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Channeling Nostalgia | The Music of Television

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First things first: A big thanks to Corey for trusting me to take over The Nostalgia Diaries while she vacations with her family in the tropical oasis that is Toledo, Ohio. I’ve never vacationed in Toledo, but I’ve spent a bit of time in other parts of Ohio and the Midwest and frankly, I’m a big fan of laid-back Midwestern summers.

My grandparents lived in Eastern South Dakota along the Missouri River, and every July or August my parents would take my brother and me on a road trip to spend a couple of weeks in Yankton and Vermillion, South Dakota.  To this day, I can still remember the enveloping heat of the heavy, humid air and the rich smell of dark fertile soil in fields of 7-foot tall stalks of sweet corn. Not a lot of that in Wyoming where I grew up, so the feel of the Midwest was always a striking change.

And I loved it.

I have not been back to South Dakota in years, yet thinking about it now sparks many nostalgic memories of my youth—a youth filled with the smells and sounds and sights of summer’s simple pleasures: hot concrete and cool chlorine-infused swimming pool water, the buzz of cicadas and the sad song of mourning doves, the blur of telephone poles and trees zipping past the car window ticking off the miles on the long road trip east. Continue reading “Channeling Nostalgia | The Music of Television”

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Summertime Mix-Tape | Alleyn Harned

Summer Mix-Tape | The Nostalgia Diaries Blog

Here at The Nostalgia Diaries, we’ve been having a great time celebrating summer. Over the past few months, we took a trip down memory lane with Becky Mollenkamp’s 5 Songs that Remind Me of Summers by the Pool and our own Nostalgic Summer BBQ Playlist. We encouraged you to get a little more sunshine, but also reminded you to wear sunscreen when doing so. And in case you may have missed it, all the way back in February we brought you our Sunshine & Summertime playlist, which featured 17 Songs to Ease Your Wintertime Woes (check it out—these songs are perfect for lazy, hazy days!) 

We think all this talk of summer goes to show you can never get too much of this season, especially when it comes to nostalgia. Because who isn’t nostalgic for this time of year, the one where fun times were always around the corner, just waiting to be discovered?

Today’s Music Monday playlist is brought to us from Alleyn Harned (a pretty rockin’ college friend of Corey’s), and we’re totally digging his awesome throwback Summertime Mix-Tape. We think you will, too, so crank these tunes up—they’re sure to get you in the groove today. Continue reading “Summertime Mix-Tape | Alleyn Harned”

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11 Nostalgia-Driven Songs | Pop and Rock

11 Nostalgia-Driven Songs | Pop and Rock | The Nostalgia Diaries Blog

Last week we featured 11 country songs that were written specifically with nostalgia in mind. Songs about nostalgia—about reminiscing and memories and the past. But did you spot the one song that did not quite belong with the others? If you picked American Country Love Song by Jake Owen, you’re right. To be sure, a song like that can spark up nostalgic feelings:

In every town and every place
There’s a boy who’s tryin’ to take a chance and dance
And find a way to run away with her heart

But it’s not the same as say, I Go Back by Kenny Chesney:

I go back to a two-toned short bed Chevy
Drivin’ my first love out to the levy
Livin’ life with no sense of time Continue reading “11 Nostalgia-Driven Songs | Pop and Rock”

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18 Melodies for a Magical Music Monday

18 Magical Music Melodies for Music Monday | The Nostalgia Diaries Blog

Magic is everywhere. You can spend magical moments with your loved ones. You can visit Mickey at the Magic Kingdom. You can give everything your “magic touch.” You can dress up like a fairy, wave your magic wand, and say Bibbity-Bobbity-Boo!” You can perform amazing magic tricks to amuse and amaze your friends. You can ride the roller coasters at Magic Mountain. You can watch fabulous YouTube footage of the great Magic Johnson.

The moonlight is magical.  Sunsets are magical. Rainbows too. The ocean is magical. Mountains are magical. Old dusty books and faded photographs? Magical indeed. A wink and a smile. Holding hands. A kiss. All magical.

And MUSIC! Music is most definitely magical.

Today we give you 18 musical melodies sure to spark up some magical nostalgia on this marvelous May Monday! Enjoy! Continue reading “18 Melodies for a Magical Music Monday”

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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!)”