Nostalgia For A Time You’ve Never Known
Great piece! I have had a similar reaction to a great deal of 60s music.
Possibly the most perfect song ever written — but I also love the fact that Waterloo Bridge isn't a particularly notable London bridge, nor is the view from it particularly postcard-perfect. The hipper sections of London may have still been swinging in 1967, but Ray (as always) clearly felt more of an emotional connection to the everyday aspects of it that weren't showing up in newsreel documentaries or on magazine covers.
I'm not a musician, but I think this song is a bath of minor-chord gorgeousness. It presses all of the body's nostalgia buttons. And it's one of those songs that has a ton of worthy, gorgeous covers. Two of my favorites are by Lowland Hum and Peter Gabriel.
Love this reflection on a gorgeous song. I was just in London so the nostalgia is super fresh!
“Picture Book” is another great Kinks nostalgia song!
Thank you for the word Anemoia!! I just knew it existed! Why this nostalgia for something you’ve never lived through? I don’t know, but it’s definitely something that gets me out of bed each day!
(Something Else” is a splendid album! A go to for me! I love “Lazy old sun!” But I first heard “Death of a Clown” on a weird anomaly CD I bought in Germany with all Dave songs called “The album that never was!” I had been looking for the song “Creeping Jean” which I had heard on a NY radio station. That song was a game changer for me!)