The Opener Papers (1900) explain the many uses and future uses of the phonograph. These include the recordings of songs by famous singers, speeches by influential thinkers, lessons in foreign languages, and even sermons. Though the phonograph was not able to fulfill Edisons initial wishes of voice-mail via phonograph, the phonograph, in my opinion, was able to perform a more meaningful accomplishment. With the manageability of recording oneself, many found the task fun and amusing. Friends would gather to have phonograph parties, families would record songs together, and parents were able to record their child’s first words. The phonograph became a mechanism to bring people together. Whether a voice guessing party or a makeshift symphony, the phonograph gave people an instrument to stretch their imaginations and invent and try new things. Furthermore, in times of strife, the phonograph was able to preserve the most precious of memories from those who recently passed away. For parents who have lost children, hearing their voice can be, “one of the greatest consolations.” While having recordings of a loved one who passed away will not bring them back, hearing their voice can be comforting to those experiencing grief. The phonograph was not only successful in bringing new music and ideas to people, but it also worked as a medium to bring people together for celebrations and offer comfort during times of despair.