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I really enjoyed the conversation that resulted from my last entry, so here is another music-related post you may enjoy.

How many of you recall the joy of listening to music on vinyl?

I remember those days, carefully taking records out of their sleeves and delicately putting them on our record player at home. Since I was only five, most of my records were Disney productions, stories like Cinderella or Snow White, read by a narrator and accompanied by songs. My parents were very brave to trust me with our record player. Never broke a needle. OK, maybe I did, once.

I often would listen to the records in my parents collection, a collection which ranged from classical, country and western, to Tejano music.

At this age, my favorite artists were Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. But my favorite record to listen to was one by Vicente Fernández, the popular Mexican singer known as "El Charro de Mexico".

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Impressive mustache. Be jealous.



You see, listening to "Chente's" music was an event for me. I would put on his record, wear my sombrero (which was actually a pillow I carefully balanced on my head) and throw my favorite blanket around my shoulders, so that it wrapped around like a poncho. As the music blared, sound cranked to 11, I pretended I was Chente, belting out rancheras in our living room. My "grito" was awesome for a five-year-old. Then the next day I would dress all in black and pretend I was Johnny Cash. The clean, kid-friendly, G-rated version of course. Come on, I was only five.

I bring up the topic about records because today I read about an audio engineering company, GGRP Sound, sending out a 45rpm record in a corrugated cardboard sleeve that doubles as a record player.

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Photo courtesy of GGRP

The record can be spun with a pencil and the vibrations go through the needle, producing a recording of a children’s story called “A town that found its sound.” I thought this was pretty nifty.[Sources: Gizmodo and MarketingMag]

I don't know about you, but in this age of iPods, iPhones and other fancy gadgets, I still do enjoy listening to music on vinyl.

Record photo courtesy of GettyImages.com, photographer, Rodrigo Valença.