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More Stories from the American Songbook

You Must Remember This: “As Time Goes By” and “These Foolish Things”

Afternoon Course

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1K0291
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Sheet music for "As Time Goes By," words and music by Herman Hupfeld (National Museum of American History)

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Here are more of those wonderful songs, so familiar they seem part of us. Through the years we dance and romance to them, come together, or dream of an old love. Did their creators ever think they would last forever, or that they could be done in so many ways?

Combining lecture with a wide variety of clips, filmmaker and cultural historian Sara Lukinson traces how some of our favorite songs from the Great American Songbook came to be and how different artists, unexpected arrangements, and changing times transformed them into something brand new, but still the same.

Lukinson, who has won three Emmys and seven Writer’s Guild Awards, now teaches at NYU and the 92nd Street Y. Her personal essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine.

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You Must Remember This: “As Time Goes By” and “These Foolish Things”  

Just their first few notes, and all those memories rush in. A face, a film, that one moment we don’t want to forget. Both songs hold such special places yet didn’t catch on at first. Only later when they came back in another form did they capture us, and stay forever.

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