Do our brains act like virtual jukeboxes, storing a copy of every song we have ever enjoyed, and calling up any given song when prompted to do so by an outside stimulus? I ask this because every once in a while a song will end up going round in my head simply because somebody has said something that brings to mind its lyrics, or a conversation reminds me of a specific event that my brain links to a given piece of music.
This happened to me last week. I was speaking to a good friend about some of our favourite music from 20 years ago. Â The next day when I awoke, ‘Fishes Eyes‘ by New Fast Automatic Daffodils was in my head, and there it stayed for several hours. Â Despite not having heard it for several years, my brain was giving a pretty faithful rendition, and it sounded very much like this:
How this happens, I would love to know. Â If anybody wants to sponsor me to write a book on the topic, I would certainly take up the challenge.
Anyway, as a result I decided to play a bit of New FADS in tonight’s show. Â I also played this excellent Four Tet and Burial collaboration, that I picked on on 12″ at Jumbo Records earlier this year:
Another tune I played tonight was this from the Snow Palms album: