Why I Love Records

 Like most teenagers, I have always turned to music to intensify my emotions. From jamming out in my car with friends to lounging in my bed on a rainy day, there was always a song for everything. While I love my Spotify account and headphones while I’m working or at school, I choose a different method for listening to music at home. Two years ago, I invested in a record player. At first, I just thought they were trendy and I loved the “old school” look. I started to collect vinyl of the music I enjoyed, such as Bastille and Panic! At the Disco. I was amazed to discover they have vinyl for every music genre and every time period. The walls of Urban Outfitters are layered with artists from Chance the Rapper to Arctic Monkeys to The Beatles. Collecting vinyl became a bit of a hobby for me. Friends and I traveled to record stores in downtown Raleigh, which had shelves upon shelves of old records. I began to branch out from my alternative genre into an older rock genre. I was able to find old records at the flea market from $3. I started to gather records from Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, and ABBA. Collecting records became an inexpensive way to further my music interest. My record player became a key part of my room. I decorated my dresser around it with candles and hung posters above the wall of my favorite bands. My record obsession also gave me a chance to connect with my parents as I would bring home vinyl they listened to when they were my age. For anyone who is looking to expand their music palettes, I definitely suggest investing in a record player!

  • Upbeat playlist:

Luck - American Authors 

Little Lies - Dave Barnes

Drop of Smoke - Hudson taylor 

Rebel Beats - Goo Goo Dolls 

Gold - Sir Sly

Summer Vibe - Walk Off the Earth

Paris - Magic Man

California - Phantom Planet

San Francisco - The Mowglis

You & Me - Flume

Shark Attack - Grouplove

  • Rainy day/ Relaxed playlist:

Broadripple is Burning - Margot & the Nuclear So So's

Bloom - The Paper Kites

I'm With You - Grouplove

Between the Bars - Elliot Smith

Delicate - Damien Rice

Rivers and Roads - The Head and the Heart

Nine in the Afternoon - Panic! at the Disco

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