Music has always been a huge part of my life. It was instrumental (pardon the pun) in bringing me and Tara together and, to a lesser extent, in driving a wedge between me and the ex. I liked Nirvana, she was into Destiny's Child. In retrospect, we were doomed from the start. At least I … Continue reading How to Go Broke 99 Cents at a Time
We have a built-in shelving unit in the basement that Doris must have installed ages ago. Not sure what she used it for, but we keep our DVD collection there. Yes, we still have a DVD collection. Yesterday, Tara and I were browsing the St. Joes Antique Mall. It's 21,000 square feet of vintage-y goodness … Continue reading Shirley, She Can’t Be Serious
And so it begins... I'm referring to both 2022 and Bloganuary. We'll see what they bring. Our rockin' New Year's Eve was exactly that. We have such an extensive record collection (760 currently), it's very hard to choose an album to listen to when we sit down to play cards. So lately, we have Alexa … Continue reading Relationships, Jobs, & Parmesan Cheese
A few days ago, my dad told me he had a boxful of cassette tapes he wanted to get rid of, and asked me if I was interested before he tossed them. "Thanks, but no thanks," I replied. And then I saw this article and was like, wait a second. Maybe I was a bit … Continue reading Ready, Cassette, Go
Last week, we paid Audrey to catalogue* our record collection. *As an aside, I realize that "catalog" is the more common spelling of this word in American English, but I prefer the European version. I also favor favour and find colour more colorful than color. However, I refuse to belabor the point and call our holiday Labour Day. I'm funny when it … Continue reading What’s the 411?
I'm walking through the cramped aisles of the used record store, shuffling through vinyl, searching for albums to add to my collection. George Harrison and Neil Young and Blondie are already tucked under my arm, awaiting their spins on my turntable, as I seek out additional treasures. It is a perfectly Portland Saturday afternoon, and … Continue reading Keep Me Free From Birth
See this needle...a see my hand... Drop, drop, dropping it down...oh, so gently... Well here it comes...I touch the plane... Turn me up...won't turn you away... Spin, spin...spin the black circle Spin, spin...spin the black, spin the black... Spin, spin...spin the black circle Inspired by the following comment left on yesterday's entry: "Do you still … Continue reading Spin The Black Circle
“Are people still passionate about music the way they used to be?” My boss posed this question during a marketing meeting on Tuesday. There were five of us sitting around a table, eating lunch and discussing sales and marketing strategies for the company. This followed a rather heated debate over the significance of traditional retail … Continue reading Are People Still Passionate About Music?
Earlier this week, Tara and I helped out a close friend by delivering copies of her free publication, Portland Book Review, to a bunch of local businesses. We had had Chris over for dinner one day last week so she could meet my girlfriend. Chris and I go way back - once upon a time we … Continue reading My Hamster Ate The Piano Man
Got A Whole Lava Love Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong decade. This realization dawned on me yesterday. Probably when I was listening to my Woodstock record while my living room was lit up with the glow from my lava lamps. I've always been drawn to the styles and trends of … Continue reading A Retro Dude in a Digital Age