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Emily Grossman


October 20, 2007 at 9:01 AM

It could possibly be dismissed as coincidence, but it is happening far too often anymore to go unnoticed.

I'm driving in my car, listening to some music. I get out and go shopping. Or drink coffee. Or hike. Or even turn in for the night.

The next time I get in the car and get ready to turn on the ignition, be it twenty minutes or eight hours later, I subconsciously start humming a tune. I turn on the cd player, and I'm humming the tune exactly where it left off the last time I heard it.

I don't think I could replicate this nifty trick on demand; I'm too absentminded to focus on it for such an extended period. As many things as I forget throughout the day, like orchestra rehearsals and toothpaste, it's hard for me to understand why my brain has chosen, of all things, to carefully dog-ear my music when I put it down.

From Tom Holzman
Posted on October 20, 2007 at 8:20 PM
Emily - be glad you have that gift. At least something is filtering into a registering in your subconscious, and the good news is that it is music.
From Pauline Lerner
Posted on October 21, 2007 at 5:02 AM
Emily, when I had a car, exactly the same thing happened to me. If the last thing I had heard before getting out of the car was a song, I would start singing the lyrics, at the point where they had stopped, as I got close to the car again. If the music had no words, as I approached the car, I would hum the piece from the exact spot where it left off when I got out of the car. It's subconscious: If anyone had asked me to do that, I wouldn't have been able to.
From Jim W. Miller
Posted on October 21, 2007 at 7:15 AM
Do you mean your CD player starts playing in the middle of a track like a cassette player when you turn it back on, and you're remembering where it's going to start?
From Penny B
Posted on October 21, 2007 at 7:44 AM
Welcome to getting older and the inexplicable.
From Emily Grossman
Posted on October 21, 2007 at 4:34 PM
Nice to know I'm not the only one to do that, Pauline, although I don't know what this has to do with old age.

Jim, that's what I mean.

From Jim W. Miller
Posted on October 21, 2007 at 8:31 PM
I've never had a vehicle with a CD player in it. My current "car" is a ruff-n-ready Jeep with just a hole there that looks like it was made with tin snips. But in the house, I've been listening to a track 9 and I remember to push 9 :) I think of it as a musical version of that blonde guy in Da Vinci Code...

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