Do you know the feeling, when you haven’t listened to a particular song for some time, and then, when you do, it’s like you’ve just treated yourself to something special? You might recall the first time you heard the song or remember times when you listened to it all the time.
Either way, it gets you waxing nostalgic.
Like today, when I listened to Blind Melon’s “No Rain.”
Back in the fall of 1993, when I was teaching at Yonsei University’s Foreign Language Institute in Shinch’on, located in western Seoul, every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday night, a few other instructor’s and myself would go to this subterranean bar, called the Block Hof and watch music videos while swilling pitchers of whatever was on tap and gobbling soggy, microwaved French fries swimming in a pool of ketchup.
It was a steady stream of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Guns ‘N Roses, Metallica, Ministry, Soul Asylum, Aerosmith, Blind Melon, Faith No More, The Pixies, and Stone Temple Pilots, with audio blasting through stacks of speakers. It was so loud, we had to shout to heard.
Those were some good times with some great folks here in Korea. It was our personal MTV, and sitting there in that subterranean haunt, it reminded me of another time, when a bunch of my friends in the Illinois Valley, sat down in Goose’s basement and watched MTV in the winter of ’82.
It’s nice to reminisce and to wax nostalgic.
Today, my iPod is fully-loaded with some Grunge and Metal and some other alternative rock from the early 90s for today’s soundtrack.