Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I want to share one of my New Year’s resolutions that I have followed through with; trying new things/hobbies. One hobby I have really been enjoying this new year has been record shopping. I recently have picked up my very first record player and love the nostalgic feeling of heading into a record store and spending hours looking through. Between the smells of the old records to the specks of dust getting in your eyes, this experience is like nothing I have ever tried.
My want for a record player has been increasing over the last few months and finally, I decided it was something I would invest in. I did do my fair share of research before purchasing my own and am happy with the decision I have made. I think there is something special and unique about listening to music through a record player. It is unlike anything I have ever listened too.
Record shopping is something even more spectacular than searching for your music on iTunes and/or youtube. One thing to keep in mind when looking through different records is to remember that you aren’t purchasing just one song, but an entire album. Many stores nowadays have pieces of vinyl in their shops. Urban Outfitters, BestBuy, and Barnes and Nobel are a few I have seen their presence. I think going to record shops and thrift stores is an experience that makes you not only appreciate your record player more but gives you insight into a whole new realm of music you might very well enjoy. When I go to these shops I usually feel a tad overwhelmed. I don’t know which way to turn and where to look. After going into a few shops I have narrowed down a few ways on how to “shop” for the records you desire.
- Look at the categories. I always tend to gravitate towards Jazz and Blues because those are the types of music I enjoy listening to, especially on the record player. Once in that section, you can let your mind go wild and see who you might want to pick up and try this time.
- Look for a familiar face. I always get so excited when I see a name pop up that I am familiar with, even if it isn’t in my section of choice necessarily. The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, etc. are names you are sure to see.
- Look at movie/TV album covers. This is always fun. Seeing Greece, Hairspray, Le Miserables, etc. is always a great idea because usually, you know most of the songs in that particular album to sing along with.
I hope this inspired you all to head down to your local record store and listen to some classics. If not, try a new hobby, the first month of the new year is almost over, you got this! “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities” – J.K Rowling.