The other day we were talking about 1961. Not a bad year. We still hear snippets playing from time to time. “Crest has been shown to be an effective decay preventive dentifrice that can be of significant value when used in a conscientiously applied program of oral hygiene and regular professional care.” That of course is a statement from the Council on Dental Therapeutics of the American Dental Association, and a marketing coup for P&G. But what 9 year old remembers things like this?
We know the themes from obscure TV shows like Destry, which aired for less than 3 months, as well as famous themes like that of 77 Sunset Strip (“you meet the highbrow and the hipster, the starlet and the phony tipster). When we took the math SAT in high school the album version of the Doors’ Light my Fire played in the background. We often hear Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra, like this war ditty and other songs from the 40’s and also some tunes from quite a bit earlier as well. And of course there’s a lot of classical music in the mix. We used to hear a lot of Brahms, but lately Beethoven’s 6th symphony has been playing.
Memory is certainly cheaper than buying on iTunes. But our question is this: does everyone have a soundtrack? We know Bob Dylan does.