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Reliving My College Days, Musically

I wrote a post a couple of months ago about Record Store day (April 16) and how I had planned to buy a few albums, and I did (special shout-out to the Rock Shop at Plymouth Meeting Mall). Here’s the list:

  • Cat Stevens: Greatest Hits
  • Harry Chapin: Greatest Stories Live
  • Jim Croce: Photographs and Memories, His Greatest Hits
  • Boz Scaggs: Hits
  • Al Stewart: Modern Times
  • Peter Frampton: Frampton Comes Alive!
  • Carole King: Tapestry
  • Boz Scaggs: Silk Degrees

(The reason for the two Boz Scaggs albums is that we had just seen him in concert a couple of days before I went to the record store, so his songs were on my mind.)

When I got home I couldn’t really do anything with the albums, since as I had noted in that post, I didn’t have a record player, but I planned to buy one.

Well before I knew it, a week had turned into a month, and then two months, and still no record player. But then Father’s Day arrived, and lo and behold, my three sons bought me a record player! The one they bought looked like a pretty good one so I was excited to try it out.

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Audio Technica AT-LP60

I tried hooking up the turntable to some old computer speakers that I had, but to no avail.

But I was getting closer to reliving my younger days. First the albums, then the turntable, and now it was some for some speakers.

So I did a bit of research, and found some speakers that seemed like they would do the trick, and the speakers arrived today, courtesy of Amazon.

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Logictech Z323

It only took a few minutes to connect the speakers to the turntable.

I then carefully removed Cat Stevens Greatest Hits album from its jacket, placed it on the turntable, and hit play.

I soon heard that familiar old sound of hissing and scratching come from the speakers, and before I knew it I was singing along to “Oh Very Young” and “Peace Train”.

So it took a bit longer than I thought, but I’ve been temporarily transported back to my college dorm room, laying on my bed staring at an album cover, reading the liner notes, and listening to the music.

I’m looking forward to playing my other albums over the next few days, but so far, the ones I’ve played have sounded great, despite buying all of them used.

So I guess it’s true that good things come to those who wait.

You’re only dancing on this earth for a short while

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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

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