thesaera replied to your photo “right now i am doing some studying. rina is here and she’s napping in…”
not to detract from the peaceful cute things but like… it’s a tape. a cassette tape. (it hadn’t occurred to me that that was unusual until this kid behind me in class literally asked what it was and made me feel like an Old Person)
Yep it is! I got it for a quarter in a thrift store in Idaho with Rhett. (actually woah there are pictures on my blog from that day.)
it’s called "Piano Reflections: A gentle selection of reflective light classics" and it’s really pleasant and it was recorded in Sun Valley, Idaho in 1986 by Kelly Yost.
I’m kinda interested in what’s happened to Kelly Yost since 1986—
- well this tape is $9.00 on eBay
- you can get this as a CD on alibris for 4.50 and Amazon for $14.07
- the tape came out in 1986 but the CD came out in 1994 so that means people were buying it for ten years
- she was still recording music in 1998
- here’s a brief Wikipedia mention in another pianist’s article
- someone (maybe her) started a small record company called Channel Productions in 1987, a year after Piano Reflections came out. On the tape, the copyright is in her name. Channel Productions produced all of her other music and still existed at least till 2010, producing work for just her and a Canadian composer named Hagood Hardy.
There is contact info for Channel Records mail orders on the insert. It’s only 6pm Idaho time, so I called the number.
and it’s her personal number. oops.
and i had a 5-minute conversation with a very confused Kelly Yost, who is now retired. apparently her music still plays in airports and stuff but nobody is interested in buying new CDs or anything anymore. She had no idea Amazon was still selling them; Amazon hasn’t ordered CDs in a long time. i was super awkward but she gave me her email so I could interview her about art and stuff.
she had a very very strong Idaho accent.
after i hung up, Katrina, still half asleep, muttered ‘nerd’ under her breath.
and then i laughed a lot.