National Vinyl Record Day falls on August 12. If you’re a lover of classic music or just like to see new artists putting their albums on vinyl, this is a great day for you. Vinyl records are a type of physical media that rose to prominence as the primary form of musical media in the 20th Century.
Vinyl records were so influential that terms relating to their form and function still apply to music to this day, even though digital music has overtaken physical media.
So on August 12, why don’t you take a moment to dust off those old records and give them a spin? Alternatively, if you’ve never owned a record, today’s a great day to visit your local record shop and look for some classic albums. There are some amazing albums out there for you to take for a spin, so get in there and give them a shot!
Vinyl Record Day
The holiday itself was created by music conservationist Gary Freiburg. Freiburg says, “The objective of Vinyl Record Day is to remember that, whatever we go through on a personal or national level, life has its goodness. Music is the primary vehicle to our fondest memories, Vinyl Record Day is to celebrate and remember them. Let’s remember our favorite music, let’s remember fond memories, let’s celebrate our good times.”
Notably, national Vinyl Record Day is not Record Store Day. Record Store Day occurs at the end of this month, on August 29. The month of August is busy for audiophiles!
Is Vinyl Better?
Which is better, vinyl or digital? This argument will likely continue occurring until the heat death of the universe. Some audiophiles swear by the warm, natural sound of analog recordings and physical media. Others claim that digital sound reproduction is crystal clear and as close to perfect as recording equipment can get.
At the end of the day, it’s really a matter of preference. If you love records, you don’t need a scientific reason to know they’re your favorite! Just throw on your favorite album and rock out.
Observe the Holiday
Head to the record store, go digging through the old albums, and find something new to dig in on. There are artists and albums from decades ago that you’ve never heard of that you’re likely to love. There is a huge world of excellent music out there, so you should go exploring. The only thing better than listening to your favorite album is listening to your next favorite album for the first time.