No not CDs, but real-life vinyl in lovely sleeves with grooves, scratches and all 45rmp and 75 rpm records. So where do you begin when you have quite few. Well for me my love of music began when I was very little girl. I have memories of listening to records with my dad on a Sunday when it could be anything from Big Band Jazz to musicals. I have a strong memory of my dad and I dancing to T-Rex on Top of the Pops as well. I even believed for years that you had to listen to both sides of the album before you could listen to the same side again, thank you Dad.
When I was about 8 or 9 my grandparents gave me an old record player with a batch of 75rpm records which included some terrors but also some great things by ABBA, yes I love ABBA, and one by Donny Osmond which I am ashamed to say at the time I loved. Suffice to say I could be found dancing round my bedroom and singing loudly to those records.
Fast forward to my teenage years and once I started working on Saturdays and babysitting most nights of the week I could afford to but my own records and I also was given records for my birthday and Christmas presents. I loved the sound, the feel, the songs, the cover designs and reading the lyrics so I could sing along with my favourite artists.
Today I still have all the 45rpm singles I have collected and a selection of the 75rpm LPs I collected so I thought I'd share a few of my favourites with you today.
So firstly, my all time favourite females singer and lyricist is Kate Bush. I fell in love with her the moment Wuthering Heights came out and I have that single still. She was so different to most of the music at the time, she wrote her songs, danced and sang so evocatively and she was also beautiful. These 2 albums are my favourites not only for the music but for the album designs and the lyrics.
I have always loved the beautiful album design for this one, isn't it lovely?
Next up is this single by Depeche Mode. I remember buying this when it first came out and I am still a fan to this day. Well over 30 years later I love their music and style, Dave Gahan's voice is mesmerising and not only have they changed and moved with the time but have retained a hugely loyal fanbase too.
Now for these guys, yes Adam and the Ants. Oh what can I say I was super into them. On a Thursday night my sister and I would dance around the lounge to Top of the Pops and do the Prince Charming dance. I know I'm showing my age but hey it was fun. They were an amazing band. All dressed up in their finery, wearing makeup, 2 drummers and they were all pretty handsome. I still love putting on Stand and Deliver and singing along.
The next single is a ''one hit wonder'' but precious because my sister bought it for me year when I was ill in bed. She used her own pocket money and I treasure it.
This final one I've picked purely for my friends Ronnie and Elliot who are on the final week and 200 miles of their 921 mile walk so I think this song is highly appropriate don't you and I'm putting in the video cos I love the song so much.
I could probably do a whole series of posts on my music collection so suffice to say these are only a few of the hundreds hiding in my flat.