Tag: Amuse Music

Those strange associations

After my biweekly Gladeo meeting this morning, Mom and I travelled out into the Wild, Wild West of Palos Verdes to take care of some chores.

Namely chores for my sister, who happens to still be in school and couldn’t make the trip out herself. But hey, what are siblings for if not to be a stand-in where extra hands are needed.

See my sister is a high school musician for those of you that haven’t seen me talk about her before.

Quite a good one too, I’d say.

She plays flute primarily, but also dabbles in a number of other instruments including saxophone, piccolo and keyboard. Today’s trip happened to be for the piccolo specifically, as she’s been renting the thing for so long that now she wanted to buy it from the music store.

It’s this place in a shopping center called the Promenade for anyone who lives local and might know what I’m talking about.

Pretty nice place, honestly.

The thing that has stood out about this trip in particular for me, however, is the fact that I thought this was going to be a brand new excursion when it turns out I’ve been here before.

Memory and how remembering things works has always been an interesting subject for me. Getting to learn about cool, underlying brain mechanisms is one of the reasons I like being a psychology minor at CSUF.

Video games have always been an excellent associative trigger for memories (because of course they are). Playing Pokémon Sapphire always brings me back to raising a Wingull named Lt. Sergeant in my grandparent’s house in Florida. That sort of thing.

Don’t ask me why that was the Wingull’s name, though. I had some strange thing about raising a Wingull army that I don’t remember the genesis of.

That said I’m getting way off topic.

Being back at this music store and the Good Stuff restaurant nearby that we also ate at last time we came over here:

Has triggered a very specific and more recent memory within me.

Summoning this big lug in Fire Emblem Heroes:

That’s right, I’m right back at the restaurant where I once wasted all kinds of orbs just to summon the Mystletainn master himself.

Whether that particular binge of orbs was worth it is questionable in hindsight, considering Sigurd came into the game a few weeks later and outclassed my cavalry swordsman…

But for the positive memory and emotional association alone, I think the summon was plenty worthwhile.