The Record's Revolution

The Record's Revolution

We live in the digital age. Anything we want to know, see and listen to is just a click or finger swipe away. With everything so accessible, we are losing our patience as well as our ability to slow down, analyze and appreciate. But, as we strive for the future and push the envelope we commonly feel the need to revisit the old. This is especially true with music. In the past few years there has been a massive spike in record sales as well as the overall popularity of records. You could chalk it up to flannel wearing, granola eating hipsters cashing into a new fad but I believe it runs much deeper than that. This growing appreciation boils down to a new generation of music lovers understanding the ritual of listening to records, the respect every record requires and the art of crate digging.

There is something aesthetically pleasing about sifting through a collection of records. Once you find one that catches your eye, you examine the cover. You remove it from the sleeve and study the surface for scratches or dust. Then you carefully put the record on, drop the needle and fall headfirst into the sound. Vinyl takes time and invokes the senses. You find peace and solitude in this item you can see, touch and hear. The ritual of vinyl holds you to a higher standard of experiencing and engaging with your music. You can’t put on a record and go for a drive or a jog around the block. You need to be stationary and let the music grab hold. 

Like a painting, sculpture or any work of art, records need to be respected. They are fragile and can be scratched or broken if you’re careless. Once damaged it will never look or sound the same. This fragility fills you with a protective nature. You might toss your phone to a friend and say “hey, put on this song next, it’s my favorite!” but would never dream of tossing your favorite record like a Frisbee across the room. The stronger your connection is to a record, the more you treasure it. You want to preserve and share it for years and years. You will never feel the same way about a song streaming on Spotify as you do a record in your collection.

Every record store on the planet is a museum full of gems and buried treasure. All it takes is a little digging and there is beauty and wonder in this quest. You never know what you’ll discover until you spend some time investigating every nook and cranny of a record store. You might stumble upon an original pressing from 1960 and think “how many people have listened to this before me? How long has this been sitting here waiting for me to pick it up?” In the same shop you might find a more recent release from your favorite artist and think “How great is it that I’m buying this on vinyl instead of just downloading it illegally?” Each and every record you find is a living, breathing piece of history and proof that music still exists in the physical world. That is definitely something worth appreciating and protecting.

If you are interested in records be sure to check out a few of your local shops like Everyday Music, Jive Time, Sonic Boom Records and Wall of Sound.

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