Most of us have indelible soundtracks accompanying our childhood and young adult memories. The music ranges from the popular radio of the time to commercial jingles, church hymns, TV show themes…and for me, a lot of it came from my mother. She would sing and whistle snatches of tunes, usually absentmindedly while she was doing something else. Of course she would rarely sing the entire song, so I have an entire library of song pieces and parts stored in my head. (And some of them are really obscure, like “Three Little Fishies” from 1939 — though it’s possible that Mom was singing the Andrews Sisters version from the 40s.)
One such is George and Ira Gershwin’s “Love is Here to Stay.” I have known the first and last verses of this song forever, but never the middle two. Mom didn’t sing those.
That might be why I love this ad so much. Besides the fact that it’s a perfectly wonderful tear-jerking holiday ad, it’s about a young woman giving her grandmother a generation-bridging gift of music and memory — involving the only two verses of “Love is Here to Stay” that I ever knew.