Brain complexity fascinates me. I like how different senses trigger different memories. For example, whenever I eat cinnamon rolls, I think of my Grandpa Archie, the first person I ever saw make cinnamon rolls from scratch — and he was blind, so he did it all by feel and from memory. When I listen to Hampton String Quartet, I’m transported back to the table, strewn with flash cards, textbooks, and notebooks, where I spent hours studying for calculus finals in the basement apartment we lived in my sophomore year in college.

If I had to guess, I’d say that hearing these silly-but-talented songs will always bring me back to this COVID pandemic and the months we’ve spent at home.

I would love to hear an album of COVID-specific music — songs that were written and performed during the pandemic. I wonder if any themes would emerge.

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