Vinyl

 

placed on the platter

i reach for your tonearm

..

i’m your one hit wonder baby

i’ll spin faster, frantic maybe

 

in low light, dimly see

label blurred

giddy guarantee

when you play me

r.p.m 33

 

 

..

eyes closed, now listen

every lubricious line

Carla Bruni style, soft gasp

honeysuckle ooze, sublime

..

diamond stylus tips my grooves

undulating, rise my moves

do you like what you hear?

close your eyes…

hum me near

 

………..

before streaming, before CDs …. the raw analogue imperfection of a vinyl record spinning on a turntable. Tonearm, platter, stylus are all turntable components.

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88 thoughts on “Vinyl”

    1. Thank you dear Nitin – you have indeed proved your elder status if you can relate to the hardware I speak of ๐Ÿ™‚ Though let’s face it, it’s not really about turntables and records is it? Great to receive a compliment from you….

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      1. Well I did read the poem as an analogy of sorts, but perhaps I was mistaken, and trust me, a lot of those have happened these days. Best tread carefully or not tread at all.

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  1. Close your eyes
    Hum me near.
    Oh Diana. Heavenly and divine your words.
    Wow. Pure and purest magic โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ
    I would love to be lost in the magic of your enchanting words my D โค๏ธโค๏ธ

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      1. Good morning lovely! You are a beautiful human being young lady. It was a magical day when we first crossed paths, with so many since…. โค

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  2. Wonderfully nostalgic, Oh, I’ve still got my vinyl collection, nearly 250 of them, and I’ve a turn-table hooked up to my computer sound system, my dreamy days are my vinyl playing days, Oh Yeah, Move Over Beethoven.

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    1. You are so lucky you held onto yours Ivor. When I moved countries I gave mine away because of the weight and the erroneous notion that digital was the only option for the future. There is nothing like the warmth and richness of vinyl, and that thought is what motivated this write.
      Thanks for your great comment … move over Beethoven indeed!

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      1. I was lucky, each time I moved I was still able to cart all my vinyls with me, haha, probably the first items packed !! and now I’ve in my final abode, I’m grateful for hanging on to them…. xx

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      2. Yes you are fortunate indeed! I even love the feel of an album in my hands, being able to open it, read the lyrics or look at the often amazing artwork. It was a great teen memory to slowly save money, go to the store and excitedly purchase a record. Ah, the good old days xo

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  3. Niiiiiiiiiiiiice ! You are one saucy minx lady ! This is sheer genius, a brilliant analogy, dian-ified with beautiful prose, love it. Ok, crackle/static but oh the tone, the album art, the act of playing a favourite album was like a ritual, an occasion, now we’ve got yet more instant gratification with mp3’s. This reminds me of the book ‘Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance’ and the whole concept of quality of the experience.

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    1. Ah, kind Sir there you are! I thought this piece might tempt those of a certain, err vintage to come reminisce and others to wonder what in god’s name …
      You are right of course – it was the whole experience of the ritual – the light blow to remove dust, the gentle placing of the stylus on the track and waiting in eager anticipation for the song to start. My records were always pristine – as are my memories! Glad you liked it my friend! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. I thought the tone is seductive, never listened to vinyl records and then I see the tags. Vinyl must be seductive too.. intimate with eventual physical aberrations that would get accentuated since analog. Brilliantly written, yet again!

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    1. Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜Š I always enjoy the extra thought you place into commenting! You engage me!
      Vinyl is very warm, and itโ€™s hard to describe but on higher volume the background noise makes the recording seem more โ€œrealโ€. Like the hum from an amp at a live concert. Or the ringing in my ears afterward haha.

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    1. I think youโ€™ve captured my personality in a nutshell with the first sentence Pete. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I had a feeling this write would resonate with the โ€œclassicโ€ generation or those that are into the hip vinyl revival. Glad you liked it!

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  5. This is a beautiful piece, Diana. It made me very nostalgic for those days where I sat for hours with my Dad’s record player and his earphones on my head that were WAY too big for my ears.

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    1. I’m grateful for your kind comment SNTC (oh dear, I really have to ask your name sometime…)
      Clearing throat and smiling…
      Hello… my name is Diana, and you?

      I’m lamenting my decision to not bring my record collection to Canada – I gave them away! Such a travesty ….. all my 22 Abba albums gone, gone I say *tears*

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      1. Oh dear, I am so bad at this, I keep forgetting I don’t mention my name. But you can call me Vanessa.
        It’s been an absolute highlight “meeting” you Diana!
        Oh gosh, I feel the pain…one of my best friends at the time had most of the ABBA records that she let me copy onto tape. My sister had a couple of beloved and well worn albums. It just doesn’t seem right that it is treated as such an ancient thing now!

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      2. So super to meet you …Vanessa… *beaming*
        I like that name, even if it is a WP stage name ๐Ÿ˜Š … or real..

        One of my best friends when I was in my early twenties was named Vanessa. She would make me hand cut fries at 2 am after a night out. Now thatโ€™s friendship!
        Iโ€™ve never met a V I didnโ€™t like …and so the tradition continues!!

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      3. oh my… I read another comment wrongly… I thought you meant she made you cut the fries hahaha holy cats, I’ve been tired today. And i’m definitely getting my eyes checked!
        Oh, I’m so glad! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’•

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      4. Aww thank you. We did. Home again already. We actually went for my husband to have his MRI checkup on his pancreas (he has pancreatitis) and I had a meeting. So unfortunately, not too much time for fun. But it was good to get out of town.

        I’ve been meaning to ask how the weather has been in your part of the world?

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      5. Oh my goodness, Iโ€™m hesitant to like this comment because you mentioned the word pancreatitis.
        I work in medical imaging and know how painful this condition can be. I hope your husband is feeling much better!

        The weather here has been truly atrocious! Itโ€™s nowhere near as cold as in other parts of Canada, but this is the time of the year when we can get day after day of gray skies and rain. I had to buy one of those little happy lights ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ that counter seasonal affective disorder.
        Well I guess thatโ€™s to be expected when an Aussie relocates to a city world famous for its rainy climate. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
        You are probably yearning for rain? Do you have land that needs a good downpour?

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      6. Do you? Oh I am sure you have stories to tell!
        Darrin has had it his whole life, it was a lot more severe when he was young, but he had major surgery right after our wedding, with a brilliant surgeon that changed his life. He’s only had a few attacks since, thankfully. So this was just for a checkup. He’s fine right now, thanks so much for your concern!

        Yikes, I am not surprised you needed to get a lamp, but I am glad you did!! And yes, we do need rain, we keep getting great cloud cover and a few spots, but no real outburst. But it does keep the temps from being too extreme right now!

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      7. Oh my goodness, I wouldn’t wish pancreatitis on my worst enemy. It is apparently horribly painful, right up there with passing a baby down a tube the size of a carrot! (Hmm, what is it about medical professionals that we must size things by fruit or vegetables hehe). I’m strangely hungry now, and am thinking that this comment is turning out to be rather bizarre. That’s my fizzled brain at week end. I hope your Saturday has been enjoyable so far! I’m fantasizing about the sunshine outside your window V …!

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      8. haha I didn’t think it was bizarre at all!
        And I agree, I would not wish it on anyone either. He has a high threshold of pain so when he has an attack, it renders him completely speechless and immovable, and I know he is in agony. The doctor told him years ago the pain was second only to bone pain. I am not sure what you have been told or have found? I admit, that image made me laugh!

        Today has been a nice day, thanks. Ironically, it has been very cloudy with a cold wind, and two rain drops squeezed out. We just went for a night walk and it is only 15 degrees out!! I was wearing a coat and hat lol!
        Hope you will be having a nice weekend!

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      9. Oh what we could give for 15 degrees here. At 13 I officially wear my first tshirt of the season. I have become acclimatized to the Northern climes as they say.
        Have you been back on Aussie ground for long? I guess you have family in SA, or perhaps work lured you there?

        I’m shuddering at your mention of bone pain! I didn’t even know it was a “thing”. Just another entity to dread … yikes!

        Happy Sunday, bright lady! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m planning on layering up and heading for a ride on my m-cycle (after my imaginary beach run … have had some motivation issues of late!)

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      10. Gosh, I did too in Colorado, how warm that felt, like spring was coming haha wow.
        Yes we have been in Australia for almost 12 years now. I can’t believe it. I was raised near Adelaide, but we weren’t planning to move here. My husband is a Lutheran pastor, and we were asked to move here, so we accepted. Complete change of pace from busy city life in the US to regional SA, as you can imagine! But I have learned a lot!

        My twin brother has a motor bike, he’s in Canberra. He loves to ride!

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      11. You have a twin! And a pancreatitis prone pastor!
        I love finding out the little snippets about you in comment threads. Itโ€™s unique and quirky, perhaps indicative of our personalities. We must be insatiably inquisitive. The wonderful by product might be having 500 comments on a posting ha ha.
        And what line of work are you in V? I hope I didnโ€™t ask already … Iโ€™m a bit scatter brained on a Monday night…

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      12. hahaha I totally spaced it, how funny. I honestly didn’t even think of it. But I have been drinking more decaf lately… ๐Ÿ˜€
        mine is vanessa_flower@yahoo.com (flower is a middle name one of our nieces gave me years ago when she was only about 4. She was devastated I didn’t have a middle name so she gave me that one. Ugh, so adorable. I am honoured to use it ๐Ÿ™‚ )
        Of course, flurrying the comment section is always fun too ๐Ÿคก

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      13. Vanessa ๐ŸŒธ Flower! Oh my, my lil heart did a little flutter hearing that story. So adorable indeed…
        Thank you for your email … I have taken a screenshot ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’• and shall be testing testing one two three … prob tomorrow as itโ€™s already past my bedtime ๐Ÿ˜Œ

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      14. oh my gosh, i melted. she was so serious… she had left the room and came back and grabbed my face with her little hands, looked in my eyes, “Flower, your middle name should be Flower”. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜
        oh, email whenever you want. I’m not a slave to it and don’t expect others to be either ๐Ÿค“

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      15. Why, thank you, I ask myself the same haha!
        Then I remind myself her mother is a few years older than I am…
        she has a 21 year old brother as well, I’m having a lot of trouble accepting that!

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      16. Yes, I follow a delightful naive artist on Instagram who lives in Adelaide and she was declaring 41 degrees. Here we are day upon day of 5 degrees and rain. Very little snow compared to last year. Wishing you ice cubes dear VV!

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      17. And another day the same… it’s 10.30pm and it’s still 31 ๐Ÿ˜ณ
        And we can smell a fire ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ
        so forget the snow you’re not having, please send the rain instead ๐Ÿค“
        but i do thank you for the ice cubes haha ๐Ÿ’•

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      18. Goodness! Memories of crying myself to sleep in an old house (without AC) in Adelaide … because… so darn hot. Sending rain to soothe your arid landscape V!

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      19. Oh thanks, so kind of you to say … this pic captures my smile when interacting with lovely folk on WP. Iโ€™m sporting it right at this moment!! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Haha! Great visual! And that was before the days of Red Bull too! Such was our youthful energy we could be energized till dawn just by the vinyl we loved eh!
      Thanks Erich ๐Ÿ˜Š

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