Music is an art that craves to be heard and felt in the best way possible. For a growing number of students at campus, this means listening to albums on vinyl.
Resurgence in this medium has been observed in sales skyrocketing over the past ten years. High school teenagers in particular are one group being more drawn to the medium, for their own various reasons, most generally attributed to being music nerds who want the best way to listen to bands.
“I’ve been collecting for two years,” said junior Matthew Balkum. “I try to find musicals, the original broadcast recordings, things like that, or if I can, Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta albums, because those tend to be harder to find.
“The medium itself is authentic and has a certain kind of spirit modern music players lack.”
Some students do find the medium to be inconvenient, but cite this to make it so fun, and that it is the natural way to listen to older music.
“Vinyl is more fun if you’re going to have something inconvenient,” said junior Galen Shila. “I listen to older music, and it was made on analog recording equipment, so listening to records is the way it’s supposed to be heard.”
Mojo’s Books and Music is a popular record store that sells new and used records as well as CD’s, books, and coffee. The store has noted the change in clientele, describing how they see generations share the medium.
“Something we see a lot of is parents bringing their school age kids into the shop, getting them their first turntable, and showing them some of their favorite records,” said co-owner Melanie Cade.
As students discover what they like or don’t like in music, perhaps interested in uncovering older styles or turned off by FM radio, they may find themselves like the growing community investing time in sharing their exciting music.
“I was excited when I started collecting because I found bands from all different generations I like,” said senior Chloe McKinley. “Collecting records opens new doors, because the joy of finding a new record and listening to it when you get home is something else. There’s a classic sound to any record that makes it that much better.”
Anthony Campbell // Staff Writer