I’m the kind of person who’ll take a new album or a mixed CD and play it on loop until I’m almost sick of it, and then have that music permanently or semi-permanently imprinted on my brain as the soundtrack to whatever was going on at the time of the imprinting. This has been happening for long enough that I sometimes do it deliberately, now, though the strongest associations still happen simply when I’ve found a new favorite album to go nuts with. The last major time this happened was with the newest Infected Mushroom album and scrambling to get a costume ready for Dragon*Con; I imagine that there will be another album that does the same thing here in about a month, this year.
In the meantime, I’m looping some moderately embarrassing (given my normal music tastes) pop music and laughing my head off as I do so.
What sort of personal soundtracks do you have? How often do you find new ones? Are there any that end up happening that you normally wouldn’t even like all that much?
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Haha I do this too! The latest was last week when I was working furiously on finishing my thesis draft and I had Within and Without by Washed Out on repeat. I also play this album when I go to sleep a lot. I <3 it! It now will always remind me of this time of my life.
There's also the album Michigan by Sufjan Stevens that always reminds me of the incredibly long flight from the US to Dubai. I was listening to the album on repeat and now every time I hear it I think about sitting on the plane staring out the window while flying over Iraq in 2005.