Hello Readers and welcome to 2018! I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday season, I know I did. One of the great things that happened to me over the holidays is I FINALLY really got into old records and that smooth sound of vinyl. My family and I were out and about town a couple days before Christmas, killing some time, until we found this old store that had some antiques and a ton of used records. The store itself transported you back in time to the early days of vinyl. It was dimly lit, there were a couple of juke boxes for sales and you guessed it, it was full of records. Hell, the store itself was in a basement like room. We spent about an hour in that store flipping through records and not one of us had a record player. My dad and I ended up buying a few records and that is what kick started this craze for me. The first record I bought was Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in The USA” followed by. ” Kind of Blue” by miles Davis. Fast forward to New Years, my dad caved and bought a Denon record player. We hooked this thing up to their surround sound and threw on good Ole Miles. And boy, let me tell you I was hooked. People have always said you cannot beat the sound of vinyl and I agree. Maybe it’s just the old soul in me, but there is something so true and pure to the vinyl sound that cannot be replicated with all the digital technology we have today. You drop that needle and you get that warm crackling noise that just soothes you and makes you feel at home. Not only that, but you’re more or less forced to listen to whole albums since skipping songs is not as easy on a record. You get to hear the deeper cuts from artists that rarely see the light of day and are sometimes better than the popular songs. My parents and I spent our pre New Years eve evening listening to records and just talking. Now tell me something that is better than that? So, because of all this, my dad and I are now on a record hunting craze. I bought a record player and some more records and you best believe that I’ll be out on the town this weekend in Austin exploring record stores. What are your thoughts on vinyl? Do you have a favorite old record that you could just listen to over and over again?