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My Nostalgia: The Music of Up with People | Steven Greenlee

The Nostalgic Music of Up With People | The Nostalgia Diaries Blog

From time to time, I remind our followers and friends on Facebook that we’re always looking for guest contributors for our Music Monday posts (email us if you’re interested), and I get so excited when people reach out and say they want to put together a playlist to be featured on the site. Why? Well, it means we have one less post we have to write!

Just kidding!

The truth behind why we love our guest contributors so much is that we love hearing and reading about what songs take other people back, because their memory-heavy music always has a way of making us feel nostalgic, too. This fun little phenomenon is one of the most amazing things about music, and nostalgia generally: it has an amazing way of bringing people together and connecting them through shared memories, feelings, and interests.

And speaking of bringing people together, this week’s Music Monday post—which is brought to us by a friend and co-worker, Steven Greenlee—is all about a group that has been bringing people together in a musical way for years: Up with People. Continue reading “My Nostalgia: The Music of Up with People | Steven Greenlee”

Music · Nostalgia · Throwback Thursday

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

50 Years of Sgt. Pepper | The Nostalgia Diaries Blog

“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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One-Hit Wonders are ONEderfully Nostalgic!

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“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!”

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Week 7: Cook Up Some Comfort Food | Everyday Nostalgia

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The other day as I was having a conversation with someone I had just met, and as all first conversations go, we were sharing pleasantries and asking questions of one another. And then the inevitable Colorado question was asked: Are you a native? 

These days it seems not many people in Colorado are natives, and alas, I am not one of them. But I also wasn’t one of the people that spent their whole life in one place and then wanted to venture out and see the world. Due to the nature of my father’s job, I spent my childhood moving from place to place, from Indiana to South Carolina to Tennessee to Ohio. A few years here and a few years there made for some challenging transitions and constant change.

But in spite of all the moving we did, I could count on one constant, no matter what state we ended up in: our old antique kitchen table would always come with us and every night, my mom would cook up and place on that table the delicious, comforting recipes that defined my childhood. And even if it was our first night in a new house, the appearance of those familiar foods helped us feel like we were home.

Continue reading “Week 7: Cook Up Some Comfort Food | Everyday Nostalgia”

Childhood · Nostalgia · Throwback Thursday

Nostalgia Between the Pages: Little Golden Books

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It began with The Poky Little Puppy, Three Little Kittens, The Little Red Hen, and 9 other books in 1942.

Little Golden Books began as a collaboration between legendary publishing company Simon & Schuster and Western Printing based in Racine, Wisconsin. These little full-color books for young readers were published with one idea in mind: make high-quality illustrated children’s books affordable and thus, more accessible.

The concept worked; at the 50-year anniversary of Little Golden Books—25 years ago—the publisher reported that more than a billion and half Little Golden Books had been sold. A publishing achievement of astronomical proportions. Continue reading “Nostalgia Between the Pages: Little Golden Books”