Is playing music the closest way to connect to our past?

Answer by Jim Ashby:

I find that nothing connects me to my past like music from my past. When I hear a familiar old song, it invokes mental images of where I was when I first enjoyed the song. I hear "China Grove", by the Doobie Brothers, and I'm back in Air Force boot camp in San Antonio, Texas. I hear Led Zeppelin and I'm back in high school, smoking pot in the parking lot.

I really can't think of anything else that so vividly invokes the past as easily and reliably. Something about music must imprint in our minds, particularly when we're young.

Is playing music the closest way to connect to our past?

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