Hi there, my name is Chris and this is a blog I run for the love of everything vinyl and analog music!
I was born in the late 80’s, and as a child I remember my mom playing vinyl records at home, keeping everything clean and neatly organized.
She was always smiling as the records played, unless of course she had to get my brother and I to stop roughhousing in the next room which was causing the record to skip!
My parents grew up when vinyl records were the most popular option and they taught me the deeper meaning vinyl brings to music, how to love the crackle and pop, and of course how to care for and handle my records properly on and off the table.
Although I transitioned somewhat to CDs and digital music, I never lost the respect and appreciation of vinyl that my mom demonstrated to me as a child, and I carry on that appreciation with my own equipment and album collection.
My favorite story I was told regarding vinyl, was when my mom was in her late teenage years and lived in an apartment that overlooked an alley and a movie theater. One summer night, she and her best friend turned off all the lights in the apartment, put the speakers up to the open windows, and cranked the album UmmaGumma by Pink Floyd. (If you haven’t heard the album, it’s surreal, creepy, mysterious, dark, and artistic.)
The sound echoed in the alley and nobody on the sidewalk could tell where the sounds were coming from!
I will never forget when my mom told me that story, and I laughed out loud imagining the reactions of people waiting in line for a movie as they were forced to listen to this loud, strange album coming from somewhere in the alley.
She set the stage for that story by playing one of the weirdest songs from that album for me, Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict.
She played it on a vinyl record, of course.
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