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ICONS ARE BETTER #82: THE VINYL RECORD

From the turn of the century we’ve had methods of recording and listening to music. Since then we’ve continuously evolved how we listen to it, making the music better, more accessible, portable, and sharable. Music is everywhere today. But with all that convenience we lost a bit of the magic that comes from the listening to it.
Music these days is everywhere. It follows you to work each morning, giving you space as you commute among crowds. It creates a cocoon as you sit in your desk and manage daily tasks in an open plan workspace. It’s your constant companion, always in your pocket ready to distract at a moment’s notice. But it is typically relegated to the background, it’s a barrier to your surroundings, and more often than not it’s passive, secondary to the task of driving, walking, working etc. The same is not so with Vinyl. Vinyl is the last remaining music format that demands your full attention.
Once the dominant listening format for everyone from the 1950s to the 1980s, it was quickly overtaken by the advent of CDs, then digital music and eventually your phone. Since 2007, though, it has seen a resurgence, part of it for the hipster cool factor it gives your apartment, but not just for that. Vinyl, and the act of listening to music on vinyl, is an active experience. It is WHAT you are in it for, not an accompaniment to something else. It’s tactile, you are fully involved with it, and unlike other methods it allows you to go through the full journey of a record as it was designed to by the artist. They take you by the hand from the first track to the last, and truly bring to life their art-form. With vinyl you feel the music, as it cannot be relegated to the background. It’s you actively listening, being in the moment solely for that album. That is why for true music lovers, vinyl is an ideal way to listen and will never die.

By Jemilly Castro, mcgarrybowen Chicago