Don’t lie. We all remember driving down the road with our family, blaring on the radio, and singing loudly with the windows down during the long summer heat. Artists like Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Eminem, Britney Spears, Coldplay, Beyoncè, and, of course, Usher blasting in the speakers. Long green fields passed us, and birds and the sun chased our cars. The word nostalgia is defined as a sentimental, longing, or wistful affection for the past.
Reminiscing on our experiences is what keeps high schoolers at bay. With the constant idea that we’re months or years away from being adults and living on our own with our own responsibilities and regrets keeping us up at night…it’s nice to think about the time we all sang S&M by Rihanna when it was on the radio. February 11, 2024, was the day of the Super Bowl, where the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs played and went on over time. The ending score was 22 to 25, and the Chiefs and Taylor Swift’s boyfriend won.
For those of you who don’t care for football, let’s talk about the halftime show. With the idea of nostalgia in mind, Usher brought back the fun of the halftime show. Many will argue about this topic, so let’s bring it up. The smooth transitions of each song, the exciting choreography, the bright lights that matched the shiny outfits, and the childhood idol made it all come together so nicely, Usher. Alicia Keys will.i.am, Ludacris, Lil Jon, and two Atlanta legends joined Usher on stage throughout the show with exciting introductions and hyped-up energy. The whole thing felt like a night on the town when you walked in on an early 2000s club.
The songs “Caught Up,” “U Don’t Have to Call,” “Lovers and Friends,” and “Love in This Club” played. Alicia Keys came out with a piano and sang “If I Ain’t Got You” and “My Boo.” It all transitioned into “Nice & Slow” and then “Let It Burn.” H.E.R joined and played “Bad Girl,” then will.i.am helped sing “OMG”. I’m sure we were all swaying back and forth or head-bobbing to the final songs, “Turn Down For What,” “Yeah,” and “Peace Up, A-Town Down.”
The 2024 halftime show was fun and exciting and brought back some sense of nostalgia. Hope everyone enjoyed the game and show and was safe. May the chicken wings stay at bay and the large consumption of greasy delights keep you awake this school week!