august 26, 2018

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“Do small things with great love.” ~ Unknown

 

temple of rock

 

I offer this photo not because it’s excellent, but because I’m still riding the high that was Friday night’s music extravaganza. I find myself thinking, “What album side will I choose to share at the next gathering?” I can’t think of anything better to occupy my thoughts than music. I’ve got some ideas.

january 28, 2017

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“The glorious chariots of kings wear out, and the body wears out and grows old;
but the virtue of the good never grows old.” ~ Buddha

 

phono

 

Get yourself a turntable, some beautiful vinyl, and take a moment to absorb the vibrations. You’ll feel better. The better the music, the better you’ll feel. Of course, “better” is a matter of taste. So, pick what you like and enjoy it. Music that you love is a gift to be treasured.

january 22, 2017

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“Remember, most of your stress come from the way you respond, not the way life is.
Adjust your attitude and all that extra stress is gone.” ~ Unknown

 

will it go ’round in circles

 

Finally, I had time to put together that awesome turntable Stacy gave me last week. I moved the components, and speakers, hooked up the phono jack, then reached into the closet where I’d been hiding my vinyl for nearly a decade. I couldn’t see the labels, so I said to Stacy, “We’re listening to the first record I pull out.” It was Alison Moyet’s first solo record after Yaz, and one of my favorites. I turned the volume way past 11, gently set the needle down on the spinning disc, and goosebumps came up on my arms with the first note. I sang at the top of my lungs. Stacy watched me like I was insane. I started pulling all the records out of the closet, and soon she said, “How did I not know you had this much vinyl?” What I have is only a third of what I used to have. I moved so much after high school that I got rid of most of my collection. I’ve even managed to replace a lot of my favorites with CDs over the years because I didn’t have a turntable. I can’t tell you how happy I am to see that spinning vinyl again. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some Fabulous Thunderbirds, Rod Stewart, Emmylou Harris, and Springsteen to spin…I’ll set aside a day  later especially for the hair metal bands.

 

gift extraordinaire!

january 16, 2017

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“If you have a bad day, remember that tomorrow is a wonderful gift and a new chance to try again.”
~ Bryant McGill

 

the whole month is my birthday

 

Stacy Yelton wins January! Without a word from me – meaning she must have read my mind – for the last year I’ve fawned over this turntable and that turntable, feeling forlorn that I have no way to listen to my vinyl records, some of which have been with me since childhood. Today changed all that when Stacy arrived at my door with a wrapped box and a smile. This belated birthday/Christmas gift would have me running the street with joy were it not for the day-long migraine. It is one of the finest, most thoughtful gifts I have ever received, and when this hideous migraine passes (they do eventually), I will relish that first drop of the needle. Soon after the turntable excitement, Stacy said, “I haven’t yet seen Mt. Flushmore,” as she has christened my new toilet. As you can see she approved. As an aside, both cats absolutely hate it. Lilly even hissed once. Yes, Stacy Yelton wins January and I am one blessed woman.

 

unlike me, her feet touch the ground