Baby Hold On To Me
For the last few months I’ve been thinking A LOT about music as a memory trigger. My mom was a stagehand and rigger for nearly 40 years. My stepdad collected records and remains one of the most musical curious people I know. My father is a musician and singer-songwriter. You could say that music was not a thing in the atmosphere of my childhood, but it WAS the atmosphere. That being said, I have found that music can be a powerful memory trigger for almost anyone in the way that scent can be. I’ve fantasized about putting together an anthology of one to two page comics on the memories of songs. I feel like I see a lot of comics about the artists who write and perform songs, but not about the personal ties to songs, which tend to be common and yet powerful.
I’m in the process of preparing to teach an autobiographical comics class at The Garrison Art Center next month and thinking about how I can get the class to enter easily into memories and story telling. Making a list of songs might be a good place to start.