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Posted by tklassen on Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I treasure my collection of vinyl albums and I know they are dinasaurs and in recent years I have treated them as such.  They rest within their covers on a shelf in some semblance of order and have become room decor as I have moved on to the digital age.

I have always intended to transfer these analogue monsters to digital but there was always something which distracted me from going forward.  A friend who recently joined a club store, told me of a turntable with USB connection selling for under $100 and shortly thereafter I was ready to begin the task.

What an experience this has become.  To return to the music that defined who I was over 40 years ago.  What singers, song-writers, muscians impacted me.  How at the time I so identified with these people, and listening now still cling to their values but have become so jaded, cynical, as to the reality of my life lived.  It was not a more simple time.  I remember the fear I truly felt during the Cuban missile crisis.  Applying to the Peace Core.  Vietnam.  The cold war, the Berlin Wall. My respite were these albums.  I had forgotten the comfort they gave; the inspiration they provided.

Each one I transfer is a labour of love.  It is like meeting up with an old friend.  The familiar album cover with the stains of too many beers and cigarettes.  They bring me back to a time when I did not concern myself with investments, taxes, sewer lines, and property value.  They are relics of a time of excitement, learning, and dreams.    


1 comment on “Old Friends”

pauwac Says:
Thursday, November 26, 2009 @5:40:50 AM

I identify with this post. I often wonder where my idealism went. I also find great comfort in the music I grew up with.

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