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3 Songs that Make Me Relive My Teenage Years | The Domestic Musician

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We are so excited to bring you our first reader-submitted nostalgic playlist! This week’s submission is from Jessica over at The Domestic Musician. We’ve connected through the wonder of the world wide web, and the minute we stumbled upon this post of hers, we knew we’d met a kindred spirit!

As a music teacher, Jessica loves music, and although she had a plethora of nostalgic songs to pick from, she decided to choose 3 songs that make her relive her teenage years. These songs take us back, too! How about you?
Continue reading “3 Songs that Make Me Relive My Teenage Years | The Domestic Musician”

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15 Unassuming Love Songs that Deserve a Second Look

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As we near Valentine’s Day, we are reminded that love is all around. But remember, you can’t hurry love. Because love takes time.  And when a man loves a woman, one question always comes up: “How deep is your love?” Hopefully, the answer is not, “what’s love got to do with it?

Most people can’t help falling in love. That’s because love is a many splendored thing. So remember, if you want my love, you’ve got it. ‘Cause this crazy little thing called love? Well, this love will keep us together

On this Music Monday, it would be easy to cobble together a list of celebrated love songs to stir your nostalgic hearts for Valentine Tuesday…but we’re not going to do that. Continue reading “15 Unassuming Love Songs that Deserve a Second Look”

Media · Nostalgia · Throwback Thursday

Love is…

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought we’d take you on a nostalgic little trip back to the 1960’s, when New Zealand cartoonist Kim Casali developed her famous comic strip, Love is… The cartoons originated from a series of love notes that she had drawn for her future husband, Roberto Casali. After first being published in booklets, they started appearing in strip form in a newspaper in 1970 under her pen name, “Kim.” These sweet little cartoons were simple: the words “Love is…” followed by different examples of the forms love can come in and accompanied by cute little drawings of a couple showing their affection (and nakedness, because it was the time of Woodstock and all) for one another. Continue reading “Love is…”

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What Music Makes You Nostalgic? (Now accepting reader submissions!)

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It’s no secret that music is one of the most powerful things that makes us nostalgic, but a radical new approach to analyzing how we receive and store music through the use of brain imaging reveals provides a deeper understanding to why this is the case. Through analysing the auditory cortex and grouping clusters of brain cells, scientists have identified that neural pathways that react almost exclusively to the sound of music. Regardless of the type of music, a distinct set of neurons tucked inside the listener’s auditory cortex fires in response, while other sounds — such as water running, a fire engine’s sirens, or the sounds of traffic — leave the musical circuits unmoved.

How cool is that?!

As awesome as all that science is, something we find equally as groovy is just how much fun it is to share these circuit-firing songs with one another. Over the past few months, we’ve been sharing our love of music with you through our Music Monday posts, and while they’ve not only helped us explore and understand just how powerful the connections between music and nostalgia really are, they’ve also encouraged us to think about the songs that we’ve loved and cherished over the years (and helped to bring them back to life!).

These posts have also encouraged our readers to share with us their own nostalgic favorites, and since we’ve loved hearing their stories, it got us thinking: why not let our readers share their nostalgic music memories on a larger scale?

So with that, dear friends, we’re excited to announce that we will now be accepting guest submissions for Music Monday!

Knowing that we were going to be opening up Music Monday to our readers this week, we decided to see what the experience would be like for a potential contributor. And since so much of my own musical nostalgia was created by the music my parents played for me as a child, I decided to reach out to them so they could contribute some of their own nostalgia-inducing songs. Continue reading “What Music Makes You Nostalgic? (Now accepting reader submissions!)”

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In the Beginning: The Origins of Bluegrass, Heavy Metal, and 9 Other Music Genres

11 Famous Music Genres & Their Interesting Origins

Most casual music listeners have basic knowledge of the bands and artists who heavily influenced their favorite genres. Elvis and the Beatles influenced rock and roll. Willie Nelson and Hank Williams influenced country. Nirvana influenced grunge. Kiss influenced glam metal.

But what about the bands and artists at the cutting edge? The ones that you can trace to a genre’s origins?

This week, we’ve assembled a list of 11 genres and the artists who were there at the beginning. Some you may have heard of (and they may even induce a bit of nostalgia), some maybe not. But all have a most important place in the annals of music. Continue reading “In the Beginning: The Origins of Bluegrass, Heavy Metal, and 9 Other Music Genres”