Not Our Records – Yet!!

NotOurRecordsYet

Not Our Records … Yet!!!

This post is a placeholder. We follow a process of: 1) draft, 2) review, 3) rewrite and publish and 4) review after 3,6,9 weeks and update.  As we are rebuilding the website; the idea is to use our first 10 posts to publicly share where we are going and what we are working on.

Record collections are personal. The choice to purchase a piece of music, the people you were with, the stage of life you were in,and the hopes that the music is going to be worth it are all parts of the experience. In many cases, an artist becomes a favorite and a lifelong relationship is formed. In addition, the care of the material and the choice in turntables, amps, speakers and other tech gizmos become part of the widening circle.

Here at The Gardenia Society, we have been honored to recieve multiple record collections as donations.  In some cases, the records are a family history of the music enjoyed while the parents dated, married, established a family, and passed along a passion for music. Some of the records are well worn as if tiny hands spent a lot of time with them while others are pristine and were clearly well cared for. We are honored to have these collections and will post family tributes in order to get to know the people a bit better.

We appreciate the people that originally decided to purchase and care for the records. We also appreciate the family’s donation. Our plan with “Not Our Record Collection … Yet!!!” is to play the records at least one more time before either adding them to the collection or passing them along to our school program or … donating them to The Salvation Army.  Speaking of The Salvation Army, we still love to browse the selection and are surprised every so often with a jazz album that isn’t too scratchy.  The other site we like to use is Goodwill’s shopgoodwill.com which is an online auction site they pull together from donations. You can likely find anything there and we typically search for jazz in general or Billie Holiday in particular.

So, we now have over 3,000 records in 78RPM which is the old standard. These were brittle records made of shellac and range from 1910 to 1950. The 78’s were replaced by LP’s and 45’s which were 2 competing standards of the day. The 45’s kept the 78’s time limit of ~ 3 minutes per side but moved from shellac to “vinyl” and from 78 RPM to 45 RPM.  The 45’s were then able to be sold at a higher volume and lower cost than 78’s and for baby boomers turnign teenagers; it was ideal for variety and space. The LP’s opened new dimensions based on the switch to vinyl; the LP allowed for even longer recordings of up to 25 minutes per side. The most noticible shift from 45’s to LP’s (or Long Play) is a change to 33RPM. The slower speed and the longer grooves begin to allow for further enhancements such as stero and quad channels (an early surround sound).

So under this category you will follow along with us as we solicit, receive, sort, record and play the records. Many will be distributed as duplicates are inevitable – the number of Benny Goodman records is pretty intense but the number of Billie Holiday records is very low. And let’s face it, some of the music is just a little outdated and no longer all that interesting to a contemporary audience.  Still, it is quite fun to get exposed to the music which got our grandparents through tough times and helped them celebrate the end of the Depression and welcome home returning soldiers.

So this is where we are convert our turntable into the WayBackMachine and step, if only briefly, into another time and culture.

Join us on twitch at:  www.twitch.tv/gardenia_society

The project will stream the music we play at least once. The stream is recorded so that we can eventually compile an entire body of work for an artist which will be compiled, edited and included in a biography or music appreciation episode on our YouTube channel. For instance, we may use our research during the twitch show to build an interesting look at Duke Ellington, Count Basie, or Benny Goodman and have the raw material to produce an episode on the artist, the times or the genre for our music appreciation curriculum.

It’s all a bunch of work … I mean fun.

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