Vinyl: Food for Thought

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I figured it was about time that I write a piece that actually describes Vinyl itself.  After all, this organization is called Campus Vinyl BucknellU.
Our generation, generally speaking, doesn't appreciate how easy it is to listen to music now-a-days. I can literally be driving on 80 and pull up the YouTube app, and 4G will download anything I want in a matter of seconds.  Although it is a luxury, there is irony in the action from the poor quality of sound that's transmitted through your iPhone speakers. I'm not directly bashing how easy it is to listen to music because I am a victim of it myself.  I'm just saying that there can be more effort required to get the high quality sounds you deserve.

As you may have already assumed, I have a record player that plays vinyl, and I'm in love with it more than you know. It's really not that complicated, it's easy to use, and the quality is evidently much better. Although it may be hard to purchase vinyl with contemporary bands, I'm perfectly fine with stealing my parents records to look for elements in classic rock musicians that are being modified with artists' personal twists today.

To prove that record players are in fact of higher quality, take this comparison vs. CD's for example. Vinyl records are analog recordings, where as CD's (and DVDs) are digital recordings. CD's are digital recordings that take snapshots of the analog signal at a certain rate (44,100 times per second) and measures each snapshot with a certain accuracy. Therefore, digital recordings aren't capturing the complete sound wave while record players play original sound through analog.

I'm not trying to bore you with numbers and facts, I'm just trying to encourage you to appreciate the effort people took to physically go to the record store, buy the record, manually pick which song they wanted to listen to, and after side 1 is over, you actually had to get up and switch it to side 2 (if you get a really nice one, it does it for you, but mine doesn't, ha).

imagesListening to music today relies on just the click of a button, a YouTube link, or even great 4G service.  I was listening to the Woodstock soundtrack weeks ago, and one of the folk songs discusses a realistic '60s scenario in which you had to go into town to the local record jockey to hear the song you wanted at a specific time. If you missed it, that was it. That really spoke to me; if you really loved a band or a song, you had to block time out of your day to make sure you didn't miss it. There was no media -- the only thing you knew about a band was how they were portrayed on their album covers, and how their inside sleeves were decorated.That entire concept is completely absent from our generation, because everything has become so accessible to us.

So, much love to those who read my rant. Trust me, you'll appreciate the extra effort it takes to listen to higher quality music on a record. My friends have also become hooked on it, which makes me even happier because I know I'm doing the right thing. Go buy one! Mine is from Urban Outfitters for cryin' out loud. I ain't no wannabe hipster, I just wanted one that worked, and it does. Take a minute to appreciate the bands you really love, and when you listen to them, appreciate it. And if there's one thing you took from this article, it'd be that if you listen to your favorite band on a RECORD, you'll love it even more.  I promise.

Keep those records spinnin',

JP