Part of our mission here at Daily Fuel has been to illuminate life and early career insights for our readers, and we're thrilled to announce that Sam Mooradian will be joining our current blogger, Christian Zilko, debuting Wednesday September 18th. We hope the sharing of their successes, failures, insights, and adventures will continue to inspire others on their journeys toward personal and professional fulfillment. Enjoy!

Music and My Brain

When I listen to music, I rarely listen to individual songs. Instead, I listen to albums from start to finish. And when I love an album, I devour it, often listening to it multiple times a day, a week, a month. Because of this, or because of my brain chemistry (or both!) I associate said albums with the time at which I was listening to them. Furthermore, the dominating colors in the album art make up the colors I associate with the season in which that album was spinning.

I’ll give you an example: if I listen to Heritage by Opeth, I’m flooded with memories from the Fall of 2011. If I listen to that album, I can’t help but think back to those days. The artwork is sweltering – it’s filled with deep reds, washed out oranges, pale blues. Therefore, my memories feel warm and overtly colorful, much like the artwork. I don’t outright see shades of those colors in my head, but in a very real sense I can feel them somehow injected into those memories.

It’s been such a real part of my life that I now listen to albums completely aware that they’re shaping my future memories of the present. When Cult of Luna released Mariner, I knew it would be my “summer” album of 2016 because of how many times I listened to it. When I listen to that album now, I feel nostalgic for those days. In fact, if I ever want to reminisce about a specific time in my life, I’ll put on the album that goes with the season. It’s something I do somewhat often.

I don’t know what to do with this information, but I thought it interesting enough to share.

Sam Mooradian

Guest Blogger:

Sam Mooradian

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Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us.
— Oscar Wilde
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