Growing up, I rarely (if ever) listened to music. I never really went to concerts or even had music playing at home while I worked.

Only recently, can I say that music has really become an important part of my life. I now listen to music all of the time – walking to classes, studying, and just hanging out with friends. 

In the past year, I have been to dozens of concerts. I went to EDC Japan. I went to the full moon festival in Thailand. I went to a big music festival Nashville. I have probably increased my “time spent listening to music” by 1.5x. 

And, as I have written about several times before, music is a part of my memory. 

I think the coolest thing about the latter is that inside of music, I find memories and shared experiences. We probably all see this, but when I listen to a certain song I am often immediately transported back to a particular life experience. In just a few beats, I am taken back to a previous world.

I remember everything: what I was doing, who I was with, what I felt like. My emotional state.

I play Chance and I am taken back to my first summer in San Francisco – walking around the city. In the sun. Smiling.

I play some old drake songs and am taken back to long car rides with my friends in high school.

https://gonen.blog/music-is-memories/

It really is amazing what music can do to an environment. It can spread a message and generate a vibe that radiates through people’s minds. 


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