Hey kids, remember when you used to drive over to your local record store to spend a few hours casually poking around the stacks of cd's, discovering new music and revisiting old favorites? I know it's hard to recollect these memories of days gone by, way back before itunes offered up any song you could imagine for 99 cents and the click of a button. I remember my hometown local record store...the time I searched for hours through the racks for a Prince cd, and the quick trips to run in and pick up the latest N'Sync cd (yeah, i admit it. I love boy bands.). My musical taste has evolved, just the same as the way I shop for music. But honestly, I sometimes yearn for the simplicity of a trip to the record store, because let's face it, spending too much time on the internet sizzles my brain and dims my eyesight.
The other day we stopped in our local indie record store, Pegasus Records, which has served our city for 30 years. We didn't go for an LP or a cd, but to purchase some tickets to hear the most amazing up and coming duo, The Civil Wars. Their voices are hypnotically beautiful, drifting softly above the haunting acoustics of the guitar, that lead singer John Paul White so wonderfully plays. When we heard the duo would be playing at the intimate Zodiac Theatre to celebrate the release of their debut album, we just knew we had to be there.
And although we walked into the record store with a purpose, I found myself searching the musty stacks just like I have in the past. I walked through this place, lined with random posters and crates of cd's, and felt nostalgic. The indie record store represents something that is essentially almost dead. Basically, a specialized junkshop. An American gothic staple. It's not flashy or pretty. It's not beautifully designed, and more often than not, it smells like old wood. But there's no denying it's a pretty cool place.
Devoting some time in a great record store rejuvenates. Unlike itunes, there are those ever helpful cats just behind the counter who are happy to offer an opinion. After a visit in the stacks, you can depart enlightened, carrying some music that might just blow your mind, with a huge grin on your face. And who doesn't want that?
Now, watch this amazing Civil Wars video! It was filmed here in our town!!
Aren't they great? Doesn't hurt that they look like movie stars, either.