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Losing Nostalgia… And Finding It Again

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November 1978

Snaps and crackles emanating from the fireplace combine with clicks and pops from the album that rotates round and round on the old console record player in our living room.

It’s getting on towards Christmas.  Well, okay… really it’s just the start of November and the Christmas tree won’t even be going up until after Thanksgiving. But as a kid, November was the start of winter, and winter meant snow, and snow meant Christmas.

So, yeah, it’s getting on towards Christmas. Snowflakes are falling beyond the picture window in a silent dance to Earth, and I’m listening to the new Carpenters Christmas Album, combing through the Sears Wish Book Catalog.  I flip past the housewares and lingerie sections to get to the good stuff: train sets… slot car tracks… Tonka trucks… Star Wars figures.

This was the year Santa was going to bring me a Tyco train set—the one with a diesel engine, a couple of brown boxcars, a long passenger car, and a red caboose. It was my dream to start building a monster railroad layout, and this little set was going to be the start to fulfilling that dream. 

It was going to be magnificent. Continue reading “Losing Nostalgia… And Finding It Again”

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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! AND BONUS! You can also check out our list of 21 New Songs That  Totally Sound Like They’re From the 1980’s!) 

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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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”

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5 Songs That Helped Make Me the Woman I Am Today | Megan Smidt

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We all have those songs. You know the ones: They’re the songs of our past, the ones that we discovered or listened to during pivotal times in our lives—the so-called turning points—that became so much a part of us that their words somehow became our own. They are the ones that played a part in shaping us into who we are today. They are the ones that we hear now that immediately transport us back to those days where we were evolving, where we were becoming, where we were discovering the parts of ourselves that just couldn’t wait to come alive. (Fun fact: Closer to Fine is one of mine.)

Our friend Megan Smidt knows all about this phenomenon, and she’s with us here today at The Nostalgia Diaries sharing her own Music Monday playlist, 5 Songs That Helped Make Me the Woman I Am Today. Continue reading “5 Songs That Helped Make Me the Woman I Am Today | Megan Smidt”

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”