we have been enjoying the more bittercold days by cranking up the ol' victrola...
a dance party inevitably ensues.
we bought it years ago, with an eye for lovely furniture, and an ear for musical history.
a few 78s came with it, and my dad found some more for us; operas, jazz, big band...
this disc is one of campfire songs...like blow the man down, charlie is my darlin', and clementine.
the kids connect immediately with the magic of the scratchy, strident sound,
the magic of how a crank of the handle
brings voices of the last century back from the dead,
and how those voices enliven the limbs of our dancing children.