Like thousands of St. Louisans, I’m still basking in the afterglow of one Sir Paul McCartney, who, just days ago, gave us the concert of a lifetime. I find myself humming the songs, usually in the set-list order of last Sunday’s concert.
Well, there actually is an explanation for that: Scientists at Georgetown University recently revealed that there’s a part of the brain capable of learning a new musical sequence, while another part retains that information—and this applies to all music, not just the Fab Four.
So this explains why, after hearing Taxman, many longtime Beatles fans expect to hear Eleanor Rigby next, thanks to the quintessential Revolver album. For Springsteen fans, that means Glory Days has to be followed by Dancing in the Dark.
See, your mind wasn’t really playing tricks on you.