Wednesday, March 16, 2022

He Gave It All Away

Roger did a post back in 2006 about his ancient music album collection. I was just going to put a link to the post, but decided to copy and paste it here. On Tuesday he gave all that music away. He must have given 400 albums to a little shop on the Arcata Plaza called People's Records. We're starting to lighten our load. It's time to give stuff away. So it begins...

"i have collected, over the years, a bunch of vinyl. as i was just a bit more stable than the parade of transient hippies who lived in my various houses, i "inherited" quite a few. i'm talking lps. albums. records. analog music. and some spoken word stuff too. they have been packed away for many years. i also have a box of cassette tapes gathering dust. and now the cds robin and i have, have also been superseded by technology. we are connected. we get our tunes on the intertubes and put them on an ipod. i just recalled that somewhere here with us in our new home is also a stack of 78 rpm records. those might not be vinyl. oh yeah, i may have one of the earliest records i bought. a wannabe beatnik kid stuck in the 'burbs, at 16 i bought a 45 rpm mini album, maybe called an ep(extended play): music from the movie "the man with the golden arm," which i had not, and still have not, ever seen.

last week i pulled out the ancient garrard turntable i got from somewhere. the needle had lost its point, so i laid out 20 bucks for a new pickup and needle. those old lps sound great! ok. here's some technical stuff. we record this stuff on a mac using a free program called audacity, by plugging one end of a patch line into the headphone outlet of our stereo amp and the other end into "line in" on the computer. we also record on our older pc using a program called sound forge, which we bought some years ago. either of these systems works for taking music from cassettes too. these programs record in wav format, and convert that into mp3. itunes will also convert a wav into an mp3.

here is a small sample of my albums, with commentary. it was tough to pick out just a few. there are lots from the sixties, seventies and eighties. rolling stones, the dead, quicksilver, jesse colin young, fever tree (??!). loads of us have those (maybe not fever tree, or cat mother and the all night newsboys) so i didn't pick any of them for pictures.


i was raised on jazz. well, not really. my parents liked music, but had no records. and thelonius monk wasn't even on their radar.








oh just look at this! you see the word "rapping?" does it sound modern? was this guy ahead of his time or what. recorded live in oakland, california, 1960.







i was there! as the crowd thinned out late at night the ushers opened the gates and let my high school buddies and me in. we were ten feet from the stage. 1959.






this record is in perfect condition. no scratches. and she is just too sexy for words.








one of my early faves. i may have worn out the grooves.









okay, i love this, but really, where did i get it?









paul is barefoot!!! is he dead?









a must for every beatnik.









one of the best live recordings ever of a great jazz standard.









i have more too.









another of my early favorites."

We waved good-bye to the past and hope someone will fall in love with this old way of listening to music. Now we're playing songs off our iPhone that's wired to play through the incredible speakers and sound system we discovered in our house when we bought it nearly 7 years ago. We still and will always love music.

34 comments:

  1. That's quite a collection and I'm sure some lucky people will have a great time getting to know it. I didn't get into jazz till the last twenty years or so but I've enjoyed exploring it since then. I sold my vinyl a couple of years ago to a record dealer who gave me £1,000 for the lot. I made digital copies of some of it (good old Audacity).

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    1. John-- I'm glad we have copies of most of the stuff. I think the rest we can probably find on the internet, if we could remember what we wanted to hear again.

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  2. Gave mine away years ago but still have plenty of CD's to burn on to I tunes. I have not used audicity in a long time though I did have it on my old laptops, I used it for editing music for my wife to use when she did dancing with dogs. Paul is still alive and headlining at Glasonbury this year. I thought it was the Grateful Dead, I never heard of the dead.
    When I got rid of my LP's I took them to a car boot sale (trunk to you) and as I was setting up a punter said he would help, he certainly did as he got them out he put the ones he wanted aside and bought them. Only ones I threw in a bin were Cat Stevens.

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    1. Billy-- It's interesting to give up these old music collections. I'm wondering what we're going to end up missing and wish we still had.

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  3. I am not connected where music is concerned. I understand new computers don't come with CD players and that's how I still upload any music. My daughter tells me it's all on line now but I don't know how to go about accessing it. I'm sure I could learn. I used to listen to music all the time but I seem content in silence now or listening to the natural sounds around me though Marc does select and play music via his phone and the bluetooth speaker sometimes in the evenings and I really enjoy that. We still have our albums and a turntable. When Jade would come for her week in the summer before she went away to college she would go through them and select ones to play.

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    1. ellen-- I was really disappointed that our new computers don't have CD players anymore. We've kept so old ones so we can still play the old songs. The modern world reliance on the internet doesn't please me these days.

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  4. I never collected vinyl, but I have made lots of CD's for background music of theme parties. And the seniors at that time liked them. I probably should give them away. When the mood strikes me!

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    1. Barbara-- It's really nice to donate the old music. There are people who will really appreciate it all.

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  5. Oh my, so many memories there. Can't believe roger gave away 400 albums. There was probably a fortune there for collectors. I do miss vinyl but love the convenience of digital and how easy it is to carry it with us anywhere.

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    1. Patti-- I was thinking the same thing, about how much this collection could be worth. But it was just so easy to give it all away. Done.

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  6. Good thing that Roger knew how to save the music before he gave the albums away. I have been doing that with old family VCR tapes. Saving the old family memories onto the computer and then sharing with my children using USB flashdrives.
    You two certainly love ALL music!

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    1. EllenD-- I'm glad he saved the music he loves. It was quite a collection. I wish we had listened to some of it before it was gone, but we never did.

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  7. Good of you, someone will love it.
    We stacked our vinyl into neat towers and called in a vinyl collector recently who carefully selected about two thirds and bought these for what we thought was lots of money, lectured us on the poor quality or oversupply of the rest and later, we found the ones he bought from us listed on his internet page asking for a fortune. I do hope he gets it.

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    1. Sabine-- I wondered if this collection might have been worth some money, but we were so ready to lighten our load, it was so easy to just give it all away. Yes, someone will love it.

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  8. OH wow, so much flash back here! FEVER TREE - whoa! Did I just drop acid?
    We have certainly lived through the best music ever! Nothing like a fragrance or music to take you back to that exact spot in your history . Lovely! Thank you for this post, I will return often and listen to you tube oldies and feel optimism like we felt back in the day.

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    1. Linda Sue-- You made us laugh out loud! Thank you so much for that. Oh yes, we're all tripping here.
      We did come of age in the best time when there was truly hope for changing the world and beautiful music for the soundtrack of the experiences.
      I wish we had met when we were still living in Washington. I think we would have had a lovely time.

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  9. When I was around 19 or so, I managed to sneak into a jazz club in Minneapolis and stand in the back listening to the gorgeous Julie London, accompanied on piano by her husband Bobby Troup. They were wonderful and, yes, Julie was incredibly sexy.

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    1. Catalyst-- How cool that you got to see Julie London and her husband perform. What a grand experience that must have been.

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  10. Wow! Jazz! Beatnik days! Elvis! Beatles! High-fidelity London!

    I'm lightening my load, too, including books.

    Over the years, beginning when I bought my first Bob Dylan album in 1965, I may have had 400 vinyl albums but started taking some of them to used record stores for credits, beginning in the 1980s when cassettes first came out. The last vinyl records I bought were those of Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. A few years ago I took about 200 albums to a store like the one in Arcata, along with my turntable and speakers. I've been getting checks every so often as they have been sold. The record player sold right away!

    Even though I don't have turntable, I kept my collection of Bob Dylan albums (one of which was signed by Johnny Cash when he came to Bellingham), cassettes, and CDs (-:

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    1. am-- I love that you kept your Bob Dylan album collection. I think if I had looked at Roger's collection I might have picked the Allen Ginsberg album. We sure did grow up with the best music.

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  11. Yes, there does come a time to clear things out and Roger's donation will surely be appreciated by many others who enjoyed the same music. We no longer have any LPs as mine were donated years ago, but CDs are a different story. Many of our are saved on our PCs, but we have kept the originals "just in case." Still, we may sort through and downsize some as the past couple of weeks I've also been parting with many "things" no longer used or needed.

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    1. Beatrice-- It's so interesting trying to figure out what to do with all of our stuff. We like the idea of lightening our load in lots of ways these day. Downsizing is the answer for lots of things.

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  12. How fantastic that you passed it all on to someone who will appreciate it. I bet some of those records are unusual and hard to find. "The Bad Rapping of the Marquis de Sade"?!

    I gave all my vinyl to Goodwill way back in 1996 or so, and I haven't looked back. I have a few favorite CDs still, but I never listen to them and should probably just give them away too.

    Julie London was a great singer!

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    1. Steve-- It's nice to think that someone might be listening to our old vinyls somewhere. I love that there's a record store in town here. It's like walking into the past.
      Truth be told, I don't think I ever listened to Julie London.

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  13. That is some small sample of your great records, etc. Yes, they will be discovered and loved by someone else. What a rich history therein lies. You two have introduced. me to some great music over the years. Cheers. Lighten UP!

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    1. Tara-- I love thinking about someone listening to one of these albums and truly enjoying it.

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  14. I like your selection of albums. We sold all our vinyl albums years ago before one of our moves. Just couldn't lug them around anymore.

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    1. Ally Bean-- We're looking at the future these days and definitely planning on lightening our load. This was the beginning.

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  15. I love the idea of lightening. I'm finishing up scanning my final box of pictures and off they will go. But Boy Scout, he's a keeper in so many ways. I will keep him forever and he will keep his stuff. I get it. He comes from a place of scarcity. I can honor the process.

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    1. Linda-- I have boxes and boxes of old letters and photos. I will probably hold on to those as long as I'm alive. I've got letters from more than 50 years ago, written by friends and loves who are long gone. There really are things we need to hold on to.

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  16. At some point I am going to have to face the same decision with books and it is going to be painful! As for music, I have a large collection of CDs that basically never get played any more, but I could dispose of those with less angst. Everything is available on line now.

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    1. David-- Ah yes, books. We gave many boxes of books away a couple of years ago. Still have a bookshelf full of a few we couldn't part with. Someday... someday... they'll go too.

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  17. Wow. I suppose we should do the same.

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    1. 37paddington-- We're definitely lightening the load, and it feels good.

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