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  • Writer's pictureJan Bishop

Music Memories Monday

Updated: Mar 29, 2023

Have you ever heard a song and suddenly had a vivid memory pop up in your mind? This experience is called music-evoked autobiographical memory, and it is a common occurrence, according to If you are curious, follow the link to read more about it.

The song is "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" by Terry Clark. The year is 1998. I was in the midst of a divorce, and my sister Marty was also getting divorced and was recovering from breast cancer. My sister, Dawn's husband, was out of the country (serving in the military). I had moved in with my parents, so they had an additional financial burden. We were all feeling sorry for ourselves. We decided to throw a "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" Party. We were sick of wallowing and needed some fun. Now anytime I hear this song, it makes me smile and reminds me of the people who ALWAYS have my back! This is a great memory for me. In these pictures, you see my little brother, Clint, with the cake we got, then my sisters with cake on their faces. And then me with my face covered in cake. I told my sisters, "Let's pretend we are eating the cake and have Clint take a picture. I was in the middle of and had my arms around both sisters. Then when he was ready to take the picture, I pushed both sisters' faces into the cake. Needless to say, they retaliated, which is why my face is covered in cake! Do you have a memory associated with a song?

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I love this post. The memories a song provokes are instantaneous. If you close your eyes you are there in the moment. Smells also can recreate the memory as well. It’s all about what you do about.

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