Wednesday, September 15, 2010


What was your first record? Not 8-track (gasp!). Not tape. Not CD. I mean a real record. I'm sure most of you remember that's all we had when we were real young. It wasn't anything for me to get out my old Fisher-Price orange and white record player and bust out some Elvis Presley. Of course, my Dad was extremely picky about what records I could play on my player; most of his records were "too good" for a cheap needle. But, I do remember a few 45s of Elvis and some record that Avon put out. The only thing I remember from that record is a song, "You can be a winner if you try." Still remember the tune too.
To this day, Dad still has a ton of records and a fairly decent player. Most of his older records (mostly Wings and the Beatles) were able to be salvaged after the tornado and some are goodies he happened to find at garage sales every now and then. What am I saying? He's obsessed. If there's a garage sale with records advertised, he's there. He's the FIRST one there.
I digress.
He's even found me some that I enjoy playing on my own player. Let me tell you...if you love nostalgia, buy yourself a record player and order a few of your favs off of e-bay. It is pure joy, I tell you. Pure joy.
Some of the gems dad has found for me are: The Beatles' Second Album, Close to You by The Carpenters, Chicago, Whitney Houston, Elvis, Mary Poppins soundtrack,Carole King Tapestry, Bye Bye Birdie soundtrack, Music Man soundtrack, Sinatra's Sinatra, The Sound of Music soundtrack, West Side Story soundtrack, Forever Frank Sinatra, Air Supply and my newest, Johnny Cash.
(If you're smiling at this point, you need to come over and jam with me and Whitney. It is a sight, honestly, but my kids love it).
I'm so glad Dad found Johnny Cash. He's been on the search for several months now. The song I wanted the most was "Walk the Line". Love-that-song. But, this record didn't have it on there. Oh's Johnny Cash. There isn't one bad Cash song.
I brought the record home, popped it on and began to listen. The first song's bass was very familiar. Could it be? Oh yeah, it was meant to be. The owner put the record in the wrong jacket. We have found "Walk the Line."
My cup runneth over.
I heard that you can go to any music store and get records again, brand new, for about the same price that you can buy a CD.
There's just something about a turntable.


Julie said...

Tiff, that's great about Johnny Cash! Evelyn and Sylvia request Johnny Cash nearly every time we get into the car. Their favorites are "A Boy Named Sue" and "I'm Being Eating By A Boa Constrictor" :) Makes me smile every time! :)

Laura said...

Fun post Tiff!! Totally brought back memories for me of decorating the Christmas tree listening to The Muppets Christmas Carol record...and yes, it was really a record! Wonder if mom still has that...

Jared, Julie & Reef Rohrs said...

Tiff, Next time you are in Lincoln you should stop by and see the new place, AND listen to our new jukebox...full of good ol' 45's!

Janna said...

I like "Walk the Line" too! But unfortunately I only have very vague memories of a record player, I think mainly coming from country school. That would be fun to mess around with!

Julie said...

I grew up listening to records, too. Usually it was Kids Praise! records. For Christmas, though, we had the Chipmunks Christmas record and a family singing group that I can't remember the name of right now. I must be getting old. I like Johnny Cash, too. I think it's great that you have his record!

MO said...

We had "Little Marcy" records that we loved to torture our dad with!! To get back at us he made us listen to Connie Francis. I think we have every record by the Blackwood Brothers. As you can tell ours were mostly gospel. I know Dad has Johnny Cash because one of my sisters boyfriends loved "Ring of Fire" and he would play that when he was over. I need to get out the records the next time we are home!

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