This may sound funny for me to say, considering the history of this site… but vinyl records saved me.
I must admit that for years, listening to music wasn’t much fun for me anymore. Sure, I enjoyed playing my favorite bands on my iPhone or CD player, but on a whole, I didn’t actively seek out much new music. I was, in a large part, living in the past and within my comfort zone.
So vinyl records saved me. I don’t know what it was that inspired me to go get a record player, but I’m so glad I did. Scratch that, I know what it was that made me get a turntable… I had left my record collection at my parents’ house. I’d look at them from time to time and post pictures of them on Instagram (follow me there! Just search for TheFrontloader!). I’d play a few records every now and then on my dad’s stereo, and that led to an itch to play them at home. An itch, apparently, that I had to scratch.
I eventually went with a friend to Fry’s and purchased an Audio Technica AT-LP60USB record player. This was their low-end turntable, but it suited my needs at the time. I finally hauled my records back home and started enjoying them again. I enjoyed them so much, in fact, that I started to yearn for more. For the first time in years, I stepped into a record store and browsed the old vinyls. Maybe it was the whole nostalgic experience, I don’t know… but I loved it so much that I haven’t stopped. My record collection is slowly growing, and I’m discovering new bands that I previously wouldn’t touch.
Today I brought home an old Sony stereo receiver to beef up my gear.
This is going to be awesome. I played music on this exact receiver when I was a kid.
Interestingly enough, now listening to music on my iPhone will only do when I’m not home. MP3s simply do not carry the same kind of depth or warmth that vinyls, or CDs for that matter, carry.
I don’t know how many of you out there are record collectors as well, but I’ve found a bunch on Instagram. Seriously… follow me there and you’ll discover a whole culture based around vinyl records.
I’ll most likely write a post that goes more in-depth on this whole vinyl experience, but for now, I just wanted to show off the Sony receiver. It’s pretty sweet.