I was watching American Pickers. The two hosts of the show are in Malibu, CA and they meet a guy who says he has over 550,000 record albums. They are too stunned, and frankly frightened, to even begin to look through them so they skip over them.
But, the one guy says a few words about vinyl that I found very memorable and thought provoking.
He says today you just click a button and you instantly download a song or a whole album to your electronic device.
But, when he was younger there was a more personal relationship with the music.
You took the record out of the jacket. You put it on your record player and set the needle. While it was cueing up you looked at the album cover art. As it started to play the first song you checked out the band notes and song lists. If you were lucky it even included the lyrics.
He felt there was more of a connection with the artist and their music.
That rang completely true with me.
I'm just old enough that the first music I ever purchased was on vinyl. It wasn't long before cassettes came out and once they did I never looked back.
But, even with cassettes and CD's the music was in your hand. You were excited to open the case and see if the band wrote anything to the fans in the little booklet.
I don't know if I would feel that same excitement by just downloading music from the internet. I haven't had the opportunity.
I have downloaded a few e-books to my computer. Less than 10. I have read most of them. I do like the convenience and of course the instant gratification.
But, I miss the pages. I miss holding the book. I miss throwing in a bookmark when I reluctantly have to put it down. I miss carrying it to the porch or into the bedroom to sneak in a few more pages.
Real books will always be my favorite.
Will I stop downloading? No.
Will I eventually buy an e-reader? Probably not.
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So, long winded post I know, but does anyone care to share their thoughts?