Saturday, August 29, 2009

Stereo action..

I absolutely love music!

I mean really

love it.
It gives us a way to praise God, deal with tragedy, deal with happiness.

Music is a wonderful gift to this world.

I also love records.

They are way cool!

Growing up we didn't really have too many records, we would have parties when I was a teenager and tell our friends to bring their records. My folks would be at our parties, no booze allowed, no drugs, smoking was okay outside at the butt can. Amazingly, we would have a lot of kids show up. (The kids at our school usually preferred keggers and these were the good, 90% going to college kids). Once we had over 60 kids when my folks stopped counting. We lived in a modest 3 bedroom house in Beaverton, Oregon at that time.

We had record players my mom would pick up at garage sales. There was one I can remember hating to change the record because you would always get a little shock. (I don't think we had that one too long.) See one of our record players top left.

So that brings you up to date on my record playing youth. I had a Fisher Price record player when my kids were growing up to play their records, and mine, on.

My first son Danny, me, and gumdrop. Gave up my partying youth for the better opportunity of raising this guy, well worth every moment! Alas, I digress...

Well, some years back I bought this beauty.

Now, it's nice. But,

it also plays CDs and cassette tapes. As such, the record player volume has to be turned up very high to hear it. Has something to do with how the music is recorded for CD versus vinyl. So you can't exactly blast Queen or Meatloaf and that is a pure shame!
So here's why I am excited.

Got this beauty on ebay, $10.00. The radio works great, great sound, the light is really cool, doesn't shock you at all! I have not tried the 8-track, never had any of those. I am not sure if the turntable works or not. It turns but needs a new stylus, which... I have on order!!!!!

So, wish me luck. If you hear Meatloaf blasting, you'll know it's me!


Ran across these pictures, how cool was my dad when I was in high school! My sister and I made him have those sideburns, it was cool at that time.

Love my daddy!


Vicki said...

Hi, Valerie,
Thanks for the trip down memory lane. We had a big stereo in our living room when I was growing up. I spent many an hour lying in front of it listening to record albums. I loved Elvis and Neil Diamond! I hope you get your stylus soon and can start enjoying music on your great bargain. Have a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by my place. Vicki

Elise said...

Hi, just had to stop by to leave you a comment and say what a wonderful blog you have here. So much to read about - fabulously creative & interesting posts and what's more you have fantastic pictures too. Thank you for sharing them all and best wishes - enjoy the rest of the weekend....

Kathie Truitt said...

Oh,thank you so much for the memories! We must be about the same age. Thank you for stopping by my blog! I, too, lived in Dale City/Woodbridge (in Cardinal Estates off Minnieville Road) for 5 years. As a matter of fact, my book's story line takes place there.

Stay in touch. I love your blog, by the way...

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Great enjoyed new blog friends...Love your blog....
Hope you will stop by and visit my new Christmas blog that I launched this week. The button on my regular blog will take you right to it....

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Hi Valerie,your post brought back some good memories to me . I used to love to play my records.Every dime I could get I spent it on records, LOL .
What a brgain you got on that stereo !! I have been thinking about hunting me one too .

Miss Janice said...

Oh, good the photos! Mama had one of those long consoles for the radio, stereo and record player! My first car had an 8-track tape player and my first tape was Jerry Butler's Ice Man Cometh...very popular back in those days!