An Affair to Remember – The Record Store

Very rarely do I have moments in which I can so vividly recall my youth that I am almost transported back to it. I experienced this phenomenon last week when I wandered into a record store on 14th street. When I walked into that store my senses exploded. In an instant I was flooded with feelings of excitement and nostalgia as I had completely forgotten what it was like to visit a record store and that we used to actually touch and interact with albums – gripping the group of albums that we wanted to look through and quickly flipping through with our index finger, the light thud the albums would make as they fell against each other and the faint whooshing noise you could hear as you quickly shuffled through the stack was soothing.

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I remember my first record player and the first album that I owned – Aerosmith ft. Run DMC, Walk This Way. I remember my Dad’s extensive collection (which he still has to this day) and him going down to the basement and playing his music so loud that I swear he must have felt like he was at the concert. I remember staring at my Grandfather’s favorite blues albums the covers of which he loved so much he actually hung them on the wall, they now hang on mine.

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So many album covers were pure art and the imagery was deliberately chosen to tap into the zeitgeist of the time.

I’d forgotten that beyond the actual music there was the experience.

I’d forgotten that beyond the actual music there was the art.

Here’s to slowing down and taking time to remember the days gone by.

Much love.

 

 

 

 

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Flashback Friday: Virginia Wine Country

We spend so much time planning for the trips that we’re going to take—thinking about our bucket-list destinations, fantasizing about how much more beautiful the far-off place will be—that we sometimes forget that beautiful experiences are right here, all around us. I was lucky enough to be reminded of this on a recent impromptu day trip with some girlfriends to Virginia Wine Country.

Before I went to Napa Valley I used to think that it was the end-all in terms of the wine country experience. Now that I’ve experienced Napa several times I can confirm that although it’s quite lovely (and I would highly recommend it) the wine country experience in Virginia is just as breathtaking. The weather was absolutely perfect, the rolling vineyards against the backdrop of the open blue sky made me feel like I was in God’s country, and the fact that I was experiencing the day with my girlfriends made the wine taste even sweeter.

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Much love,

Happy Friday