Sittin’ with your friends as y’all reminisce
About the days growin’ up and the first person you kissed
And as I think back makes me wonder how the
smell from a grill can spark up nostalgia.
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What do you think of when you think of summer? Sunshine? Vacation? Taking it slow? Swimming at the pool? Running through sprinklers? Playing at the park? Summer camp? Walking barefoot in the grass? Drinking out of a hose? Watching the clouds? Riding bikes? Laying out to work on your tan? Going to the movies? Chilling out watching MTV in a cool basement? Simply marveling at the wonder of the world?
Music has always been my constant companion. It always had a staring role in making my summers marvelous and memorable, and I’ll bet many of you can think back and remember the music that created the soundtrack to your summers past. What were the songs playing on the radio the summer you graduated high school? The songs playing the first summer you had a job? The songs they played at the swimming pool? The songs your parents played when you were just a kid when you splashed around in your kiddie pool? The songs playing at backyard parties and picnics and neighborhood BBQ’s?
Just as you need some excellent summertime tunes for the pool, you need excellent tunes for all those summertime BBQ parties you will be hosting… or at least attending.
And if you are looking to stir up conversation at the next party, you can talk about your musical memories, because it turns out there is some pretty interesting science behind music and nostalgia; predictably, one person’s nostalgic summertime playlist may not stir up emotions and memories in someone else. But we bet that—like the smell from a grill—you’ll find something here that will spark up nostalgia for summers past. And who knows? Maybe you’ll find something new from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90’s, or 2000s to add to your 2017 summer playlist.
We’ve gathered together 136 songs that we think will get you feeling happy and alive and warm and ready to eat a burger or hot dog off the grill. But make sure you avoid the potato salad that’s been out a little too long, and listen to your mother and wait 30 minutes after eating before swimming. Or not.
Happy grilling and happy summer, fellow Nostalgia Seekers!
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And speaking of picnics and BBQ’s, we collected a few recipes from across the web that look like they would be a delicious addition to any summer party. So bring the tunes and bring the food! If you try these recipes out, let us know how they are—and let the recipe creators know, too!
Yeah. Yum. What’s more summer than strawberries and ice cream?
What the what?! This looks delicious!
Perhaps not the easiest burger recipe, but the way he makes it and describes it, I’m thinking it may be an amazing taste explosion. (Bonus: Check out the Pueblo Slopper…)
And hey! Need some more grilling help to make any burger better? Check out this post at A Bachelor and His Grill, packed full of tips and tricks and recommendations to help you create the best BBQ burger ever!
Let Us Know: What songs do you like to rock out to while you BBQ? And what food do you like to rock when you BBQ?
At the The Nostalgia Diaries, our goal is to help you simplify, enhance, and engage your lives by focusing on the most important things: remembering, appreciating, believing, and becoming. It’s all about celebrating the past to create better days today.