I (Andrea) have to tell you all a silly story. I have lots of them that happen to me, but this one makes me laugh each time I listen to music, so I wanted to share.
Early in 2016 I decided to buy a record player. I had bought a huge box of old records from someone (tons of 45s) but I still didn’t have a record player. (Yeah, old time technology.) So I finally committed to buying one. Nothing fancy. I wanted a small, easy to use record player.
I was so thrilled when it was delivered. I didn’t know which record to play first, but I decided on one of my old favorites that I had when I was a teenager. (Okay, it was the Stray Cats!) I put the record on, moved the arm into place and - ahhh….I was transported back in time to when I was younger, thinner, but probably still as dorky as I am today.
A few songs in, the music stopped. I’m thinking - what happened? Is it broken? I was getting kind of miffed. I tell my husband that I think my brand new record player is broken, and he’s looking at me like I’m nuts. He says, You do realize it’s a record. You have to flip it over to hear the rest of it.
Needless to say, I felt like an ass. It had been decades since I’d played a record. And since then I’d gone through tape players that played both sides, to CDs that played continuously, to digital music that will go on forever.
Records and record players now make me think differently. They remind me that I can’t always look at things the same way all the time - even the familiar. Sometimes it takes a blast from the past to make you more aware of what the hell is happening!
Ever have a retro moment that left you befuddled?
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.