While at my semi-annual visit to my dentist yesterday, I noticed the playlist was a comfortable one for me. It was mostly the easy-listening songs I grew up with in the 1970s. (How does Boz Scagg’s “Lido Shuffle” always make it in these mixes?) This is not to say that all I listened to in the 70s was easy listening, but the one time I went to the dentist that they had chosen the “Lynyrd Skynyrd” satellite radio channel, it seemed a little odd.
As I was enjoying all the nostalgia, a thought crossed my mind. I have discussed this with Rachel, so the answer is, no, I don’t go looking for these thoughts, they just happen.
While I am ok with a dentist office playing music from the 1970s here in 2010, wouldn’t it make sense that similarly dentist offices in the 70s would have been playing easy listening music from the 30s or 40s?
I went to dentists in the 70s. This was not happening.
What is it that happened over the last 40 years to make us nostalgic in ways that previous generations were not?