5 Nostalgic Albums That Never Get Old

5 Nostalgic Albums That Never Get Old

If these albums aren't part of your childhood, make them part of your adulthood!

The music I listen to today is drastically different than what I listened to when I was a youngster, but that doesn't change the nostalgia I feel when I hear my old music. Before my anything-goes attitude of today, and before my indie-hipster attitude of high school, I used to listen to music my mom listened to. I'll admit, I'm not sure how nostalgic these albums would make everyone else feel, but I imagine they were all pretty popular when they first came out. Some of them have songs I still hear on the radio occasionally.

1. Negotiations and Love Songs by Paul Simon

I don't remember when I first started listening to Paul Simon, but eight-year-old me was obsessed with this album. I remember my sisters and I loving and listening "You Can Call Me Al" over and over. I find myself occasionally listening to "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes."

2. Life for Rent by Dido

This album was one that I remember coming out. I still hear "White Flag" play at the grocery store I work at almost every day. While I haven't revisited this album in a while, I still know most of the words to every song. It's a little cheesy how much of an emotional impact most of these songs have on me.

3. Finally Woken by Jem

I remember I used to always get Jem and Dido confused because I was introduced to both of their music around the same time, but they both have a special place in my heart. I was young enough when I started listening to Jem that I remember my mom felt like "Come on Closer" was inappropriate for my age. (She was probably right.) Now that I'm an adult, I can binge the whole album anytime I want, and "Missing You" will still make me cry every time.

4. Gold: Greatest Hits by ABBA

If you haven't heard this album yet, I highly recommend climbing out from under your rock and listening to it right now. It's highly likely you've already heard several of the tunes on this song, especially "Mama Mia." I will willing listen to this entire album at any moment in time. In fact, I'm probably going to listen to "Dancing Queen" right now.

5. Rumors by Fleetwood Mac

Last, but definitely not least, Fleetwood Mac! The past semester this album has crept its way back onto my Spotify and my current "jams." If you ever go on a road trip with me, expect to listen to "Second Hand News," "Don't Stop," and "Go Your Own Way" at least once. If you plan to listen to any songs from this article, I urge you to listen to one of those three.

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Why I Listen to Depressing Music Even Though I'm Depressed

Music that's powerful, music that speaks to me, music that means something.

It took me a long time to find my preferred genre of music. In middle school, I remember listening to pop songs that I often heard on the radio. I could (and still can) rap the entirety of Super Bass by Nicki Minaj and I dreamt about my crush professing his love to me by serenading me with Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heroes. 

By my freshman year of high school, those songs were no longer cool, so I went along with the crowd and started listening to the next most popular type of music: trap music. In my experience, these artists talked solely about fucking bitches and smoking ganja, even though, at that point in my life, I had no intent of having intercourse or "doing" the marijuana (boy was I naive). Though I listened to these genres to appease everyone else, I never felt completed like so many people claimed to feel when they listened to music. I did not have a passion for any bands or artists and I did not feel any sort of deep connection while I was listening.

It wasn’t until my sophomore year that I decided to explore certain genres that I hadn’t yet explored. The first bands I really grew to love were the Arctic Monkeys, Cage the Elephant, and The Kooks. Their music not only sounded great, but the lyrics actually meant something. They spoke about relationships, internal struggles, mental issues, and societal problems. Their lyrics resonated with me, and, surprisingly, the most depressing of their material resonated the most.

I have suffered from depression for as long as I can remember, though I was not diagnosed until a little over a year ago. I’ve been on meds and have learned coping techniques, but the most counterintuitive of those techniques is listening to these depressing songs.

One of the hardest struggles I have with depression is not being able to tell people how I am feeling, not because I don’t want to, but because I don’t have the words. I find that listening to others put into words the exact emotions that I have not been able to convey myself is quite reassuring.  These songs help me better understand my own emotions and give me an idea of how to turn those emotions into spoken language. 

When Alex Turner says “you can shriek until you’re hollow or whisper it the other way” or when AJJ says "everything is real, but it's also just as fake” I feel as if someone has entered my thoughts and put into lyrics the fears and feelings I struggle with on a daily basis. These songs make me feel as if there is a whole community of people out there who experience the same, seemingly-lonely experiences that I do. I feel more connected to the world when I listen to this type of music. I feel understood.

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Two Inspiring Movies Everyone Should See

Movies that take you on an emotional roller coaster.

I have always loved watching movies, especially ones with inspiring and emotional storylines. I get very invested and intrigued (maybe a little too much), but I love having that whirlwind of emotions throughout the entire movie.

Recently, I got the opportunity to see two amazing movies that I think are very important and had a huge effect on me. The films were “Lady Bird” and “Call Me by Your Name”. Both of these films came out in 2017 so they are fairly new. They are making a huge impact and receiving a lot of deserved recognition.

“Lady Bird” has such a special storyline. It follows the relationship between a mother and daughter in such a realistic way. As many girls know, a relationship with a mother is not always an easy one and the film really captures that frustration.

It follows the life of a young girl that is about to leave to go to college. So many things change for girls during this time and there are so many emotional challenges and obstacles. I absolutely love how this film displays this situation and many relationships in a very graphic and honest way. I think it is so important for young girls to watch this film and channel all those feelings. It is incredibly relatable and it reminds girls to be courageous.

“Call Me by Your Name” is seriously one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. It is a love story, which we have seen is countless movies, but this film displays a relationship in such a unique and beautiful way.

The best thing about this movie is that it is awkward at some points and maybe even a little uncomfortable. I admire this because love and relationships aren’t always magical and perfect. It expresses a type of love that is so unapologetic and pure. I could watch it over and over and still have the same inspiring feeling at the end. If you are a fan of emotional love stories or small independent films watch this movie. You will not regret it.

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