At the risk of sounding like an anachronistic, pretentious Luddite, I have a love/hate relationship with CDs and MP3s. Despite their integral role in my introduction to music loving and appreciation, they pale in comparison to the vinyl record’s personability. I stress “person” because the social interaction is 50% of an LP’s worth (that is, if you’re not a collector). The act of going to the store, rifling through the stacks, and—gasp—actually having a conversation with a fellow shopper or store clerk is the real magic of spending a little extra on a century-old technology.
So, again, at the risk of sound like a luddite and a sentimentalist, it was a glorious sight to see so many vinyl nerds at the NYPL music library on a disgustingly humid August day. The MP3 is even starting to go out of fashion, as far as downloading albums and letting them take up space on your hard drive. We’ve got Spotify now, which is two steps away from being the Skynet of recorded arts. So: thank god for the NYPL, and thank god for vinyl nerds everywhere.
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NYPL Record Sale