05 June 2005


The other day we were going through our basement and closets gathering together items for a yard sale on Saturday, the proceeds of which will benefit a Christian orphanage in Liberia. While digging through the piles of accumulated stuff, I ran across a stack of assorted records, which, in turn, led me to dig out an old turntable and play a few.

I guess that back before we all watched videos and DVDs, records with picture books were a great way to listen to familiar stories, with the added benefit of having to imagine a good deal of the narrative action. The stack of records included Disney stories such as Pinnochio, Lady and the Tramp, Robin Hood, and various short accounts of Davey Crockett, Johnny Appleseed, and Paul Bunyan.

Among other finds: a 1964 recording of presidential campaign speeches and narrative in the Barry Goldwater / LBJ race, a souvenir recording of George Beverly Shea from the 1955 Billy Graham crusade at Madison Square Garden, and Carole King singing Maurice Sendak's book about Pierre who doesn't care.

One of my favorite re-discoveries was an LP of the kids musical It's Cool in the Furnace, a very fun 1970s re-telling of the story of Shadrach, Meshech, and Abednego and the fiery furnace, complete with groovy music ranging from jazz to folk to 70s rock. My church put on this musical some time in the mid-1970s and I remember singing in the kids choir, kazoo in hand.

In any case, our yard sale went well and I enjoyed the opportunity to dig through some fond memories.