This week columnist Annie West considers the delights of vintage albums.
There’s a problem in the West household. Our CD player isn’t working. Nor is the other one. We could, of course go out and buy a new one but we love this sound system. We’ve got a sentimental attachment to it, plus it allows us to load several CDs and forget it. And why pay for a new one if it can be fixed? A moot point at the moment as ‘fixing’ is taking longer and longer (trouble with parts but that’s another story).
The upshot is that the family has had to resort to other music options. The teenagers seem to have gone off the use of MP3 players for the moment, perhaps because they’ve discovered the delight of blasting the house with sound instead of just their own eardrums. As a result they’ve been raiding the old record collection.
Yep, I confess, we still own vinyl. Not only that, we still have a record player. My children came home from school a few years ago saying how impressed her friends were that we had….RECORDS in the cupboard. Many have never seen such things. And there was I thinking we were sadly out of date because we hadn’t disposed of the ancient recordings.
The novelty of a long playing record is such that my daughter was given a stack of them from her birthday. We’re acquiring them! Apparently it’s now cool to find shops that sell them second hand, and for poverty stricken students to buy them instead of CDs. The record collection is burgeoning and, as the part that will fix the CD player proves more elusive than the fabled yeti, we’re having a blast from the past.
Teen boys have delved into Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. And of course that’s led to hours on a bass guitar perfecting ‘Smoke on the Water’. The 80s are proving popular with BandAid a perennial fave among visitors. Suddenly I’m respected because I know the words to choruses from old songs! Never thought I’d see the day. Not only our own kids but others are rediscovering old recordings by Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Elton John, David Bowie and so many others.
There are days when I sorely miss our CD player but in the meantime it’s rather fun not knowing what old album is going to be dug out and played. If I’m lucky it might even be one I know!
Do you have a favourite album from the past? One you can’t bear to part with? One you’d love to dance to if only they’d put it on Video Hits? What’s your favourite blast from the past?
Despite listening to music from the past, Annie’s more than happy with the here and now. She currently has TWO books on sale. THE GREEK’S CONVENIENT MISTRESS is a Presents release in North America. You can check it out or buy it here. BLACKMAILED BRIDE, INNOCENT WIFE is currently on sale in Australia and New Zealand and you can buy it here. If you visit Annie’s website you can read excerpts or enter a contest to win signed books.