Monday, June 29, 2020

I NEVER GAVE UP ON YOU

Dear Eight-Track Tapes And Console . . . and Maxwell,

My darlings, for years I've longed to play you again. What some people might think was annoying about you––the tape can fall apart, you might break up a song into two parts––never bothered me. You were part of my high school days, when I sat on my bed and played Cat Stevens' love songs over and over.


But I couldn't listen to you. No, not even you, Fleetwood Mac. I bade farewell to my eight-track tape player years ago. But, you my tapes, I refused to let you go. I was sure you would play again.


And now you are. When Favorite Young Man discovered this console at the Salvation Army Thrift Store, I jumped at the chance to add you to my bedroom because you . . .


have an eight-track tape player, seen here with the radio. And you work.


To put the icing on the cake, you have a turntable. Oh, how I adore you.


You appeared to have never been used. You came to me in perfect condition, complete with the paperwork that shows you were delivered to a man named Ronald in 1972.

And now you are mine, all mine.

According to your instruction book, the space at the top could be used for a small TV, which Ronald must not have ordered.

It's okay, Ronald. I don't mind. The rest of the console brings me such joy. Shall we listen to America next? Sister Golden Hair Surprise?


One more pleasant part of our happy home is Carol, so pretty in pink.



Infinities of love to you, Eight-Track Player and Console. I promise we'll never be parted again.

Janie Junebug


America, will you please sing us out? I've seen you in concert five times, so I think you owe me.


51 comments:

  1. I never owned an 8-track tape. But, if I did, I would be elated with your find. And a turntable! How cool. I hope you and Carol have a great time listening to all your music.

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    1. Carol doesn't care for the music I like. She listens to jazz or gospel for the most part. I'm fine with that.

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  2. Hi Janie - that console was an excellent find ... especially as you have the tapes to play - and it all works = just brilliant. Carol does look happy ... take care and all the best - Hilary

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    1. Thanks, Hilary. Carol almost always looks happy.

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  3. That's wonderful! Enjoy your 8-tracks again!

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  4. Talk about a blast from the past ...Janie, this is wonderful. I love it. Love Carol's pretty pink things. Blessings to all, stay safe. xoxo, Susie

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  5. What a great FIND! You are a lucky woman. I've never owned those kind of tapes, only vinyl records and the smaller tapes that came later. Now you can play yours and that's so great.

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  6. So pleased you can play your tapes again. We just bought a VHS tape recorder, it was quite expensive but I'm not ready to throw all the kids videos away, especially as I'm sure my Granddaughter will love watching them.

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    1. I've kept all the VHS, too, because most of them are Disney movies.

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  7. Wow, what a find! I haven't seen an 8-track for...forever! Enjoy.

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  8. What I remember most about 8 tracks is that occasionally a song would click to a new track mid song. TheHub is still rueing the fact that I gave his player to Goodwill in the early 80's.

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    1. You can probably find another one for him. Does he still have his tapes?

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  9. OMGOsh! You can play your 8-tracks! What a find and to be in pristine condition...with a turntable, too.

    Say hi to Carol. She's been such a good friend to you. :)

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    1. The paper that covered the turntable was even on it.

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  10. Music was a big part of my childhood, never had an 8 track just records and cassettes

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    1. My mom got an eight track tape player for free when she purchased something else. I really enjoyed it.

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  11. My dad still has his 8-tracks and still has a player, but I don't think it works. :( Maybe some day...

    That's so awesome that Favourite Young Man found an 8-track player and a turn table! Woohoo! I am beginning to love Favourite Young Man too. :)

    Love,
    Jessica

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    1. FYM is a good guy. If your dad wants a player, I think some are available on ebay.

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    2. FYM :D

      I'll have to look for him and surprise him.

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    3. That would be a fun surprise.

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  12. That is so awesome, Janie - I'm excited for you. I well remember 8-tracks but they were mostly my brother's. I had cassette tapes and vinyl. How wonderful that you can play all your old favourites again. What a find! Favourite Young Man did good :)

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  13. We still have a turntable and shelves full of LPs which haven't been played for years (too many to count)--
    Enjoy your tapes while you feel the impetus. Inspire us!

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    1. I have all of my albums that I got when I was growing up, and Favorite Young Man has a big collection of vinyl.

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  14. Wow! I haven't seen a 8-track player in ages! So happy you have one–and with a turntable. Lucky ducky!

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    1. I am a lucky ducky. Everything in the console works perfectly and the console itself doesn't have a single scratch.

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  15. My daughter got this nail stamp that you have to stick a pencil in and roll the tape. It brought back similar memories to this!

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  16. that's so awesome! My 8-track tapes were either sold at garage sales or dumped decades ago.

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  17. Sister Golden Hair was one of my all time favorites! So glad you found an eight track and a turntable, which by the way are making a comeback.
    Also glad you have Carol in your life. She sounds like a treasurer.

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    1. I love America and Sister Golden Hair is one of my favorites, too.

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  18. Your post made me laugh, Janie! You were well overdue for some good luck, and how lovely that you scored with something that gives you so much pleasure! I still have my cassettes, too. I never had an 8 track player, but I had a boyfriend who did. Wishing you many happy hours of enjoying your music.

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    1. When I was in high school our debate coach had an 8 track player in his car! That was the only time I saw one in a vehicle.

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  19. Nice. I have a vintage record player that doesn't work. Still, it's kinda priceless to me.

    I will, I will meet you cute America guys. In the middle, end, beginning. I'm yours.

    Love.

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    1. I met the cute America guys about 25 years ago. They were very cute in the middle and in the air.

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  20. Hope you and all the house buddies are having an excellent week.

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    1. We are, although someone pooped in the living room and it definitely wasn't me. The pups had just been outside but there's something about pooping in the living room that they like.

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  21. That thing is gorgeous! You are so lucky...

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    1. Lucky thanks to FYM. I want to find something special to put in the empty space where the TV was supposed to be and put the tapes in down next to the turntable.

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  22. I've never heard an eight track player before so that's a great find. :) See, sometimes hanging onto stuff plays well in the end. There are so many times that I throw stuff away b/c we don't have room and end up regretting it years later.

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    1. I gave away or sold at garage sales a lot of the kids' books and toys. It was a mistake. Some of those toys are quite valuable now, but where was I going to store everything?

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  23. What a fabulous find, Janie. Enjoy! I have my original 1973 stereo turntable with radio and 8-track, but alas, the latter doesn't work, so I chucked the 8-track tapes. There's another turntable with cassette player that I use, though. Hurray for our "Old School" ways!

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