Lately, I’ve been on more of a nostalgia trip than usual. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gravitated back to the music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s more and more. Lately, I’ve added movies and TV shows to the mix my reminiscence. I recently finished watching all eleven seasons of Cheers and thanks to Netflix and Amazon Prime I’m catching more 80’s movies as well.
This past weekend, I’ve unwittingly added the 90’s to the decades of my oldies infatuation. Returning from a signing in Knoxville on Sunday morning, 93.3 The Planet out of Charlotte had a 90’s show. I listened to Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Everclear, Pearl Jam, and Collective Soul among others and didn’t mind waiting out the commercials to get to the next song. Maybe I need to break down and get satellite radio?
As far as what I’ve been watching on my Kindle Fire, my Cheers binge has migrated to Frasier. If I’m having trouble unwinding before bed, I’ll watch a few episodes and it seems to relax me. Movies like Get Shorty, Jackie Brown, and LA Confidential were also rewatched over the last few months.
My favorite decade is still the 80’s, but I like that I’m not so adverse to visiting others. What has been hard to accept though is that the 2000’s are now getting to point of being “oldies.” The year 2000 was eighteen years ago. It was the year I first moved to Charleston which eventually gave me the setting for most of my books. And it was the beginning of the much-needed end of my single days. I met my wife in the early 2000’s and have been blessed every day since.
I’m not necessarily one of those people who believes we can go back to the way things used to be. Too much water has passed under the bridge. Today is today because of what happened to get there. But, I like visiting moments of the past. They make us who we are today.
Blu Carraway, the protagonist in my IN IT series, likes 80’s punk and alternative music and wears Doc Martens shoes. He does these things because I do those things. It makes it that much more fun to write about him. I hope you enjoy his quirks as much as I do!
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