During my recent move up to the city, I really had to take a long hard look at all of my belongings and assess if I’d be bringing it along with me. The record player is such a prized possession in that it’s been really cool to have, but it hasn’t gotten that much use. It also was a gift from a previous ex-boyfriend so I started to wonder “did I really want to keep it?” The devil on my shoulder, however, said “don’t be petty. Keep the damn record player!” I wrestled with this for days because I thought that if I didn’t keep it, it would be one last item to pack, but then I could purchase the record player I had always wanted. Even during my moment of packing, I had convinced myself that I had broken it forever. I later learned that was not the case at all.
So it made the cut. Instead of staying hidden on my shelf though, I actually gave it its own spot in my home where it gets quite a bit of attention. The record player is now getting it’s second life with me and I’d like to begin collecting records for it, but I’m not always sure where to start. I have three so far in my collection – one Bon Iver that came with it as part of the gift, a second one of a mix wedding record from a swag bag, and the third being “Give Up” by The Postal Service. Readers, if you are an owner as well, what kind of cadence have you set for yourself? How do you decide which records to purchase and how often?