I’m happy that more and more people are into vinyl and turntables.

I’d love to get into it too, but it’s just not very practical for me right now. One, I normally listen to music while walking or working on my laptop. When I’m home, I leave my iPod on while doing other things. I rarely just listen to music — at least not anymore — because my free time is extremely limited. Most of the time I’d rather watch or see something than hear it.

Next come space issues. My apartment is already packed as it is with books, magazines, shoes and clothes. I have to ship things home to my parents’ house on a regular basis to make room for new acquisitions. I wouldn’t know where to store records.

Last, I’d have to invest in hardware. There should be well-priced turntable options out there, but I can’t bring myself to buy something I know I’ll barely use. A Cuisinart ice cream maker would be more useful at this point. I’d likewise have to buy my music, which I haven’t done since 2005.

I know that vinyl culture is about slowing things down and enjoying music at an unhurried pace. It’s great precisely because it’s impractical and anachronistic. Unfortunately I only have about 18 hours of me time every weekend (excluding sleep time, of course) and getting up to flip a record or place the needle on another track would probably only stress me out. (This is also why I only read nonfiction: Facts are more appealing to me than made-up stuff because their utility justifies the time I spent learning about them. In my line of work, I can’t quote fantasy.)

But again, good for you if you love it. I can only imagine what it’s like to have a schedule like yours!

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Another Spin for Vinyl Records


“It takes a special kind of person to appreciate pops and clicks and imperfections in their music.”

"With vinyl, listeners cede control to the artist. They let the music wash over them, in the original order of songs, at the original pace."

I just got a Kinks record from 1981, Give The People What They Want, from the flea market. I don’t have a turntable but I’m thinking of getting one just to find out how this band sounds. The album sleeve looked cool :)

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