|“This music is the glue of the world Mark. It's what holds it all together. Without this, life would be meaningless.” – Eddie, Empire Records|
I moved from San Marcos about a year ago, but when I lived there, Sundance was like a second home. It was everything a record store should be; busting at the seams with vinyl and cds and concert posters, faint smell of incense hovering in the air. I would disappear for hours, getting lost in their massive vinyl collection, daydreaming about where these LPs had come from, where they’d been and how they’d ended up here as I thumbed through each alphabetized crate. Everything sheathed in plastic, everything alive with history and most importantly, music. The day I found Richard Nixon’s inauguration speech on vinyl (in the clearance bin, of course, haha) is one that I will never forget. The Grassroots’ greatest hits, albums by CCR…all exciting finds at prices that Half Price Books could never match. Sundance was it, you guys.
I’ve held off on posting about this because Saturday is the 5th annual Record Store Day, founded to celebrate independent record stores everywhere (a dying breed in a digital age), but more importantly, the unifying power of music. As a music lover and frequenter of record stores, I wanted to bring this celebration to the blog, especially in light of recent events. This week, I will be featuring a series of guest posts written by friends and fellow music-obsessives about their love of music, and the profound impact it’s had and still continues to have on their lives.
We all have a personal playlist, a veritable life soundtrack. It may change over time, grow and evolve as we do, but the power of lyrics + instrumentals remains. For all the different genres and artists, old and new, music brings people together. That may not be the dictionary definition of Record Store Day, but to me, that’s what it’s all about. I’m SO SO excited to share people’s stories this week as we count down to Record Store Day 2012. You can find more information about RSD here, as well as a list of participating record stores in your area.
PS if you've been wondering about that nifty counter on the sidebar...well now you know (: