Thursday, February 23, 2006

Taking Sides 

So I was listening to Paul's Boutique today at a friend's place where I am housesitting. It's a great record and it's been a long time since I've given it a listen as I do not happen to own it in it's latest technologically correct format.

I did once own it on vinyl back in the day. My favorite side was side 2, so that was the side I listened to this morning.

Yes I know that CDs don't have sides and that, my friends, is the problem. I know some of you out there in blogland are too young to have listened to much on vinyl. But not so long ago we had to listen to one side of a record and then turn it over and listen to the other side should we desire to listen to the entire record.

When I was a lot younger, me and my friends never bothered listening to entire records in one sitting. We'd play one side, then we'd play one side of the next record and so on. It didn't take long to determine a favorite side of a record and thus, that was the side that got the most play.

In high school, I had a job at my father's record store. We sold vinyl and cassette tapes. When we played records in the store, we were only allowed to play one side.

So I say to you all, just because records are now on CD, which technically turns the entire record into one side, we are not obligated to listen to the whole thing. If you own any CDs that you used to own on vinyl, I say to you - pick a side and play it.

That's all I'm saying.

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