So its not the biggest news of the week but its worthy of a blog post.
It wasn’t a planned purchase, we actually went into HMV to see if they had any Apple AirPods. We then started looking through the vinyl records section and noticed the vast amount of vinyl in the shop. We then started looking at the record players and they had one with built in speakers for £50 which I didn’t think was too bad. Anyway to cut a long story short we bought one and a couple of records.
Once we got home and got it setup, it hit me that there was something quite special about owning a record and being able to physically hold the record. We have all moved away from physical media such as vinyl and CD’s to streaming music services where we don’t physically own the media anymore, we just pay a ‘licence’ to listen to the music and we have forgotten what its like to go to a shop and search through the different music and possibly discover something we have never heard before. You can’t beat looking through the records in a shop and coming across some music that you used to listen to when you were younger.
Yes streaming services are great, they are convenient, especially with the busy lives everyone lives today. But sometimes its just nice to be able to put the tech away, chill out and listen to some music that has that unique sound complete with the odd crackle you get from vinyl that music streaming services just can’t replicate. When I was a child my parents and grandparents had record players, those big stacked units in the corner of the room and I remember listening to records with my grandpa so listening to records today brings back a-lot of memories for me.
It just shows that no matter how far technology progresses, it can’t replace everything.