Falling In Love with my Record Collection...Again

How do you fall out of love with your record collection, you ask? I never have. It's just that with trying to keep three successful websites afloat, some things have to take a back seat. In my case, it was playing and enjoying my records--on a personal level. Sure, I'm a vinyl dealer and have to test-listen to records all the time. But it isn't the same as playing for enjoyment, for emotional solace and for a good ol' fashioned. impromptu dance party for one.

See, I had thought to stop selling records at the first of this year. Very fortunately for me, my customers had other plans. I wrongly assumed that people would be sourcing their own collections, and what with the re-issues coming out faster than I can keep up with, I thought for sure JustCoolRecords was a goner. The demand is stronger than ever, and while my methods of finding inventory have had to be re-assessed, I'm still here, and won't be going anywhere for the foreseeable future. But I digress...

One day, I had an urge to play a few records for myself, listening closely and fully enjoying the experience. It hit me like a ton of bricks that I had not done this in months. I never realized how much I missed it until I allowed myself to become so preoccupied with work and other nonsense, that I wasn't taking the time out to enjoy my very meticulously curated collection. So I've made a few changes in my daily routine...


Now, listing new inventory is done in the "record room" while playing only records from my collection. Test-listening for the shop is to be done after I've listened to the selected album(s) of the morning. So instead of hiding in my office to list records, I'm surrounded by sound and my personal collection instead. It's had a great affect on my listing consistency, as well as my mental constitution. And I had the surprising realization that my collection was not just a commodity, it was a part of me, my heart and soul, the thing that gets me through the day--just as music has been for me my whole life. But life happens, and we forget. We allow our pleasures to get lost in the chaos of the daily grind (and for me, what it takes to be self employed and keep the lights on).

So this post is for any of you who have allowed your passions to take a back seat to daily living, Bring them back. Make a place for them, make time for them. You'll begin to notice a huge difference in the quality of your mood and the work that you do, and that's a very good thing indeed.

Keep spinning those records...