“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”
― Maya Angelou
― Maya Angelou
For a long time, ever since I can remember I have loved music, whether singing it; listening to it or even just jogging around to it, music has always been there.
If I'm sad it can make me happy, if I'm happy it can make me sad. I don't think there is anything as expressive as music in the whole human existence.
I was so happy my Mum bought me a record player for Christmas, I have been wanting one for so long now, I did pick up a couple from Freecycle a while ago, one was huge but needed specialist work doing on it, which we couldn't do. One was just the wrong size it didn't fit anywhere and to be fair I think it may still be languishing in the attic somewhere. The one bought for me is just right. It has an inbuilt speaker and is about the size of the record itself, but is perfect for me. There is a jack at the back so if I wanted to amp it I could but for now just the sound of the crackle and the wire of the belt is all I need.
This also means I am on the look out for vinyl again, damn leaving homes in a hurry and not being able to bring everything with you.
Today I went vinyl shopping and the best place to start, charity shops. Normally book only charity shops have the best vinyl so we went to our local Elizabeth hospice where I purchased 3 lovely albums, one I had to get as their vinyl is so hard to come by: All About Eve - Scarlet And Other Stories. The other two a little more obscure maybe but I do so love these sounds and to me they do sound better on vinyl.
Rick Wakeman - Journey to the Centre of the Earth, recorded in 1974 at The Royal Festival Hall and Yes - Tales from Topographic Oceans. I already have a Rick Wakeman album here - The Six Wives of Henry VIII also some obscure guy I've never heard of with songs inspired by Lord Of The Rings. Not sure if there is some kind of theme beginning.
I also think we may be going to another BIGGER charity shop tomorrow, this one much cheaper, The three albums that I purchased today came to a grand total of £18, today's charity shop is very 'hipsterish' and they really do seem to know their music and what will bring the dollars in!
I'll leave you with a photo of my precious titles and I'm going to be laying back and relaxing to a little bit of Yes.