I love being able to download individual songs and iTunes makes it so easy. I have such an eclectic collection of music and much of it is individual songs, old and new.
I gather memories this way. My father loved music and so much of the music of my past is music my dad, and mom, loved. My memories are of that love of music, of particular artists, and individual songs. I guess I grew to love their music this way. Listening to those songs now doesn't take me back to the past as much as it brings the shared joy forward. And so in gathering memories I also gather joy.
Some of those oldies are literally about joy. The best example might be Catch A Falling Star, Perry Como's version. Others just make me feel joy, like Roger Miller's That's Why I Love You Like I Do. And, of course, as an avid lover of travel, especially road trips, and particularly road trips by motorcycle, Hank Snow's I've Been Everywhere brings me great joy.
But even sad old songs that remind me of times with my parents can make me feel joy, from restful joy through simply the joy of connecting to memories of wonderful times with my wonderful parents. Examples are Allegheny Moon by Patti Page, Nat King Cole's Quizas, Quizas, Quizas (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps), and Burl Ives' By the Light of the Silvery Moon.
My dad used to sing and play guitar. He sang many of these songs himself and I remember falling asleep some nights listening to him practice. And that Burl Ives' song was one by which he courted my mom.
Even sad old Hank Williams songs make me feel good. It's all about loving music, well done, and gathering memories of times of joy.