Any old vinyl?
Sorting the loft - one of those cleansing rituals which looms larger as you get older - I came across my old LPs. It's half-a-lifetime since I last bought vinyl. Much of my best - including all my marvellous singles - has gone God knows where. But it was good to dust down old album covers, and connect to my younger self.
Good, but sort of unsettling. Did I really once listen to Stackridge and The Strawbs? Why did I spend scarce money buying expensive imports of Tom Rapp and the Quicksilver Messenger Service? Was this really me, or some self-parody, or a '70s cartoon character?
Also in the loft I discovered an old but still serviceable record deck. I've managed to plug it in to the audio sockets of the TV, and now I can play my crackly, warped, 33rpm discs through the TV stereo: Macdonald and Giles, the Grateful Dead, Melanie, Atomic Rooster.
But it's a bit like finding my old mandolin a few years ago. I was very excited, as was all the family. Until I started to play. It didn't live up to the billing. The mandolin is back in the loft. How long before I consign the LPs back to that black void where you put the bits of your past that you don't know what to do with?
Ruth Hogarth (via Facebook): I still have most of my 45s dating from around 1965, a couple of EPs and loads of LPs in very good condition. I'm sure it's one of the main reasons Bernard married me. He was so impressed that a) I'd managed to keep track of them throughout my voyages and b) they were still in very good condition. I loved the Strawbs and still love Melanie.
It's nice to hear some familiar music names amongst the trashy pop that rules the industry today. I too used to love Stackridge. A mandolin in your loft? You must show me sometime.
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