I’m currently transfixed by Don’t Stand Me Down by Dexys Midnight Runners which I bought today thanks to a recommendation from Markie.
I should probably listen to my other Dexys records more.
We’re having a Banjo Party Time in our house as provided by the Geoff Love Banjos. I got this from a charity shop about 15 years ago because the cover is so ace! I haven’t listened to it in a long, long time and finally got round to digging it out from the pile of records hiding behind the guitars in the spare room. It’s all very jolly, instrumental banjo versions of 1920s songs and sounds as good as it looks.
Ralph is away camping so I’ve been taking advantage of the opportunity to just sit and listen records which is such a rare treat. These days I normally only listen to music while performing some other tasks.
So far I’ve listened to:
I love listening to vinyl because of the procedure you have to go through of getting the record out, putting it on the record player and dropping the needle onto it. It is so much more satisfying than just pressing play on an mp3 player.
One of the thinks I like the most about vinyl is cleaning them and I just got an lp out to play and I got really excited when I realised it needed cleaning!
I’ve got three record cleaning devices: a carbon fibre brush for everyday cleaning, a Nagaoka rolling cleaner for when records are a bit dirties and a cloth which is for records that are really filthy – it usually only gets used on charity shop records.
My favourite is the Nagaoka – it’s got a lovely yellow, sticky roller thingy – but it does cover the record in static which attracts loads of dust so I have to clean it again with the brush. But that’s okay cos it means I get to clean the same record twice!
Today I got a wooden recorder from a charity shop. I’ve never played a wooden recorder before and I expected it to sound different to a plastic one but it sounds the same to me.
The language in the instructions is quite old fashioned: “A wise player keeps his recorder in a case or carton. He blows a new recorder only a short time in the first days. If protects it against stove- and sun-heat and against a rapid change of temperature”.
I also got a couple of records: an lp of French harp music that sounds like the soundtrack to every 1930s black and white film and an lp of early medieval music that unfortunately jumps too much to be listenable.