Sitting on my Couch in front of my stereo late on a friday night listening to "On The Beach" From Neil Young. I just found an original copy of it on vinyl at Twist and Shout Records store earlier in the evening. If you haven't been to Twist and Shout on Colfax and you're in Denver, you need to stop in. I've lost a ton of afternoons and late evenings just looking at vinyl in there. Collecting a dozen or so albums and forcing myself to choose between 3 or 4 at a time is one of the toughest decisions I make in my life. If I had a million dollars, I'd spend it on vinyl.
I'm on "turntstile Blues" at this point, and thinking how I've heard this song a bunch but how much better it sounds listening to it on vinyl. If you listen to vinyl than you get it. If you don't get it, than you don't get it. And you never will.
I'm a snob. I know it. Not even an audiophile. I don't have the best sound equipment and that's not what I strive for when I listen to music. I just want it to sound good. Songs I don't like on CD or itunes really can come to life after listening to it on Vinyl.
We can't go back and repeat this. It's only old music that sounds good on Vinyl. New music is recorded with the intention of listening to it digitally, and it doesn't have the same effect when transferred to a lo-fi system. But old music was intended to be listened to on vinyl.
I don't know what it is about digital music or collecting it on my harddrive, but It's not the same as having a record collection that takes up space on the shelf. I find myself combing through itunes or spotify or downloading dozens of bootleg Dave Matthews Band shows and not really enjoying the music like I used to before I had a computer.
There are several reasons why I think this is happening.
1) The physical cost of an album makes you want to get your money's worth out of it. You listen to it all the way through and "Give it a chance" because you paid for it. An album really doesn't stand a chance if it doesn't cost anything. Singles prevail, which is what is happening. Even Buying it on itunes though, i have to burn it to CD and put it in my car to really get the value out of it.
2) There's an aspect of too much availability. It's overwhelming. I can't decide what I want to listen to when I open up itunes or spotify. I find myself just surfing through what I have and how cool it is to have this or that. Or how I used to love certain songs but don't anymore. So I find myself just looking for something new that won't get listened to by next week.
3) The ability to skip through songs and start them at any place without the annoyance of a fastforward button or reverse. you can just jump around and see if the song is going to get good. Or listen to 30 seconds of it and move on. It's like reading the cover page or middle chapter of a book and saying you didn't like it.
I want to just turn off Spotify and itunes all for the year and just listen to what I have. I want to listen to everything I own on vinyl, and then do it again. If you want to come over for some of it you can. Bring some wine though.
Really I just want to listen to everything I own at once. To be able to hear and feel all that music at the same time.
The meaning of life is somewhere in all these old records I am collecting. When I find it, I'm going to turn it up loud so you can hear it too. Until then, I will be searching for it at Twist and Shout on Colfax, or at home on my couch in front of the stereo.