Thursday’s Theme Music

Today’s theme music is a courtesy of Don Henley and Mike Campbell. The song is, “The Boys of Summer.”

This song, with lyrics like, “I saw a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac,” about looking back and change, and coping with it. I’m a person that looks back a great deal. I’m not obsessed with it, but looking back helps me re-imagine where I’m going. It’s one of those arrows of time. Looking back helps me keep straight.

A little voice inside my head said, “Don’t look back. You can never look back.”
I thought I knew what love was,
What did I know?
Those days are gone forever,
I should just let them go, but-

Today’s technology encourages looking back. I can watch movies that star actors that died, leading me to wonder, are they still alive? I can check a friend’s post, even though he died a few years ago, and replay movies, television shows, and interviews from the past, and pretend that past is today, or yesterday, although it was created decades ago.

It’s nostalgia, isn’t it? It is for me. Television, pop and rock music, and movies were part of my scenes as I grew up. Songs come on and take me back to a happier moment, as do smells, and touches. I like going back there; I like feeling happy.

There are fewer happier moments today. Experiences temper my expectations, and I’ve become jaded.  It could be from looking back, or simply being cursed with too much ability to recall times and events. It’s part of who I am, so I don’t decry it.

Well, maybe I decry it a little, because that’s who I am, as well.

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  1. It’s true that technology has made it possible for us to yearn the past and be wary of the future, but every age has its burdens. If there’s a silver lining to an age of too many choices, too much information, too many in-your-face encounters, its the absolute necessity of living in the moment. This is a new thing – our adult brains, our emotional makeups aren’t structured that way, at least not yet. But think of the benefits: every moment new and exciting, every mundane thing a heart-beating experience, every encounter with someone filled with wonder.

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    1. Nostalgia is more of the emotional side, and comes from yearning, while our intellectual side guides the wonder. And you’re right, there’s some amazing, wondrous things being found and revealed. Sometimes the nostalgia wins, but more often, the wonder explodes like a startling sunrise, and takes the day.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Bob.

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