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6 Songs That Take Me Back to My Middle School Years | Moonlight Sweetness

6 Songs That Take Me Back to My Middle School Years | The Nostalgia Diaries Blog

Even though school may be out for summer, that doesn’t mean we still can’t be nostalgic for our own (old) school days! And today’s reader-submitted nostalgic playlist, 6 Songs That Take Me Back to My Middle School Years by Andrea at Moonlight Sweetness, is sure to make you nostalgic for those fun, exciting, and—admittedly—sometimes painful middle school years. Continue reading “6 Songs That Take Me Back to My Middle School Years | Moonlight Sweetness”

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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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46 Songs to Start Your Day Off Right | Music Monday Playlist

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We think it’s probably a universal problem: you have a great weekend and then Monday rolls around. Getting out of bed seems to take a little bit longer than usual, and you find yourself thinking, “Man, I wish I had an extra day!” or “How did that go so fast?” 

And sometimes on those days (and let’s be honest, this problem might happen every day, no matter what part of the week it is), you need a little something “extra” to help get you going. So we took it upon ourselves here at the Nostalgia Diaries to put together a Music Monday playlist that might just help with those slow-moving mornings when getting out from under those covers seems just a little too hard. Continue reading “46 Songs to Start Your Day Off Right | Music Monday Playlist”

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16 Songs About Spring

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“Thus came the lovely spring with a rush of blossoms and music, Flooding the earth with flowers, and the air with melodies vernal.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Ah, Spring… the beautiful time of year when everything comes back to life, when flowers begin blooming and trees start sprouting new leaves. It’s the time of year for singing in the rain, dancing in puddles, and catching raindrops on your tongue. It’s the time of year that makes you want to run around outside and soak up the sunshine after being cooped inside all winter. It’s the time of year that just begs you to roll the windows down in your car, turn the stereo up, and sing at the top of your lungs.  Continue reading “16 Songs About Spring”

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In the Beginning: The Origins of Bluegrass, Heavy Metal, and 9 Other Music Genres

11 Famous Music Genres & Their Interesting Origins

Most casual music listeners have basic knowledge of the bands and artists who heavily influenced their favorite genres. Elvis and the Beatles influenced rock and roll. Willie Nelson and Hank Williams influenced country. Nirvana influenced grunge. Kiss influenced glam metal.

But what about the bands and artists at the cutting edge? The ones that you can trace to a genre’s origins?

This week, we’ve assembled a list of 11 genres and the artists who were there at the beginning. Some you may have heard of (and they may even induce a bit of nostalgia), some maybe not. But all have a most important place in the annals of music. Continue reading “In the Beginning: The Origins of Bluegrass, Heavy Metal, and 9 Other Music Genres”