Last night I went to a Bruce Springsteen concert. It was the first Boss concert I’ve ever been to and it was great (being in New Zealand he opened the show with a cover version of Lorde’s ‘Royals’ which went down a treat!).
But-before I went I asked my husband why Bruce seemed to have so many almost evangelical followers. Sure, I’ve always heard him on the radio and quite liked him, but I have noticed that some of his fans are the most ardent ones I’ve ever come across. Hubby says it’s about the lyrics, about the feelings his music instills in you- and the memories. ‘Bruce was there through it all,’ he said. ‘He got me through the good times and the bad times.’
Bruce was very energetic, and at 64 had a physique a 30 yr old would be envious of. He was involving and encompassing and the music was great. My husband thought the concert was brilliant, one of the best- whereas, with no real memories to associate with The Boss I enjoyed his most popular songs and the rest was lost on me! (To my hubby’s shame)
There’s some new research (here if you’re interested) that tells us that playing music to brain-injury patients can help help them regain autobiographical memories much more effectively than verbal prompting. How amazing is that? Play someone some music and the tune brings back an associated memory.That got me thinking. What would be the soundtrack to my life? What music should my people play to me to evoke my strongest memories? What is my go-to music?
This always always reminds me of my dearly departed dad, whenever I hear it I have to stop what I’m doing and think about him:
This brings back very strong memories of driving up a mountain to get to a ski-field with my husband and kids and us all screaming the song at the top of our voices- happy days!
On a slightly tangential note I have a new release! Not a medical book, but still a Mills and Boon/Harlequin one. I now write for the Modern Tempted/Kiss line too. For anyone not familiar with this great line, these are ‘fresh, flirty and stylish- sexy stories for the modern girl who loves to live life to the full!’ Her Client From Hell is my second Modern Tempted book an is available from both www.millsandboon.co.uk and www.harlequin.com
Her customer satisfaction guarantee…!
Cassie Sweet has a new mantra in her life—failure is not an option! Her good-for-nothing ex might have run off with all her money, but she’s determined to make her new catering business a success. So no distractions. Nothing. Nada.Zero. Which means her infuriatingly rude—and exasperatingly handsome!—new client, filmmaker Jack Brennan, is definitely off the menu…
After all, while the customer might always be right, Jack’s clearly every shade of wrong! So when his clothes end up on her bedroom floor why do they look so right? And the biggest question of all: is this a recipe for disaster—or the best mistake of her life…?
What would be the soundtrack to your life? Is there one song that triggers strong memories for you?