The whirr of the turntable, the gentle scratch of the needle as it touches down on vinyl, and the delicious music that pours forth with the subtle balance of pops and crackles. To some, this is the only way to listen to music. While I do have my iPod (mostly for my car, but maybe I should look into one of those car record players they had in the 70s), vinyl is my preferred way to hear my favorite artists.
People are some what surprised by my vinyl collection, thinking no one listens to them anymore. However, I’m definitely not alone. This Who Knew video states that vinyls “were the fastest growing format of 2010.” And sales are up 40% in 2011. While the actual numbers still pale in comparison to digital downloads, more and more people are rediscovering and appreciating the vinyl record.
It’s not just about the sound and the turntable itself, there’s a whole experience and “way of the record.” Clicking through iTunes and hitting “buy,” and instantly having your song, is not very exciting. What is exhilarating? Walking into a record store, where the dusty smell of record covers and years of owners before waft past your nose. The rows of records invite you, enticing you to sift through their secrets, just waiting for you to find that hidden gem, that record you’ve been longing for, or maybe the one you didn’t even know you wanted.
There is a thrill in the hunt for records, a thirst for that particular artist or title, and the excitement of its discovery. When you clutch those sought after treasures to your chest and approach the cash register, you know you have just quenched a hunger in your music soul.
Go ahead, give one a spin.