“It was so exciting to go to the record shop and buy a piece of vinyl and hold it, read the liner notes, look at the pictures. Even the smell of the vinyl.”

The morning is cloudy but warm, near tropical for this time of year, 55˚. I stood outside enjoying the warmth for a few minutes when I went to get the paper. I noticed the green shoots of the dafs in my front garden are even higher than just the other day. Spring is gently pushing its way through winter.

The big news is I did my laundry, two loads of clothes and one load of blankets. All the clothes have already been put away. I felt accomplished.

I am in my element. I’m watching Earth vs. The Spider, a black and white movie from 1958. The girls all wear puffy dresses. Mothers wear aprons in the house. A teen couple are the stars. Her father was the first victim. My favorite scene so far is when the girl is lying on the couch crying and mourning her father. Her mother tells her, “Forget about it dear. You have homework for tomorrow.” Comforting words to a girl whose father had been sucked to bones. The spider is currently on a rampage.

When I was a kid, my first records were red and yellow and had songs like Farmer in the Dell and singers like Gene Autry. The records were 78-rpm, the ones with the small holes. I had a record player I had gotten for Christmas one year. With it came some Christmas records. I still have many of them. The Caroleers were big as were the Sandpipers. Bing got into the act with a song called How Lovely Is Christmas. I haven’t played these songs in a long time. They were in my room, forgotten. I found them again yesterday.

When I was older, I bought 45’s. One side was the A side, the side with the hit. The other side, the B side, sometimes had a great but seldom played song. I still have many of those stored in a cylindrical container called Disk-Go-Case. It looks space age. I still remember many of the songs but some are strange choices for me. I have to think that maybe they were gifts. Conway Twitty, Laurie London, an unknown singer to me, and The New Happiness are a few of them. Some records are by familiar singers like The Village Stompers and The Big Bopper. I have one of my all-time favorite songs, Scotch and Soda by The Kingston Trio. I spent a lot of quarters playing that song on the jukebox in the school canteen.

I’m going to listen to a few of these records today. I have a couple of those discs you put in the holes of the 45’s so they can be played. It will be a trip back in time.

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14 Comments on ““It was so exciting to go to the record shop and buy a piece of vinyl and hold it, read the liner notes, look at the pictures. Even the smell of the vinyl.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Coca Cola, Starbucks, PepsiCo, Shell, McDonalds, Estee Lauder, Papa Johns, Herbalife, Kimberley Clark continue to choose to do business in Russia. I cannot express my outrage

    But perhaps this little girl in a shelter in the Ukraine can do it for me
    “Let it Go” . Hope the hyperlink works


    • Bob Says:

      How does anyone force these firms to cut Russia off? And, make them drink, “Kremlin Cola” once again.

      • katry Says:

        Many countries in the EU have already begun boycotting Russian goods and companies which still deal with Russia. The companies have to close their Russian plants the same way they have closed their Ukrainian plants. Hitting companies in their bottom lines has worked in the past.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      That girl has lovely voice, and the song is as pretty in Ukrainian as it is in English.

      I am as outraged as you are. It is time to press for a boycott of these companies. They don’t want to close their Russian plants, but many of them have closed their plants in Ukraine saying they want to protect their workers. As if they made decisions based on their bottomlines.

    • Birgit Says:

      Our news had this singing girl, very moving and a light of hope in times like these.
      I lost track who boycotts whom and why. Sometimes it’s just PR, they just call it a boycott when they can’t work or sell due to restrictions. We haven’t seen many refugees yet, they are still mainly in the neighboring countries and the Berlin area but organized busses and trains started from Berlin yesterday and they’re welcome.

      I’m glad you’re back, Hedley!

      • katry Says:

        I think that companies like Coke should shut down their Russian factories. They did shut down their Ukrainian factories. I’m thinking if Russians lose their jobs and the economy tanks maybe even more Russians will protest.

        As far as I know, no refugees are slated to come here, but if that changes, Biden will welcome them.

    • lilydark Says:

      I’m outraged too.I feel sorry for the people from Russia who don’t agree with their dictator.

      • katry Says:

        The war isn’t even mentioned in Russia where the people are being told they are war games. I read where Ukrainians tell their Russian relatives what is really happening, and they are not believed. The protesting Russians are taking a big chance.

  2. Birgit Says:

    Listening to old records sounds like fun. Two record players still work but I had to store my vinyls in the cellar because summers are just too hot now to keep them upstairs. Laziness often keeps me from listening, it’s easier to take CDs or mp3 files. Last time I went downstairs to get a vinyl was when I missed the music of Willie Dunn.
    It’s still freezing cold at night but sunny at daytime here, croci are blooming and my forsythia got buds. The river is slowly back to normal and most parts of the river path aren’t flooded anymore so this winter’s adventure to bike through water and mud is over for now.

    • katry Says:

      I had my vinyl in the cellar, but a long time back I brought them upstairs. The record player is here in the den close at hand.

      I like the crackle of records. I like all their imperfections. They are a bit more work, but I’m okay with that.

      We had a wind advisory again today, and it got colder but still in the 50’s. Snow is coming on the weekend.

  3. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today the sun shone brightly but the high temperature was only 51°. Quite a drop from the balmy 78° of yesterday.

    Supposedly, vinyl records are making a slight comeback along with other slight moves back toward analog. I can’t tell the difference between an analog recording and a digital one. My hearing is not very good from years of flying in noisy piston engine airplanes without ear plugs. Some purists even buy stereo amplifiers with vacuum tubes because they say the sound is warmer. I have a nice vinyl record collection with no turntable on which to play them. Many of the albums I found online and downloaded the digital conversations. I look over my shoulder for the copyright police. 🙂

    I remember going to the big chain record stores like Virgin and Sam Goody and flipping through albums looking for the perfect record. Buying an album shrink wrapped in plastic was an experience which my kids won’t enjoy. The anticipation to get home and listen to the music for the very first time was tremendous. Today it’s difficult to find CDs and even DVDs as everything is available online at the click of a mouse.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      We had a high of 55˚. Right now it is 51˚, still warmish for this time of night. Snow is coming on the weekend.

      Many albums are being re-released on vinyl. I bought a limited edition of Sergeant Pepper and the first Joni Mitchell reprise of her albums. I haven’t yet bought the second. Turntables are fairly inexpensive now. You can go big or small. I like vinyl with all their imperfections.

      Tower Records in Boston was a huge store. It seemed to take forever to wander and choose. I used to find a few gems.

      I also loved unwrapping those records and playing them as soon as I got home.

      With movies on the deck, I buy used DD’s.

  4. lilydark Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Your Laundry must love you. Mine is beginning to haunt me. ” Spiders on a rampage” makes me laugh. I saved a spider today. I don’t know why if I save them, they don’t do there job, and catch small bugs. I can’t afford bad karma though. I do not want to come back as a spider (shhhh )
    I’ve been buying for years records at our local thrift store, and got some good ones. Now records are “in”.
    i had forgotten about jukeboxes. In school one place had Neil Young and I can’t recall the song– something like Sugar Mountain, and my friend and I would play that one.
    I’m cold now, as I opened the window for the princess.
    I found an old CD player, tape player and radio player in one of the closets. So, when I eat in the kitchen, I can listen to the radio.
    Take Care,

    • katry Says:

      Hi Lori,
      My laundry basket was so heavy I had to drag it. Getting it upstairs wasn’t easy.

      I always save spiders. Their webs do attract bugs. For that I am grateful.

      Here on the cape, I avoid thrift shops. Everything is more expensive with tourists in mind. I know there are new records being released. I bought the first Joni Mitchell reprise. It was big bucks so I haven’t bought the second reprise yet.

      The diner which used to be in my town had tabletop jukeboxes. I’d sit in a booth and flip through the choices.

      I have a turntable which also has a radio, and I have a CD player which has radio too. I also have Alexa playing tunes.

      Stay well!!

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