Whenever I’m in the midst of a slower activity (showering, waiting in traffic, daydreaming, going to sleep) my brain plucks random bits from my memory. I’ve paid attention to them recently to see where they come from, why they’ve formed such a deep trench. My memory’s captured them from songs, movies, and books. The depth of the memory comes from the amount of repetition, but that repetition hasn’t necessarily been intentional. The stronger the impact of the words or the music, the more I’ve repeated them. It’s interesting noticing the patterns. Here’s some of the thoughts that pop into my head, the soundtrack of my mind:
“We will dance on the streets that are golden. The glorious bride and the great Son of Man.” Travis Cottrell singing We Will Dance.
“Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so.” Jesus Loves Me hymn.
“Be bold as your sauce.” Facts of Life Goes to Paris. Great line in the movie. It’s encouragement to be yourself.
“Give thanks to the Lord our God and king. His love endures forever.” Forever by Chris Tomlin.
“Oh, Susanna.” Oh! Susanna by Stephen Foster. My middle name’s Suzanne. My dad would sing this to me.
“The summer I turned thirteen I thought I killed a man.” Fireflies in December by Jennifer Erin Valent. This first line of the novel gripped me immediately.
“If I thought I was gonna get shot I wouldn’t go.” El Dorado. My favorite line by my uncle Arthur Hunnicutt playing Bull.
“I could have danced all night.” My Fair Lady.
“My chains are gone, I’ve been set free. My God, my Savior has ransomed me.” Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) by Chris Tomlin.
The collection goes on. What about you? What plays in your mind in the slow moments?