While Jamey and I searched for another hidden artifact — keys that I lost a week ago — she stumbled across this. What exactly is this? It’s a Q.R.S. windup record player straight from a farm in Kentucky. You can kind of see the crank on the right side that you wind up to get the music to come out. The song you’re hearing is from the Carter Family, as in June Carter, only this was well before she met Johnny Cash, and maybe ever before she hit puberty.
The spring that drives the whole mechanism is a little worn, and we’re looking to replace it to make the whole contraption working again. Electrical blackouts or not, at least we’ll always have music.