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oldie but goodie


I remember record players from my childhood - which wasn't THAT long ago, but it was - considering how far music playing has come: 8-tracks, cassettes, CDs, and now Mp3s ... We used them in grade school to listen to books with our eyes closed. Our Reading teacher would drag the large brown suitcase-looking box from room to room with the electric cord dangling like a tail from behind. Since then, I've only seen them at garage sales, used book stores and specialty shops - where they were usually framed to acknowledge the greatest musicians of all time.

I can appreciate modernism and the simplfying of gadgets so that we can do more in less time [like having a thousand songs to choose from inside of a machine the size of our palms. ] But who needs a thousand when you just need one to play while jumping on the bed before bedtime? Or in the afternoon, when all the kids want to do is sprawl on the ground and fill their imaginations through their ears...

So, we set out on a mission to get the kids a record player - Ebay turned up zelch - and on an unexpected trip for diapers to ToysRUs, Aaron discovered one - in pink! With no records to play, Aaron called 3 Half-Price Books locations before finding one that had the record The Sound of Music [from 1965] in stock. He picked it up along with a few Disney collections [Mary Poppins] and brought them home for us to start spinning.

And oh we did.... one Chim Chimmery Chim Chim at a time....



  1. This is one of those outings where I was only planning on keeping the kids out for an hour or two while Zarlacht got some uninterrupted work time at the house. I ended up dragging the kids all around Dallas on what seemed like a scavenger hunt at times. I still can't believe we found the soundtrack for the 'Sound of Music'. The best $5.99 I have ever spent in my life!!!

  2. One little girl was the lonely goatherd...


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