GI Joes, My Hairline and Music Racks

music musings, beaverdamusa.comIf you are playing $20,000 Pyramid or Catch Phrase, the answer would be – things that shrink. Feel free to add your own items to the list as you play along at home.

Often while mowing, my mind will wander while listening to my tunes. This week was no exception and I reminisced about new music yesterday vs. today as I listened to a cut off the new Jackyl album. I thought about going to get a new album and how that has changed.

record-store-925553_1280Whether I was as a kid waiting for the parents or as an adult waiting for the wife to finish shopping, I spent many hours in a record store. As you can imagine, I could get lost in there for hours looking through the bins. Unless it is a hipster store in East Nashville, go see how much real estate is dedicated to actual you-can- touch-it music sales – either albums, tapes, CDs, etc. If you want to see a movie that captures the essence of a record store – watch High Fidelity, starring the great John Cusack.

Keep in mind that back in the day, you had to go get your music – it didn’t come to you via download or online streaming. Often, the type of media purchased (album or tape) was dictated by the length of time between the record store and your house. Can’t wait to get home, you would snag a tape so you could listen on the way home. Quick trip?

You got the vinyl and made a tape for the car later.

Another thing is that you didn’t have the internet, Facebook, MySpace, or iTunes to let you know when your favorite artist had an album dropping. You had to go to the record store and browse the bins to see who had an album out, unless you were a subscriber to Rolling Stone. Occasionally, a record store would post a list of album release dates, but I always enjoyed browsing the bins.

There is just something about walking into a store and picking up an album. As I was musing, here are some of my thoughts that came to mind about record stores (only order is how they popped in my mind):

*  Skipping class to go to the mall in Columbia to get Van Halen’s 1984 when the record store opened at 10:00.

* Trying to find a record store in Murray, KY, without the benefit of Google on the way to my Grandad’s so I could get Sammy’s first album with Van Halen (5150).

* Going to the Bellevue Mall and being probably the first person to buy the debut Blue Tears album in Nashville. Ironically, a band member and his wife were with me.

* Going into Tower Records for the first time in Nashville. It was like a fox in the hen house – I had never seen that many albums in one place.

Yes, I do miss going to the record store, but I also enjoy being able to download a particular song while sitting on the couch or using the “search” feature to find particular songs/albums. I guess the moral is that we all must adapt while remembering how it used to be.

Musing in Music City


About Zach Clayton

Zach Clayton started Music Musings in 2013, but isn’t a stranger to music. While he may be a mild mannered accountant by day, he always has tunes going and forces his staff at work to play music trivia when they enter his office. He is a self-proclaimed lover of all music genres with over 3,500 songs in his iPod. Zach’s first concert was Eddie Money in Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym in 1979 and claims to have seen Van Halen (all three incarnations) over 25 times. There have only been one or two years since 1979 that Zach hasn’t been to a concert. He also has the uncanny knack of getting to know several folks in the music scene – both out front and behind the scenes. Zach is in the process of indoctrinating his two boys into the rock and roll way by exposing them to concerts and various music while holding them hostage in his truck screaming the mantra – “rap is crap!”

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