If you listen to some of the people in my family we have reached the end of days. I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you that these people have been saying that for the decades I’ve been alive. I’m not ready to join the doomsday chorus. What I will say is that in my humble opinion these are the definitely the days to review your priorities and get clear on what you want from life. I’ve been doubling down on the things that make me happy.
One of those things has been getting into vinyl records. I have a small collection of under forty albums. My collection is made up of some albums I got from my parents and some I picked up over the years. I had a small record player with built in speakers that worked well with the older records but sounded like trash when I tried to play my newer albums. I spoke to my local record store guy and he recommended the brand Audio-technica for record players. I checked the brand out online and the reviews were solid but for some reason I wasn’t feeling having to use an external speaker. A lot of the set ups I saw online were with sound bars and double speakers. They seemed to need much more space than I was willing to use and were much more involved than I was interested in. Then the universe smiled on me and I stumbled on a bundle with an Audio-technica record player and one of their small low profile bluetooth speakers. When I tell you that the difference between the Audio-technica record player and the one I had before with the built in speakers is pronounced. It’s probably how folks must have felt going from candlelight to electricity. Now on any given morning I’m getting ready for the day and jamming in the bathroom(because the speaker is not built in and it’s bluetooth-I have no idea why I was so resistant to that- duh!!) to “I got you babe, I got you babe, I got flowers in the springggggggg, I got you to wear my ring…”
Whenever you start collecting anything space becomes a concern. I can see how serious audiophiles have vinyl collections with hundred of records. I’m trying to be intentional with the records that I buy. Right now I’m looking for specific artists: Whitney, Otis Redding and Dolly. I’m telling myself I’m going to keep my collection under 70 records. Stop laughing. O ye of little faith.
Have a great week and check out Sonny and Cher’s cover of Hey Jude on their live album!