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? Continue reading “A Nostalgic Summer BBQ Playlist”
“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…”
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles
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”
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’”
“Better to live one day as a tiger than a thousand years as a sheep.” – Tibetan Proverb
Today’s nostalgic Music Monday post is dedicated to those artists who — despite their talent and tenacity — ended up having only one real “hit” to their name. Sure, they may have made multiple albums, maybe they even had mild success with other songs (or even success writing for others). But these artists will be best remembered for — heck maybe they will only be remembered for — their one big hit. Continue reading “One-Hit Wonders are ONEderfully Nostalgic!”
We think it’s probably a universal problem: you have a great weekend and then Monday rolls around. Getting out of bed seems to take a little bit longer than usual, and you find yourself thinking, “Man, I wish I had an extra day!” or “How did that go so fast?”
And sometimes on those days (and let’s be honest, this problem might happen every day, no matter what part of the week it is), you need a little something “extra” to help get you going. So we took it upon ourselves here at the Nostalgia Diaries to put together a Music Monday playlist that might just help with those slow-moving mornings when getting out from under those covers seems just a little too hard. Continue reading “46 Songs to Start Your Day Off Right | Music Monday Playlist”