Tuesday, February 24, 2004

More on the Victrola - I can't help it
I recently acquired through Ebay an album from the early 1930's of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade." It's perfomed by the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of the great Leopold.
At the risk of insulting the intelligence of some of my readers I feel it might be beneficial to explain "album." Before the late 1940's, records came in a ten-inch size and a twelve-inch size and both spun at 78 rpm. The twelve-inch size played for about four minutes. Long musical works like symphonies were released as sets of twelve-inch records. They came in books with record sleeves for pages. It was called an "album" because it was like a photograph album.
When the long-playing, vinyl, twelve inch 33 1/3 speed record was introduced people continued to call it an "album," although it no longer was really anything like one.

So, this is what it's like
I ended up paying State again to get my records cleared so I can get further financial aid. It turned out to be the best thing to do. The financial aid office at the uni where I'm in library school has awarded me a few thousand dollars in loans. I'm taking it all. It might be enough to pay for the entire program and I won't have to mess with applying for financial aid again.