Some songs have that innate, immediate ability to transport you back to a certain time. I’m sure there are many studies to this effect, but nothing beats actually having that feeling, and especially from the same song again and again. Thinking about it, surely at any era of our personal lives we would be listening to any number of songs. Maybe some more than others, but there will be more than one time at any stretch of time. After all, it’s not like most of us were in gitmo.
So have you ever had that feeling? For me it’s like….. Pottering about your day and suddenly out of nowhere there’s this quiet paralysis, my eyes staring status quo but what I’m actually seeing is 2 second moving images from the past. Mostly in sepia of course. Or is that because I listen to classic jazz most of the time?
Just now it was Nina Simone’s My Baby Just Cares For Me. It doesn’t get me everytime, but when it gets me, ooh baby!
The scenes are always set in UK, which makes sense because that’s where I first heard of it. At least conciously knowing and acknowledging the melody. I love the first scene, in which I’m transported into a car, whizzing through the British countryside in autumn, or spring or any such moment in either summer or winter where you’d go “them crazy British weather”. So 2 seconds of that.
Then, 1 second blank, like one of those old school slide projectors, using little cartridges or something like that.
And then another quick scene, I’m in my body, weaving through the brunch crowd of Nottinghill Market, and my ears catch the melody and my eyes followed suit. Suddenly the crowd gave way, and I felt my intention to go to that particular stall from where the melody came from. “I must have it.“
Snapped back, and my eyes saw me on my bed in real life.
Dreaming with my eyes open is much better than when closed.