Like most things the way we listen to music has evolved over the years. These days you can carry your whole music collection around in your pocket and apps such as Spotify give you access to thousands of tracks at the push of a button without having to spend a single penny.
However with all this progress in technology there is still one format that has a place in a lot of music listeners hearts, the mighty vinyl record. Although not as favored as in its hey day, vinyl has become increasingly popular within recent years and has seen a significant increase in sales, not including the vast second hand market. Record Store Day was created in 2007 as a celebration of independent record stores and sees numerous artists releasing exclusive material on vinyl.There are even vinyl listening parties like ‘Classic Album Sundays’ in East London ran by DJ Coleen Murphy, where music lovers switch off their phones, and listen in silence to a classic album on vinyl .When speaking to thepositive.com, Murphy said the goal of the group was to “Just listen and just experience the music as fully as they possibly can.”
After playing my Dads vintage sixties player to death, I got my very own record player for my 21st birthday and since then I’ve built up a small ever growing vinyl collection. Although I love the convenience of YouTube and Spotify, sometimes its just nice to sit down, relax and listen to music without it just being background noise.
Like many others I feel music sounds a lot warmer when played on vinyl and. I love the crackling sound that the needle makes when you first place it on the record about to engage the grooves of the first track. Listening to vinyl can be a nostalgic experience for many, evoking fond memories of days gone by and for people like myself its great listening to tracks on the format they were originally intended to be played on.
Its not just the records themselves that interest people but the artwork that comes with it. Many album covers such as The Beatles ‘Sgt Pepper’ and Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ have become iconic and are seen as standalone works of art. Retailers such as Urban Outfitters now sell vinyl photo frames allowing you to adorn your wall with album art.
As life long fan of music I enjoy listening to music on all formats but I’ll always have a special place in my heart for vinyl. How about you, do you enjoy listening to vinyl or do you think its a format past its sell by date? Let me know in the comments box!