Music Memories — The Ghosts that Never Leave

See Cat
4 min readAug 14, 2022

This isn’t a teeny bopper post. But I’m going on a little rant about Justin Bieber for a minute. Just stay and see where I’m headed with this. I think you might end up liking it.

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First. Can I admit out loud (on this screen) that I love Justin Bieber? I want to hate him so much, but then his music… ahh it’s infectious. Can’t be stopped.

Ghost comes on the radio this afternoon and I’m like “ARE YOU F*CKING KIDDING ME WITH THIS SONG AGAIN???” It’s been playing non-stop. Any station, any time, all the time. So, what do I do? I reach over and make it louder to sing along of course. I’m just happy it finally doesn’t make me cry anymore.

It’s been on the Billboard Hot 100 for 45 weeks. It hit number one on the Billboard Pop Airplay Chart February 26th, 2022, 24 weeks ago. Random fact of the day: The last time a song with the word ‘ghost’ was on the list was in 1984, the year of my birth. (I heard it on a radio station for what it's worth.)

What Justin says about the song:

“So, ‘Ghost’ is a really special record. My objective with making the song was to make people feel like there is hope, and the trauma and the hurt that you feel isn’t gonna last forever.”

Do you remember what you were up to 24 weeks ago? My life was hitting a few bumps that week. I won’t go there now.

Time warp.

  1. How is Bieber still in the top 100 after 45 weeks? What is that about? Good question. Forty-five weeks seems like a lifetime ago.
  2. Why is my brain still attached to the intense emotions that I had at the time that song was introduced to me? Better question.
  3. Can this be undone? Best question.

Music is crazy like this. I know you are just dying to know the science behind this musical torture. Let’s go!

Before I can jump into it, you need some background on what is known as autobiographical memory.

I guess you can deduce from the term that this is the information stored in the area of our memory that pertains to our own personal lived experiences. It helps us in a number of ways that benefit our psychological and physical health. It can be a guide for how we choose to behave in…



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Science meets mysticism. Come play on the monkey bars of my brain. Hopefully I leave you with more questions than answers.