Music and Memory

On my old iPod, I had playlists organized by the location where I had lived to that point in my life: Wisconsin, Chicago and Virginia Tech.

A catchy chorus with a slick chorus can pull an image to the forefront of your memory bank and evoke a rush  of emotion — sadness, adrenaline.

Forever in my mind, House of Pain’s Jump Around will only mean the break between the third and fourth quarters at Camp Randall Stadium. And I’m not going to lie, I get a little annoyed when played in other venues like it’s almost sacriligous. As irrational as it may be, I feel in my heart that Wisconsin has earned exclusive access to the anthem.

Regulators will always be the theme of my senior class’s Homecoming theme.

Not really much else to say, but what songs are stuck in your head and associated with certain events in your life?


Author: Mike DeVine

Writer and Editor. History buff. Doing sports things. Film fan. University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate [B.A. English '06]. @UWAlumni Lifetime Member.

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