Gonna Take a Sentimental Journey

Some of you are likely too young to remember the song, Sentimental Journey. Les Brown and Ben Homer wrote the song, and Homer wrote the lyrics.

Here’s a recording featuring Doris Daysinging Sentimental Journey,the song her first hit in 1945.

The song’s melody and lyrics set the tone for the word “sentimental.”



sentimental | adjective

1 a : marked or governed by feeling, sensibility or emotional idealism
  b : resulting from feeling rather than reason or thought sentimental attachment> <a sentimental favorite>
2 having an excess of sentiment or sensibility

Most often the sentimental person tends to sugar-coat things, to be lovey dovey, cloying, soupy or corny.  All this meaning characterized by a tendency toward the romantic or nostalgic.

Source: Dreamworks Studios
Source: Dreamworks Studios

This image from the movie, War Horse, reflects an expression in the young actor’s face of sentimental feelings toward his horse.  The knowledge that his horse may be taken from him to serve in the military’s cavalry creates feelings of nostalgia, emotions related to love for his animal, and loss.



Steps back in time, memories, photographs, letters from special
friends or family can all evoke sentimental responses. Keeping these in mind as you
write in your sentimental character will make it easier
to develop that character’s persona.

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11 thoughts on “Gonna Take a Sentimental Journey

  1. Responses can be sentimental but people too often get “accused” of being sentimental. As a memoir writer, it’s walking a thin line. I love that word – cloying.

    1. I agree, Robin — it’s a thin line. Accusations of being sentimental can be difficult to deal with, and yet sentimentality in some instances can be a lovely thing. I like cloying too — I just need to find a place to use it!

    1. Sue, glad you like the theme. When I first settled on it, I wasn’t sure. But so far so good, and we’re getting close to the end of A to Z!

    1. So you have a sentimental husband, Belinda? He can’t be any worse than mine, who can’t toss out anything! I often accuse him of having too many of the Scotch genes in him. It creates good laughter between us. We need to talk real time, but we’re about to go out of town for a few days and then return only to leave until the 25th of May (grandson’s graduation in TN). Maybe afterwards.

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