Holiday · Music · Nostalgia

Nostalgic Christmas Specials You Can’t Miss

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Growing up, TV Christmas specials were a highlight of the season. They were innocent, cheesy, and oh-so-spectacular. Honestly, who could resist the holiday stylings of the Osmonds or the Carpenters?

Whether it was Donnie & Marie or Karen & Richard, or whether it was Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Perry Como, or Andy Williams, watching those variety shows always helped make the Christmas season merry and bright.

And how awesome is it that they can be found on YouTube?

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Music Monday · Nostalgia

Top Ten Songs You May Not Have Known Were Covers | Trevor Croft @ Trevor Croft Media

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“There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope.”  –  Mark Twain

Today’s Music Monday post comes to us from Trevor Croft, founder of Trevor Croft Media and a music-lover extraordinaire. He’s provided us with a great countdown of popular songs you may not have known were covers. Sit back and enjoy the ride as Trevor takes you on a musical journey to the past and drops some fun trivia—and some surprises—along the way.


Top Ten Songs You May Not Have Known Were Covers | Trevor Croft

You know the scenario: you’re listening to the “oldies” radio station in your car. Suddenly, you hear a song that you were sure was created by your favorite pop star. You then discover the song was originally recorded 30 years ago, and your X-Factor favorite was doing a cover.

It’s all good! Sometimes the later artist’s version is more successful and makes more royalty income for the writer. Sometimes not. Regardless, we’re willing to bet you’ll be surprised by at least some of these songs when you learn they’re covers. Continue reading “Top Ten Songs You May Not Have Known Were Covers | Trevor Croft @ Trevor Croft Media”

Media · Music Monday · Nostalgia

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”

culture · Music Monday · Nostalgia

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

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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 Monday · Nostalgia

Summertime Mix-Tape | Alleyn Harned

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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”