A fictional tale of one womans journey back in time.
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The Magical Victrola
Each moment she is magnetized to this antiquity which sits silently in the corner, beckoning her to play a record. As the melody begins, she discovers herself in another place in time.
I opened the top of this wonderful phonograph and acknowledged everything was in its place. There was still a record on the turntable that I had left many years ago, as it had been that long since I had opened it up. I began to crank the machinery for the turntable. The record began to spin and I put the lever down on to the record. The music began to play, “Everybody wants my baby." As I listened to the words to the song, something strange began to happen to me. I began to feel a little dizzy. It was almost a floating feeling. I was lightheaded, and somewhat woozy.
I found myself standing in the middle of this large room. Mirrored balls hung from the ceiling. I could see small tables covered in red and gold cloths, with small lamps on each table. Candles were lit everywhere. I could hear music playing all around me. The music had ragtime, jazz feel to it. People were dancing to the Charleston. I thought that I had somehow wandered into a sound stage for a movie with everybody acting as 1920’s characters. If they were, the costumes were so believable. The dresses were sparkly, and quite beautiful.