Revisiting old songs

We’ve all been there. You’re sitting in a grocery store or some other nondescript place and an old song comes on the radio that you have not heard in many years.

Sometimes it goes very well. The song brings you back to another time in your life, another place, another aspect of yourself that you perhaps had forgotten or put on a shelf.

And sometimes you just can’t connect with the song. It no longer speaks to you. I wonder whether these lost connections with songs represent changes in ourselves over time that are unbridgeable.

Perhaps each new encounter with an old song is a mini lesson in personal growth or personal change. Popular songs may seem trivial on one level, but on another they help us define who we are. For that reason, if for no other, maybe we should take them very seriously.

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