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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Sunday, November 14, 2004
    The vinyl solution
    In waste of course, the scavenger thrives. Placing myself in the company of those quick-eyed men who lurk at municipal refuse management centres, yesterday I not only helped tip all manner of used-up materials in Kirkby; I also set eyes on an old record-player. I need one; my old one literally blew up, at three in the morning while I was sleeping four feet away in my student room in 1999. I have not played an lp since.

    The consequence of my scavenging: tonight I dust off the vinyl and choose which disk to Christen my 'new' player with. If I'm feeling upbeat (as I may be in reaction to this evening's SERVICE OF PRAYERS AND READINGS IN COMMEMORATION OF THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED) then it will probably be one of my top five all-time great singles, Jonathan Richman's Roadrunner. If I'm feeling more moody ... or lets say MOOOOOO-dy ... then for some odd reason I have an urge to reacquaint myself with Atom Heart Mother.