If you drop by my house, there is one classic phenomenon that will catch your attention: a generous collection of records that takes up one of the corners in my living room. You see, I have had to collect these records for a decade now.
And this is something that is evident on both my shelves and also on my bank accounts. Indeed, Discogs estimate the worth of my collection to be a staggering $15,000. And one thing that I know is that I spend more than $50 to $200 every month on records.
What is more, I have a subscription to Spotify premium that goes for $10. Such a subscription offers me a chance to access a huge collection of records that are available on the shelves. And to me, these items are quite interesting and charming – I would listen to all, whether digital or analog.
It may surprise you that I have to spend such amount of funds on outdated mediums when I can already find the pleasure that I need on my Spotify account. Here is why I would kill for these collections.
First, having a record gives me that connection that I need to music itself. You see, vinyl is a physical experience. Records have music that is carved into them. Indeed, you will always hear the music being extracted from the record, particularly when your stereo isn’t on.
In addition to that, the record has the potential to carry so much music on one side. Typically, one side of the vinyl record can hold at least 22 minutes of sound. If you have to keep listening, you may need to flip the record over all the time. Turntables are not portable, you may have to be where the record is – and that is what brings the sense of connection.
It may not be an easy thing to make out the lyrics of the record. You need to pay close attention to the music. Personally, I’m more engaged when listening to my records than when listening to Spotify on my car.
It is cool listening to the records. There is an amazing feeling that comes with the aesthetics of the turntables. And more essentially, you get immense satisfaction when you have to flip through a collection of records to find the type that you want – unlike what you call the search bar on your Spotify.
And this is my personal opinion: I know that a sizeable collection of records can do amazingly as far as your credibility. I have essentially become a self-made music guru, and this gives me self-esteem. In fact, I have had to express great affirmations to myself: “you are valuable,” “you are loved,” “and you have an amazing collection of records.