In the fall of 1959 Macdonald painted a series of works including Young Summer, Through Shifting Sands, and this one, Memory of Music. All three paintings use a predominance of yellow. This kind of series is unusual for Macdonald but it perhaps provided him with the opportunity to experiment and master control of this particular colour. Memory of Music is composed of a dark background with transparent areas of light colour painted over top. Macdonald reversed this approach in other works using light yellow in the background and darker colours in the foreground.