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50 Years of ‘What a Wonderful World’

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In the late 1960’s, nothing seemed like it was going right; from assassinations to race riots to the Vietnam War, tension was everywhere. It seemed as if the world was falling apart.

In light of this, songwriter George David Weiss and record producer Bob Thiele decided to pen a positive, beautiful song that would provide a welcome respite from these challenging times. The song was called What a Wonderful World, and after Tony Bennett turned down the initial recording offer, Louis Armstrong signed on to record it. Initially released in 1967 as a single, the song didn’t fare so well. But after Armstrong released the song on his What A Wonderful World album in 1968, it gradually gained in popularity. Continue reading “50 Years of ‘What a Wonderful World’”

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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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Jump on the Peace Train: 11 Songs About Peace

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“Everyone jump upon the Peace Train,
Come on, come on, come on…” – Cat Stevens

April is all about peace and acceptance and over here at The Nostalgia Diaries (and Corey’s Everyday Nostalgia post yesterday told you about her journey to make peace with where she is in her life, and a week ago she wrote about finding peace in being enough). So today we decided that we should put together a Music Monday post of artists who have crafted songs about harmony, tranquility, happiness, and love. In a word:

Peace. Continue reading “Jump on the Peace Train: 11 Songs About Peace”

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An Ode to St. Patrick: 10 Singers Whose Names Start with Pat

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Ah, St. Patrick’s Day… the day to wear green (and to pinch those that don’t), the day to drink a few pints (most likely in a pub like the one shown above), and the day to celebrate all things Irish.

Since this week holds this much-loved holiday, we thought it would only be appropriate if our Music Monday post was an ode to St. Patrick himself. And what better way to do that then to share a playlist of 10 Singers Whose Names Start with Pat. We’re not sure if any of them are Irish, but then again, St. Patrick himself wasn’t Irish either. (Who knew?)

So as much as we love a good Irish jig, we thought this would be a fun, non-traditional selection of songs sure to start your St. Patrick’s Day week off right. By the way, we wrap up this playlist with a song so catchy, you’re sure to still be singing it by the time St. Patty’s Day rolls around on Friday. Take a listen, you’ll see what we mean. Continue reading “An Ode to St. Patrick: 10 Singers Whose Names Start with Pat”

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15 Hygge-Inspired Songs Sure to Warm You Up

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After yesterday’s Everyday Nostalgia blog post about hygge over here at the Nostalgia Diaries, we thought it would only be fitting if we followed up with a hygge-inspired Music Monday playlist.

After all, given our love of music, we think curling up and listening to good music has the ability to create some of the same warm, fuzzy feelings that hygge is known for.

We’ll admit it: There are so many songs that give us the feels that it was hard to pare down our choices to a manageable list. But ultimately, our final selections were driven by the nostalgic intimacy these songs evoke and how they sound like they could be played on a record player that’s sitting in the corner of your living room as you join together with family and friends–or even enjoy some quiet time to yourself–connecting and talking and slowing down (preferably with lots of candles and a roaring fireplace). Continue reading “15 Hygge-Inspired Songs Sure to Warm You Up”