The Ache From Familiar Songs You’ve Never Heard Before

And Why They Haunt You

Jen Sonstein Maidenberg
7 min readJan 30, 2024

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Original photo by Jen Sonstein Maidenberg

This won’t be a piece on music theory or chord progressions, nor an exploration of the cognitive processes underlying music; although those very likely play a role in why we believe we’ve heard a song we’ve never heard before.

This is a piece about love. And time.

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Jen Sonstein Maidenberg

Dreamwork practitioner, researcher, writer. Healthfully obsessed with dreams, time, & memory. To learn about one-on-one dreamwork, visit jenmaidenberg.com