Archive for June, 2014

A Vinyl Education, Part One

June 12, 2014


Rowan lasted a side of George Harrison’s triple-album All Things Must Pass, Comment on My Sweet Lord: “That was good fun.” Similarly one side of the Beach Boys’ Endless Summer was sufficient, but after a single Jackson 5 number (I Want You Back) she requested more Jimi Hendrix. One endearing thing is that she always wants to know what the song is…

To begin with: Hendrix a massive, massive hit, beginning with the Axis: Bold as Love vertical gatefold and, thanks to my purchase of the entire late 90s double-heavy-vinyl reissues, we then take it right through from Are You Experienced? to First Rays of the Rising Sun and Stone Saturn Delta, and forevermore.

Except that she’s now moved on to Marvin Gaye – Here My Dear is a surprise hit. Currently midway through Side Three, the: When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You instrumental reprise.

“Can we watch another?”

ps. The record cabinet was open shelves but the cats scratched the record spines – two thirds of the lower shelf are ruined. But, hey, these are the records I have to play, not to sell. The doors have a circle of blackboard paint in the middle. I drew the chalk spiral and Rowan drew the rest. 


Conversations with Rowan, May-June 2014

June 12, 2014


“Can we play records? I want  Jendry Himricks…”

“Do you mean Jimi Hendrix?”

“Jimi Hendrix, Jimi Hendrix, Jimi Hendrix!


“You got two milks! I don’t like milks today. I like waters.”

“We don’t need papple pips!”

“I don’t want to worry about spiders.”


“What are you doing?”

“Rubbing my face.”

“Are you quite tired?”


“Is it possible you want to go to sleep?”


“You alright, Honey?”

“My name is Honey. You are ‘Tim’ name.”

“That’s right.”

“And Mummy is ‘Jo’!”

“Yes, you clever thing!”

“Really, my name is ‘Baby’.”


“Are you big in your tum?”


“Are you really big in your tummy?”


“You are really big in your tum!”


“There are ten of them.”

“Ten of them? Leaves?”

“There are hundreds and hundreds of them.”

“Hundreds and hundreds? Very good.”

“And hundreds and hundreds of cars, and hundreds of houses.”

“Very good.”

“And hundreds and hundreds of woods.”

“Do you mean trees?”

“Yeah, and hundreds and hundreds of animals in houses. And hundreds and hundreds of halls. And hundreds and hundreds of stars in the night sky. And hundreds and hundreds of buses. And hundreds and hundreds of moons.”

“I thought there was just one moon.”

“No, silly! There are hundreds and hundreds.”