It is not news that vinyl has had somewhat of a resurrection in recent years.
Not that it ever went away, but it has certainly resurfaced in a way that has become a noticeable trend.
Unnoticed to some, seemingly annoying to many and admired by many new blooming collectors, this remaking of the ‘record’ has definitely caused a stir. I’ve seen record stores pop up just as fast as blockbusters shut down, turntables flying off the shelves in Urban Outfitters, of all places, and more and more labels not only releasing digitally but reverting back to analog ways.
So why do some seem so bothered by this? Shouldn’t it be a celebrated thing when generations who have grown up on MTV and mp3s are all of a sudden supporter of older ways? Sure, maybe some are purely going for the look, the aesthetic of their turntable sitting in a polished loft or the look they get from a fellow human as they scour the 1 dollar record bins, but let us not judge.
They may love the very same feel, depth and crackling sound you only get from a pressed plate. The experience of paying for music with money that you earned and cherishing every bit of it, not only for it’s musical treasure, artwork and real-ness, but for the very human life experience of acquiring it and taking the time to do so. The fact that it will not disappear if your computer crashes, you can see it, you can physically give it to someone as a gift, and you most definitely did not pirate it. I for one am all for this. Again, not that it ever went anywhere, but vinyl making a comeback should be welcomed, not seen as just some hipster trend that is frowned upon.
Things come and go in the art and fashion worlds, an this is no exception, but good things tend to stay a while. Let us embrace this current wave of music sharing for what it is and be humbled by the fact that people will still pay for good music.
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