For the Record; Vinyl Memories

August 13, 2012

By Darrin Clouse:

The music of every generation can be powerful, but something is lost today, when you realize the digital age offers a very limited venue for the artwork which used to crystallize the spirit of an album.  If you’re of a certain age group, you might feel a bit nostalgic about vinyl records, like I do, but it’s more than that.  Click here to read more and experience my own personal rock tribute to album art of the 70’s and 80’s and the rock music it personified.

Album Art Lost in the Digital World

It’s not so much the mediocre sound quality that I miss, it’s the album art that seems to have lost it’s way in the digital, consumer world. It was a perfect way to draw you into the music and give fans an inside look at the band. We would sit around and  stare at those album covers and sleeve photos for hours. Of course, we weren’t privileged enough to enjoy the likes of the internet, so maybe we had more time on our hands, but I wouldn’t want it any other way.

These days, most of us buy music from digital on-line sources such as iTunes or Amazon, or transition into a monthly, all inclusive deal with Spotify. But this is where the emphasis on album art gets kicked a side. You end up with the music, but none of the visuals. Unless, that is, if you take iTunes up on the digital booklet download for any full album you buy, but I don’t even do that. It’s just not the same.

The Loss of Music Nostalgia

In a recent CWN report, we looked at how digital media outlets, like iTunes, are affecting the music industry.  On one hand, they increase convenience, but at what cost? Lost are the days of finding an obscure song that turned out to be your favorite on an album you originally bought for one popular song.  Click here to read more about music nostalgia in that report.

My Tribute

I  became attached to vinyl albums when I was young, and they certainly serve as placeholders for events in my own childhood. So as a tribute to the long lost art of album covers, here’s my own little video collage that encompasses the music and artwork  I remember so much from my days as a kid. Just watch the video above.

It’s my own personal memoir of music and the artwork that made it even more special. You, most likely would have a completely different view on music from the 70’s and 80’s, and that’s the beauty of it all. *Just click on the video above, sit back, watch and enjoy.