A Left-hand Turn Down Memory Lane

music musings, beaverdamusa.comI realize it has been a minute or two since I mused.  The subject matter (three great shows) is there, but the words just won’t come out of my head.  

We have been cleaning out my parents’ house and I discovered something that got the ole creative thoughts going.  Backstory – like most folks of the Depression era, mine never throw anything away.  No, it wasn’t the 2003 UT National Alumni Directory in hardcopy format, it was this:

8tracks1For those of you under the age of 45, the black rectangles are called 8-tracks.  In the upper right corner is a form of vinyl called 45’s or singles.   The hoarder in me wanted to hang onto to them – especially the 8-tracks.  There was one small problem.  I didn’t have anything to play them.  

I did use the opportunity to explain to my boys how an 8-track worked – from the faint song from another track playing during silence to the familiar fade-out and fade-in right in the middle of a song while the track switched.  I can still remember the spot on specific songs where this would happen.  I explained to the concept of an “A” and “B” side of a single.  For those of you who don’t know the difference, the “A” side was the song the record company/artist wanted you to hear.  The “B” side was typically a deep cut on the album that they didn’t really think would be popular.  Often, the “B” side would gain momentum and become the more popular song.  Now, singles are stand alone and released via streaming outlets. 

While I was going through the crate of 8-tracks, I ran across this one:


“The Grand Illusion” by Styx

This is one of the albums which I have had on several forms of media.  I have had this great album on 8-track, vinyl, cassette, and digital.  Reel to reel is probably the only media left.  If you notice the label, you can see the RCA Music Service tag line.  So this means that I got this, along with 12 others, for a single penny.  Music clubs from the 70’s and 80’s are a topic for another day.

Did I keep the singles and 8-tracks?  Nah.  Didn’t have an 8-track player and my bride would have frowned upon it.  But finding them allowed me a chance to walk down memory lane.  I hope you enjoyed it also.

Musing and reminiscing in Music City


About Zach Clayton

Zach Clayton started Music Musings in 2013, but isn’t a stranger to music. While he may be a mild mannered accountant by day, he always has tunes going and forces his staff at work to play music trivia when they enter his office. He is a self-proclaimed lover of all music genres with over 3,500 songs in his iPod. Zach’s first concert was Eddie Money in Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym in 1979 and claims to have seen Van Halen (all three incarnations) over 25 times. There have only been one or two years since 1979 that Zach hasn’t been to a concert. He also has the uncanny knack of getting to know several folks in the music scene – both out front and behind the scenes. Zach is in the process of indoctrinating his two boys into the rock and roll way by exposing them to concerts and various music while holding them hostage in his truck screaming the mantra – “rap is crap!”

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