I know this question has been answered a million times, and I likely have no new, inherent information to pull people to my reasons on why people collect vinyl records, but I nonetheless will write on this topic.
Nowadays, with the plethora of formats that we can listen to music on, it might often take most people by surprise that a small portion of the population in the world still collects vinyl records. I know that for me, when I was first introduced to this hobby of collecting records I was incredibly hesitant to begin it.
I’ve been having a hard time explaining my love for music to myself, and I think that in retrospect this causes some issues with my mind to make itself realize I love music.
I know this is a weird issue to encounter. You might say,” You play instruments and listen to all types of audio formats and records, what’s the deal dude?”
But part of the difficulty in being an instrumentalist (I play some guitar, bass, and drums as well as the Native American flute) is learning to distinguish between listening to and consuming music and playing and practicing music. The reason for the difficulty, at least for me, lies in the way I consume music and the way I play music.
In the year 1974 Rush released their self-titled debut album, funded both through the band members themselves and manager Ray Danniels. Shortly before beginning an arduous touring schedule across the United States opening for Uriah Heap and Manfred Mann, the band ran into some complications that needed to be resolved before moving forward.
Although I enjoy collecting vinyl records, I ought to confess… I do not have a large collection.
I started collecting vinyl during the summer of 2017, and since then I have amassed a total of 15 or 16 records. The genres I have are rock and classical music, and while I will continue to collect them and learn how to clean them and have them musically tell me interesting stories, transport me to new landscapes and give me hope in the dark depths of a musically addled mind, I do not have a large collection.
That said, I do have 50 CDs, I listen to music on the daily and I also play guitar and the Native American flute (a peculiarity, if you will). Such is the way of a broke musician :). And I write poetry/lyrics. Lots of it.