The Need to Feel More Nostalgic in 2016

2016 has no doubt been a year of change and upheaval around the world. And it’s no small wonder that some of my friends have expressed a need to go back in time to simpler days, before the internet. Before this so-called digital age.

Regardless of whether your presidential candidate had won or not, everyone has been feeling more fearful for the future, and it’s one of the reasons Americans have voted for a somewhat radical change. I sincerely hope and pray that this change will be for the better.

After all, we can only hope, right?

But Nostalgia is in a lot of people’s minds right now. And I can truly relate. For one, I’m a musician and it seems that the more I study music as a musicologist would, I tend to go backwards to earlier, more ancient music.

Let’s face it. A lot of the music created these days is produced to sell CDs and records, and in today’s digital age, digital downloads. A lot of music is processed and a lot of music was recorded digitally with advanced recording systems or even from a computer or smartphone. The times they are a changing.

But, the music I prefer to listen to nowadays is ancient Baroque and Classical music, as well as vintage Jazz. I mean, no bells and whistles, no smoke and mirrors. You get what you get. Pure Music.

And perhaps that is why I always hear Vintage Jazz at Starbucks. The music is real on real instruments. And it was recorded ‘live’, so you get what you get.

Even the need to watch old reruns of Gilligan’s Island or I Love Lucy causes one to appreciate these classics more and more, compared to the so-called Reality TV Shows (which are really produced and not as real).

Heck, there was a time when going online was simpler (but maybe more involved). Some people had Compuserve accounts. Computer geeks like me logged on to BBS’s or connected to the college’s IBM Mainframes from home with a separate phone line.

One thing that bothers me to no end is the fact that there is a LOT of misleading news, and news that is totally false and made up of lies.

The old story about the boy who cried wolf… after awhile, people just stop believing in the whole system. And I find that just plain sad.

What we lack in today’s digital age is integrity and honesty, and compassion. People aren’t nice anymore, as they hide behind anonymous identities and unleash their hatred.

There’s still hope. It’s there somewhere.

But sometimes, if you want to really be nostalgic, turn off your computer or smartphone and pretend it’s an older era before all this Internet stuff came along.



Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and

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