Those of you that are too young to have actually bought and spun vinyl may not understand this post. Today I ask the question, are we connected to the songs we play anymore?
I started thinking about this when I was reminiscing about the “good old days” when I was in high school, spending my hard earned cash on a few vinyl singles every week. I’d go down to the local record store and flip through everything twice to make sure I didn’t miss something good. There wasn’t a huge selection, but that was the only store around. I’d only have enough money to get 4 or 5 records, if that, so each selection was an important, often long and meaningful process. There would be times I would just sit records next to each other in the bins and stare at them, hoping that one would jump out and say, “pick me!”
Because of this process, there was a much deeper connection to the songs you played. You only had those records and you were going to play them at your parties, whether anybody else liked them or not! Haha. In those days you would listen to every track on that record. You’d interrogate every remix of a song. You might even play the b-side. You were connected to the music you had, because you owned it!
I think a lot of that connection is lost these days. Sure, it’s great that all this music is at our fingertips. It’s nice not having to leave your house to get the hottest remix of a song. You don’t have to pay a dime for your music if you really don’t want to. But the connection with the song is gone. And if not gone, then it’s substantially less than it used to be.
If a song gets deleted from your iTunes you might not ever notice, but if you lost a record… you’d be going all over the place looking for it. Times are always changing and I’m not saying it’s been for the worse. I’m simply making an observation. What’s your experience been? Do you still feel the same connection to the songs you play? What do you miss about the vinyl days?