Music Banter

Go Back   Music Banter > The Music Forums > General Music
Register Blogging Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Welcome to Music Banter Forum! Make sure to register - it's free and very quick! You have to register before you can post and participate in our discussions with over 70,000 other registered members. After you create your free account, you will be able to customize many options, you will have the full access to over 1,100,000 posts.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-10-2013, 02:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
gimme gimme
 
misspoptart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: istanbul
Posts: 887
Question Nostalgia: Why Do We Love or Hate It?

We all listen to tracks that evoke a deep sense of nostalgia.

Whether they are songs that you associate with ages past or simply songs that make you reflect on life, you feel affected, but often, can't put a finger on why.

I'm starting this thread hopefully to launch a discussion on the following few topics:
  • Do you listen to "nostalgia" songs at specific times? Do you intentionally seek them out? If so, when?
  • Do songs that stir nostalgia ever make you upset, or do they generally make you happy?
  • Would you like those nostalgic tracks today if you heard them for the first time? Share some that you think are timeless, or others that you think only stuck with you because of your age, situation, or memory.

You don't have to answer or respond to everything, but I've been thinking about this a lot lately. I'm curious about MB's thoughts, too. The main thing I'm grappling is really, would I like song x or band z today if I heard them for the first time? Why do I still listen to it when today I can clearly identify it as crap? It usually makes me melancholy to listen to nostalgic tracks, but if I were to delete them, I would go completely crazy.

How about you guys?

Edit: I realize a similar topic has been started before, but this one is meant to go in a completely different direction. Hope the mods approve.
misspoptart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2013, 02:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
Acattin Sane
 
Fluff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: The Black Country
Posts: 8,620
Default

Good thread Miss P. I was listening to the Spice Girls album earlier, obviously it's crap, but it reminded me of when I was a child and my sister would play the album and we would play on the Playstation together , just reminds me of being a child basically and so happy and carefree (plus I love my sister). I will always like it for that I guess.

A lot of nostalgic songs don't make me upset but they make me familiar with that time. Some remind me of bad times in my life but I still like the song.

R Kelly's Ignition remix, Busta Rhymes track with Mariah Carey, Wayne Wonder, so many tracks from 2003 remind me of a particular time in my life. All of the tracks are absolute dog shit and there's no way I'd like them if I heard them now.

Sometimes I listen to them just to remind myself of times when I was happy, and they remind me of people I like.
__________________


"Be a good teammate."
Fluff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2013, 06:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
I'm back, baby!
 
Trollheart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: In your face
Posts: 22,025
Default

I agree, great idea for a thread.
Nostalgia, eh? You're asking the right person there, young lady!
I pesonally find that there were songs I would not listen to --- essentially would refuse to listen to --- when I was younger and more cocky, thinking I knew everything, like METAL ROOLZ! But as I grow older (what's that you say? Not possible for me to grow any older? Cheek...) I start to appreciate them more not for who the band are and whether I can like them or not, but for what the songs are.

ABBA are a perfect example. I used to jeer anyone who liked them, which was obviously both a sense of insecurity and a result of peer pressure. Without that, I can see the band were outstanding and had many great songs. When you're younger I think to some degree you decide what is cool and what is not, and even if you hear a track by a band not considered by you (or your mates) to be cool, you decide you don't like it. Now I tend to enjoy music for what it is, not what I think, or others think, I should like, hence my often boring and pedestrian music tastes. But that's ok: I'm never going to be into, for instance, Death Grips, no matter how many people tell me they're great. Just not my kind of music. But now I know that: it's not just a case of feelign like you have to like/not like it.

Memories can definitely be stirred by nostalgic songs, with comments like "Oh I haven't heard this for ages!" but generally I find that by and large the music I listened to as a youth is still in my collection today. There's nothing really that I don't listen to any more. I've just expanded my tastes a little. However, unlike Fluff, I wouldn't listen to some crap just to be reminded of better times: if I hated it then, I hate it now, and by hate I mean genuinely made that decision not had it made for me as above.

Christ, I do ramble don't I? Where's my cup of milky tea? Must nearly be time for my afternoon nap ....
__________________
Trollheart: Signature-free since April 2018
Trollheart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2013, 10:11 AM   #4 (permalink)
Mate, Spawn & Die
 
Janszoon's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Posts: 24,041
Default

I think a lot of my reason for listening to nostalgic tracks is that it's the closest thing I have time travel. I listen when I'm in a mood to reminisce and it's usually kind of bittersweet experience.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by P A N View Post
i'm not gonna spend my life on music banter trying to convince people the earth is flat.
A Night in the Life of the Invisible Man

Time & Place

25 Albums You Should Hear Before the Moon Crashes into the Earth and We All Die


last.fm
Janszoon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2013, 10:16 AM   #5 (permalink)
Music Addict
 
FrigginParadox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: NY/LA
Posts: 293
Default

a lot of nostalgic songs bring back good memories of the past. even if i do hate the song. my best nostalgic songs are often ones from video games though.
FrigginParadox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2013, 10:17 AM   #6 (permalink)
Mate, Spawn & Die
 
Janszoon's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Posts: 24,041
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by FrigginParadox View Post
a lot of nostalgic songs bring back good memories of the past. even if i do hate the song.
It really is a friggin' paradox isn't it?
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by P A N View Post
i'm not gonna spend my life on music banter trying to convince people the earth is flat.
A Night in the Life of the Invisible Man

Time & Place

25 Albums You Should Hear Before the Moon Crashes into the Earth and We All Die


last.fm
Janszoon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2013, 05:49 PM   #7 (permalink)
A.B.N.
 
djchameleon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: NY baby
Posts: 11,155
Default

I don't intentionally go looking for nostalgic type songs but when they pop up on a shuffle or random commercial I usually get pissed off about it and just want it turned off. The ones that usually have a strong effect on me is songs that are associated with certain exes. Those songs are forever tainted for me and I can no longer enjoy them.
__________________
Fame, fortune, power, titties. People say these are the most crucial things in life, but you can have a pocket full o' gold and it doesn't mean sh*t if you don't have someone to share that gold with. Seems simple. Yet it's an important lesson to learn. Even lone wolves run in packs sometimes.


Quote:
Originally Posted by RoxyRollah View Post
IMO I don't know jack-**** though so don't listen to me.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Franco Pepe Kalle View Post
The problem is that most police officers in America are psychopaths.
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Batlord View Post
You're a terrible dictionary.
djchameleon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2013, 08:44 PM   #8 (permalink)
An Butthole
 
Sequoioideae's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Someone's Backyard
Posts: 539
Default

I generally don't place periods of time within whatever I listen to, because then I would be afraid to listen music from previous years in fear that it would bring back embarrassing/awful memories. I tend to use music as a method of escape, an escape completely separated from whatever my current situation is.

I've never been much of a nostalgic person anyway, I have problems with associating my present self with my past selves. If I think about something I did 10 years ago, I can't ever really see that person being the me I know. It's like looking at someone else's home videos from long ago.
Sequoioideae is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2013, 05:26 AM   #9 (permalink)
gimme gimme
 
misspoptart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: istanbul
Posts: 887
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Janszoon View Post
I think a lot of my reason for listening to nostalgic tracks is that it's the closest thing I have to time travel.

Wow, so true though. There are songs that when I have shuffle on and my whole collection is up for grabs that really transport me. At least for a few seconds, I am that person that listened to that song 5 or 10 years ago.

How long does nostalgia last in those instances? I tend to find it wears off after the first chorus or verse, or even the first 10-15 seconds of a nostalgic song. Do you have a similar experience, Jans?

Quote:
Originally Posted by djchameleon View Post
I don't intentionally go looking for nostalgic type songs but when they pop up on a shuffle or random commercial I usually get pissed off about it and just want it turned off. The ones that usually have a strong effect on me is songs that are associated with certain exes. Those songs are forever tainted for me and I can no longer enjoy them.
So you're the first one to truly get upset about nostalgia, huh! I mean, I get upset sometimes too, but definitely not angry. I often go into a very sad mood and start dreaming up imaginary regrets and wishing I could do things over. Music is a seriously powerful tool in that way.
misspoptart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2013, 05:54 AM   #10 (permalink)
Mate, Spawn & Die
 
Janszoon's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Posts: 24,041
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by misspoptart View Post
Wow, so true though. There are songs that when I have shuffle on and my whole collection is up for grabs that really transport me. At least for a few seconds, I am that person that listened to that song 5 or 10 years ago.

How long does nostalgia last in those instances? I tend to find it wears off after the first chorus or verse, or even the first 10-15 seconds of a nostalgic song. Do you have a similar experience, Jans?
For me it generally lasts for the duration of the song and even tends to linger when the song is over. There are also whole albums I have this experience with as well. For example Moby's album Play brings me right back to the apartment I had when I was 23 every single time I listen to it.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by P A N View Post
i'm not gonna spend my life on music banter trying to convince people the earth is flat.
A Night in the Life of the Invisible Man

Time & Place

25 Albums You Should Hear Before the Moon Crashes into the Earth and We All Die


last.fm
Janszoon is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads



© 2003-2020 Advameg, Inc.