Tell us: what song evokes the strongest memories for you — and why?
CANDICE BERGEN: “The Sweetest Taboo” by Sade which for some reason is pronounced “Sharday”. Her album (which is what they were then) was popular and I would play it when Chloe was born. She would, for a few months, have her evening meltdown and I would dance with her in my arms under the ficus in my New York living room til she stopped crying. That song was like an amulet for me. I believe they call the infant evening meltdowns “colic”. But that really doesn’t do it justice.
MARY WELLS: When I was a little girl I acted in a local playhouse and I also could sing so I was asked to sing to older people in homes for them. I always sang “Over The Rainbow.” I hated all of these performances and after all these years I still get shakes and shivers when I hear Judy Garland sing anything at all.
MARLO THOMAS: The Christmas song by Nat King Cole. It’s a complete sense memory for me. I loved our family Christmases growing up.And when I hear that song — even the first few notes– I can smell the tree, taste the turkey and all the goodies, see the lights on our front door , hear the squeals of my sister and brother, my mother’s laughter. It brings back all the feelings of warmth and tradition. A joyous time.
JOAN GANZ COONEY: That’s a really hard question because there are so many songs that evoke strong memories. “I’ll Remember April” is one of many. It was being played a lot in 1951 when I was about to graduate from the University of Arizona and say goodbye to the boy I was pinned to. He was staying on to finish law school and I was moving East. I knew the relationship wouldn’t last and all spring our kisses were wet from my tears. I still get a lump in my throat when I hear the song.
JEAN CHATZKY: For me, it’s all about summer camp. There are certain songs that can bring back not just the pine needles and the slightly musty bunks, but the teary night-before-you-have-to-leave friendship circle. “House at Pooh Corner” can do it, so can the best of Jim Croce, but I think Carole King’s “So Far Away” captures it best