Back in Time

United States
December 31, 2016 12:44pm CST
I got my mom a new record player for Christmas, since her old one is unwieldy and hasn't been played in years. She loved it, and the first record she played was "Carpenters", the 1971 album by the talented brother and sister duo the Carpenters. I've always loved their music and love singing along with Karen and Richard, but when I listened with my mom, I felt transported back in time. I could picture her as a girl sitting by her record player with her friends as they listened to this same album. It was almost like being there too. My friends tell me I have an anachronistic personality. By that, I think they mean that I love things from the past--1940s movies, music from the Big Band all the way through the eighties hair bands, centuries old books--and more. They're right. To me, these things bear record of important memories and emotions that shouldn't be forgotten. The human race has endured many things in our collective history. That's one thing that gives me confidence that we will continue to do so in the future, in spite of our differences. I hope you all have a wonderful New Year holiday and that God richly blesses your 2017.
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@marlina (154165)
• Canada
31 Dec 16
Definitely a great gift for your dear Mom.
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• United States
31 Dec 16
Thanks, I think she enjoyed it!
31 Dec 16
Have a great one.
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• United States
31 Dec 16
Thank you!
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31 Dec 16
@puddleglum You're welcome. Exciting for the new year?
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• United States
31 Dec 16
@TheInvisibleMan I'm looking forward to the New Year. I hope to write more, read more, and spend quality time with friends and family. Are you ready for 2017?
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@shaggin (71681)
• United States
15 Jan 17
I think thats wonderful you so enjoy things from the past. My mother still has all her old records and record player. I used to love listening to them when I was young.
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• United States
16 Jan 17
It's great that you have those memories.
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@zebra2222 (5269)
• United States
12 Jan 17
I also like the sounds of the 40's.
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• United States
12 Jan 17
It was a magical time for music, I think.
@kevin1877uk (36988)
31 Dec 16
I love the "Carpenters" and have their box set, Karen's voice, oh so beautiful :)
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@kevin1877uk (36988)
31 Dec 16
@puddleglum It totally was, I'm listening to the Carpenters on Youtube now. There are so many of theirs I do like.
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• United States
31 Dec 16
@kevin1877uk Haha. Once you start listening, it's hard to stop.
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• United States
31 Dec 16
Yes, her voice was one of a kind!
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@Happy2BeMe (99386)
• Canada
31 Dec 16
Such wonderful memories you have. That wad a great gift for your mom. Happy New Year to you and your family.
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• United States
31 Dec 16
Thanks!
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@Happy2BeMe (99386)
• Canada
1 Jan 17
@puddleglum you are welcome
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@louievill (28851)
• Philippines
31 Dec 16
I was like in 5th grade in 1971 and we had and listened to Carpenter records and music too. I remember my eldest sister's favorites were " We've only just Begun" and " Rainy days on Mondays ", its the kind of music that sticks to your head
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• United States
31 Dec 16
You're right, those songs stay with you. The two songs you mentioned are two of the best, I think.
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@FourWalls (62852)
• United States
1 Jan 17
Ooh, yeah, I love Karen Carpenter's voice. She had such a beautiful voice. Enjoy your new turntable and your old Carpenters albums!! Happy new year!!
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• United States
1 Jan 17
Thanks! Enjoy your New Year holiday.
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@msiduri (5687)
• United States
31 Dec 16
That was a lovely gift for you mom. I hope the both of you enjoy it for many years.
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• United States
31 Dec 16
Thanks, I hope so too.
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@rina110383 (24495)
1 Jan 17
I wish you an awesome & exciting year ahead!
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• United States
1 Jan 17
Thanks, and you as well!
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@responsiveme (22926)
• India
19 Apr 17
I love the Carpenters too...its been a long time since you were here.
@Tofyhd (1)
1 Jan 17
That was nice gift for your mom, and happy New Years . I hope everyone got a nice gift .
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• United States
1 Jan 17
Thank you, and happy New Year to you too!