The Return of the Record
The authenticity of the sound produced by the Hi-Fi turntable is an image of the relationship between an audio enthusiast and his vinyl. It is a true, deep and tangible connection that cannot be cherished with digital music. Like any valuable object, vinyl need to be taken care of. But, if you love them right, they will be around forever. While deleting a music file is easy, getting rid of a record is heartbreaking. You keep it, set it aside for a while, and pull it back out of its sleeve a few months later only to enjoy it even more.
The vinyl era is far from over. As a matter of fact, records are making quite the comeback. Whether it is among passionate groups (i.e.
Passion du disque vinyle de Québec and Vinyl Junkies) or in international events (i.e. Making Vinyl ou The Spins), vinyl records are getting a good rep.
Could it be because of the vintage look, the general disdain for programmed obsolescence or simply the desire to reconnect with music in all its pureness and simplicity? Or maybe it is all of the above. Trends have come and gone, but we have never stopped dancing to the melodies of vinyl.