VINYL (2007)


Hauling off to college with a couple milk crates full of thirty-threes
Unpacking my LPs
Studying the liner notes with long-haired beauties lying on the floor
Putting on side four

Was a time when even album art was consequential
Images and words concealing meaning and potential
Up till three AM discussing matters existential

Oh
Vinyl
Get your needle in the groove
Vinyl
Get your needle in the groove

Stack them on the spindle, watch them drop and turn the bass up to the max
Count off your favorite tracks
Watch the label spinning, read it upside-down and sideways, you’re the star
Playing air guitar

Call your girlfriend over singing words that are flirtatious
Hoping Van McCoy will help you hustle ’round the bases
Hear the record skip when you’re just getting down to cases

Oh
Vinyl
Get your needle in the groove
Vinyl
Get your needle in the groove

Columbia House
Ten for a penny
Plus shipping
Strawberry Fields
Track makes you feel like
You’re tripping?

Barry White
Marvin Gaye
What’s Going On?
Slip Away?

Was a time when music didn’t sound like so much digital debris
Stacked up on your PC
Was a time when music wasn’t stuck behind your headphones on the street
Who’re you gonna meet?

Was a time when music had the crackle of vibration
Filling in the details of your dangling conversation
Falling trees don’t make a sound in isolation

Oh
Vinyl
Get your needle in the groove
Vinyl
Get your needle in the groove


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This is a simple idea, comparing the way music is experienced now (in hermetic solitude) to the way it was experienced 20 years ago. Hopefully it’s not too much of a "when I was young" or "those damn kids" song. Though I do expect this to be much more popular with people over 40.

This song received Runner-Up status in the May 2008 monthly results of the Song of the Year contest.

Ron Tintner, a new collaborator, had the perfect sensibility for that 70’s sound, and made a couple nice tweaks to the lyric to make up for my own deficiency in knowledge of classic rock.

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