Have you ever heard a song on the radio and thought about how happy the song was? Or, perhaps you thought about how depressing the song was?

I found myself shaking my head when I heard a really up-beat love song and thought to myself, “Yeah… That feeling won’t last.” As I further contemplated my thoughts, I realized that the song had captured a “feeling”, or a moment in time, and was sharing it with me. I was shaking my head because the song shared that moment with me and I didn’t feel the same way. However, I felt thankful that moments in time can indeed be captured by something as simple as a song.

Within this post I will go over several ways to capture moments in time and ask for your thoughts on the subject.

Music

A good song tells a very short story, or conveys a feeling adequately to the listener. If you’ve ever heard “Walking on Sunshine” by “Katrina and the Waves”, there is indeed an overwhelming feeling of happiness that the song conveys.

A song is very good at capturing feelings, whether they be anger, remorse, depression, happiness, angst, bitterness, or joy. These captured feelings can be played back to a heart’s content, and could very well influence (or reinforce) the mood that someone is in. I find that the happier the songs I play, the happier I tend to feel. However, playing happy songs can get old after a while since being happy all the time is unrealistic.

Stories

Stories have the unique benefit of being able to walk a person backwards and forwards in time. Within a week’s time-frame (depending on how fast you read), you could traverse a whole century if reading a period piece. A person could imaginatively travel to the future, or live out fantasies through the imagination.

Stories are good at capturing a “period” in time as well as influencing emotion.

Poetry

A good poem indeed captures a moment in time and paints a portrait for the reader. Poems can also be structured to convey an emotion. Sonnets are really good for laying out how someone feels.

To me, poetry goes beyond the words. The poem tells what the author was thinking, feeling, listening to, where he might have lived, where he might have worked, and more. Poetry not only captures the author’s imagination, it tries to intimately share the author’s thoughts and feelings with the reader.

Self-Writing

Blogs (or diaries) are a good tool for those who like to get their thoughts out. I catch myself reading through my old posts every once and a while and think to myself, “What was I thinking when I wrote this?” Sometimes the feeling of anger, happiness, or contempt surfaces as I reflect on my feelings when I first wrote the post.

Writing to one’s self or to an audience has a neat little way of capturing an author’s thoughts and feelings for that small moment in time when the piece was written.

Psalms

The Bible is indeed a series of captured “moments” in time. I’m referring specifically to the Psalms chapter. I haven’t read many Psalms, but from what I have read, the authors of the Psalms are going through a wide range of emotions. In fact, any Christian can expect to experience some of the pain, joy, and happiness that the Psalms holistically convey.

Conclusion

A captured moment in time is indeed beautiful. I thank God that us humans have the power to at least temporarily capture a moment in time. These moments can then be shared, played, read, or sung as if they had just happened.

If you could capture a moment in time, what would it be? In what way would you capture that moment? Would it be through pictures, poetry, music, art, music, movies, or something else?

Is it a little weird that I captured a moment in time about a moment in time?