P.O. Box 668
Saluda, SC 29138
Phone 864 445-2527
Fax 864 445-8679
END OF AN ERA
As long as I’ve
been a choir director, I have recorded our
Christmas cantata on some type of cassette
In the beginning, I used a small portable
unit like everybody had back then that was
better suited for dictation.
Then I progressed to a mini “boom box” that
allowed me to dub tapes and plug in a better
microphone. It also has an AM-FM radio.
I’ve been using that box for over 20 years. It
still works. One of the cassette sides does not
rewind, so I just take the tape out out and
rewind it in the other side. I take the
batteries out of the cassette player and the
Radio Shack microphone every year after the
cantata, so they don’t corrode.
Sunday was our Emory-Nazareth cantata, and
that afternoon I made a sad decision.
I would leave the cassette player at home.
What’s the use of recording the cantata on a
cassette, when few people have a cassette
Our cantata this year was 51 minutes long, so
in order to record it, I would have to find the
120-minute tapes I bought years ago. Finding any
length cassette today is difficult.
So, Sunday night, I put my little Flip Video
camera on the ledge of the Nazareth balcony and
recorded the cantata that way.
Like my old cars, I will continue to “crank”
the old cassette player from time to time.
It’s a little sad, because I think of all the
“saints” in the choir whose voices the player
has recorded, including my father.
But that’s progress. Like many of you I’ve
seen vinyl records, 8-tracks, and cassettes go
by the wayside. Now CDs are not far behind.
I understand some vehicles today are not
coming with CD players. You just plug in your
When the radio in my van got fried, I started
using my iPod Nano for radio and music. I got
tired of getting ear plugs knotted, however, so
I eventually got another radio.
Yes, vinyl records are making a comeback ...
if you still have a record player. Maybe, the
8-tracks and cassettes will rise again.
I’ll still have a cassette player, just in
case, but I’m out of luck with the 8-track.
Funny how I get attached to objects. That’s
why I’m such a hoarder.
I poured ice out of a tea glass into the sink
the other day, and said to myself, “Looks like
all that ice could be used for something.”
“Yes, I could put it one of these plastics
bags I’m saving and refreeze it!”
Yep, it’s a sickness!
I saw a funny
post called “A little nostalgia” on an app
called iFunny the other day.
Having to knock on your friend’s door to see
if they could play.
Memorizing phone numbers;
Going to Blockbuster;
Spending countless hours making a CD with your
Calling a girl and worrying about her dad
Having to reel in a cassette tape with a
Missing the final episode of your favorite
show and having to wait until next summer to
find out what happened;
Blowing into a game cartridge to make it work.
Emory-Nazareth Choir did their usual outstanding
job with our cantata Sunday, I breathed my
annual sigh of relief.
I had made it through another season of choir
practice and football, mixed in with my other
When Emory and Nazareth started combining our
choirs for a Christmas cantata around 30 years
ago, we’d practice at Nazareth on Monday and
Emory on Wednesday, then I’d have a Jayvee game
to announce on Thursday, then cover the varsity
game on Friday, and I was a season ticket holder
for Carolina football then, so there went seven
of my Saturdays, and, of course, I had church on
Tuesday was the only free night I had, and
since that was paper printing day, I was always
worn out from hauling and inserting papers.
As the years progressed, our choirs realized
we only had to practice once a week, and I gave
up my Gamecock football tickets. I still have
the Saluda High jayvee and varsity games, but
I’m not nearly as exhausted for three straight
months as I used to be.
As I find out every year after high school
football season ends, Friday night TV stinks!
Thank goodness for Netflix and Amazon Prime
Fort Dorchester 59, Dorman 31
Northwestern 63, Lexington 13
South Point 35, Midland Valley 0
Dillon 51, Newberry 19
Abbeville 45, Silver Bluff 27
Southside Christian 42, Allendale-Fairfax 8
Lamar 28, C.E. Murray 0
Those are the scores in the S.C. high school’s
seven state championship games. Notice anything?
Every game was a blow-out.
Abbeville and Silver Bluff had the closest
game, 18 points, but at one time Abbeville led
I never recall a time when every title game
was so one sided.
I don’t know a great deal about 1A teams, but
I know Silver Bluff, Newberry, Midland Valley,
Lexington and Dorman are good football teams,
and they lost the title by an average of margin
of 32 points.
Everybody in Saluda knows how good Abbeville
is, and Dillon, South Point, Northwestern, Fort
Dorchester, Southside Christian and Lamar must
be awesome, too!