Childhood · Music Monday · Nostalgia

18 Nostalgia-Inducing Songs for Easy Summer Nights

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There’s just something about a summer night that so easily evokes nostalgia, don’t you think?

It’s that moment when the day finally starts to cool off, the moment the sun starts kissing the horizon, the moment the cicadas and crickets start singing. And in those moments, it’s so easy to think back to those easy, long-ago summer nights of no worries and no cares—ones that held things like slow sunset walks on the beach, sitting around roaring campfires with friends, swinging on a swing or rocking in a rocking chair on a porch as stars begin twinkling above, and running around and laughing in lush fields at dusk, trying to catch fireflies in a jar.

They were the moments that were so beautiful they practically shimmered. Continue reading “18 Nostalgia-Inducing Songs for Easy Summer Nights”

Childhood · Music Monday · Nostalgia

5 Songs That Remind Me of High School | Christina Pilat @ From Under a Palm Tree

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Can you believe that the month of August starts this week? It seems like summer started just yesterday…

For most of us, the month of August is synonymous with back to school season. And the thing I always liked most about school starting up again was that it meant I got to go back to school shopping. There always was just something about picking out new notebooks and pencils and pens and deciding which kind of new backpack I wanted. Even when I was a teenager and started high school—a time when going back to school shopping shouldn’t have been nearly as exciting considering I’d already been doing it for 10 years or so—I still remember being beside myself to be able to get a new Eddie Bauer backpack. (Though I didn’t get a matching lunchbox or anything. That would have been so not cool: those were the years of basic, brown paper bagging it, for sure…) Continue reading “5 Songs That Remind Me of High School | Christina Pilat @ From Under a Palm Tree”

Music Monday · Nostalgia

Another Trip Around the Sun: The Perfect Birthday Playlist

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It’s hard for me to believe, but my daughter Zoey turns 6 today. Because it seems like it was just yesterday she was an infant, taking her first steps and saying her first words, and then I blinked, and there she was, a bona fide little person, one who likes to try on makeup, takes care of me when I’m sick, and knows all the lyrics to her favorite songs. Time certainly does fly…

So in honor of her birthday today, it seemed only appropriate to share a playlist to designed to help someone celebrate their special day, no matter how old they may be or how many candles sit on top of their cake. (And remember: it’s not about how old are, it’s about how old you feel, because age is just a number, right?) Continue reading “Another Trip Around the Sun: The Perfect Birthday Playlist”

Childhood · Music Monday · Nostalgia

Reliving My Teenage Years Through Music | Yolanda @ Inspire and Wander

Reliving My Teenage Years Through Music | Inspire and Wander | The Nostalgia Diaries Blog

For a lot of us, our teenage years are some of our most formative. They are the years where we really start growing into ourselves—we begin to develop our own tastes, discover the things we really love, and make special memories that end up lasting a lifetime. And although some of the memories we make during those years are better than others (because let’s face it, these years often are some of our most awkward, too), no matter our experiences, we all seem to have fond ones of the music that carried us through them. Yolanda from Inspire and Wander brings us our Music Monday post today, where she relives her own teenage days through the music she loved during those years, music that she shares with her own teenage son today. Enjoy!
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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”