The Power Of Music And Sound

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

I struggle memorizing anything. I took three years of spanish and the only thing I learned is that if I had to choose a spanish name it would definitely be Jorge and answering no hablo espanol on every test question will not get you an A.

Most of the reason for my struggles in memorization came from a lack of discipline. I was not motivated to study or work, instead I wanted it to be easy. That is how most of my memorization goes. I expect to read it one time and then store it away for all of eternity in my nice sized brain. So far that method has allowed me to memorize my phone number, people’s names (I am good at that actually) and my home address. But I often wonder, what if there was another way to memorize? What if you could use a trick to help you store information and recall it when need be?

I seriously think music has a great connection to learning. I can recall hundreds of songs and the lyrics as soon as I hear the beat (drop that beat DJ) or guitar riff. There is a connection to memorization and music.

This video talks a little more about using music to tell stories.

Soundworks Collection: Walt Disney Imagineers from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.

How do you memorize things?


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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • DS

    I’m the same way! I can remember lyrics like nobodies business.

  • Erin

    I had a cassette tape of memory verse songs when I was little. I can still sing all those songs and they account for a lot of the verses I have memorized. At one point I wanted to memorize 1 John, so I recorded myself reading chapter 1 and would listen to it while I went on walks. It was sort of awkward, but I memorized chapter 1…then I stopped. Now I’m starting over 3 years later.

    So yes. Music and sound have incredible sticking power. I can memorize jingles, songs, and movie quotes like no body’s business. (I like to quote the more obscure parts of movies. No one ever knows what I’m talking about). The fact of the matter is, when it comes to memorizing scripture, it’s not that I can’t do it. It’s that I’m lazy.

    • Kyle Reed

      I had that exact same thought this morning.
      I remember songs from when I was a kid as well and can even sing them now.
      I guess it goes to show how much that stuff impacts us as a kid.

  • Michael

    Most of the time, if I can read it, I can memorize it quickly. With songs, it’s more repetition.

    • Kyle Reed

      really, its the complete opposite for me

  • Jason Vana

    I definitely have noticed a connection between music and memorization for me. I can remember lyrics like crazy. As far as movies, reading or even peoples’ names…not so much. I need repetition for that stuff.

    • Kyle Reed

      I am terrible with movies and reading.