Marvin Hamlisch’s “Memories” Magnified Six Hundred Times

Have you ever said to yourself, “If I hear the Marvin Hamlisch song ‘The Way We Were’ one more time, I think I’m gonna die?” The ballad seems haunted by all those “memories” it addresses!

Well, when the prolific Mr. Hamlisch did die in August 2012, funeral planners must have sensed that “The Way We Were” had run its last laps. So they gave Barbra Streisand a break, and assigned the song to a chorus of 600 volunteers. Brilliant. Here’s how the choral version of “The Way We Were” sounded at Hamlisch’s funeral at Congregation Emanu-El in New York. Much enlarged and pretty good, I think.

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