The Working Hour” and I’m there right now, in that bus home from college gazing at the red glowing sun as it sets on the horizon. : )

marinelife's avatar

Any songs associated with a particular time and place. For me, it is the Stones Ruby Tuesday that takes me back to a specific dance when I was a junior in high school.

john65pennington's avatar

Its songs by reference. You hear an oldie and instantly you associate that song with a good or bad time in your life. I do and I think most other people do also.

john65pennington's avatar

Mazinger. You must be on the west coast. Its dead dark in the south.

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