Nostalgia has become a funny thing in this age of “the social network”. We have Throwback Thursdays, Flashback Fridays, and other movements accompanied by their #hashtags seem to be popping up weekly. What does it all mean? For every person in their mid to late 30’s (my age group) looking at the past through rose-colored lenses, the present slips away just a bit. Was everything really better 10 to 15 years ago? Or is it easier to believe that it was, given that we have overcome those struggles and face new ones in the present? I’m not really sure what the answer is, but it has been an ongoing thought process for me, watching daily nostalgia come over on my various social network feeds. First Aid Kit have entitled their 3rd record Stay Gold – after lines from the famous Robert Frost poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay”. Quite possibly, First Aid Kit also looked to the film The Outsiders as inspiration, as the scene with Ponyboy reciting Frost’s poem to The Karate Kid is something that has always stayed with me. Hues of Technicolor and gold.
Everything I know about Sweden can be distilled into the following:
- Swedish Fish (usually purchased at IKEA)
- Lingonberry Jam (purchased at IKEA)
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
- Pärson Sound – International Harvester – Harvester – Träd, Gräs och Stenar (same band basically in different incarnations) are my favorite psychedelic band and they are from Sweden
- The Jens Lekman song “The Cold Swedish Winter” with its lyrics “When people think of Sweden / like Cliff Richards who thought it was just / porn and gonorrhea / And Lou Reed said in the film / Blue in the Face / that compared to New York City / Sweden is a scary place