Professor: Blain Hunt
30 September, 2012
The Way We Were
Life and love are a substantial theme that has been chosen by many transcendent musicians for several centuries. The Theme is comprised of two different notions: life and love; these, however, have a special correlation between each other. Life would be pointless without love; simultaneously, love would not exist without life. Although we already know that love can be a sorrow, a vexation of spirit, or a barb killing our ego, we still need it. There is a song—a love song that has touched several hundred thousand audiences’ hearts; it expresses the overflowing feelings of a woman who used to live in her intense true love. “The Way We Were,” by Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, and Marvin Hamlisch illustrates the innermost emotions and regret of a middle-aged woman when she reflects on the youth which she had gone through.
This song has a light beat and slow tempo forming delightful sensations for the listeners, but it also leaves audiences a profound message to think about. Sophisticated audiences may find themselves in the song. It brings out fervor, especially for people who have been living in love. Marilyn Bergman uses simple words, but it is very touching and emotive. Basically, it is a classical song which was played by symphony orchestras and performed by Barbra Streisand. By just looking at the lyrics, one would feel the sentimental soul and an introspective mind of a sensitive woman. In the first line of the song, she writes “Memories, light the corners of my mind. Misty watercolor memories of the way we were.” These memories have been engraved in her heart; they are neither gloomy nor euphoric, but they are vivid images which she wants to repress in the most innermost sphere of her mind. It is not just something very hurtful; it is not blissful to think of either. Her feeling is a mixture of nostalgia, melancholy, and a little bit of regret that is rushing through her...