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Sounds Old to Me: 19 More New Songs with a Vintage, Throwback Vibe

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Earlier this year, we shared with you a list of songs that sounded vintage, old, and retro—in spite of the fact that they were made only within the last few years. (Missed it? Check out Music Monday: 19 New Songs That Sound Vintage!) 

Before we even published that blog post, we had to admit it was one of our favorite Music Monday posts yet, because there’s just something about listening to a recently released song that just feels like it was crafted in a different era, don’t you think? Most of those songs, even within the first few notes, transported us back to yesteryear, proving that music truly can transcend time and place. Continue reading “Sounds Old to Me: 19 More New Songs with a Vintage, Throwback Vibe”

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6 Songs That Take Me Back to My Middle School Years | Moonlight Sweetness

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Even though school may be out for summer, that doesn’t mean we still can’t be nostalgic for our own (old) school days! And today’s reader-submitted nostalgic playlist, 6 Songs That Take Me Back to My Middle School Years by Andrea at Moonlight Sweetness, is sure to make you nostalgic for those fun, exciting, and—admittedly—sometimes painful middle school years. Continue reading “6 Songs That Take Me Back to My Middle School Years | Moonlight Sweetness”

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A Nostalgic Summer BBQ Playlist

A Nostalgic Summer BBQ Playlist | The Nostalgia Diaries Blog

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.

Summertime – D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

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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? Continue reading “A Nostalgic Summer BBQ Playlist”

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50 Years of The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’: 5 Fun Facts

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“We’re Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
We hope you will enjoy the show
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sit back and let the evening go…”

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Three years after first appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show, The Beatles released their eighth studio album on June 1, 1967. The album—Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band—was an experimental and innovative masterpiece that incorporated a wide range of stylistic influences, including music hall, vaudeville, circus, avant-garde, and Western and Indian classical music.

Although it was a far cry from the type of music that The Beatles were known and so widely loved for—irresistibly catchy tunes that perfectly blended rock ‘n roll and R&B—the success of this psychedelic-laced LP proved that no matter what The Beatles did, fans still couldn’t get enough of the Fab Four: within days of its release, the album hit the top of the charts, and it went on to spend 27 weeks on the UK albums chart and 15 weeks at number one in the United States. A year later, in 1968, the album won four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, making it the first rock LP to achieve this honor. Continue reading “50 Years of The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’: 5 Fun Facts”

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50 Years of ‘What a Wonderful World’

50 Years of What a Wonderful World | The Nostalgia Diaries Blog

In the late 1960’s, nothing seemed like it was going right; from assassinations to race riots to the Vietnam War, tension was everywhere. It seemed as if the world was falling apart.

In light of this, songwriter George David Weiss and record producer Bob Thiele decided to pen a positive, beautiful song that would provide a welcome respite from these challenging times. The song was called What a Wonderful World, and after Tony Bennett turned down the initial recording offer, Louis Armstrong signed on to record it. Initially released in 1967 as a single, the song didn’t fare so well. But after Armstrong released the song on his What A Wonderful World album in 1968, it gradually gained in popularity. Continue reading “50 Years of ‘What a Wonderful World’”