Last night was a very rewarding evening. John Parker, manager at Long and McQuade in Halifax, called me on Friday of last week and suggested a fantastic idea. He asked if I wanted to stage an old school vinyl listening session at the store like they used to in days long past. Of course, I thought this an amazing idea. I am also very grateful for his support and overall excitement for the album. Thanks, John.
So we set up my turntable and invited a bunch of people and, just after seven o’clock, dropped the needle onto the LP for the first time to public ears. It was one of the most rewarding moments of the making of this album. As I heard the songs play out, I watched people just sitting…listening…taking it in….and thought to myself, ” When does this happen anymore?” …”why doesn’t this happen anymore”…
Even myself, who sings the praises of the classic notion of an album and the processes used to create the masterpieces we know and love from pop history, has limited time to just…sit…and….listen. Not watch. Not surf. Not click. Just listen. It was magical.
I decided that I want to do this more often. Thanks, again, John, for an amazing night and I will let you all know when I plan the next one. Until then, take a moment, if you can, to put on your favourite CD or playlist…turn off the screen…sit…focus…listen…and enjoy music the way people did when the world had time to wait.