E-Book: Marvin Hamlisch – The Way I Was

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The way i was e-book nov 2013“…After we’d finished, it was time to exchange Christmas gifts. Liza went over to her mother and handed her a beautifully wrapped package. She asked for quiet as her mother opened it. Judy seemed startled by it all. Liza took the record from her mother, and with a flourish, she set the record on the turntable. There wasn’t a sound in the house. Then the music started, and a voice filled the room. It was a voice at once strange and familiar, young and confident, but with an eerie likeness of unmistakable heritage- mother and daughter.

At first, Judy didn’t realize who was singing. But when she did, she actually wept. It was one of the most startling moments in her life. And I stood speechless, watching as the great Judy Garland looked on at her own daughter’s debut- singing four of my songs.

Then Judy came over to me, thanked me for what I had done for Liza, and asked in that girlish voice of hers if Liza and I would do it again right there.

I went to the piano, Liza sang her heart out. It was even better than the demo.

But I was totally bowled over when Judy asked: “Wanna play for me, Marvin?”

I never thought I’d get to heaven before at sixteen, but I did. I played the piano as Judy Garland sang “The Trolley Song,” “The Man That Got Away,” “San Francisco,” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

If I could have phoned the world that night, I would have done it…” – Marvin Hamlisch – The Way I Was


 

2 comments

  1. A wonderful tribute to Marvin Hamlisch. I have loved his music for years and was so glad I watched the PBS special Dec. 31, 2013. Everyone should read and also watch all about him. He was fabulous. It’s the music that I love and makes a person feel alive! It is a big “WOW!” to quote Stephen Chan above. Great American music man! I miss him a lot!!

  2. “The Way I Was” written by Marvin Hamlisch and Gerald Gardner. I just downloaded this kindle Edition and started reading the chapter of “A Note from the Author”
    WOW!
    That was amazing!
    The story of this genius is Fascinating!Inspiration!Honest!Funny!
    Highly recommended!