Rivers of thought

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?


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4 responses to “Rivers of thought

  1. Veronica, music is always a fantastic choice.

  2. I had to stop and think about what pops into my mind at odd moments. Usually it’s a song, and usually I find it’s the last song I was listening to in the car. That’s usually the only place I listen to music because at home my mind is generally occupied with things that require concentration.

  3. I agree. The tune helps the words stay in place.

  4. This is why I can remember lyrics to songs from ten years ago but can’t remember what I ate for dinner last night. :p I think it’s because when your brain intakes something musically, it remembers it more than you would if it was really hard work.