Do you still listen to your vinyl records?
When I started buying records, they were still making 78’s and 45’s. I have a ton of 45’s, including some original Beatles 45’s.
Then technology moved along and lo and behold there was something called an audio cassette! Wow! It held so much music and was so small!
Just when I got used to cassettes out came 8 track cartridges. I just had to install an 8 track player in my car with speakers cut into the rear deck. Oooooh it was so cool!
So by now, I had a large collection of vinyl LP’s, vinyl 45’s, cassettes, and 8 tracks. The record company loved it because as each format changed we would buy the same music on the newer format. Then a miracle happened. Digital music on compact disc. Oh my God! We had to have a CD player in our cars. So out came the 8 tracks, and in went the CD players. The sounds seemed so clear! Way better than vinyl records or magnetic tape. And now we have mp3’s and wpa’s and all kinds of digital file formats. And they are so easy to manage and don’t take up much space at all! And we can even have them on different devices that we own, so we have our music everywhere we go! The ultimate right?
Well, maybe not.
Lately, there has been a vinyl records resurgence. Go figure. Whether it be nostalgia or deja vu or whatever, it seems more and more people are buying vinyl records and digging out the old turntables. They claim you can’t beat the sound of old vinyl records. Who am I to argue. I used to love going to the record store and skimming through all the “albums” as we called them, to see who had released some new music. Just as much fun as listening to the music was reading the liner notes and seeing all the photos of the artists. I spent many an hour just listening to the music and staring at the cover and liner notes and whatever else content was available. I think it created a bond between the artist and the listener that doesn’t exist today with computer files.
So I think I have an old turntable packed away somewhere gathering dust. Maybe time to get out the dustbuster and fire it up. I may have to buy a new “needle” for it, and I’m sure I will pay ten times what I paid for it when it was new, but I think it will be worth it to listen to the old vinyl records again. Only this time I’ll be reading the liner notes with bifocals 🙂
Time marches on…..and sometimes it marches backwards!
Happy Travels and Happy listening? Gotta love music!