Memories, music and
stories connect us and go
to the heart of what makes us human.
So we are delighted to support individuals and groups to write or record their reflections and to create audio playlists of music and sounds which represent soundtracks of their lives.
If you are planning to write or record memories or life stories, take a look at our suggestion sheets on Warming Up Your Words, My Favourite Things and Braw Banter!
Some people have chosen to use their favourite season as a starting point for reflection. So we
have written some seasonal poems in the form of the lovely traditional Japanese short form poetry called Haiku, along with guidance for you to do the same. To help you further release your inner poet, we have included some acrostic poems, which are great fun and easy to do. You will find the film Release Your Inner Poet on our GO Cinema 1 page.
If you want to compile an audio playlist, we would recommend you look at the information and resources from Playlist for Life and BBC Music Memories to make your personal choices and then we will help you do the rest. Music surrounds us through a lifetime and stays with us forever, so it's
a great thing to do.
Our developing film library will hopefully also give you some inspiration for bringing memories, music and stories together.
Some story ideas
Everyone has a story to tell. Reminiscing about positive recollections, people and places is a natural thing to do and creates strong connections between people.
Whatever age we are, we all have memories of birthdays, favourite foods and entertainments, Christmas and Hogmanay traditions, shopping, holidays, dancing, sports, local bands, scouts and brownies, party tunes, TV programmes (who remembers Top Cat?), special moments and milestones.
All of these can be great conversation starters and starting points for stories, reflections and poetry.
You might be surprised how your stories can inspire, inform and engage wider audiences.
Your memory bump
Not many people know this, but apparently, it's a fact that we create more memories between the ages of 10 and 30 than at any other time of our lives.
So thinking back to these years may be a particularly rich source of strong memories and a good place to start.