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Everyone loves music, right? I don’t believe I’ve met a person yet who dislikes music. Which is good. Because without music, I personally think our society would be at a huge loss, particularly in the stunning world of art. Music speaks to everyone, and while you’ll mostly hear the terms, “I can’t carry a tune in a wash tub!” or “I sound like a dying calf in a hail storm!” … no? You haven’t heard those. Perhaps it’s my southern roots then. Those sayings are pretty much tradition in my family, so don’t judge.
Anyways, some of your friends and family, and even you, have probably came to terms with the fact that you’re not particularly gifted when it comes to music. And it’s okay. Not everyone is. But who says that having good taste in music isn’t a gift unto itself? I for one, believe that ideology entirely.
Now, hear me out. Because I’m not here to bash anyone’s music taste. While I believe that in order to call yourself a true music fan, you should probably expand the genres you listen to, I do also believe that bad music exists. Yeah, yeah. I know what you’re thinking. Well, duh, Carrie!
But that’s besides the point. I’m not here today to talk about genres of music or anything like that. I am here, however, to talk about vinyl, and how it made me love music even more than I already did.
First of all, I grew up in a very musical family, yet I am very far from being musically talented. At all. But I did learn a few important things about good music, and what good music should sound like. Allow me elaborate?
Digital music is fine and it has really opened new doors for people in many different ways. We’re able to listen to music any time, any place - all thanks to digital music and apps like Spotify, Pandora, etc.
But let me tell you about the first time I listened to a vinyl record. Oh boy. Magic. It was absolutely the most euphoric way I had ever listened to music. It’s one of those things that words can’t quite explain, and words can explain quite a bit most of the time.
I’m a twenty-two year old woman, and obviously vinyl records came way, way before my time. I grew up in a time where digital music was and is really in it’s prime. Everyone loves having music on their phones and on their ipods. And I like that too. In fact, I’m listening to music on my phone as I’m writing this. I’m not anti-digital...at all.
But I do believe that with vinyl records, there is a special kind of nostalgia that comes along with listening to them. The crackle. The pop. It’s great. It really is, and I highly recommend that you get into the groove of record collecting and listening to vinyl.
I started my collection over six months ago and I have over a hundred records now. It’s pretty easy to build up the collection if you know where to go for what you’re looking for. Most record stores have a dollar bin and that’s where about 85% of my vinyl has came from.
I was one of those kids who stuck her nose up at her parents as they reminisced about the good ol’ days when they would listen to their 45s and 12 inches. All I’m saying is, don’t knock it until you try it. Collecting and listening to music on vinyl has became one of my top hobbies and I enjoy it very much. At the risk of sounding like a total hipster, the music sounds better on vinyl, dude - and I really didn’t believe that, truthfully, until I actually gave it a chance and listened for myself.
Long live vinyl.