Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Caught on Instagram: A Rekindled Love for Vinyl Records

I have always loved music.
Perhaps "been obsessed with" is a better term.

I think it's because I have always spent so much time pursuing solitary, contemplative creative activities, like painting and drawing.
Music has been my constant companion since I was a child.  

Found a #vintage #turntable today! Excited to get it plugged up and see how it sounds!

I started out with a kiddie Fisher-Price record player and a nice set of Mickey Mouse records.  Eventually I borrowed my parents Beach Boys and Kool and the Gang albums (and, I admit, Kenny Rogers too).  Then I remember getting my own copies of the Footloose, Purple Rain, and Flashdance records (though my parents never let me see the movies).  I knew every word to every song.  I could still sing along to almost all of them if they were played on the radio.

I started my musical life with the LP Album.
I've seen the invention of the 8-Track Tape, the Cassette Tape, the Compact Disc, and the MP3 (Just for fun, click these links to Wikipedia just to see the format our music has taken over the years- the MP3 doesn't even have a photo!)

Suddenly, I felt a disconnect with my large collection of intangible music...

Found some great #vinyl #records and a cool little guitar at the thrift shop! I couldn't resist the "Elvis Christmas" album - that will be fun to drink to in December!

I've been watching music documentaries, like It Might Get Loud
and Blue Note.  They got me thinking:

"Why did I give up my treasured record albums with their big art covers, soft feel of worn cardboard edges and shiny slick plastic, and slightly scratchy sound when you knew the needle took hold of its groove?"

I went to the thrift store the next day,
and found the start of my new collection (above)!

But that wasn't enough...I needed fresh vinyl!

I was so excited to find the Third Man Records section at Twist & Shout in Denver yesterday! Came home with some Jack White on vinyl!

I found a local record shop.  They have a massive amount of vinyl records, vintage and new.  They have turntable listening stations.  They have an exclusive section of Third Man Records (above).  They sell refurbished vintage turntables (below) which are much better than a random one you find at the thrift store (first photo).

Yesterday's $12 thrift store record player didn't work- had to upgrade to the $90 used version from the record store - tested it out there, so now we just have to get it plugged up so we can finally listen to some #vinyl !

We brought our new records and player home, and we've been listening....

To new music...
(Jack White's "Blunderbuss")

#nowplaying Blunderbuss by Jack White on #vinyl - got the speakers rigged so we can hear it on the patio- First Friday night of outdoor happy hour this year!!

...nostalgic music...
(Kenny Roger's "Greatest Hits")

This one's for my mom and dad- thanks for always listening to music- Kenny Rogers Greatest Hits-found #thrifting #nowplaying

...classic music.
(The Beatles "Abbey Road")

#nowplaying #Beatles re-released Abbey Road on #vinyl -still one of the best albums of all time.

The sound of vinyl is rich. You can pick out the layers of instruments and vocals in the music.  You intentionally play a specific artist's record, and you are inclined to be quiet and listen.  You have to walk gently around the player, so as not to make the needle skip.

Music has taken on a new meaning to me.

It's seeping into my work.

Preliminary drawings are stacking on top of each other:

Stack of preliminary #drawings for some new #paintings I am working on. All the translucent paper looks cool!  Now to quit procrastinating and get into the paint...

I've painted a new series of small study paintings.

This is a glimpse of one of them during the first layers:

Today is #RecordStoreDay! So guess what I've been #painting ...#vinyl #records (still in progress)

How has music influenced you?
Did you have vinyl record albums as a kid?
Do you have special memories of them?
Do you have a collection now?

Stay tuned! I will be posting images of my new paintings shortly!


  1. You have me reminiscing and I am loving it :-) I started out with Fisher Price too and played "Monster Mash" "The Streak" and "Seasons in the Sun" until there was nothing left of them. When I got a stereo and the records would skip, I loved stacking the pennies on the arm to keep it from skipping. I loved the rich sound and how it seemed like the artists were right in your room, playing. I cannot wait to see full photos of the new artwork inspired by your records and the player :-) Enjoy it all Erin!

  2. Sweet! I had forgotten the penny trick! Thanks for the lovely comment, Christine!

  3. It is quite remarkable how the popularity of "old fashioned" vinyl LP records has grown recently. turntable Last but not least, album boxes and other LP record storage is becoming popular with vinyl record buyers, and the record collector types.


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