Wednesday, October 15, 2008

my little expedition

So it's been a little while since i've posted anything. originally i wanted to post something every week but that obviously has yet to happen. maybe soon it will :) that's not exactly the point of the tittle but i guess it kind of goes along fairly well. What I'm about to tell you didn't seem related to me at first but when i started thinking about it more it fit together like a puzzle. let me get to the point.

i just got 2 new jobs. one is at a daycare working in with 4 year olds. the other is at the music and movie store FYE. i worked there for a year before i moved to edmond, and since the location was in Moore or OKC or wherever that is i obviously couldn't afford to drive down and pay rent and bills and blah blah blah. so anyways, i got a job at the NorthWest Expressway location. the 2nd day i worked, i was looking through tons of used cds. amongst them were a few Bob Dylan cds that i don't own yet and i saw the song "Meet Me in the Morning." which i had stuck in my head earlier that week and i thought "hey! i should buy that cd! i really like that song." but somehow i lost it in the shuffle of all the other cds i was working with. i searched for hours trying to find that cd so i could buy it. finally, towards the end of the night, i found it! and low and behold, it was blood on the tracks. i freaking have that cd! how awful is it that i don't even know which songs i have on a cd i've owned for months.

then later on in the week, i'm driving home listening to my ipod on shuffle (the greatest thing to ever happen to music in my opinion) and a song i'd never heard before came on. yet again, it was on a cd i've had for who knows how long! so then and there i decided i would take upon myself a little expedition.

i am going to listen to all of the albums on my ipod fully. from start to finish. some of the albums i just have the two or three songs i know, so i'm going to either put the rest of the album on there, or listen to the rest of the songs i apperently had no idea existed. i'm starting with the A's and i'm in the middle of the B's i think. so far most of the albums i've heard a million times through, but there has been a few that i've had since about a year that i've yet to hear all the way through. how ridiculus is that? i feel ashamed that i call myself a music lover and don't even listen to my cds! haha. i'm thinking this should take at least a month or so, if i'm diligent (which i'm not normally, but this means a little bit more to me than most things) hopefully i'll remember to keep you updated ;)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

why should you use your turntable?

Saying that you should use that old, dusty turntable might sound a bit like an odd thing to say. It is probably a lot easier to sync your Ipod and run out the door but there's something special about listening to an album. Just about anybody can go to BestBuy and grab the latest in Apple merchandise but it takes time, effort, and true love of music to find some of the best vinyl. A lot of retailers are making the search for vinyl much easier. Indie stores were the first of my knowledge to carry any but even larger franchised stores are picking up on the trend.

Maybe trend isn't the right word... Obviously if turntables and vinyl albums had just been a trend it would be nearly impossible to find them 50 or 30 years later. I think the reason this has endured is because of value, quality, and the personal aspect of sitting down and listening instead of getting up and traveling. If you have ever seen the movie Empire Records, everything sounds better on vinyl. The characters constantly ask if the customers have heard the cassettes or Cd's they plan to buy on vinyl. To me that speaks volumes about the quality. There are huge debates about how well things transfer digitally and many critics notice the difference. The biggest difference i notice is how personal it seems. Every note sounds like it was playing just for you. I might be pushing this too far but its as close to a live concert as you can get. You can definitely tell a difference from digital media as opposed to a physical album.

The most difficult thing to me is actually finding (and affording) the albums i want. But like I said before, many places are making this less difficult, even easy. I think its fun digging through bins to find that one really great album. The only other part you have to watch out for is the quality. Sometimes people aren't very careful with their property. Vinyl isn't very rough. It's easy to scratch, it warps, even melts if you don't watch out! This just makes the hunt more fun if you ask me. And who doesn't like a little hunt and mystery?

Please don't misunderstand me. I LOVE buying CDs and i think shuffle is one of the greatest things to ever happen to music. But you have to admit, there's just something great about sitting down with the ones you love and enjoying that old album.