Music can evoke powerful memories of the past. (Disclaimer: Music can also evoke powerful memories of the future if you are a time traveler.) As I was driving to work this morning, I heard the song December 1963 (Oh, What a Night) by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. As I was driving home, the radio was playing Prince’s 1999. Together, they got me thinking about music and time, and how some songs don’t age very well.
Oh, What a Night was released in 1975, so when it came out, it described the events of one yuletide night a dozen years earlier. Those same events are now 50 years in the past. If you are still reminiscing about one night half a century ago, you really have to ask what you’ve done with your life.