Saturday, December 4, 2010

Hard-to-find [Photo Hunt]

@ mirandablue
Have you ever found yourself in a reflective, nostalgic mood and longing to hear the scratchy voice of Billie Holiday?  The scratchy sound of a 78 rpm vinyl record takes me back to different places in my childhood---at my grandmother's kitchen where she smoked her unfiltered Kool's and sang with Ella Fitzgerald; to my aunts' slumber parties where "forbidden" music was played on a 1930's Victrola...from Janis Joplin, Joan Baez to Bob Dylan.  On lazy afternoons, my mother listened to  Timi Yuro or Perry Como's For The Good Times from a turntable.  I miss the surface noise of vinyl and catch the warm subtleties of the human voice.

Vinyl records and Victrolas are hard-to-find nowadays except from a few quirky thrift shops in Cubao.  Even this vintage-looking jukebox at a diner is using CDs.

@ mirandablue

20 comments:

ρομπερτ said...

When language has to stop, music continues, taking over and beyond.

Please have a good Saturday.

Judy Sheldon-Walker said...

My mother still has a record player and quite a collection. I had some wonderful ones too that got broke on my move from NYC to Michigan. I was broken hearted.

Liza said...

I love the photos. They are hard to find nowadays.

Thanks for visiting. :)

Liz @ MLC

magiceye said...

trip down memory lane...
beautiful take!

YTSL said...

Very nice post. Like the photos but also the accompanying words. :)

jams o donnell said...

Ah there is nothing like vinyl even today. Digital recordings miss out on the little subtleties of analogue recordings.

Have a great weekend

Randi said...

Wow...love the photo of the juke box. I have never seen a "machine" like this. It´s really beautiful.

Mar said...

Love your retro take on the theme!! we still have old vinyls and a record player :)
Happy hunting and happy weekend!
hard-to-find!

bookmouse said...

I used to love listening to my parents' vinyl records. My first experience of recorded music.

upto6only said...

we used to have one like in your first photo. as for the 2nd one, i just saw it in the hotel where we stayed in Davao.

Louis la Vache said...

You are quite right about the vinyl capturing warmth in the voice that a CD misses. The CDs are cold and technical.

Annie said...

I love your take on the theme! I miss vinyl too. Still have some of my albums but no turntable anymore. My mom used to listen to Ray Charles!

Thanks for visiting mine and have a great weekend.

Annie
http://www.slowtrav.com/blog/annienc/

Sue St Clair said...

Some great memories, and take on this week's theme :)

Carver said...

What a great take on the theme and wonderful photographs.

Lisa said...

Great photos and words. Interesting that vinyl is making a comeback because it's retro. I remember the first vinyl single I bought - Fox on the run by Sweet!! Memories love them. Enjoy your weekend.

LD said...

These are SO INTERESTING! I bought a record player recently at a bargain shop along with some old records including some from the 1930s. By the way love your header photo and headline. Perfect.

Ourhomeschool said...

Great take on the theme. I have a friend that owns a victrola... it's the only time I've been priveledged to hear one. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Marka said...

78's & 8-tracks both hold great memories for me. Unfortunately both are hard to come by, especially media and players in decent condition.

witsandnuts said...

It's so nice to reminisce through these photos. The last time I saw that old "plaka" player was in gradeschool pa. Playing was Mamang Sorbetero. The jukebox naman was in December 2008, during the Kapampangan Culinary tour.

JDeQ said...

WOW - some very hard things to find! Great shots.