COLUMN: Vinyl night at the library

As a die hard vinyl enthusiast, my album collection is slowly growing

Rumours that the resurgence in popularity of vinyl records is a short lived fad are thankfully not true.

As a die hard vinyl enthusiast, my album collection is slowly growing.

With more stores selling brand new LPs and local charity shops offering them for a bargain, it’s like living in the 80s again.

It’s so much fun to browse through dusty covers and find a treasure that brings joy.

Some of my musical purchases have definitely been based on that nostalgia.

For instance, why did I feel it necessary to buy another copy of Amii Stewart’s Knock on Wood album? I have owned the original since 1979 and it has been played hundreds of times. This album will last forever, unless I scratch it (gulp) or chip it (gasp!)

When CDs were introduced, I mourned the loss of record stores, but still had the good fortune of belonging to a Record of the Month Club.

The mail order club certainly broadened my musical interests, as I didn’t always choose what was sent to me. Sort of like today’s version of music sampling, you could say.

An album a month would arrive ready to be unwrapped and appreciated for the cover artwork, while the needle dropped on the pristine grooves of the record.

Sitting on the floor in front of my record player, reading the liner notes and listening to some great music was a favourite pastime.

If listening to a couple of songs from your favourite albums sounds appealing, bring one or two along and join us Saturday, Feb. 23 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. for Vinyl Night at the Library.

An evening of music, appetizers and local wine, for adults 19 and older.

SummerGate Winery and Saxon Winery have kindly agreed to pour, and their wonderful wines will be available to purchase by the glass.

Admission tickets are free, but must be picked up at the library prior to the event. There will not be tickets available at the door.

So head up to the attic and uncover that box of records that you haven’t been able to part with, thinking that one day you will listen to them again.

I’m hoping to see some Chilliwack, Bad Company, Prism and Loverboy. If you know these bands, you might also know the local connections we have to them.

Any song on these albums could get you up and dancing, which is also encouraged on Vinyl Night!

When you drop in to pick up your tickets, check out these great books. Why Vinyl Matters by Jennifer Bickerdike and Randy Bachman’s Vinyl Tap Stories.

To prove you still have more vinyl records to collect, read 101 Essential Rock Records by Jeff Gold.

Caroline McKay is an Assistant Community Librarian at the Summerland Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library.

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