Music Monday: Memories

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! And hope you're having a good Memorial Day as well. We figure that's a good excuse to recap all the songs about memories. Also, a good excuse to goof off. So don't worry if you aren't reading this until Tuesday. We'll forgive you.

Elton John - Crocodile Rock

 

See, all you kids? Nostalgia hits every 20-something at about the same time. This tribute to the songs of Sir Elton's youth is absolutely dripping with nostalgia. And maybe that's why it sold so well, too.

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As always, remember our Spotify playlist will be featuring a great selection from last week's Music Monday comments. The theme of the mix this time is Reader Appreciation Week and can we just say it again? You rock! But before you start reminiscing, check out our current Music Monday, right now.

The Beatles - In My Life

 

Who doesn't sometimes spend a day off looking back on everything that's passed them by? At this point in the career of The Beatles, they likely all felt like they'd pretty much done everything. A decade later, they probably were amazed at how naive they'd been. But that's what life is for, right? Every step forward makes a new type of memory.

Mary Hopkin - Those Were The Days

 

Originally Russian, but most famous in America in this form (produced by Paul McCartney, no less) this song of two friends who could do anything is full of the bittersweet joy that only comes with age. Also, by posting this, nobody has to ever mention the far less enjoyable Seasons In The Sun, okay?

Boys II Men - It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday

 

I'm not saying Boys II Men took back the doo wop ballad from Billy Joel, I'm just gonna point out this wistful song has a place at nearly every major event, from a happy graduation to a sad, sad funeral. And there aren't many songs that can accomplish that.

Talking Heads - Memories Can't Wait

 

So is this a song about the horror of being trapped in his own consciousness, or is it just a song about a guy remembering last night's party while shaking off a hangover? Hey, I leave that for you to decide. All I know is that it's a good song and it's about memories. I'm going outside now. Happy Memorial Day!

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