Is it possible to miss something, you don’t really know? A friend of mine recently asked me this question after we had been discussing the pros and cons of online versus print journalism, cellphone pictures versus photo albums, and streaming services versus vinyl records. My answer was yes. Because I kinda do. But why? And is that maybe a little ridiculous, I was asking myself.
How The Good Old Days Can Still Be Good Today
The first two points of discussion, obviously, I know both too well. As does probably every one nowadays. Luckily those are still able to coexist. For how much longer is a different question. Records players however I only really experienced at my grandparents’, when, on Sundays they used to listen to a gem of their collection. I always admired that, especially the sound which made me feel pretty fuzzy inside.
Why I got a record player of my own eventually, was because I felt some kind of nostalgia, and that “things-used-to-be-better”-feeling, I experience whit newspapers and photo albums. Even though I don’t know the feeling of buying records, because it’s the only way to consume music.
When Music & Fashion Make You Feel Nostalgic
The same „good-old-times”-mindeset struck me when I was watching the latest movie about Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody”. To me, it wasn’t the story that got me. It was the scene pretty much in the beginning of the movie, where all the 60s gals and guys went out in the most amazing outfits to listen to live music. Sounds silly. However, that fascinated me this hype around live music doesn’t really exist anymore today.
And then there was the moment when my mom told me about her love for the Beatles: “It was the best”, she said. “On rainy days, having a piece of chocolate, listening to the Beatles and reading Elvis’ autobiography.” Every girl in her class wanted to read it, they used to hand it through the class. This hype around one (yes, one!) book (yes, book!) also made me feel sentimental.
So is it possible to miss something you haven‘t experienced yourself? Ich think it is. Because nostalgia doesn’t have to be completely personal. When people passionately talk about something this passion, nostalgia and “things-used-to-be-better”-feeling can be transferred onto me. And then I find myself missing things, I don’t even know.