Back when I was teaching second grade, the students took a yearly standardized test. I had to work extra hard to hide my disdain for this week of long days and stir crazy kids.
As near as I could tell, they were being measured in unknown ways about unknown skills that had no use for me in the current year. But I did find things out about what they didn't know...and that I could use.
One year, a test question asked which of the pictured objects used electricity: the choices were a saw, a shoe, a rabbit, and a record player. Seemed pretty simple, unless Energizer bunny ads confused some of the kids.
Not so fast. One by one, the kids raised their hands for help. "What is that?" they asked, while pointing at the nifty little sketch of a hi-fi. So much for the test questions being relevant.
The next day, I dragged the vintage record player out of the classroom closet, and played some records I brought from home. We had a blast listening to the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, and old cartoon sound tracks.
I grew up in a house where records were treasured. I think I've passed that on to my daughter, at least I know her ipod is sacred. By the time she came along, the albums had been put away. She knows of them though. I saved a lot of my records, and still have a turntable.
There are many great websites dedicated to the LP. (For you kids, that stands for long play. Unless I just made that up.)
I found these on a site called LPCover Lover. It has lots of links to other sites. You can spend hours. Here are some I liked.
I recognized this as the work of William Steig, legendary New Yorker cartoonist and children's book illustrator -- he created the character Shrek. Really, he did.
Diahann Carroll has a gorgeous voice. I love this photo.
Where do I start?
But seriously, wrinkled pants? On your album cover? Doc!
I wish this would've been one of the choices when they handed out the instruments for us to try in 4th grade.
I want this font. To use only when writing about guitars. I'll call it Guitar Boy.
After all that, you deserve a song. Can't beat this. My dad sang it all the time.