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There was a time when I enjoyed nothing more] than going to my favorite record store to buy a new record or cassette tape. My mother or one of my friend’s parents would give a bunch of us a lift to the mall where we’d meet up with other friends and the girls from our class and hang out. Between the food court trips and finding out which girl “likes likes” you, I would remain in the Graf and Wadman Record shop trying to figure out how much I could buy with the money I made cutting lawns. I almost always walked out with a new record or tape and would sit and read the liner notes and try not to get Sbarro pizza on the jacket. Those were good times.

Today is "Record Store Day"…it has become like “Old Timers Day." That once-a-year time when we head to those record stores that still remain to buy records, tapes and yes, even CDs. And like “Old Timers Day” it makes us remember the good days gone by. They were days when you actually had to leave your living room or office (and didn't need wi-fi) to buy music. It was not so long ago that we would actually meet in the store to discuss a new piece of music or debate which was more influential “Paul’s Boutique” or “3 Feet High and Rising."

I miss those days. Music, like baseball, has always been something that stirs up great conversation. The interaction can create friendships that last forever or inspire one to start a band or become involved in the music world. I am a fan of that.

Today we see fewer and fewer of those record stores surviving in the digital age. If you get the chance today, or in the near future, find a shop near you and take a trip. If you're lucky enough you'll find the collection of records like the ones my mom (who taught me about Rock-n-Roll) gave me.

The future is always filled with exciting promise and progress but we should never forget where we come from -- the old school taught us well.

Send me some twit pics of your favorite record cover!

There was a time when I enjoyed nothing more] than going to my favorite record store to buy a new record or cassette tape. My mother or one of my friend’s parents would give a bunch of us a lift to the mall where we’d meet up with other friends and the girls from our class and hang out. Between the food court trips and finding out which girl “likes likes” you, I would remain in the Graf and Wadman Record shop trying to figure out how much I could buy with the money I made cutting lawns. I almost always walked out with a new record or tape and would sit and read the liner notes and try not to get Sbarro pizza on the jacket. Those were good times.

Today is "Record Store Day"…it has become like “Old Timers Day." That once-a-year time when we head to those record stores that still remain to buy records, tapes and yes, even CDs. And like “Old Timers Day” it makes us remember the good days gone by. They were days when you actually had to leave your living room or office (and didn't need wi-fi) to buy music. It was not so long ago that we would actually meet in the store to discuss a new piece of music or debate which was more influential “Paul’s Boutique” or “3 Feet High and Rising."

I miss those days. Music, like baseball, has always been something that stirs up great conversation. The interaction can create friendships that last forever or inspire one to start a band or become involved in the music world. I am a fan of that.

Today we see fewer and fewer of those record stores surviving in the digital age. If you get the chance today, or in the near future, find a shop near you and take a trip. If you're lucky enough you'll find the collection of records like the ones my mom (who taught me about Rock-n-Roll) gave me.

The future is always filled with exciting promise and progress but we should never forget where we come from -- the old school taught us well.

Send me some twit pics of your favorite record cover!