Maybe you’ve already heard – vinyl is making a comeback! Don’t take my word for it. Just Goggle “Is vinyl making a comeback?” and you’ll get your answer.
Although I’ve certainly purchased a lot of digital music, I’ve never stopped buying vinyl records – lp’s [(Long Play), or 33⅓ rpm microgroove vinyl record, is a format for phonograph (gramophone) records, an analog sound storage medium, according to Wikipedia,] 7” 45’s (which are sometimes 33⅓ and not labeled as such, which makes for embarrassing airplay), and even 10”ers. I just like putting them on the turntable, giving them a little brush with the disk cleaner, and dropping the needle. I love cuing them up when doing radio – push the “cue” button, try to find the beginning of the song, drop the needle, play it for a second, then back-spin it (I don’t think that’s a real dj term, but that’s what I call it.) I wonder if that’s how a radio dj found the “Paul is Dead” lyrics on Abbey Road – why else would you be playing the record backwards?
So, whenever I sub for a radio show, I lug mostly vinyl – well, one shopping bag full of albums and 45’s, and one shopping bag full of cds – over to the station as though I’m doing 12 hours of programming, even I’m just doing a 2-hour show. I’m not much of a planner.
I love the artwork of album covers and picture discs – I think that’s probably a good deal of the appeal for me. I can remember one of my first albums being “Stand Up,” by Jethro Tull, and when you opened it, it had some pop up art spring out at you. You can’t do that with a cd or download, nuh-uh.
I have a friend who thinks I should start selling my vinyl – get into the business of selling records – and because I’m not working, I’ve considered it. For five seconds at a time. And then I look over at the piano room in our 1908 house which serves as the record library, and I get a massive panic attack. “No, I can’t let you go!” “No, you’re all staying here!” “Mama loves you.”