|Vinyl record collection at student-run CKMS station at the University of Waterloo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
From the title of this post one might expect a story about a store called "Marvin's Records." My dear friend since high school, Marvin, would love to have owned a record store. He used to talk about it a lot when we were younger and had more time to dream. His dream even captivated me. A record store seemed like a great business to run--selling our favorite things while listening to music all day. What a dream job that would have been!
As things turned out, neither one of us ever opened a record store or even worked in one. I went my way which kept me touring with a stage show for years and then later managing a costume supply company. Marvin worked a series of jobs mostly in manufacturing industries. He stayed in Tennessee while my destiny landed me in Los Angeles. We both married and started families and bought houses to settle down in lives a couple thousand miles from each other--literally worlds apart. But there was one common bond that remained between us--a love for music.
In high school, as our friendship developed starting in senior math class where we sat next to each other at the back of the classroom, we began to share our common interest in popular music. We had both begun collecting records, modestly due to financial constraints, and we'd talk about the music we owned and that which we hoped someday to own.
As the years went by we both started amassing fair sized collections. There were some albums that were so essential that we both owned copies. Then there were the many albums found in cut-out bins or purchased according our individual tastes. The ones that he had that I didn't--and vice versa--we each took a keen interest in. Still there are albums of his that I remember listening to that I'd like to hear again but they are difficult to find even on YouTube or Amazon. Mostly those were the cut-out albums. I had a good collection of vinyl and Marvin had an equally good collection. We both took good care of our albums.
Now I've sold most of my collection and kept my absolute favorites which amounts to maybe 100 to 200 albums. Trying to downsize you know. The other day when I was talking to Marvin on the phone, I asked about his record collection. He said he still had all of his old albums, but, like me, didn't listen to them other than on very rare occasions. Marvin thought he might decide to start selling them on EBay, but wasn't sure. I know the feeling. It was hard for me to part with so much of my vinyl. I still think about some of those albums that got sold. And I think of Marvin's record collection. So many hours spent with great music listening.
If there really were a store called Marvin's Records and my friend Marvin owned it, he could just put his old collection in inventory. Sure, so much music can be downloaded on a computer or other gadgets that the technology of media storage is evolving to the point where maybe someday there won't be stores that sell recorded music. However the upside is that vinyl has seen a resurgence and record stores have been opening in many places. Vinyl still has a lot of fans.
Maybe there is still hope for Marvin's Records. Ah, what a great job just listening to music all day while you do the work you do in a record store. It could happen you know.
Is there a certain type of store that you've long dreamed of opening? Have you ever or do you now own a store of any kind? Do you have a collection of something that you might like to turn into cash?