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Feeling Musical Nostalgia

On February 24th, just a little more than a week from the writing and publishing of this post, I will be turning 24 years old. I’m both still young, and yet feeling much older.

A phenomenon I’ve noticed as I’ve gotten older is a strong sense of nostalgia. Sometimes I’ll get hit with that feeling when I’m playing a video game I played as a kid, or maybe watching an old Disney movie. But one of the most striking triggers of nostalgia I’ve experienced is the nostalgia that I feel when I listen to the music I listened to between the ages of 10 through 15.

In that period of our lives, most people are beginning to discover what makes them unique. At that age we both fear and desire to be different and stemming from the fear portion of those feelings, music taste is one of those qualities that’s easy to develop without necessarily feeling like an outsider. I suppose, that’s not always the case, but in the age of iPods and MP3 players, discovering your music taste was easy to keep secret if you were nervous about being picked on for it.

Before I continue, what I’ve written is based mostly on my own observations. I’m not a scientist, nor have I been able to easily find anything that scientifically backs up what I’m talking about. But again, it’s based on my personal observations and experiences.

Why am I talking about nostalgia, music, and turning 24? Well, that’s because I’ve made a new playlist that I’ve called Alternative Throwbacks as a result of coming up to my 24th birthday and constantly listening to the music I fell in love with in my pre-teen and early teenage years.

As of 02/15/2018 there are only 10 videos on this YouTube playlist which you can view below. I do intend to add to it as the semester continues, so stick around, I may mention the playlist in future blog posts or social media. Otherwise, you can just continue to check back to the playlist at leisure.

 


 

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Suicide Prevention and healing through song

Have you heard the 1-800-273-8255 song by Logic and Alessia Cara? Well if you haven’t then you need to tune into WCRX 88.1FM Chicago’s Underground.  The song covers heavy issues that are taboo like wanting to kill yourself and dealing with depression. As you know October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and survivors may struggle with feeling suicidal after a failed relationship. This song by Logic can provide comfort because it addresses those issues of feeling inadequate and learning to love yourself. The song is very inspirational since it’s title is actually the number to the suicide hotline. WCRX wants you to know that you are not alone if you suffer from Domestic Violence or are feeling suicidal here are some links to help you get through your tough times. If you are unsure on whether or not your situation is considered abusive the hotline for domestic violence has articles to describe more in depth the different kinds of violence. The links below are for more information on domestic violence and a link to the video for 1800-273-8255 song.

 

http://www.thehotline.org/is-this-abuse/abuse-defined/

 

http://www.nrcdv.org/dvam/DVAM-history

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kb24RrHIbFk

 

 

5 Things to do in Chicago for Halloween

  1. Get A Scare At Fright Flicks At Navy Pier
    Its time to be a kid again! Navy Pier’s Fright Flicks events taking place October 21st and October 28th are going to may your night scary for your Halloween traditions this year. With movies after movies each day, Friends and family halloweekend of fun by munch on some popcorn, and get ready to scream. Movies include: Monsters, Inc., Ghostbusters (2016), Monster House, and Beetlejuice.
  2. Chicago Marathon
    Cheer on or Run for the thousands of runners who will participate in the 26.2 mile run through several city neighborhoods on Sunday. Runners from all 50 states and many countries will compete in the Midwest’s largest running event of the year.
  3. Do the Monster Mash
    October is the perfect month to go and see your favorite bands and do the monster mash. There are many great concerts going on this fall in Chicago. In example, Skrillex is a very popular and well-known electronic dance music producer, DJ, singer, and songwriter. Skrillex is coming to Chicago on Saturday, October 18th. He will be playing at the Navy Pier alongside A$AP Ferg.
  4. Take a Bike Tour Bobby’s Bike Tour
    RIDING IN FEAR! It is a great way to stay active while staying in the Halloween spirit and having a scary experience. The tour starts by riding through an old cemetery, then the tour will pass the Chicago River site where a bizarre occurrence took place when 844 people drowned in mid-daylight. Chicago’s infamous ghost, Resurrection Mary, will be discussed as well as many other haunted local places including the Levee District, the Columbian Exposition, and the exploits of one H. H. Holmes.
  5. Alder After Dark
    Exclusively for adults 21+, this evening offers you open access, unlimited shows, and unique entertainment every third Thursday of the month from 6:00–10:00 pm (Summer hours, May-August: 6:30–10:30 pm.)   Get SPOOK’D