For some reason, you just can’t kill the vinyl record. To me, the sound of a vinyl record spinning is so comfortable, like home. Luckily, my vinyl collection is in the thousands, more like tens of thousands. Current estimates put me somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 but of course I do keep buying more.
My father collected albums throughout most of his life and my entire childhood. When he passed away just over nine years ago now, I inherited them all, complete with a dusty, old, broken down jukebox. The juke box may not work, but I do have my brand new record player and with this spinning them as I go, I hope to catalog every single album within the next lifetime while still adding to the collection. Each record is tracked in Excel by artist, album name and song listing and that information is copied in here along with an image of the album cover. Nothing too fancy, but I do hope you enjoy seeing the new additions!
When this started, I just wanted to find a way to keep track of everything. My dad managed to transfer everything to CD before he died but never updated the original database (or bothered to back it up for that matter). It’s almost like he planned for me to do this. Who knows, maybe he did! As I go though, it’s becoming much more than just a way to keep track. I remember all these albums, all the thousands of them. I remember picking the playlist Christmas Eve morning for that night’s party, using the albums to practice for dance classes and the tapes he would make for the summer from the albums. As every album is entered a new great memory comes up and it’s become therapy of sorts.
This is the journey from The Temptations to the Wu Tang Clan, Beach Boys to Backstreet Boys, from Madonna to Gaga! Starting with full albums, we should eventually make it down to the singles. Look for posts with awesome links about vinyl (like horrible album art), great quotes about music and updates brought to you by my cats, Daria and Dawson (they’re the cutest helpers and paying them in tuna is quite easy). If you’re into photography, there’s even some images I’ve taken of the collection so be sure to check out my Facebook page too!