Nostalgia Through Music Project

 

Is there a song or songs you listen to and just feel nostalgic? Like you can remember an exact moment when you were listening to that particular song? Do you feel a certain way, recall something you were doing or said, or have a very distinct connection to a song? Become part of this project and write about a song that makes you feel nostalgic. It could be a sentence or even a page long. It can be anonymous or you can put a name to it, whether it’s your real name or a pen name. Share what a certain song means to you. I’ll put all entries on my website and maybe even publish a book for it. You can submit an entry by going to the contact page and sending me an email. If you're not sure what to write or need a guideline look below.

 

Paramore - All I Wanted

I remember having this song on repeat for days, hours, minutes at a time. It spoke to me. I would lie down with my eyes closed and imagine a music video for it. It would follow the lyrics of the song almost exactly.

Think of me when you’re out, when you’re out there
I’ll beg you nice from my knees
And when the world treats you way too fairly
Well it’s a shame I’m a dream

They’re walking down a city street and pass you by. They turn a corner, you following behind on your knees, reaching out. Someone shoulder checks them and they drop everything. They catch a glimpse of you and do a double take, but your image fades in the wind.

All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you

Close up of Hayley’s mouth singing into a microphone.

I think I’ll pace my apartment a few times
And fall asleep on the couch
Wake up early to black and white reruns
That escape from my mouth

You pace around the couch, hand on chin. Finally you plop down on the cushions, your eyes drifting shut. Your eyes race back and forth behind your eyelids. Your chest heaves up as your mouth opens, streams of black and white film strips shooting out and into the TV. Hayley and the rest of the band are on a makeshift stage built on a grassy hill, nothing else around.

All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you

Hayley grabs the microphone and sings her heart out as her friends back her up. The music takes you away.

I could follow you to the beginning
Just to relive the start
And maybe then we’d remember to slow down
At all of our favorite parts

You make your way past the stage because you see them. They’re walking along a giant film strip of your past together, starting from the end. You follow, hoping to get to the beginning. Their pace slows, allowing you to catch up. You watch the scene in front of you; you both laugh and smile at each other as flour flies in all directions coating every surface, including you. You feel a hand in yours as you pass another scene; you lie in bed looking at each other as a thunderstorm happens outside your window, but you don’t see the lightning or hear how hard the rain is hitting the glass.

All I wanted was you

You come to the end of the film strip as you’ve reached your beginning. Everything is still as you stare into their eyes as if it’s the first time.

All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you

Hayley sings as you’re frozen in place. The view of the stage starts out wide then pans in as the guitar rings out. The microphone drops as boots recede to the back, the image blurring. 

- T L Holliday

 

The All American Rejects - Swing Swing

Every time I hear this song I remember exactly where I was and what channel I was watching when the video came on. It was 2003 and I was in the fifth/sixth grade. After school I would go to my grandmother’s house, which was right down the street, and I would watch TV until my mother came to get me. I was watching channel 56, which was MuchMusic USA at the time, and the video for this song came on.

I hadn’t heard it before, but the moment I did, I was in love. It captivated me and from then on I fell in love with alternative music. Every day I would go to my grandmother’s house after school, turn on the TV and watch my every day shows, I had a schedule, before turning on channel 56. First I’d watch Pokémon, then Yugioh, then Jackie Chan Adventures, and then I’d turn to channel 56, which later that year became Fuse.

I remember being so upset about the change. I loved MuchMusic USA. It played all my favorite songs and introduced me to new ones. I thought Fuse was going to be totally different and take away everything I loved about the channel, and it kind of did. It still played some of the songs I liked, but it also played a lot more hip-hop, and then it started giving shows that weren’t really about music videos. I continued to watch it for a while, but I eventually gave it up altogether because it wasn’t the same.

- T L Holliday

 

Mazzy Star - Into Dust

This song I first heard in the movie Foxfire with Angelina Jolie. I was in an obsessive phase with her and made it a mission to watch every movie she was in. This movie wasn’t like anything I’ve seen before, but I really liked it. It’s a bit odd and very indie. I remember getting really into it and kind of zoning out of reality and into the depth of the movie. It was definitely an experience and I’ve learned to harness that into an escape for me. I take myself out of the present world and seep into the world of whatever I’m watching or listening to.

When this song came on in the movie, I replayed the scene about a hundred times. I immediately tried to search for the song, and I remember it taking me a couple days to find it, but when I did, I listened to it on repeat. It was definitely something different than what I was used to listening to, and the slow, almost trance like rhythm pulled me in instantly. The freeing feeling I felt whenever I listened to it was almost overwhelming and indescribable. 

- T L Holliday

 

Ryan Farish - Full Sail

When I found this song, I was on YouTube searching for Tai Chi music. I was in a mood to relax and thought some of that music might help. I listened to a few songs, but I wasn’t satisfied, until I came across this song. I thought it was the most incredible sounding thing I had ever heard, it literally blew my mind because it was exactly what I was looking for.

I remember lying on the couch with my headphones on and could hear nothing but this song. The feeling that coursed through my body was like nothing I’ve ever felt before. It was as close to an out of body experience I think I will ever encounter. It literally felt like I was floating. I was relaxed, my mind was clear, and I was in the clouds. I most definitely wasn’t on my couch anymore. It was the only time I think I’ve ever really felt true happiness.

After finding that song, I had to see if there were others like it by this artist, and I wasn’t disappointed. There were a bunch that were similar to it and even better than. I absolutely fell in love with the artist and the music that he produces. Though it’s wordless, it still speaks to me in more ways than lyrical songs do.

- T L Holliday