You’ll never run out of things to say about music. Or nostalgia.
If they haven’t written every song there is to write about love and love lost and lost love and also entire continents (Africa, by Toto) and being spun like a record (baby), well, chances are they never will.
Nostalgia has just as many flavors as does music.
I know this, because I could have compiled a five-songs post for every emotion and every emotion in the margin of every emotion. From emo to zany. Instead, I relied on the random nature of the universe (and Pandora) to deliver to me songs that moved something inside.
Here are the five that did, and the emotions (and memories, and of course, the nostalgia) they evoked when I heard them:
1. Band on the Run – Paul McCartney and Wings
There must have been something to being an uncle in the 1970s and 1980s. I had some cool ones. Uncle John and Uncle Frank in particular. They listened to Wings and Boz Scaggs and drove cool vans and peach-colored Trans-Ams and lived bachelors’ dream lives.
They were also super involved in my life. I loved that. Songs like this just harken to Fridays after school, just knowing something fun and maybe even kinda illegal was waiting in the wings. To me, my uncles were every bit as cool as Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, and Bill Murray, too.
Well, the undertaker drew a heavy sigh
Seeing no one else had come
And a bell was ringing in the village square
For the rabbits on the run
2. Let It Be – The Beatles
So timeless. I remember this from those 70s and 80s days growing up. It had a spiritual feel to it, even though Mother Mary wasn’t THAT Mother Mary. I think this was the first ideas of spiritual expansion I experienced, that there was more to The Creator than I learned in catechism.
Especially in my recent awakening, this song resonates so. I’m tuning into my role as coach and inspiration source for my kids, my teams, some in my work. Hearing it recently reminded me that I can make incremental changes and that the light to do that lies within me.
And when the night is cloudy there is still a light that shines on me
Shine until tomorrow, let it be
3. Why Georgia – John Mayer
I spent my share of time on Interstate 85 in Georgia, asking myself if I was living it right. Still reeling from the loss of my father, I often left my wife and daughters in Charlotte while I drove back to Tallahassee or Greensboro to go back and work.
I wanted them to be with family, not sitting around in an apartment far from them, waiting for me to work a horrible schedule in sports journalism. It was a tough time in which I questioned everything about my existence. It would be years before things began to make sense.
So what, so I’ve got a smile on
But it’s hiding the quiet superstitions in my head
Don’t believe me
Don’t believe me
When I say I’ve got it down
4. Alive and Kicking – Simple Minds
I was 14 when this came out. Strong enough to make the football team, not good enough to star. A saxophone player and an amateur romantic. Honestly? I’d rather make a girl laugh than swoon. Some things never change. But that’s the stage in life, isn’t it?
Run track or audition for the school play or hit the gym and get decent arms and awesome legs and then get a pimple and lose the girlfriend you’ve crushed on for months in a single week. So rife with possibilities, though. It’s a lifeline that promises nothing but can deliver anything.
Who is gonna come and turn the tide?
What’s it gonna take to make a dream survive?
Who’s got the touch to calm the storm inside?
Who’s gonna save you?
Alive and kicking
Stay until your love is
Alive and kicking
5. Turn to Stone – Electric Light Orchestra
On a trip long, long ago, before the days of iAnythings in my girls’ palms, Hayden, one of my daughters heard this song on the radio. She kept an adorable journal that trip, documenting where we stopped and what we did and what she saw.
This cool song came on the radio she wrote, and I don’t even remember the context. It is a cool song, isn’t it? ELO is so unique. I can still imagine looking back and seeing her smiling face and swaying body as we rambled off to somewhere cool, all together, all happy.
The tired streets that hide away
(From here to everywhere they go)
Roll past my door into the day
In my blue world
What do you think? Have any memories associated with these songs?
How strongly does that nostalgia roar back when you hear certain songs?
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When he isn’t answering his daughters’ brilliant questions or speaking for boys everywhere, Eli Pacheco writes a blog called Coach Daddy. Connect with him on Facebook, Google Plus, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Twitter.
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