Shivers #

In NLP they’re called anchors.

Simple sensory inputs that trigger a whole range of feelings, memories, thoughts, imagined futures, new capabilities…

For most people music can be one of the most powerful anchors – the idea of “our song” is not a lover’s cliche without reason.

A sign of my age (and a serious lack of music buying during the later years) – a significant majority of my music collection is still on vinyl. Despite the lack of a functioning deck for several years I’ve lugged a couple of hundred LPs through a divorce and a couple of house moves. The most recent move was enough to ensure that I did something about the situation.

Thanks to Google I found Musonic UK, just down the road in Watford, manufacturers of replacement styli. Waiting on my doormat when I got home from work today was a small padded envelope containg the desired item and within a few minutes I had the deck hooked up and ready to play.

What to play first? Almost at random I selected “Victims of the Fury” – a Robin Trower album from 1980 that I’d not heard in many, many years.

As the first powerful, wailing chords of “Jack and Jill” filled my living room I was taken straight back to my 18 year old self, recovering once-dark memories of the short-lived love for which this album (and in particular this track) were the “mourning” songs…

Within seconds that spine-shivery, chest-warming feeling was back – the power of music that stays dormant inside ready to awake.

I’ve missed this.

Julian Elve
Proactive application of technology to business

My interests include technology, personal knowledge management, social change