I accept that those big adventures are seemingly just out of reach for the foreseeable future. Maybe for all of 2021. It’s going to feel like a very small, constrained world. To make this work I need to keep finding ways to live within the castle walls. Even little things can and will make such a difference. Even 12 inches of round vinyl.

Yep I’ve finally dusted down the turntable.

Spent a few minutes listening to some LPs.

There is something reassuring about listening to those slightly crackly recordings. Memories start to flood back in. It’s a nice feeling. A little win.

So what was listened to yesterday.

Richard Burtons wonderful voice.

A little bit of early Pink Floyd

My favourite old group

Yes I did feel just that bit better after a bit of old school listening. Need to remember that. Need to find more time during this year. A little thing that does work.

91 thoughts on “Vinyl

  1. Grew up on plastic, before even vinyl. One brother even had some, what do you call them, glass rolls, or cylinders, but they were antiques even then. Now even vinyl is antique. But listen to the music, they recorded sounds impossible to reproduce on CDs, or MP3s, or whatever people are listening on today. And today’s youth think our music was spectacular. They should hear it on vinyl!

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      1. Big time. Too bad nothing ever came of Neil Young’s attempt to produce a musically correct music player. Last I heard he had a working player, but I have never seen one for public sale. Just to name-drop, I saw him live with the Squires in Winnipeg, his first real band, but only for a few minutes before I got caught trying to sneak into the venue he was playing, without paying. It was in the ritzier part of Winnipeg, and I was from the slum-like North End. I wasn’t dressed right.

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      2. Do you know any Guess Who music? They too are from Winnipeg, though when they went to England in the mid-60s they bombed totally. It took them years to recover, but eventually they became the world’s biggest box office draw for awhile in the early 70s. Burton Cummings even sang with Ringo Starr’s All Star Band when they were big. I dropped out of the same school as Burton Cummings did, but a couple years behind him. Those were the days.

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      3. Their biggest song in the States was American Woman (get away from me). I can see how that would not be popular in England. While they were Canada’s most popular band in the late 60s (Have you heard of Bachman Turner Overdrive, or BTO? They partly grew from the Guess Who’s ashes, minus Burton Cummings. Other 60s Canadian bands worth listening to were The Collectors, who morphed into Chilliwack, and Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks, who went on to back Bob Dylan in his early electric days, and then became The Band. Neil Young, of course,hit it big in California with Buffalo Springfield, before forming Crazy Horse, and playing part time with Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.)
        Need more info? Crosby came from the Byrds, Stills also from Buffalo Springfiend, and Nash from the Hollies, yet they were never called a supergroup. They were a super group. Nash was going with Canadian folksinger Joni Mitchell at the time. Bob Dylan was musically and romantically involved with Canadian-born, American-raised Buffy Ste. Marie. She was stolen from her native birth family, and sold into adoption in America.)
        Memories, memories, memories. You’d think I was getting old, still living in the past.

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      4. l like them, but growing up in the same area Cummings did, I know the skeletons in the closet, or at least some of them. He stalked a woman in the 70s, though it wasn’t called stalking yet. She wanted no part of him, he would not give up on her. One night he followed her to her apartment block, found out what apartment she lived in, then scaled balconies till he reached hers. She locked him out of her apartment, and called the police. He got released with an order to “Behave himself!” Eventually he gave up, but in this day and age he would have went to jail. In the 70s he got asked for his autograph.
        But, man, he could sing, and the band could play.

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  2. Ooh, cool! We love vinyl! There is nothing that compares to that sound. We bought our middle son his own turntable a few years ago and he is well on his way to a great collection. Actually, probably better than mine. Lol. Looks like you have some goodies, too!

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      1. Yes, I do. It’s a mishmash. A little rock, a bit of soul, jazz… My son has a LOT of my favorites, though: Beatles, Monkees( yes, I know it’s weird to like both, but I do 😁), Rolling Stones, CCR, Stevie Wonder. The list goes on and on. I guess I am just a generous mom…and I can also swipe them for a listen when he’s at school. πŸ™‚

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  3. I have a love/hate relationship with Whitesnake. I like their music, but David Coverdale… ugh!! He tried to hard to be Robert Plant and NOBODY can be Robert Plant except himself.
    Sorry… a not very secret crush since I was about 12. Dang… that’s a long time to have a crush…πŸ™„πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    Vinyl is the way to go! My collection got lost, stolen, destroyed… πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ
    Do you have a penny to weigh down the needle when the record skips??πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚
    πŸ’ŒπŸ’ŒπŸ’Œ

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  4. When I was a teenager I had a very specific set of chores – kitchen and living room floor to be cleaned with a rag and bucket on my hands and knees was one of them. No mops as they just “pushed the dirt around.” I was saved by the vinyl in the living room to listen to through all my chores. Granted I had to choose through my mom’s vinyl collection, but I must say, I have a very strong affinity towards Air Supply, The Beatles Let it Be album, and Cabaret the musical soundtrack. I am an utter whiz at all of those songs πŸ™‚

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      1. I have found that I really enjoy listenting to a book too. They are read as if they are being performed for the reader. They are so entertaining. When I walk the dog, when I put laundry away, when I clean the floor – it seems less painful because I am being entertained by a story. Really great stuff!

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      1. I know. I am so happy you still have yours. I wish I still had mine. I think the needle the whole handle of it broke. I should have kept it and had it fixed back in the day. Never think about these things. Enjoy! 😊

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  5. One of the kids found my old turntable a few weeks ago. I set it all up, plugged it in and showed him how it worked.

    Then I realised that the needle needed changing.

    So that didn’t work out quite so well.

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  6. That’s a cool record player! Retro with a touch of style.
    I had that Pink Floyd record. A compilation that cost about 99p new when new their LPs were priced at Β£2:49 new money!

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      1. We did a week past Friday. We tend to listen more in the summer cos we sit in the attic sitting room, all tucked away. Winter we have the fire lit on Fri and Sat nights in the main sitting room–saves on the heating cos it has been bloody freezing. And then we just want to stew in front of a film. But we thought for a change the other weekend we’d bring th record player down.

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  7. I had a decent and varied collection of LP’s that I had to abandon when moving. Even had some of those really thick old 78’s and 45’s. I think my dad would be amazed by how we play music now. I am myself. I amuse myself sometimes telling my iPad in French to play music. But I did like my collection.

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      1. You’re so welcome. Although I didn’t get to read it all the way through, I enjoyed your pics of Switzerland which is on my bucket list. I’ll go check that post out again. Take care of yourself!

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  8. I love War of the Worlds … I made up a dance routine with my best friend when I was about 14. It was for a competition and we used the music from W of the W. But still they come ….

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