HCOF Creativity Prompt: Memory Mixtape

May 14, 2020

Our Holland Community Opera Fellowship (HCOF) is committed to being a creative and artistic resource to our community. Usually this takes many forms and Opera Omaha's HCOF Fellows (Gwenna, Jared, Kate, and Kaitlin) lead creative workshops and programming for all ages. Since we can’t be in the community in person, we’ve adapted and created a few of our #HCOFCreativityPrompts for your use at home. Each weekday we’ll post a different prompt on our blog and share on our social media platforms. These activities can be done alone or with others. Creativity is not just for kids, and these prompts are written for a wide variety of audiences so feel free to modify as needed!

Today's Creativity Prompt

Memory Mixtape: A playlist of musical souvenirs

Create a playlist or “Mixtape” of songs inspired by some favorite memories

Time to complete
5-20 Minutes

A smart phone, access to the internet or CD/Record/Tape collection and a piece of paper.

Start by making a list highlighting a few of your favorite memories. Here are a few prompts to get you started:

  • Vivid childhood memories
  • Trips/vacations
  • “Firsts” (first job, camping trip, love, etc.)
  • “Lasts” (last day of school, book you read, concert you attended)
  • People: Pick a memory you associate with a loved one
  • Places: Write down significant places that evoke joyful memories

Are there songs that jump to your mind right away while making this list? Add them to your playlist!

Go through your list one by one and pick a song or piece of music to represent each one. There is no right or wrong way to do this.

Create your playlist! Use whatever format you want, a streaming service or your music library, or go old school and burn a CD or even make a real mix tape.

Play your playlist! Enjoy your music memories. Then wait a few days and play it again. Can you remember which song matches which memory?

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