Shakespeare understood it. (The Bus 3.10)
Well-done, Bryan. Just reading the words "Kiss on My List" takes me straight back to (good) memories of 1980. That piano lick right at the start feels like home to me. It's funny that nostalgia was thought to be a disorder.
This is such a fun and informative post. Reflecting on your Proust quote, I’m struck by how often our nostalgia focuses on positive memories, and we forget (or repress) all the struggles and sadness we experienced at the time. There’s a reason Sedikides chose to leave UNC; it wasn’t paradise (as Duke fans would quickly point out). When I find myself being wistful about periods of my life, I remind myself that every period has its own challenges along with joy. Thanks for providing the opportunity to reflect.
Loved the little exploration of nostalgia. It made me think that any emotion, when taken to an extreme, might be a form of mental illness. And wow am I rusty in reading poetry! I really had to slow myself way down to settle inside that Shakespeare bit. Thanks as always Brian for the opportunity to reflect on thoughts other than my own.
Great variety in a fascinating post, Bryan! LOVE the Playlist! All have been bangers for me as they came out (even worked out a heartbreak thru "Kiss on My List" in early '80s)! Thanks for the shout-out, too! Carol's a living legend, no doubt, and her music is often overlooked....but, no longer! Thanks again!-Brad
I tried to post a 1999 photo of the Brevard gang at a Chinese restaurant in Arden but that doesn't seem to be allowed. This is actually a good thing as I did not seek permission from the other eight in the photo! Seven of the nine of us still in town - its the wandering writers who have ventured out - yourself and Joel.