Nostalgic Sensual Tune Thursdays #5: Cranberries & Dido

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Today I wanted to talk about nostalgia. Namely, music that causes it. I have a lot of songs that I can think of that bring me back to when I was a kid. It brings back a lot of memories, from Poland and beyond. While music isn’t as much of a strong memory recall as the sense of smell, it can still work very well.

Listening to chill music that I used to listen to when I was younger doesn’t necessarily bring memories of any particular events to mind. For me, it’s more of a nostalgic feeling. It’s a feeling that’s quite difficult to describe. It’s a type of longing. Might be considered a type of sadness mixed with something else.. but what? Hope? Daze? Happiness? Confusion? I don’t know.

It brings me back to being younger and it does make me wish I was still there, that I was that age. I don’t want to grow up and get older. While I love being older and more responsible and smarter, I have those moments where I miss being young and those feelings are often confused with sadness and loneliness in a way. But then I have to snap out of it each time because I know that’s no way to live. Unfortunately. Nostalgia is a feeling I have quite frequently and I don’t exactly know what it means or why it comes… or why I crave it. Does it mean that I am not ready to grow up, even though I am already so much more grown up than most people my age? Does it mean that I have a sense of sadness because of the direction life is going towards, because life is not coming to be all that I’ve hoped for it to be? Because life back then was more stress-free, happier, livelier…? Sometimes, I have a similar feeling that feels like this feeling of nostalgia when I think about possibly having a family in the future – I think of the cute, cuddly, adorable feelings, the love… but it’s strange because I’m not thinking about having a family anytime soon at all. I just recently started thinking that I’d want a child in the future, I used to be pretty against it. Is it just loneliness or a void of some kind that is becoming apparent in various ways? Do you think it’s the same thing coming up but just in different variations?

I don’t know and I probably will never know. Is nostalgia a feeling that stays forever? Or do we ever get over it?

Thanks for reading!

Some tunes that bring back memories for me, first up – Dido is always on my list of chilled out music that is semi nostalgic. I used to listen to Dido every time I was sad in order to cry myself out. Ha.

Cranberries is a band my mom loved when I was young and I grew up listening and loving them too.


Question for you:

  • Do you have a song or artist that is nostalgic for you? 
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  1. Thank you. Thank you so much for writing what I’ve been thinking and feeling indescribably for so long. I can’t figure it out either, and the nostalgia feeling has only intensified over this past year. Personally, I think nostalgia is a symptom. At least in our case it is. What you said about missing childhood and the happiness/freedom/vivacity it brings – I suspect that in this transitional time in our lives (entering adulthood) we simply crave childhood’s simplicity. I haven’t talked much about it to anyone, but this year has been particularly tough for me in terms of transitioning into “life.” Listening to music has always helped though. Music is so powerful, almost as powerful as scent, and it evokes deep emotions within me as well. Glad to know I’m not the only one. It’s a very special connection and we are lucky to experience it 🙂

    • I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who feels this way. It’s such a strange feeling, indescribable really, but I always want to try to describe it. And the thing is, not everyone seems to have it, I’ve tried explaining it to someone before and they looked confused and only vaguely nodded at my rant. It wasn’t very comforting, so I’m glad to see you understand where I’m coming from.

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