Wow this post is already two years old. Time flies!

February 2018

Boy do I sure feel old. I’ve seen the slow decline of the shopping mall, the rise of digital everything and the decline of analog. I wonder if this is how my parents felt when malls replaced mom & pop shops and cassettes were made obsolete by CDs!

We stopped by the North Dartmouth Mall today and FYE is going out of business. They are one of, if not THE last big box music & movie store. Back in my day the big music store was STRAWBERRIES! Bought my very first cassette single there.  I DIGRESS!!  I do understand why this has happened  – the rise of streaming/downloadable music. Is this bad? Most would say no. I beg to differ. May I pose a question? What happens when we can’t access free digital/streaming music anymore? What happens when that music you purchased is taken away? (Did you read the fine print – does it REALLY BELONG to you?) Digital is NOT TANGIBLE. It is not tangible like the records on my shelf or the CDs in my car. I purchased these items, I own them and I don’t need anyone’s permission to play them. I am free to listen to it whenever I’d like. WOW – what  a concept – FREE to do something without some big business dictating how and when I can.

I wonder about the future of things – music, books, handwriting, photo etc. I hope the generation after mine hangs on to CDs or vinyl. I hope they practice cursive and read print books. They will certainly miss out on the joys of these things.


Top Five Tuesday – My Record Player

Reasons I Love My Record Player

  1. Oh that crackling sound 

    After a while, perfect, digital music means nothing to me! Love that old crackle sound of the record player. It makes music real to me. I also know I own that music. The record is tangible and doesn’t stop playing when my phone battery dies. 

  2. Lifting the needle and placing it on the recordOh my goodness. Love dropping the needle in just the right spot. Trying to figure out the line of the next track is fun!
  3. The hypnotic spinning of the recordI don’t know why, but I get lost in a spinning record! Sometimes I try and read the song titles while it spins. Crazy girl!
  4. Picking the next record

    Oh so many records to choose from. I look at all those records my husband and I hunted down at estate sales or Salvation Army!  I hate advancing a button on my phone to find a song. I don’t get to see the album tracks or any special information like special notes from the artist!

  5. Having to get up off the couch to flip the record

    You’d think it might be annoying, but it is much better than that ongoing digital music. The process makes me slow down and appreciate the music more.

Top Five Tuesday – Old Versus New

Old Versus New

  1. Records/Cassettes  and Streaming Music 

    Sure streaming is convenient but it has sucked the fun out of music.I have lost the excitement of catching my favorite song on the radio. Remember how gratifying life was when you have to wait for your favorite song after three commercials?! I miss the sounds of records and cassettes. Part of me also misses manually flipping a record or reloading a cassette. Makes me more mindful of music than just letting a phone constantly play track after track while I tune in and out.

  2. Handwriting and Computers

    Yes, the convenience of typing is so wonderful but means nothing to me. It takes very little effort to get the information from your brain to the computer. Writing makes you think, pause, reflect etc. If I am going to commit something to a piece of paper it has to be good! That delete button has erased far too many good ideas. And there is something about the flow from brain to hand to paper that is romantic to me.

  3. Radio and Digital Music 

    Having everything at one’s fingertips sounds like heaven but it really isn’t. I so miss the days of the DJ telling me to stay tuned after the commercial for that song I really wanted to hear. As I said above, there is something so gratifying about being made to wait for your reward. Also, I kind of miss being able to call into the radio to make a request!

  4. Streaming Movies and Movie Theaters

    I will be the first one to say that I don’t get to the movie theater as often as I did when I was younger. It is incredibly expensive and it is hard for me to find a film I really want to watch on the big screen. With the advent of streaming, it seems like no one wants to leave home because they have a world of movies at their finger tips. But I find that having so many options just exhausts me.  I spend most of my time scrolling through options and just adding them to my queue rather than watching something. I do miss seeing movies on the big screen – the dramatic music, the bright colors, the suspense. I can’t really get that feeling at home with constant interruptions. But on the other hand, it is nice to be home, under a blanket with my husband and dog. I can’t decide on this one!

  5. Pencil and Pen 

    Ok, so this isn’t totally a old/new thing since pens have been around for a while. I have so many colored pens that are so much fun, but there is just something romantic about pencil. I so miss using pencil! I especially miss sharpening pencils!!! A few years ago, my husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday. I asked for an old-fashioned, metal pencil sharpener. You know, the kind that you bolt to the wall. He bought one and I LOVE IT! I just have to remember to empty the container of shavings!

First Post of the New Decade!

We woke up late today (8:30am). I got up to make a quick breakfast and decided to turn on Pandora. I always enjoy the Carole King station. This was one of the songs on the playlist. I thought the lyrics were appropriate. I put my favorite lines in bold.

If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I’d like to do
Is to save every day
‘Til eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you
If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I’d save every day like a treasure and then
Again, I would spend them with you
But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them
I’ve looked around enough to know
That you’re the one I want to go
Through time with
If I had a box just for wishes
And dreams that had never come true
The box would be empty
Except for the memory
Of how they were answered by you
But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them
I’ve looked around enough to know
That you’re the one I want to go
Through time with


Letter To My Younger Self

Dear My Younger Self,

There is a great Polaroid picture of you, at age 2 (maybe younger), seated (propped up) at grandma’s piano. You are obviously way too young to know what is going on. Your fingers on placed on that smooth ivory and you look like you are ready to play. Your parents probably thought it was a cute shot. But little do they know you will be drawn to that piano for the rest of your life. You will start lessons around age 8 with a wonderful teacher. Don’t stop playing. Theory is hard, but you need to learn it before you can play the fun stuff. Hang in there. Your second teacher will be horrible, but the final teacher will be just as wonderful as the first. She will be encouraging with a great sense of humor and you will be shocked at what pieces you will be able to play.

Banging on that piano will help you make it through your struggles with Alopecia and everything else on your plate throughout your adolescence. Don’t ever stop playing. Your piano teacher will encourage you to keep playing through college, even though you cannot handle lessons, college, a commute and a job. Listen to her.

When you start composing, WRITE IT ALL DOWN AND SAVE THE SHEET MUSIC. I would love to be able to play those songs again. I would be proud to have proof that I wrote them. Heck, I would be happy to be able to read music right now. I never should have stopped. Neither should you.


Your Older Self