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Vinyl Renaissance’s name has new meaning

-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

It is literally a Vinyl Renaissance because vinyl is back. Whether you’ve always been loyal, or you just bought a beginner’s record player from Best Buy, the medium that was once thought to be extinct could now be permanently mainstream, according to a recent feature in Pitchfork magazine. 

While there is no question that streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music are still dominating the revolution in music, this charming and classic way to play music is a pleasant complement. Senior staff writer Marc Hogan describes it as “a scruffy anachronism consistently hanging out at the margins.”

I asked for a neon pink record player for my 16th birthday, and it still has a firm position on my bedside table at home. While I could have picked a less egregious color, it was one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. I poured over my mother’s stack & stacks of records, discovering new (to me) artists for hours on end. It was a personal, musical renaissance of sorts, and it wouldn’t have been possible without Vinyls.

Besides an unparalleled listening experience, this rebirth also presents a great opportunity to shop local. If you’re looking to grow your current collection or just get started, Vinyl Renaissance is a welcoming place to start. Take it from me; it’s quite transformative to listen to your favorite new or classic album on Vinyl.

Photo via Vinyl Renaissance