Thank human ingenuity for vinyl records. Many people today see them as antiquated, unpractical relics of the past – even those who grew up on records. Truth is, though, while vinyl has only the slightest fraction of the popularity it had back when it was the only option; it’s actually got a very sturdy niche market going for itself. People 35 and older remember the days of records well. Even I, at a youthful 28 years of age still remember rummaging through my dad’s records for rock albums as a tyke.
Not many people kept with vinyl through the years (probably just the hardcores who didn’t have destructive kids breaking turntables like my dad had). But now there are two distinct groups of people able to buy brand new vinyl records, all over again:
1) The people who grew up with vinyl and miss its big, warm sound.
2) Younger people who are discovering or rediscovering the quality of sound that vinyl has to offer.
Between these two groups, record manufacturers have actually been given the opportunity to re-open and even new companies started.
Personally, I fit into category 2. I was too young to appreciate or remember the sound of a record, the first time around and by the time I was old enough to go into a music store, cassette tapes were the only way to go. Records were done for not long after that. That’s not even to mention CDs, then mp3s, etc.
I think I’m just rambling now.
The bottom line is this: vinyl records have a big, warm, wonderful sound that you just can’t get from another recorded medium. It’s unique, relaxing and something I enjoy sharing with people. So pour yourself a cup of tea, put on those headphones, sit back, relax and let me play you some great records.
Tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 and enjoy! As always, this page will be updated with a playlist as the show is happening.