So, today’s Sunday from the Porch post is on Monday. It’s storming like a mother out there right now, so I am inside, sitting on my couch.
The previous Sunday, I did not post a Porch post because I was in Ohio for my grandfather’s funeral. It was not good times. I considered writing a post from my grandparent’s back porch, but I didn’t really have a solitary moment when there is a houseful of grieving family members commemorating the passing of their patriarch.
On Saturday of that weekend, we needed a break from sitting around the house waiting for a funeral to happen. My dad, my uncle and both of my brothers and I went to Kelley’s Vinyl in downtown Ashland, Ohio, to browse Jack Kelley’s 30,000+ vinyl records for sale.
We spent about two hours and a collective $200 on vinyl. It was a cathartic experience for me. Jack’s place is sprawling with many rooms filled with a ridiculous amount of quality vinyl. There were times when we were all in the same room looking at albums and bantering back and forth about the rare finds and hilarious album artwork, and other times when we all drifted to different rooms for some solitary shopping.
It was a fun experience because I have never felt more in tune with the men of my family than in that moment. Aside from the absence of my cousin Chris, my uncle’s son, this was the gathering of the remaining Shenberger men of the family all doing something together.
Personally, I bought three albums and three CD’s. On vinyl, I picked up a Paul Simon greatest hits album, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s “So Far.” and The Police “Syncronicity.” On CD, I bought Fiona Apple’s first album, Green Day’s “Insomniac,” and Hum “You’d Prefer an Astronaut.”
My brother, Jake, bought 29 albums on vinyl. Pretty good haul.
I think the best part of the experience was listening to my dad and uncle banter back and forth about the albums they used to own as young men, songs they used to listen to, which lead to memories about concerts and live performances they saw. It was hearing the oral history of my dad and uncle’s relationship through the music they shared; a very real moment in a weekend of the surreal.
Check out Kelley’s Vinyl Record Store in Ashland, Ohio, on Facebook. Free plug, but if you are looking for something specific, Jack can probably find it for you.
Here’s a track from one of my purchases, King of Pain by the Police: