A Blog About Nostalgia

C and I spent a good chunk of time in the car over the past two days as we drove to and from the Bob Seger concert. Car trips are always a good excuse to spend time listening to some of your favorite songs. I prefer to do this using the radio because I work in radio (as does my father), so I’m loyal to the radio industry and its many, many good people. While we were driving we heard a few songs that brought on some serious nostalgia.  For example, “Real World” by Matchbox 20. Remember that song? It’s a classic. According to the ever-reliable Wikipedia, it came out in 1998. That means I was in 5th grade at the time of its debut, which is when some of your best “song-memories” (memories attached to specific songs) are made. I also feel like you have more of an attachment to songs that you first heard earlier in your life, and “Real World” is one of those types of songs for me.

If you are some sort of hermit and don’t know the song “Real World”, or if you were born in 2000 and Matchbox 20 isn’t in your wheelhouse (no hate, some of my best cousins were born in 2000), watch a YouTube video that gives you the lyrics as the song plays in the space below (the original video won’t play on here, what do you want from me?): [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trt3WRBHl9M]

And if you REALLY want to see the video, you can click here but you’re going to have to go to YouTube and watch an ad before you can watch it, so don’t yell at me about that: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwJazZIWNgg]

I have such distinct memories of taking car trips with my parents and absolutely bumping this song on my Discman as I watched acres of farmland roll by. I would be all pensive and think about the future, and what the symbolic meaning of a rainmaker was (I was smart, okay?) ,and other important issues such as what my current crush (I will not name names because he might actually read this) was up to. He was probably at soccer practice. I always loved the athletes. The scary part is that when this album (“Yourself or Someone Like You”) came out, I bought it on cassette at Media Play. Yeah, cassette. Like this:

Belongs in the Smithsonian with my laptop

Bye, Bye, Bye

Anyone remember the store Media Play? Is that place still around? Ah, good times.  There was nothing like rushing to Media Play or FYE to get your favorite band/artist’s new CD the day it came out.

My friend, Emily, and I forced my mom to drive us to the mall so we could get our copy of  *N Sync’s “No Strings Attached” the very day it was released. This was a great call, because that CD was awesome. Whenever I hear any song off of that album (which is usually when I choose to play it on my computer…) I instantly think back to that car ride to the mall, bouncing with excitement about seeing what hairstyle J.T. was rockin’ on the album cover. To answer the question, it was a curly ‘fro.

Some other songs also have the ability to take me back to my angsty middle school years. Whenever I hear Incubus I’m instantly transported back to my bright-blue childhood bedroom, writing in my diary and watching Carson Daly do terrific interviews on  “TRL.”

Of course we can’t forget other artists/bands who are less legendary than Incubus, *N Sync and Matchbox 20. Just because they may have fallen by the wayside, they still played an intregal role in making me the person I currently am. Hats off to Ja Rule, Sugar Ray, Willa Ford,  Dream and K-Ci and Jo Jo for providing the soundtrack to countless middle school dances, and for helping me make some great memories.

For kicks, here’s the Billboard Top 100 list from 2001. Take a walk down memory lane with me.

Some of the songs listed on that chart still sound good 10 years later.  Yes, 2001 was ten years ago. Yes, you are getting old. Others, well…not so much.  But you know what? Just because these bands/artists may not make it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, doesn’t mean they aren’t awesome. How could you not love an artist like Willa Ford, who produces a music video like the one I’ve posted below? Badass.


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