|Gramophone and records (Photo credit: GB_1984)|
Ever since I started participating in the Battle of the Bands event on my blog Tossing It Out I've been reminiscing about music. Listening to the tunes I used to listen to back in younger days puts me in a different frame of mind. When I pick out albums from my collection to spin on my record turntable it's like listening to an oldies station where I get to choose the playlist.
I may have purchased a few LP's in the 1990's and several in the 80's, but most of my records were bought in the 70's and 60's with most of those acquired prior to 1975. My record collection would probably be considered vintage.
There's something to be said for having old vinyl. This probably accounts for a big part of the popularity of owning old records. Some audiophiles will insist that vinyl sounds better than any other medium of music recording. Having spent many hours listening to LP's I can agree with that as long as the records are in good condition. For me, the memories evoked by vinyl records make them like gold when digging back for memoir material.
I've got my turntable hooked to a small sound system in the bedroom across from my writing office. Most weekdays I've been listening to one to a half dozen or so records. With something like 200 to 300 albums in my bedroom closet it takes a while to get through listening to them all. And I tell you, this listening has been bringing back many memories.
In the weeks to come I'll be posting more often about records and music in general. Some of this will be in correlation with the Battle of the Bands posts. Other posts will be for reasons that will become evident in a few weeks. I hope that you readers enjoy music as much as I do and will share your own memoir memories in the weeks to come.
Does music stir memories when you hear it? Is there a special era of music that taps into your past more than others? Do you think the sound of vinyl is superior to other mediums of recording?