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This has always been a weird phenomenon for me, and I'm wondering if other people have experienced it.

Looking back at my compositions over the years, I realize that the pieces I am most pleased with are those I tend to have little to no memory of having written. In fact, I've gone back through my "junk pile" on multiple occasions and run across something I don't even recognize as mine, but that I totally love and decide to finish, though it feels like stealing, or maybe writing a cover, since I have no memory of the original ever happening. And then there are pieces that I know that I wrote them, and even remember vaguely when it was, but I have no recollection of the actual process. So weird. I've had people ask me "Where did you come up with the inspiration for this or that piece?" and I am forced to admit that I have no idea because I don't even remember it. It's like I wake up one day and there's this piece of music I'm apparently already halfway done with.

Is this maybe because I'm in such a "flow" that I am not conscious of the process or something, or what? Does this happen to you?


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Hi, Jim.

Interesting question. This has never happened to me. When I go through my old compositions I always recognize them after playing the first few notes.

I do wonder why this is something that is happening.

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I have experienced this weird phenomenon for years. The first instance I remember particularly well because I found a page of music in a pile of scores by my favorite classical composers which I'd downloaded several months earlier. I played it and found it particularly lovely so I started digging around in that pile. Finally I realized the copyright date was only a couple of months earlier and that it was one of my own works. I eventually located all the pages.

But a couple of days ago, I was sending a link to one of my older You Tube clips to a friend. On a whim, I opened the link and found my familiar hands playing a beautiful, but completely unfamiliar piece of music. Well I know it's mine, because my name, date and copyright are on it.

Sometimes I wonder if it's some form of senility, then I remember the great Indian mathematician Ramanujan who claimed he got his incredibly complex mathematical equations from "the Goddess". I recognize now that I do work in a sort of trance state ... and that state produces the best results. So now I welcome it.

But I admit it can be unnerving at times. 🤗

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Hi, Jim.

One thing to add, relevant, perhaps, in one way or another…

Some melodic lines of my own I wind up asking my husband: "Does this sound like something else to you?" - meaning, does my composition sound like some well-known piece of music?

I hope I am not unknowingly copying someone's else's music.

This only happens with certain types of compositions and every so often, but when it does, It is troublesome to me that there's no way to check, that is….

As far as I know, there is no way to tell if my composition is entirely original or if, in fact, sprang forth from some memory or knowledge deep in the recesses of my mind of someone else's music…which would mean my composition is a copy, mostly mimicking or too reminiscent of some other composer's creative efforts.

As far as how this may relate to this discussion…

Jim, you say you sometimes do not recognize nor remember your own compositions as being one of your own creations.

On the opposite side of the coin, I fear I may have no conscious memory of someone else's piece of music that I once heard and have subsequently channeled into a composition I believe is my own.

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Originally Posted by Jim of Seattle
This has always been a weird phenomenon for me, and I'm wondering if other people have experienced it.

Sometimes I seem to have forgotten a composition, but if I think about it for a while, the memory comes back.

I have written more than 500 compositions for piano. Maybe that's the reason. Because I work fast and usually finish within a couple of hours, the memory of a composition fades within a day. I like it that way. Wouldn't want to have a composition in my inner ear all day long.

Next day, if I want to write the next piece, I have a quick glance, just to be sure that I don't write in the same key and time signature two days in a row. Furthermore, I get bored rather quickly, so I don't have any reason to bother with an old composition.

Er... and I'm not so young anymore. I guess, that could be of some importance wink


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