My theme is Musical Memories: The Memories that music brings rushing back.
The Record Rack opened in Beaumont in the 1950's. But I didn't meet her until the late 70's. I was from a small town to the North of Beaumont. And when we did come to Beaumont it was usually to big chain stores or the mall. And that's where I'd buy my records in my mid to later teens. But all too often, the big chains let you down in one way or another. For one, when a new release was really hot it could take several trips to manage to score a copy. And, if you had heard something ten, twenty years older you had fallen in love with, you could just hang it up.
I don't even really remember just how I came to learn of her. But I remember my first time through her doors like it was yesterday. The shop was cram packed everywhere you looked. There were notes stuck all over the front counter. People were coming in and out conversing with the woman behind the counter like she was family. And while that may have been charming, the clincher was the rows of bins, all organizer and enticing. Filled with gold, silver and platinum. And a whole section dedicated to Motown! Oh, my gosh, overall that was the best music ever made! Spector's wall of sound is awesome even today. And Cadillac Records gave us some of the best vocal talents. But for a total package, delivered constantly, Motown was the epitome'. The first thing I looked for was "If I Were You're Woman" by Gladys Knight and the Pips. I had only heard it once or twice, but adored it. And she had it!
I went on to find many treasures in that store. And if they didn't have it they'd get it for you pronto
Now, I enjoy music on a stick and I adore having Spotify, but if you never walked into a store dedicated to music and found a treasure you had searched high and low for, if you've never slipped vinyl out of a crisp pressed paper cover and lay a needle to it, then you've missed a treasured experience.
In honor of her, I share this playlist with you:
Scroll through or play the playlist above and tell me one of your favorites and why.
Do you know who on my playlist was born in Beaumont and returned to live here? (No googling allowed!)