Chapter Zero.2

Music is something that most humans have experienced. Unless you’re deaf you have most likely heard music at some point in your life. I have always loved music. All kinds of music. Rock, pop, punk, classical, jazz, blues, mariachi, rock latino, baroque, international and on and on. When I was 4, there was a popular jazz song that was a hit. Anytime it came on the radio I would start dancing. I remember dancing to the song in a local department store. One day I got lost in the lady’s clothes racks. My mom knew of course what had happened and found me. The thing is, every time I hear that song I am brought back to that day over 40 years ago and I can feel myself dancing inside. I can see the glow of the fluorescent lights, the black industrial carpet with lines of purple woven throughout, and the smell of polyester pantsuits. This is the gift that music gives each and every one of us, vivid memories of a time in our past. Think about it, if I mention the song Don’t Look Back by Boston, you immediately know the song and probably can hear the intro with the electric guitar quietly coming in with that famous riff. When I hear the song it takes me back to a time I was the passenger in a 1971 powder blue VW Beetle that had been lowered. The interior was white. The guy driving was the German boyfriend of a a girl I knew in high school. We were leaving Mexico City for a weekend in Acapulco. It was Spring Break, 1979. This vision takes only a micro second to develop in my brain. I am able to relive the experience for a few seconds and then I’m back to reality.

Probably some 98% of us have a memory that Don’t Look Back taps into. Multiply that by the billions of people who have lived to experience the same song and the billions of experiences they relate to with the song. All because a band wrote certain words and music that became a hit at a certain time in the 70’s. Not only was this an American hit, but worldwide with people from different cultures experiencing something entirely different than you and I. 

How do I connect the vastness of our universe to the empirical memories music harbors in our brain? It is the concept of our mutual individuality and the realization we are in fact not that different from each other. We may look different, act different and have different beliefs, but in reality we are all very much alike. And if we look back on this planet from billions of miles away, we are nothing but a blue dot in our own galaxy. We are all that blue dot with all the memories and life experiences all culminated in one spot in the universe. Music is one of the things that ties us together if even through our own memories. Therefore, the incredible autobiography that I write here is only a moment of collective experiences expressed by me, your writer. So, in the words of Sgt. Pepper, let me introduce to you. The one and only…

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