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Billy Talent
  • Artist

    Billy Talent

  • Album

    Dead Silence

  • Label

    Warner Music Canada

My Liner Notes - Victoria Shepherd - the Fleetwood Stereo

Liner notes appear on the sleeve of an album or CD case and contain a mix of anecdotal or factual information. They often reflect the artists’ personality and contain meaningful statements about the art or life issues. My Liner Notes is a regular feature on Music Canada that allows people of all walks of life to share personal reflections about music.

In Stereo

My dad celebrated my birth with the purchase of a Fleetwood Stereo for the princely sum of $500. I like to think it is because my presence filled his life with the gift of music, but it was more likely so he would have something else to listen to in the house other than a newborn’s cries. The stereo held the place of honour in our living room, and was NOT for small children to play with.

Photo credit - You can even buy this retro unit

On my tenth birthday, my dad decided I was old enough to lift the lid on the stereo and start playing his records. There was nothing more exciting to me than sitting on the (shag) rug in our living room, and exploring my dad’s record collection. It was small, but it was GOOD! Elvis, Manfred Man, The Everly Brothers, The Beatles, Anne Murray and Gordon Lightfoot. The smell of the polished wood, the lyrics on the album liner, the warm, rich sound of the vinyl – I whiled away hours listening to some of the best music ever written.

Another milestone that year was the purchase of my first guitar – a Hofner acoustic guitar. First song learned – Gordon Lightfoot’s “Black Day In July”. One of my wedding Songs – “Fools Rush In”; Bedtime lullaby for my babies – “All I Have To Do Is Dream”; safety song for crossing the street “I Want To Hold Your Hand”, first song played at the cottage every visit “If You Could Read My Mind”. Elvis and The Beatles are as beloved by my 11 year old daughter as Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift. When my dad comes to dinner every Sunday, we listen to HIS (our) music.

Time marches forward, and so does technology. I (finally!) bought my dad his very first CD player for Christmas fifteen years ago (accompanied by an Anne Murray CD, of course), and I listen to my music now on Rdio, but the magic of those albums played on that stereo is always with me.

Is there a stereo in your memories?  A music collection influenced by your parents?  We'd love to hear your story. 

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  • Music Canada  Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011
    Seems like a great name for a stereo to me Marguerite! And a great way to spend the EI money! Music feeds the soul. Thanks for your comment!
  • Marguerite Sumeraj  Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011
    When we first moved to the Toronto area in 1980, I had given up my job in Montreal in order to follow my husband in the big exodus out of Quebec caused by the political situation at that time. For the first time in my life, I applied for "Unemployment Insurance" as it was called then. It took weeks and weeks of one bureaucratic delay after another, for me to actually receive a cheque...the princely sum of $300. By that time, I had found a job already! So I purchased a stereo, which I always thought of fondly as my "Unemployment Insurance" stereo.



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