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Episode 35:
A Brief Eulogy for a Consumer Electronics Product

Published
Oct 27,2010

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Music, Footnotes & Ephemera

Start with “the One That You Love” by Air Supply (I mean, finally, right?). Then the beginning of “If You See a Chance” by Steve Winwood. Wrapped up with “On Our Way to Fall in Love” by Yo La Tengo. The ball game is a clip from Nolan Ryan’s 5th no hitter. So, no, not a white sox game. But from 1981.

A version of this story was originally commissioned for an exhibit at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in 2009. (Note, if you have a museum and want some audio that isn’t super boring, drop me a line).

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8 Comments on A Brief Eulogy for a Consumer Electronics Product

  1. chris says:

    fantastic, as usual. very touching.

  2. Emily says:

    I just heard this on Here and Now on NPR and it gave me goosebumps! I have such a dopey smile on my face recalling all those fond Walkman memories … thank you for the beautiful eulogy.

  3. Vivian says:

    Wonderful piece of writing which articulated the feelings of so many people in the world when the word Walkman is conjured in our brain. Thank you.

  4. Matt says:

    I remember very well what the Sony Walkman did for me and you articulated it very well. It provided a personalized soundtrack to the reality of the here and now. Great episode!

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  6. Evan Forman says:

    “The feeling…of having just the right song come on at just the right moment…” Cue Yo La Tengo.

    Is there a more just-the-right-song-at-just-the-right-moment band than YLT? I think that the sentiment may actually postdate their formation.

    Well played.

  7. Brad says:

    It’s “While You See a Chance” by Steve Winwood.

  8. Dc says:

    Hello Thememorypalace,
    In addition to your post I was wondering Consumer electronics have taken over many aspects of our home lives in the last 40 years. It’s easy to forget that human civilisation existed for thousands of years without consumer electronics, as the products we use on a daily basis are so deep-rooted that many of us would swear we are not capable to conduct our lives without them.
    Wishes

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