Monday, September 23, 2013

Back in the Groove

It seems like only yesterday that we purchased music on vinyl records.  They always intrigued me.  They were the reason that I considered a career in sound engineering at one time.  I couldn't figure out how a piece of plastic could hold sound.

They worked by capturing sound which vibrated a cutting stylus that created a continuous groove in the surface of the plastic.  The vibrations were transmitted to the groove so that it wasn't smooth, but instead was much like photos you have seen of a seismograph that draws the jagged lines on paper.  To play back the sound, a similar reading stylus was run through the groove, tracing the jagged edges and the vibrations were then amplified so they could be heard. 

The key was that the stylus was placed in the groove and stayed in the groove from the outside of the record all the way to the center as it spiraled inward.  It was continuous.  If the stylus ever left the groove there was a skip in the music.

Vacation is over.  Today I got back in the groove.  Let us hope that the result is a harmonious mixture that results in a pleasant experience for those around me.  May my work be something that does good for others.

 "For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."  Ephesians 2:10

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