Memories Are Made Of This

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a photographic memory?  Boy!  Do I ever wish I had one now.  You see, I’ve been attempting to memorize my part in our local theater’s upcoming production.  I know I’m getting older, but really didn’t realize I would have so much difficulty learning my lines.  And I keep messing up at the same parts.  I’ve even attempted writing them out, but STILL keep messing them up — at the exact same parts.

I hope it’s just nerves that are causing these memory lapses because our opening night is February 11, and I’m running out of time!

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2 Responses to Memories Are Made Of This

  1. James says:

    Could be nerves, or maybe, inside, you prefer the lines the way you are reciting them now. Problem is, you’ve associated the incorrect lines, and will likely continue. You must break this association. There is something you are thinking of, or feeling, that is making you recite the lines as you are. You must break this association and substitute it with another. Try thinking of a word, phrase, person, thought, color, or even a feeling while reading (don’t try to recite from memory at this point) the lines causing you trouble. Make it something that maybe either rhymes with the words you must say or makes you think of those words.

    After reading through the those sections of your lines while making this new association in your mind at least ten times, begin to recite all of your lines from memory. Do this slowly and bring that association into your mind as you get to the parts that caused you trouble previously.

    If you mess up, immediately stop and reread or restate the trouble line, then go on. Hopefully, this will break your old association and help you remember your lines with a new association. I don’t know. This is how we would quickly learn and remember brief orders or information in the military that could not be written.

    Hope it helps. If it doesn’t, just swear and blame me when you falter.

  2. Thanks Jim. We have practice AGAIN tonight (1/14) so I’ll have plenty of time to test your theory.

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