125. How to Preserve a Memory

  1. Listen to an album of your choice at least twice a day for a fortnight. 4-6 weeks is better. Studies have shown that this is most effective when the album is a new release.
  2. Avoid all contact with photographs and film from the time, as those will dilute or overwrite any images in your head with theirs.
  3. After at least a decade, listen to the album again. If too intense, it may be possible to acclimatise with the Greatest Hits album. Occasionally, it may have fermented into regret or bitterness, so it is advisable to repeat step 1 little and often.
  4. The listening process cannot be skipped by the purchase of mint in box. This sterile environment will not marinate your emotions successfully. Reunion tours whereby an album is played in its entirity are also poor substitutes.
  5. Side effects can include but are not limited to: sadness at lost youth, ill behaviour, memory lucidity, increased motivation, crying, strains from dancing, anger at acoustic cover versions, the booking of concert tickets or purchase of band t shirts. Very rare side effects include a haircut, the purchase of a guitar or a camper van.
  6. Please enjoy nostalgia in moderation.

11 thoughts on “125. How to Preserve a Memory

  1. Reblogged this on The Writing Life and commented:
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  2. Oh my. Those days are long past! I was a poor college student but I had a roommate who bought the Eagles album “Hotel California” She wore that thing out. She must have played it over and over for the whole semester! I was so sick of that record. And to this day I know the words to the songs…

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  3. I overdosed on the Cure’s album Pornography as my mother slowly died of cancer. Then I put it away. Decades later, I find that I can’t listen to it without it dragging me down into a lasting depressive funk.

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