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home sweet home


No, it’s not my house, it’s Gina Lollobrigida’s villa on the Via Appia Antica (National Geographic, June 1970). I love the fact that, although she had been in at least 50 films in 20 years, she has a passion for being behind the camera – which became a career in photojournalism. Look closely, and you’ll see she is sorting her own pics…If you haven’t seen any of her films, you may recall her role in the 80’s series Falcon Crest.

After 2 early shifts, I’m loving being at home, spinning Patsy Cline and Peggy Lee on the turntable is certainly helping. Tonight’s task is to put the rest of my cd’s through audiograbber, and make a few playlists for the i-Pod. I seem to have become music person at work, and am aiming to have 5 lists done, each lasting 7.5 or 8 hours (have done 2 so far). If anyone knows how I can get my vinyl onto computer (and no, I don’t want to pay someone else to do it) please leave a comment.

If you haven’t listened to Peggy Lee’s Black Coffee LP, or anything by Patsy Cline, it’s high time you did. Two very talented ladies, who aren’t with us anymore.


About Vetti

I love good coffee, street art, tiki bars and kitsch. Adore roller derby and quiffs and vintage Hawaiian shirts. Enjoy a slice of my northside life!

13 responses to “home sweet home

  1. crumpet

    Mr C may possibly know things about vinyl and computers, but I’m not sure…

  2. crumpet: thanks! i wasn’t sure either, there’s prolly a few fellers who fall into that category who swing past this blog. if any of you are reading this, speak up. don’t be shy…

  3. gizo

    ah, the perils of reading the comments before the post. I had envisaged a Vetti who was desirous of a padded-vinyl computer. Ah well….
    Should be a relatively easy task, Vett – just pump the signal from the turntable via a preamp into the PC. There do exist some funky programs that can scan for track breaks too, so you don’t even have to think. But I don’t know what they are called. Mr C will know though – he is like a tall, skinny google.

  4. gizo: πŸ™‚ i think i’ll be offering mr c a few drinks or a pub meal in exchange for advice on this one…

  5. eroica

    you are the music girl at work because you are the BEST and we bow down before you..

  6. eroica

    (i love peggy lee’s black coffee by the way)

  7. eroica: stop it, i’m blushing. i like my music, guess it shows, huh…

  8. Roderic Crozier ⋅

    Hi Vetti
    I’ve got a friend in the NL who has done this wonderful service for some of my old vinyls we had in Wantirna. He has the gear and he bought it all in Kampen. He is currently caravanning through France, Spain and Portugal on his annual hols. I’ll email him for chapter and verse and might be able to get the hardware for you while I am in Oz . Given quick responses on all fronts you might be experiencing your very first non-religious conversion/re-birth of your beloved vinyls soon.
    RodC ( card carrying member of the club of Mr. C’s)

  9. davy ⋅

    Hi Vetti, first time perusing your blog, enjoying all the tune references. I know this particular thread is a bit old but did you ever resolve your vinyl to computer dilemma? Let me know as I set mine up recently, works a treat too.


    P.S. Have you got the Alice Russell Lp’s or an Quantic?

  10. davy: nice4 of you to swing by – never got round to doing anything about this, any suggestions welcome!Don’t have any Alice Russell, have heard she’s brilliant…

  11. davy ⋅

    No worries, glad to be of help, there’s a couple of ways of doing it, you can either buy a small pre-amp (Available on ebay) that’s designed to plug a turntable into your sound card or you could, like me, attach a standard hi-fi type integrated amplifier to the sound card (using a stereo RCA to headphone cable), then plug the turntable into the phono jacks on the amp as normal. This for me is the best option as I had a spare amp, turntable and speakers. Don’t know if you’re in the same position? It’s fab because you also get hi-fi quality sound out of the PC as well (via the line out socket on the sound card back to Aux jacks on the amp).

    You can then download free software called audacity, there’s a link to download here >

    The software can then easily record the output from the turntable to mp3 format and therefore itunes.

    Hope that makes sense? Give me a shout if you need any clarification!


  12. davy ⋅

    No probs, hope you get something up and running, let me know if you do. Yes, highly recommend Alice Russell, great voice, funky sound, check her myspace page out..

    and on youtube
    (great live version)

    Also check out The Quantic Soul Orchestra if you get a chance (she’s a guest vocalist).

    I’m in a very ‘spread the love’ frame of mind at the moment, don’t know why πŸ˜‰

    ta ra and happy tune Sunday

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