One of the changes for the new year was my weird impulse decision to buy a record player for my office. It’s certainly not one of the expensive high-tech (or even mid-range) turntables, but it gets the job done and I bought a pair of speakers to go with it.
Then came the need to get a few records to go with it. I made a list of the most recommended albums on vinyl and bought some, and then went out to thrift stores and a local flea market to stock up on a few more. I ended up with 15 or so as a starter set — The Who, Beach Boys, Peter Frampton, The XX, Haim, Wayne Newton, John Denver… just a mix. Since it’s totally background noise for the work day, I’m not as concerned with getting rock-out albums, just good sounds.
And I’ve really been loving it. Like most people today in the MP3 generation, I’ve rarely listened to albums straight-through except for the first time that I’m evaluating which tracks to keep and which to toss. With records, it’s pretty much the whole thing at a time, and there’s a neat quality to it. It’s relaxing, it’s a journey, and it’s made my office feel a little warmer.
My kids were hanging out with me the other day and I had Chicago on. My 6-year-old heard “Saturday in the Park” and went, “Dad, I really LIKE this song!” That got a surprised laugh out of me, but cool. Nice to know that music can easily transcend the age barriers.
Any recommendations for guitar-heavy albums that are relaxing? Let me know!