Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Round, Round Like A Record Player, Baby (Classic)

Another classic Grapevine post from February 2007... for the record, today is one of those "33 1/3 record in a 78 rpm world" days as well.

Remember record players? Yes, I know that some of you don't... that the only record player you've actually seen used in the one in the hatch on the TV show, Lost. But for some of us, there's a certain warm glow around the memories of picking up an album & sliding out the sleeve, carefully putting the record on the turntable & setting the needle down. Depending on the size of the record, you set the speed - 33 1/3, 45, or 78 rpm's (revolutions per minute).

Of course, by the time I bought my first stereo system (complete with record player, cassette player and... wait for it... 8-track tape player), they weren't making 78's anymore. My dad, who had a pretty decent collection of jazz records, didn't have any 78's in his pile of albums - and my stash of late-disco-era platters (ELO, Barry Manilow, Donna Summer, Yes, the Star Wars soundtrack, etc.) certainly didn't have any. Of course, like any kid, every once in a while I'd crank a 33 1/3 record up to 78 rpms and enjoy the chipmunk-ish sounds.

Well, today is one of those days where I feel like I'm a 33 1/3 record in a 78 rpm world. It's not just that my brain feels like it's mired in super-glue... it's that the very speed of my life, the multitude of responsibilities & obligations whizzing at me, feel like they're going to tear away pieces of me.

As a follower of Jesus, I realize that isn't the whole story - but down here on the turntable we call "life", it can be hard to see when everything is zipping past me. All I want to do is close my eyes & hang on. So, in moments like this, on mornings like this... heck, every morning, I have to turn to capital "T" Truth to gain perspective:
So we're not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There's far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can't see now will last forever.     2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (The Message)
And then I open my eyes & see the world afresh. It may not move any slower - I may not move any faster - but it's no longer a complete blur. It's no longer a string of unrelated obstacles & trials... there's something bigger going on.


Ryan said...

It's funny given you wrote this in '07, about a few months before I got an entry level Crosley suitcase style player. Just this past Saturday I laid it to rest (Best Buy electronics recycling) and have now replaced it with a new turntable. Vinyl, while still a niche within the music industry, is still popular and many artists today still putting albums out. I did pick up a best of Mama Cass album just to get "Make Your Own Kind of Music" because of LOST :). Other fun gems I'll throw on include the soundtracks to Inception, Tron Legacy, and U2's Joshua Tree.

Mark (aka pastor guy) said...

Thanks, Ryan - vinyl is a bigger deal than it was 10 years ago... and I have fond memories of my dad's high-end Marantz turntable and playing early 80s CCM records on it (Petra, Prodigal, Darrell Mansfield) that led my to declare that "this was God's permissive will, not his perfect will." :-)

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