i was given my first record player when I was in 1st grade, i was also given, or I adopted from my moms collection, “Rubber Soul” by The Beatles…at some point early on I was also given the Horowitz recording of the Tchaikovsky piano concerto by my Uncle Gary and Aunt Joanie…as I recall my first two 45’s were “Devil Went Down To Georgia” by Charlie Daniels Band and “Don’t it Make Your Brown Eyes Blue” by Crystal Gayle….the obsession began…in 2nd grade I remember going to see Star Wars with my dad in the theaters, i remember this very clearly because he seemed to always be working and for us to do something like this together was pretty special. I told my mom I wanted the Star Wars soundtrack really bad and she said as long as I only brought home A’s and B’s that week in my work folder she would get it for me…..friday came, and sadly I had gotten three C’s during the week….as was typical, the pencil sharpener was above the waste paper basket in Mrs. Laspe’s room…as the day went on I seemed to break my pencil 3 times, and each time I would crumple up one of those C papers and toss it in the basket…at some point in the day, Jennifer Livingston, a girl I had gotten in trouble for kissing in kindergarten was sharpening her pencil when she saw my papers in the garbage, she told Mrs. Laspe (a short stocky bull of a woman) “Danny’s throwing his bad papers away!” ….I remember Mrs. Laspe grabbing me by the ear and dragging me to the hallway….I tried to explain about the Star Wars soundtrack, but she wanted nothing to do with it, she called my mom down to the school…standing there in the hall with my mom and my teacher I remember my mom sorta defending me saying he was just, sorta, following my directions by ‘not’ bringing home his bad papers…im not sure sure how the rest of this all went, but when I got home the double-lp was sitting on my bed….this was a good day!
by the time I was 14 or so I had a subscription to Stereo Review magazine…I dreamed of owning a fancy stereo someday, i read articles about all sorts of equipment, i began to understand what some of the specs were and couldn’t wait to someday own my own component system…i was also at the time getting the BSR catalogs, and for xmas that year I pieced together a simple pioneer / technics system I was hoping for…on xmas morning i remember sitting downstairs on the floor around the tree…my sister engulfed in a mountain of presents and me with 3-4 boxes already opened…pj’s and sweaters i’d imagine…my father asked if I was happy with what I’d gotten and I reluctantly said yes…he then asked me to go into the next room and get him something….as I opened the door there it was, my first stereo…another great day!
yesterday was one of those days as well…in those Stereo Review magazines I was reading all those years ago, I often read about Thoren’s Turntables….i saw lots of beautiful pics and thought they must be the best of the best…I dreamed about owning one someday for many years….well this has finally come to be….I saw a really nice one on FB Marketplace for $500 two nights ago and showed it to Anita…she’s heard all about this stuff for nearly 30 years and just sorta glazes over whenever I talk about it, but she knows how much I’ve wanted one ever since we’d met…well the one I showed her wasn’t gonna happen, to expensive for sure….then yesterday I stopped down to my favorite local used record store, Easton Record Exchange just saying hello to the owner, a friend of mine, and hoping to find some Sandy Denny records, which I didn’t….but as we chatted I noticed a Thorens TD 160 turntable….it was just like the ones I remember seeing in Stereo Review 36 years ago…I inquired about price and thought, maybe…just maybe
well when I got home I sent Anita a message about it and the price….and as I sat there watching those lights blink on FB messenger when someone is typing, awaiting her reply, I sorta thought she might say yes, although I was bracing for the usual response of “no, we don’t have the money right now” which I understand is usually the case, there was a small part of me that felt optimistic….and she replied…”sure, it’ll be your xmas present”….yesterday was truly a great day!!
I am listening to it as I type….it has truly lived up to all my expectations!!
moral of the story, keep dreaming!!