Anyway, so when I was a teenager, I discovered my Dad's as well as my Uncle's (Jimmy) old record collections in the basement. I had honestly not listened to vinyl (at least not that I can remember) at that point. I remember putting it on the top of my grandma's CD combo unit thing that had a tiny turntable on top, and it blew my mind! I was hooked. I had to listen to everything that way! I don't know what it was; the quality, the experience, the dedication to actually sitting and listening to a whole album, or all of that combined! If you've never experienced vinyl and you love music, you must do it! NOW! There is a technical reason as to why we're more attracted to it somewhere along the lines of vinyl is the closest quality to live music or something like that. All I know is that I love it. Especially when the most common format for music these days is MP3, which is the lowest possible quality of a recording.
So I had a crappy little record player of my own for a while, but being crappy, it crapped out. This left me without any way of listening to my very small collection of my own records or the ones I borrowed from my parents' house (at least unless I went to Theo's spot, when he still lived here). Anyway, the point of this is, my folks bought me a turntable for Christmas this year and I'm just ecstatic that I can listen to vinyl any time I want now! I just want to buy all my favourite albums on vinyl! I just wish vinyl wasn't so popular right now. That way it wouldn't cost me an arm and a leg! HA! It's a double edged sword that vinyl is making a comeback. On the plus side, it means I can get so many amazing records from both old and new artists! The bad side is, because it's popular, they hike the price way up for both manufacturing and purchasing.
Anyway, in case you're a little skeptical about the amount of difference between vinyl and say your iPod dock because you may be saying to yourself, "Rory, you're a musician. How am I going to notice the difference?" Enter my wife. Julie said that exact thing to me when I told her how much of difference it would make. The second I put that needle down on the spinning black circle, her eyes widened and she immediately turned to me and said, "Oh my god Rory! It sounds like we're there!" I'm not a technical guy. I can't tell you how the size and speed of whatever frequencies and RPMs make it better. I'm just someone who "feels" the difference. So from one music lover to another, do yourself a favour. Go out and get yourself a decent turntable, a receiver and some half decent speakers. Then grab one of your favourite albums, lay it on the turntable, sit in front of your speakers and let it take you to a new level!
Well I hope I've inspired you to give vinyl a try. And speaking of vinyl, my good friend Dan Brooks just released his first album under the name Benjamin Reines & the Blood Machine Band and even though it's only on CD right now, he's putting it on vinyl very soon. Very cool sound from a very cool guy. I recommend everyone check it out.
Until next time!
P.S. This is Graham. If you've been to one of our shows since the summer, you would already know that he was been holding down the bass for the last couple of months in the Old Souls. As you can see, he's very happy to meet you as well!