Memories of the Phonograph
The "Our Song" Phenomenon in Popular
This 1945 magazine advertisement for the Crosley
Radio-Phonograph is an example of the idea that a song can
become attached to an event, or a place, or a significant memory.
When that special song is part of a shared experience it is often
designated as an "Our Song."
The emotions attached
to a memory triggered by a song are relative to how an individual
remembers its significance. Hearing the music and an associated
response is therefore unique. But when it's an "Our Song"
there is an expectation that the other person is also remembering,
and experiencing, those same significant memories.
"This is "Our Tune...Remember?"
linger to stir priceless memories of the time"
When it's just "you
two" and you're listening to the song that first brought
you together..." Columbia Phonographs, 1960
This CD cover for the three
CD set by TIME LIFE
"They're Playing Our Song" featuring 36 hits by various
artists playing "great romantic standards."
THEY'RE PLAYING OUR
SONG - Original Cast LP
Music and lyrics by Marvin Hamlisch, Carole
Bayer Sager. Original Cast stars Robert Klein and Lucie Arnaz.
Casablanca NBLP7141 stereo 12" LP record album. Released 1979.
" These Were Our Songs- The Early '40's " 7 Record Set. Collector's
Edition. RCA RB4-084
READERS DIGEST "They're
Playing Our Song", 7 Record Box Set 33 LP
Jack Jones "Our Song" LP KAPP
Little Anthony 45 RPM "Our
Song" / Take Me Back 1965
Al Hirt "They're Playing
Our Song" 1966 RCA Dynagroove Stereo LSP-3492
Jan Garber Orchestra They're
Playing Our Song Decca 74543 Stereo Vinyl LP Record
1967 United Airlines: Our Song,
Take Me Along Print Ad
Jughead's "Our Song,"
Our Song by Jordanna
Fraiberg, Publication Year: 2013 ISBN: 9781595142689
Play Our Song Again by Lynsey
Stevens - Harlequin #2488 (Paperback, 1982)
Our Song - DVD courtesy MGM
Copyright 2016 Griffyn Ink
"Music is conventionally regarded
as the soundtrack to a life: the favorite song as commemoration,
a Proustian trigger that sets you adrift on memory bliss."
- p. 102, Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past,
by Simon Reynolds, Faber and Faber, Inc. 2011