There’s this one song that catapults me back to high school within the first few beats. As a senior with just a few more weeks of school left, the world was perfect, and the future was bright. As a middle-aged adult, I feel 18 again when I hear it. Considering that the critical period for forming one’s music tastes is from age 14 to 24, the noteworthy spot that this song occupies in my brain makes perfect sense. The first few notes of a familiar and beloved song can instantly transport us to a memory of a time, place or person. via Diane Bigler: Music as art gives people peace and comfort | The Kansas City Star.