I’m not sure what inspired me to do this, but I downloaded Men at Work’s “Cargo” off of Google Play last night. I’m a little hazy here, but I am pretty sure I first bought this record on vinyl close to when it was released (in 1983). It was definitely in very heavy rotation on my record player for a while back then.
Prior to this morning, I don’t remember the last time I listened to “Cargo,” but I imagine it was sometime in the 1980s. Yet there was I was on the bus this afternoon, listening to “It’s a Mistake” for the first time in decades and easily humming along to every single note in the guitar solo of that song. I was astonished, not by my own memory but by music. What other art form has that kind of staying power?