Your Last LP?We live in a digital world. Our movies are available "on demand." We download our music after a quick visit to the Apple iTunes Store. We spend an hour, or so, at the gym every other night with our entire music collection stored on our iPods which are strapped to our arms. I love every megabyte of this technology, and I wouldn't have it any other way. There's something empowering about having "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" stored on my iPhone. It makes a long flight, and a wait in the hospital waiting room almost tolerable. However, every once in a while, I missing the snap, hiss, pop, and skip...skip...skip of yesterday.
When I was using the elliptical at Courts Plus on Thursday night, an old song popped up on my iPod. Then it hit me. That song was on the last LP I ever purchased. Okay, my Mom bought it for me for my birthday, or Christmas, or just to stop my nagging one day while shopping. I remember playing that album endlessly back in 1984 on my Dad's old turntable with speakers that stood taller than me.
Okay, I'll confess. It wasn't any landmark album like Pink Floyd's Animals, or Led Zeppelin II. The last LP I bought was Duran Duran's 1983 album, Seven and the Ragged Tiger. So what song played at the gym? It was "The Reflex." It was the slightly different album version, too. As much as I love the convenience of digital music, I do miss the oversized album art and liner notes. I remembering reading an article in the USA Today back in high school declaring the death of vinyl. I had to share the news and report back to the class. I recall stating that cassettes and CDs were clearly the wave of the future. It's funny looking back. CDs seem on their way out, too.
What was your last vinyl LP? That's a long player for those humzooers born after 1985. Yes, the big ones you had to flip to play the back side.