There was a song that was popular when I was young entitled “If A Picture Paints A Thousand Words” by the group Bread. It was from the album “Manna” in 1971.
I was 14 years old. And I found the melody so beautiful it didn’t really matter what the song was actually about.
What A Single Image Can Convey:
“A picture is worth a thousand words” is an adage in multiple languages. It means that complex and sometimes multiple ideas can be conveyed by a single still image.
After physical therapy on my ankle yesterday, I decided to drive a few more miles down the road to a furniture store where I’ve gone before.
I found a couple of recliners I was interested in and wasn’t too surprised that most were a bit more than when I bought my last one. Isn’t just about everything higher in price since COVID began to change our lives?
I called a female associate over to help me. Then I pointed out two chairs I was kind of interested in. I explained about my back and ankle. Because those are the two reasons I choose a recliner.
“Oh, she said. “I must show you our lumbar recliner.”
So I followed her down a bit and sat in this chair. First of all, it did everything my old recliner did, with one exception.
When she pushed a button, the back of the chair rose to support my back. My recliner supports your neck where I need it to, and this chair also supported my spine.
I was sold.
So I arranged for it to be delivered to my new apartment the afternoon of the move.
You must be thinking: What on earth does this have to do with the song?
Well, upon leaving to drive home, the song popped into my head.
The chair painted a thousand words, in a manner of speaking.
The song itself, over time, has evolved into an idiom referring to the notion that one single image can convey a story as effectively as a large amount of descriptive text.
For me, a good bed and a comfortable supportive recliner are must-haves at this point in my life. I work in my chair and I sleep in my bed. I spend the bulk of my day in them.
People have their own individual ways of seeing things. When I think of a recliner and a bed, it is naturally evocative of comfort.
Example: What pops into your head when you think of the song, or actually hear the song “Let It Be” by the Beatles?
What The Brain Can Do:
Your memory will probably automatically search your lifetime of memories to a time when you heard that song. And the song probably brought to the forefront of your mind a certain feeling.
You might not recall when or where you were. But the feeling you had will probably be evocative of that time in your life.
Well, you must be thinking, she is going really “out there” with her associations between a chair and a song.
I suppose I am.
The Brain Is A Complex Organ:
Our brain is a very complex organ. It controls thought, memory, emotion, touch, motor skills, vision, breathing, temperature, hunger, and every process that regulates our body.
The brain has clever ways to organize information. It creates and maintains associations between memories and experiences.
This allows us to call up related memories. Your brain makes an association between two different experiences when you find a pattern in something.
And for whatever reason, my brain made an association between that song and the recliner.
Is there a song that you associate with something else?