January 29, 2002
It is quite remarkable how the brain can retain a significant memory with the help of a song that was playing on the radio at the time. Both the moment and the music coincide to become a reference for memories. The real test for effectiveness is best performed later into adulthood when a radio station performs the song, which will be considered an oldie, and upon hearing, the person will recognize the music, react in astonishment, and then the recollection of the last time that song was heard sets the memory in motion. Then you realize how old you've gotten.