Pitch or Pitch? Reflecting on a Personal Keepsake

In memory of my high school choir director,  Andy Housholder.


Not many families still have vinyl records.  Not many have turn tables to play these on.  But I am blessed to have both, and especially to be able to listen to this special album recorded in 1975.

This is what I call a precious keepsake.  It brings back memories of community, commitment, affirmation, exhilaration, determination and connection.  

Music does this for all of us. Music moves us. It takes us to places and memories, both in the present and the past.  We are transported back to other times in our lives.  But for me this is truly something I hold dear, my high school choir, the people who were in choir with me, and the affirmation from our director.  Mr. Housholder brought out the best in all of us, through hard work, time spent together, and personal dedication.  It is a lifelong lesson that I learned.  I learned that my commitment can mean more than my skill set.   Ask for excellence and experience an amazing result.  Work together as a team and experience a result that is far beyond one person’s effort.  The spirit of the music brings back all these memories, as well as affirms me in all that I do now.  

So is it is pitch (toss) or pitch (keeping in tune)? For me, it will be tuning up my life, for a long, long time.

4 replies
  1. Moreen Torpy
    Moreen Torpy says:

    What wonderful memories, Ellen. I say keep it too, especially as you have the technology to play it. Also, I suggest you transfer it to your computer and burn a CD so in future you have both a backup of your vinyl in case of breakage and you can play it other places than where your turntable lives.

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