Remember those days when you put an ALBUM on the TURNTABLE and listened to your favorite tune? Your tune played in all its glory, crackles, pops and all. I miss those days.
I want those days back again.
I’m on the search for a turntable and some new vinyl. There’s just something utterly romantically nostalgic about listening to music via vinyl.
I still remember as a child, one of the first things my mom taught me was how to properly put an album on the turntable. I remember pulling it gently from the paper sleeve, holding it by the edges, being careful to gently blow off any lint or stray cat hairs that had found themselves affixed to the disc. I remember placing it gently on the turntable, then watching as the stylus moved up, over and down on to the grooves. With that, music began to play, and fill my Koss-covered ears with the absolute delight.
Those days have been lost with the advent of mP3’s, digital music and the like. I’ll be the first to admit, that I am a techie with the best of ’em, but there are just some things that cannot be improved.
Music on vinyl is one of them.
Call me crazy, but I don’t necessarily want my music “digitally remastered”. I want to hear every click, pop, and unintended sound as the music plays. I’ll take a vinyl listen of The Rolling Stones, “Sticky Fingers” or Pink Floyd, “Echoes” any day over a digitally remastered edition. Why? That’s easy. These vinyl recreations are the way the artist originally intended these masterpieces to sound. What you may call “flaws”, I call “character”.
Think of it this way: your life isn’t perfect, why should your music be?
If you’re one of the lucky ones who still has a turntable, take out one of your favorite albums today, and really give it a listen. Listen to all of it; the melody, the harmony, the interplay between instruments and vocals, but most of all, listen to the very sounds that give it the character it has.
And keep listening.