I have a great love of vinyl record albums and I still listen to my original album collection fairly often.... Rick Springfield, The Go-Go's, Genesis, KISS; all those albums I saved up dearly for back in the day.....

Last week I was at one of my favorite spots "Grandpa's Swap Shop," loading up on vinyl albums to be hand-molded into bowls.  On the way out of the shop, a Ray Charles album caught my attention,  "Ray Charles - Ingredients in a Recipe for Soul." Of course, there are several reasons why this record caught my eye, but noticing it contained the song "Busted" was enough reason to add it to my stack.


Once at home, I was taking the album out of the jacket & for some reason I looked inside the jacket..not something I normally do. There was a small pink envelope alongside the vinyl record and it looked as old as the worn album cover, which had "Recorded 1963" stamped on it. Nothing was written on the outside of the envelope & inside was a 3 page hand-written letter from "Tina" to "Jim," dated March 23, 1965. At first I thought I didn't have time to read the finely written words, but after reading the first sentences, I was hooked:  "Needless to say things are not ending the way I wanted them to. First I think I should remind you that I am trusting you with my radio & I would very much like to have it back someday soon." I was soon hanging on Tina's tender words to Jim...and I was even more curious about what happened between the two of them, who were potentially going to meet in Biology class... Tina's dramatic and emotional tone kept my attention, as she wrote "without you, I am a shell...empty, lonely and lost..." Tina also requested that Jim return her picture and said "I wanted you to come over tonight to get the picture. So if we did not get things straightened out I could kiss you goodbye."

When I finally got to the end of this gorgeous gem, the truth jumped off of the pale pink parchment....she was asking Jim's forgiveness for "what I did with Chuck. Dating Chuck is one of the worst things I could ever have done."  

She was indeed.... busted.


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