Top Ten Revisited: Songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber

By Ben Rimalower
22 Mar 2014

3. "Memory" from Cats

 



 

What can I say about "Memory"? The song is so huge, it's been heard everywhere, from concert halls to radio stations to music boxes and elevators. The melody is ravishing, high up there with songs from The Phantom of the Opera, on the list of examples of Lloyd Webber's classical music affiliation. The lyric, adapted from a T.S. Eliot poem, is evocative and moving. Would I ever in a million years have wanted to adapt that poem and weave it into a piece of theatre? No, but you can't argue with the mesmerizingly other-worldly power of Betty Buckley's performance of the song.

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