Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Nostalgia in the making


I’m aware that this post is strange.

Or perhaps this post isn’t strange – maybe it’s just that writing it makes me feel strange. But I ultimately decided to share my thoughts because I have a hunch that many – if not all – of you just might be able to relate...

Do you know of a song that, within seconds of hearing it, you get a particular feeling in the pit of your stomach – in your soul – because hearing said song takes you to a place emotionally where the nostalgia of it all almost leaves you breathless?

This is the story of one of those songs.

Just the other day, when I am trying in vain to feed Kennedy in her high chair, a commercial for Hampton Inn & Suites comes on ESPN. I look at Kennedy, who turns one year old this week, and in that instant I see her as a sweet-smelling, seven-pound newborn.

I almost start to cry.

You see, it had been nearly a year since I heard that song in the commercial. And hearing that song again took me right back to where I was (emotionally) when I first heard it...

Back when Kennedy was just weeks old – when I was nursing and changing her seemingly every hour throughout the night, she slept in a bassinet next to our bed and ESPN was the de facto television channel we kept the TV tuned to.

And when Kennedy would awake, I’d always see the same Hampton Inn & Suites commercial. I’d never see this commercial during the day; only in the middle of the night when the station was repeating a college football game.  I always found it ironic because when ESPN planned to play this commercial – a commercial about a hotel – I bet I am the complete antithesis of the demographic they were hoping to reach.

Think about it: Travel is the last thing on the mind of a haggard, breastfeeding mother of two little ones. Back then – when I was two weeks postpartum –  going on a road trip with my children would have been the only thing harder than staying home with them.

You can view the commercial by clicking here.


And the song in that commercial is Beth Jeans Houghton’s “I Will Return:”

I love the harmonizing and the catchy chorus, but I found the commercial most appealing back then because, it reminded me of a carefree getaway, which I so desperately needed back then.

But, now – and forever more – that song will remind me of a time when I was sleep deprived, weary, and, frankly, somewhat unsure of my abilities to mother two young children. And by the same token, it will always remind me of a most precious time in my daughter’s life, as there is nothing – absolutely nothing – like the shine of the newborn stage.

And so I ask: What song evokes feelings of nostalgia within you?




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10 comments:

  1. It's so crazy how something can hit you - just like that!! When the boys were newborns, I had some early mornings (as you can imagine) and I would always turn on the Today show in the living room to keep me sane while I ran around tending to them. To this day, the opening of that show, takes me back. I could cry now, just thinking about it!

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    1. Hi, Allie! WONDERFUL share. Thank you. I get it. Yes! That is precisely what I'm talking about. I reckon this song -- and that Today open -- will hit us in the emotional jugular until we're 95 (and, God willing, beyond.)

      Thank you for commenting!

      xo

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  2. This isn't exactly a nostalgic memory, but anytime I hear the song I Love The Night Life by Alicia Bridges, it reminds me of the car accident my sister and I were in when I was in 8th grade. It was 1979 and we had record breaking snowfalls. So much snow it was piled 10 ft high at the corners of the road. We were at stop sign and you could see without moving up into oncoming traffic which is what she did and how we got hit. I was a little bruised but Deb went into the windshield (this was the days before the seatbelt laws) and need a few stitches. All because my dad wanted a pizza but didn't want to pick it up himself.

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    1. Oh, Susie! This totally applies. Yes, yes, yes! I know, I know, not the most pleasant memory for you, but the fact that one song can instantly take you back to "that place" certainly applies here.

      Wow.

      Thank you for sharing, and I'm sorry you experienced that my friend! :-(

      xo

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  3. There's a song in Spanish called "Corazon Partido" by Mana that will always remind me of being in the hospital after I gave birth to Adrian. It was a favorite back then and it was on my playlist on my phone.

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    1. OMG, Ida!!! That's awesome! Let me tell you a quick story about Mana...I studied Spanish my entire four years of college, and when I was a junior at Michigan, I participated in Alternative Spring Break in which I traveled to Little Havana with about 13 other UM coeds to teach English to Cubans in order to help prepare them for their citizenship exam (is that the right term for the test?). Anyhow, we listened to Mana (and old school Shakira "Estoy Aqui" the Entire. Way. There.

      I can still hear one Mana song the most: "Hoy te quero mas que siempre....hoy te adoro mas que nunca...hoy te voy a pesar a la pies a la cabeza..."

      LOVE.

      Thank you for commenting!

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  4. Nostalgia is a crazy thing. This happens to me with perfume. It smacks me in the face and takes me back to places I never thought possible. It's bittersweet watching kids grow. I think about this often with my niece and nephew.

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    1. Yes, Dina!!!! YES. I don't wear perfume, but my mom is a HUGE perfume wearer, and all of hers equate to a specific time in my childhood -- Lauren by Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, etc.

      You are so correct. It takes me right back...

      Thank you for sharing, Dina!

      xo

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  5. Aww, this is so sweet... sad, but sweet too. My two songs are "To make you feel my love," and "Lovesong"... (the Adele versions) because I always sing them for my boys. The first has several memories associated with it, but the funny thing is I had to go back to my blog post about them... I couldn't remember the titles! Oooof! I know I have other song triggers but I can't think of them right now...

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    1. Thanks, Dakota!

      That's the thing about songs...yes, sometimes it's the words, but most often, I find it's the *music.* The harmony. That song "To make you feel my love" brings me to my knees. I feel it in my gut, like I mentioned above in this post.

      Ugh.

      Yes. We are talking about the exact same emotion here...

      xo

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