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Time for Some Analog Engagement-Record Store Day

Fingerprints Music, Long Beach, CA

With so much of our time being spent gazing at our reflection in a glass screen, having our personal “Likes”, “Fans” and “Friends” responding with resonant echoes of our thoughts, an opportunity to get out and rub elbows with real honest flesh and blood to really socialize is welcome relief. And on April 16th, a world-wide event gives us all this chance to return to the land of brick and mortar. Record Store Day , founded in 2007 by Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Carrie Colliton, Amy Dorfman, Don Van Cleave and Brian Poehner is a celebration of the independent record store.

There are legions of young folks that have built their music libraries of nothing but zeros and ones via the numerous download sites and don’t know the beauty of a wall of  oversized vinyl albums, much less the excitement of getting their fingers dirty flipping through stacks of previously loved treasures to discover a rarity. Sure, I still listen to almost everything through a digital device, but my favorite memories of my musical history lie in the places I once wandered the aisles listening to the whims of whoever was working that day and piling 10-15 must-haves that would be whittled down to the two that I could afford to take home.

For me it was a weekend ritual of taking the bus to the now defunct Arcade Music in the seedy downtown of San Diego of the 70s. My brother and friends would eventually build libraries of thousands of jazz LPs and teach ourselves the history of  this great American music on the recommendations of various clerks, and even strangers who would overhear our conversation or  see with a sidelong glance what we had picked up. In college it was Morning Glory Music in Isla Vista, CA. Alas this small independent is gone as well.

In Long Beach, CA , Fingerprints Music has opened a brand new store in the burgeoning East Village Arts District. Rand Foster, the owner has dedicated the last 18 years of his life assuring the Long Beach community that they had a place to come and share their passion for music. Rand and Fingerprints was featured in a recent article in the LA Times that focused on the importance of these stores.  You have an excellent opportunity to be sure that your favorite shop survives by attending a local Record Store day venue. There are special live in-store performance events scheduled as well.

On April 16th, shut the lid on the laptop (after you Google search the location of a store near you naturally) and spend a few hours hanging out in a real chat room. A room full of others like you and maybe not like you in many ways, but kindred spirits in the love of all that is music.

 


As Bill Tweets

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