We:30 Share and Tell: Kate's Vinyl LP

Every Wednesday at 3:30 we get together to celebrate an employee who exemplifies our core values to inspire, share, evolve, exceed and be 100% jerk-free. Our Share and Tell edition invites an employee to share something that inspires them and has a unique story. Kate De Jong, Red Door's Director of People Development, brought her vinyl LP called You’re the Guy I Want to Share My Money With!

My Share & Tell is an LP called You’re the Guy I Want to Share My Money With. It’s the only vinyl I have from my college days. I haven’t listened to this album in over 20 years, probably more like 27 years, because I haven’t had a turntable on which to play it. I’m not very sentimental and I tend to donate or toss out things that others would hold on to for the memories. So why have I held on to this album? Let me try to explain.

To start, I bought this album at Flat, Black & Circular, the local used album store on Grand River Avenue, across from my dorm at Michigan State. I used to spend hours in there while my best friend, Karen, traded in and browsed through F.B.C.’s extensive collection of music. I rarely bought anything – Karen was the one into collecting albums. But this one caught my eye: a compilation of performance art poetry by a bunch of beatniks I admire.  Additionally, it doesn’t have separated tracks. Instead, the tracks are spiraled together… so every time you put the needle on the album, you get a random track. Fun! (BTW – Flat, Black & Circular is still in business and they still sell albums, 45’s and 78’s. My sons don’t even get that a 45 is a vinyl disc with music on it as opposed to a type of gun.)

Another reason I’ve kept this pretty useless album, is the odd but great memory I have of my mom going to a Laurie Anderson concert with me. My mom has always been game for a lot, from survival camping with Girl Scouts to teaching middle schoolers how to play bridge. So, I knew that when she and I were on a road trip to Boston looking at grad schools for me (circa 1987), she’d agree to the idea of a concert. What an awesome time, with my mom, watching Laurie Anderson play her skull as a musical instrument. It was quite fitting to watch this quirky, inventive, amazing lady (Laurie Anderson, I mean), and share the experience with my mom – another quirky, inventive and amazing lady.

One of these days, I’ll get access to a turntable so I can listen to this album again. But… I have a feeling it may not live up to the memories, so maybe I’ll pass up the opportunity if it presents itself.

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